DeFehr hasn’t strayed far from its roots. We still make excellent furniture in Winnipeg, not far from the basement shop where A. A. DeFehr mastered his craft decades ago. In those years, quality and service were the foundations of the business. Today we maintain those values while striving to create interesting, durable products. It hasn’t been easy to stay in business through the years - many competitors have closed due to pressure from off-shore imports. But through tenacity and quality, DeFehr survived. We’re now poised for growth and remain family-owned by the third generation of the DeFehr family.
We build high-value, on-trend furniture. Many of our pieces are shipped fully assembled, and everything from our factory comes with both our 1-year warranty and safety guarantee. While we strive to show true craftsmanship and value in our end products, we also work hard behind the scenes to provide a safe and family-focused working environment for the 400+ Canadians we employ.
DeFehr products are available coast-to-coast through our well-known retail partners. Product lines include bedroom and dining sets, entertainment units and home office furniture. We also produce furnishings for the hospitality industry for more than 10,000 hotel rooms around the world.
We take pride in sourcing as many raw materials as possible within Canada and North America. Not only does it make sense for the environment, but Canadian forests produce beautiful materials for furniture making. For example, our solid wood bedroom sets are made from Manitoba pine that is grown within 200 kilometers of our factory.
As a company who began as a small, family-owned business, DeFehr has grown to hold strong family values. We care for our employees and strive to make our company feel like a second home. We offer great discounts on products, generous benefits packages and flexible hours. When you work with us, you’ll feel like family.
We employ a cross-section of long-term and new Canadians while welcoming to our team anyone with a drive to learn the art of furniture making. We utilize a broad range of automated machinery, but many aspects of production rely on quality craftsmanship from our expert furniture makers.
We work hard to promote a safe workplace that produces and builds safe furniture. DeFehr Furniture is an industry leader in Workers Compensation Board rankings based on claim numbers, lost time and Return to Work policies and procedures. We believe that we have built a culture rich in health and safety initiatives.
At DeFehr, we are committed to excellence in serving our customers including people with disabilities. We strive to treat all persons with dignity and respect and encourages independence and equal opportunity through our Customer Service Accessibility Policy.
DeFehr Furniture is licensed under the Environmental Act (Licence #2638R) by Manitoba Conservation. This licence is given to those businesses who consistently meet or exceed safe environmental practices.
We aim to use as much local and sustainable material as possible. Our Manitoba Pine is one of our most commonly used materials and is sourced less than 200 km away from our plant.
We use CARB-2 certified particle board which is formaldahyde-free and eliminates any health risks associated with it. Each year we continue to reduce our VOC's by using water-based stains and UV finishing technology.
We have virtually eliminated the use of styrofoam in our packaging and have further reduced our use of cardboard by adopting a cap and tray technique which only packages commercial (hotel) products with corner pads in lieu of boxes.
During the winter months we use 95% of our wood waste to heat our facility to reduce the amount of natural gas used. This lessens the amount of finite resources being depleted and minimizes the amount of wood scrap being sent to our local landfill.
As a Canadian-based supplier, we are able to maintain low transportation costs which reduces our overall carbon footprint.
We’ve replaced over 750 incandescent light bulbs with LED lighting which uses much less energy. The lifespan of LED's are much longer, therefore decreasing our need for replacement.
In 2015, we eliminated our use of styrofoam coffee cups and plastic stir sticks. With over 400 employees, that saves an average of 292,000 cups from going to our local landfill each year.