About Us 

Homemakers Furniture was founded by
Carl & Ina Merschman in 1974

  • In 1974, the Merschman's purchased the former Gray's Furniture Store on Hubbell Avenue, a 31,000 sq ft store with 10 employees.
  • In 1978, the store was expanded with additions to the warehouse and showroom.
  • After purchasing the Parker Brothers factory on Douglas Avenue in 1985, a second store was opened on the edge of Urbandale, IA.
  • The Urbandale location was expanded in 1995 when the warehouse was moved to the building next to the store. The renovation also included an expansion of the showroom and a new front entrance.
  • In 1998, the Urbandale location went through further expansion. 40,000 sq ft was added to the showroom, as well as a renovation of the warehouse. The Merschman's now had two stores in Des Moines, employing over 200 people.
  • In 2000, Nebraska Furniture Mart, a Berkshire Hathaway company, purchased Homemakers Furniture.
  • The Merschman's began to discuss an extensive plan for renovation and expansion of the Urbandale location in 2002.
  • On June 20, 2007, Homemakers held a Ground-breaking Ceremony marking the beginning of the renovation and rebuild of the existing facility.
  • During construction, the Urbandale store was split into four phases.
    • Phase 1 consisted of 60,000 sq ft of showroom and 64,000 sq ft of warehouse renovation. Phase 1 was completed in March 2008.
    • Phase 2 was started on the upstairs 48,000 sq ft and finished in June 2008.
    • Phase 3 was 42,000 sq ft and was completed in September 2008.
    • Phase 4 encompassed the front entrance of the store and was 65,000 sq ft.
  • In May 2009, Homemakers Factory Outlet announced the moving of its operations to the Urbandale location.
  • In July 2009, the Urbandale location opens a new Clearance Center.
  • On July 31, 2009, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Homemakers Furniture was held.
  • In 2012, Homemakers expanded the warehouse, adding 56% more storage capacity.

In 2014, Homemakers celebrates 40 years of tradition.

  • Homemakers Furniture

    10215 Douglas Avenue

    Des Moines, Iowa 50322

  • Toll Free: 1-888-818-7283

    Phone: 515-276-2772

    fax: 515-334-2614

  • Mon–Fri: 10am - 9pm

    Sat: 10am - 7pm

    Sun: 11am - 6pm