Sedlak Interiors – A Cleveland Furniture Retailer

Sedlak Interiors – A Cleveland Furniture Retailer

Sedlak Interiors is an unique furniture store headquartered in a suburb of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County.   Its conveniently in a large facility located off of Route 422 in City of Solon. Named after its founder, the late John Sedlak, it is now run by Dorothy Sedlak along with Jeff Sedlak, Charles Sedlak, June Sedlak and others.

Highly functional Ekornes Stresless Chairs at Sedlak Interiors

Highly functional Ekornes Stresless Chair at Sedlak Interiors

In many furniture stores in Northeast Ohio, merchandise is spread out over a large undivided area.   At Sedlak Interiors, the furniture is displayed in specific divided areas.  For example, contemporary furniture is displayed in its own room and motion seating is displayed in a different room; all recliners are arranged by manufacturer in the same area. This type of unique display helps a furniture buyer in making a decision.  However, finding a perfect sofa is a challenge.

Hickory Chair Furniture area at Sedlak Interiors

Hickory Chair Furniture area at Sedlak Interiors

Furniture bargains at Sedlak Interiors

Furniture bargains at Sedlak Interiors

Sedlak Interiors is likely one of the relatively better furniture retail stores in the Northeast Ohio area based on selection.   Most but not all the furniture sold in the Solon store is made (assembled?) domestically, not that Made in USA is an indicator of high quality.  However, they do carry furniture made in China and Norway.   According to one of their salesman, a 19 year employee of Sedlak Interiors, the salesmen at Sedlak Interiors do not work on commission.

Recliners in Sedlak Interiors

Recliners in Sedlak Interiors

Some among the many top and medium tier furniture manufacturers merchandise you will see at Sedlak Interiors are Hancock and Moore, Bradington Young, EKORNES STRESSLESS CHAIRS!, Hickory Chair, American Leather, Henredon, Lazar Industries, Lee Industries, Sherill, CR Laine, Stickley……Prices are proportional and on the higher to very high side on some merchandise relative to other furniture stores.  Retailers do have overhead expenses factored into the sale prices they set.

Sedlak Interiors on Solon Road in City of Solon

Sedlak Interiors on Solon Road in City of Solon

The best day to visit Sedlak Interiors is any weekday since they get more furniture browsers on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays.

Furniture manufacturers are in business to make money, just like everyone else.  Your local furniture store buys from the manufacturer through the manufacturers sales representative.  This representative also earns a percentage of all sales in their territory.  So it should be common knowledge if you can purchase directly from the manufacturer you can avoid the retail store markup and also the representative take from each sale.  Furniture “Made in the USA” now may be actually assembled in the USA, but the parts are made in Malaysia and China and imported here to be assembled.  There are still some manufacturers who really do make the whole item here in this country, but they are becoming more and more rare.

According to furniture industry insider DC, this industry is fashion industry meaning that appearance of the furniture is more important than the functions.  Some questions to ask oneself when buying furniture in addition to the type of frame, suspension system, seat cushions, back cushions, fabric, warranty is how long do you intend on keeping the proposed furniture?  Are you one of those buyers who might like to buy new car and furniture every 5 to 10 years? Is lumbar support important to you? Do you want furniture that makes a fashion statement or is comfortable or has both the qualities?  How will the furniture look outside the engineered atmosphere of the retail store and in your home or office?  Do you need a fancy clock when you can read time off of your smartphone?  Do you read and/or watch TV on your sofa?  Are your little and big kids likely to damage the furniture?  Like a new car, furniture loses a large portion of its value once it leaves the furniture retail store and for each year of usage, so consumers are unlikely to recoup much of their money selling it.  And good luck with selling used furniture.

