DCI sustainable school lounge furniture is the gold standard among university lounge furniture manufacturers. Prized for its quality and sustainable pedigree, DCI's school lobby furniture outperforms the competition based on comfort, style, function, and durability. Dubbed a “Sustainability Champion” by the USDA, DCI backs our furniture with a 25 year warranty. Learn more...
For 45 years our craftsmen have employed time-tested methods for constructing solid hardwood furniture here in the United States. Although our factory is filled with modern machinery and finishing equipment, we maintain the old world craftsmanship that makes our furniture last decades and lifetimes. Using a combination of mortise and tenon and dowel joints, we make the strongest frames for student lounge chairs. These joints combine joinery, glue, and screws vastly exceeding the strength of frame and screw construction used by some school lounge furniture makers. Learn more...
In 1976 Henry Kober, then a doctoral student in philosophy, started a bespoke business in his New Hampshire farmhouse to make ends meet. Today, DCI furnishes student and military housing complexes around the world. Kober and his two sons, David and Amos, have guided DCI’s steady growth over five decades, with regional operations in Vermont, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and San Diego, CA. Today, we build all of our student lounge furniture in Lumberton, NC.
"We were impressed by the quality of the operation. DCI controls the product from the forest to the floor, so they can assure quality every step of the way. This company has been well received by Penn State, and we hope our relationship will continue.”
"I love DCI's sustainability efforts. I have worked with your family for over 30 years and we have a great relationship. A couple of years back, the Boston College leadership team visited the DCI sawmill and factory. It was great to see all the great initiatives in progress and to see some of our new residence hall furniture in various stages of manufacturing."
"You and your team were amazing from start to finish, from the design and consultation to pricing, and the coordination and install of the furniture. Professional, competent, creative, and friendly, I couldn’t ask for more from the experience."
DCI is the undisputed leader in sustainability among school lounge furniture manufacturers. As a vertically integrated company, we are the only university lounge furniture maker to control our supply chain, from forest to floor. We work with certified NH and VT foresters to choose our trees, harvesting them within 150 miles of our FSC-certified sawmill. The only FSC sawmill in Vermont. Then we transport the logs to our rough and finishing mill, 75 miles away in Lisbon, New Hampshire. There, we build frames for our student lounge chairs and sofas.
DCI has a zero waste policy. We don't use fossil fuel. Instead, we fuel our factory with renewable energy, generating our own heat by capturing our wood waste and burning it in a high-efficiency wood boiler. In 2022, we were awarded grants from the USDA, USFS, and NH Renewable Energy Fund to upgrade our boilers. This will allow us to start using our steam engine to generate our own electricity, further reducing our dependence on the power grid!
Ahead of EPA standards, our roll-applied finishing process emits zero VOC’s (chemicals emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids that have adverse health effects). DCI's zero-VOC commitment and practice earned us certification with SCS Indoor Advantage Gold (Analogous to MAS Green & Greenguard).
At DCI, we build school lobby furniture based on the principles of circular design. Also known as zero waste, closed loop, or cradle to cradle, circular design: 1. Maximizes the efficient use of materials and energy; 2. Includes recycled and recyclable materials, and 3. Is crafted to facilitate upgrade, repair, take back, and disassembly at the end of its useful life. Our robust Furniture Buyback Program and Removal and Reuse/Recycle Program are examples of circular design in action. Learn more...
DCI works with a range of clients and suppliers who come from marginalized communities. We donate reclaimed and lightly used furniture to the Chicago Furniture Bank, who “breaks the cycle of furniture poverty by transforming an empty house into a home” through providing folks with high quality used furniture. Our mattresses are sourced from IFB Solutions a company owned and operated by blind and visually impaired workers.
Among dorm room furniture manufacturers, DCI is unique in its commitment to working with marginalized communities. DCI’s headquarters is based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, an area that has seen some of the highest rates of opioid addiction in America. As a recovery friendly workplace, we regularly donate furniture or sell it at cost to organizations that create transitional housing for victims of substance use disorders.
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