Consumer Reports on Sofa

Consumer Reports on Sofa

January 2008 Consumer Reports Review on Sofas

  • Press down on the back rail and arms and try to wiggle them. You should not feel excessive movement.
  • Lift one front corner leg about 6 inches while a companion holds down the opposing arm. You should not feel the sofa twist.
  • Ask the salesperson to remove the bottom dust cover near one leg so that you can see the frame. (Not all stores will do this.) Look for corner blocks to add strength and neat, tight joints that appear to be glued and stapled or screwed together.  If legs are screwed into the frame, that’s OK.  Legs that are part of the frame may be stronger but hard to repair.
  • The terms kiln-dried hardwood and furniture-grade plywood can denote high-quality materials. But the frame can still be poorly assembled.
  • Knead the frame along the front and back rails, corners, and arms.  If you feel hard or sharp edges, it means the padding is skimpy.
  • Check the back of the sofa.  Padding should be smooth, not lumpy. The outer back should be padded to give a finished look, especially if the sofa won’t be up against a wall.
  • Unzip a seat cushion to see what’s inside. Better-quality cushions contain foam covered with polyester batting, enclosed in a muslin or nonwoven pillowcase.
  • Removable back cushions containing loose polyester filler should hold the filling in a pillowcase that’s stitched into multiple compartments to minimize settling.
  • Check the covering. Reversible cushions help the fabric and filling last longer.
  • Press down hard on the deck (the area under the seat cushion) to sense if seat springs are evenly spaced and equally resistant to pressure.
  • Sit down. You shouldn’t tip or sink in one direction. If you do, the springs probably aren’t centered or properly attached to the frame.
  • Listen. You don’t want to hear squeaks.
  • Disregard the term “eight-way hand-tied springs.” It’s no longer synonymous with comfort or high quality. Other types of springs–coil, cone, S-shaped, and grid–can be just fine; they mainly influence how comfortable the sofa feels to you. The illustrations above show two common spring designs.
  • Stripes and plaids should appear straight and aligned; floral or arabesque patterns should flow from one part of the sofa to the next.

Check the stitching. Welted seams should be straight, skirt pleats evenly spaced, zippers color matched to the upholstery.

Smoke and Mirrors says a furniture industry insider

Other important aspects to remember regarding furniture industry is that some furniture manufacturers will not work with the furniture buyer if the buyer has any warranty related furniture issues.   Manufacturers will direct furniture buyers to work with the retail store to address the issues.   Try contacting a furniture manufacturer and you will know.  And you should hope that you do not have to contact the retailer for service or warranty repair issues.

Here’s warranty text from CR Laine’s website

 To obtain service, report any problems to the retailer from whom the product was purchased. When necessary, the retailer will contact CR Laine for service arrangements.

Addressing post sale furniture issues is at the discretion (discretion refers to the power or right to decide or act according to one’s own judgment or choice or in the case of a business, for profit) of the furniture retailer and may not be the priority of some furniture retailers.  The manufacturer may ask the buyer to ship the furniture back to the factory at buyer’s cost for repair evaluation!!  Furniture does not come with a no questions asked return policy unless you buy it at Costco.  The other side of the coin represents a race to the bottom in terms of furniture construction quality.

Sedlak Interiors

Sedlak Interiors

spring down cushion

Spring Down Cushions are the best, Dacron wrapped foam is the cheapest

According to

  1., “A normal furniture item costing $500 may have cost the retailer not more than $175.  Even after putting it on sale the retailers sell it for not less than $350. This is why furniture is pretty much on sale all-round the year
  2. Furniture stores usually make a hefty margin, with markups of about 80 percent.
  3. “Furniture Markups: 200-400%.  No industry manipulates the meaningless MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) quite like the furniture industry.  Salespeople usually receive a 15-20% commission if they sell an item at the inflated MSRP.  But there’s another helpful abbreviation to know: MAP (Manufacturer’s Advertised Price). This lower price is the minimum at which most retailers are allowed to sell the item. Salespeople resist consumers who ask for this price and only receive about 7% commission on MAP sales.”

So, what’s a perfect sofa?  It depends on the context, there is no perfect sofa.

  • Test drive a sofa for at least 15 minutes.  The more time you spend on the test drive, the better your assessment will be of the sofa.  You are not buying a toilet seat.  Buy what you are absolutely certain about, otherwise walk away.
  • Poor furniture designs are not rare.   A good sofa or perhaps any furniture must provide lumbar support.   Lower back and spine surgeries are no fun.   If you are growing younger and do not care about your lower back, then lumbar support in a sofa or recliner is probably unnecessary.  Ekornes Stressless Chairs, arguably, is the only furniture that provides lumbar support among the furniture that is sold today.  Very little comes close to what Ekorness Stressless Chairs offer.
  • Sofa should be sized properly to fit in your room and more importantly to accommodate your body dimensions, weight as well as current and anticipated health issues.
  • A good depth is 40″.  If you are likely to lounge in your sofa, 42″ or even higher depth is more appropriate.  However, the depth and the seat cushion height should be directly proportional to make a good fit.  36″ deep sofas don’t belong in most homes, they will likely work in your doctor’s waiting room.
  • Spring down seat cushions are the best but this is a variable.  In January 2008 edition of Consumer Reports, it is noted that “Better-quality cushions contain foam covered with polyester batting, enclosed in a muslin or non-woven pillowcase”.
  • Larger and heavier seat cushions are better than smaller and lighter.  Two cushion sofas are more comfortable and likely to last longer than identical three cushion sofas.  Get the best seat cushions your money can afford.  Remember that upgrading seat cushions is likely to change the important floor to top of seat cushion height.
  • Properly constructed completely unattached back pillow cushions are better than attached cushions since the pillows can be fluffed and both sides can be used.  Tight back sofas with tufting are less comfortable than sofas with loose back cushions and are more appropriate for upright sitting.
  • Leather or fabric and their colors are a personal choice.  Choose carefully because there are returns are rarely accepted in this business.
  • 18-19″ sofa seat height is a good choice.
  • If you might lounge in the sofa, get one that does not have short side arms.  Function is more important than form.
Rating of SAFE Cleveland Suburbs

Rating of SAFE Cleveland Suburbs

RANKING OF Best Cleveland Suburbs based on crime data and other factors

According to SafeWise, based on their own research and FBI Crime Data report from 2011, the best suburbs in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio based on safety are:

City of Solon, Ohio is 10th safest in NEO

City of Solon, Ohio is ranked 10th safest in NEO

Broadview Heights (1),
Hudson (3),
Brook Park (5),
North Ridgeville (6),
Solon (10),
Brunswick (13),
Berea (16),
North Olmsted (19),
Parma Heights (20),
Willoughby (24),
Mayfield Heights (27),
South Euclid (30),
Strongsville (31),
Shaker Heights (37),
Lakewood (38),
Cleveland Heights (43) and
Eastlake (47).

City of Solon's dog nuisance ordinance

City of Solon’s Codified Ordinance 618 deals with animals.


(a)   No person shall keep or harbor any dog within the Municipality which, by frequent and habitual barking, howling or yelping, creates unreasonably loud and disturbing noises of such a character, intensity and duration as to disturb the peace, quiet and good order of the Municipality.  Any person who allows any dog habitually to remain or be lodged or fed within any dwelling, building, yard or enclosure, which he or she occupies or owns, shall be considered to be harboring such dog.

(b)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.


(a)   No person shall keep or harbor any animal or fowl in the Municipality so as to create noxious or offensive odors or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort or safety of the public.
(b)   No owner shall allow his or her dog, cat, or other domestic animal to become a public nuisance.  Excessive barking, whining or howling, molesting passersby, chasing vehicles, attacking other domestic animals, and damaging property shall be considered nuisances under this section.

(c)   Any animal that scratches, digs, urinates or defecates upon any lawn, tree, shrub, plat, building or other public or private property, other than the property of the owner or person in charge or control of such animal, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.  Where the owner or person in charge or control of such animal immediately removes all feces deposited by such animal and disposes of the same in a sanitary manner, such nuisance shall be considered abated.
(d)Whoever violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(1964 Code Sec. 503.13)

City of Solon’s animal warden is Greg Miller.  The animal warden works under the supervision of the Police Chief Christopher Viland.  These misdemeanor cases require a mandatory appearance at the Bedford Municipal Court at 66 Columbus Road, Bedford.  Lon Stolarsky is the prosecutor for City of Solon.

City of Solon Ohio and Mayor Susan Drucker vs Sally Deitrick

60 year old Sally Deitrick, a resident of City of Aurora in Ohio and a former employee of City of Solon filed a complaint in the Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County against Susan Drucker individually and in her capacity as the Mayor of Solon and City of Solon.  The judge assigned to the complaint is Peter J. Corrigan.

Sue Reid of the Chagrin Valley Times reports that Sally Deitrick’s annual salary was about $68,000.

Susan Drucker, Mayor, City of Solon

Susan Drucker, Mayor, City of Solon

Sally Deitrick is being represented by attorneys Susan L. Gragel and Andrew A. Crampton of Goldstein Gragel LLC.  City of Solon will be reportedly represented by Thompson Hine LLP.  The leader for the Cleveland office of Thompson Hine LLP is James B. Aronoff.  The law firm has offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, New York and Washington, D. C.

In her complaint, Sally Deitrick makes three claims for relief:

  1. Age Discrimination
  2. Wrongful Termination and
  3. Defamation

Another side of this issue is represented by the employment termination letter of Sally Deitrick, which takes a diametrically opposite position.  More details on Downloads.

Donations to Solon Police Department's K-9 Fund Get Stryker A New Bullet Proof Vest

Solon Police Dog, Stryker is now equipped with a bullet proof vest.  An individual donation of $2,500 from Swagelok that was specifically ear-marked to assist in purchasing a bullet proof vest for Stryker contributed to the purchase.  The Solon VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) post located at 6340 Melbury Avenue in Solon made an individual donation in the amount of $2,000. According to Solon Police Department Chief Christopher Viland, the Solon Police Department accepts any donation to the K-9 fund, in any amounts, for numerous purposes to care for, equip, train and save for expansion of the Solon Police Department’s K-9program.  The Solon Police Department also sells T-shirts and wrist bands for the specific purpose of fund raising for the canine program on occasion.

State Rep. Marlene Anielski and Sen. Tom Patton Support Solon School District

The final two-year state budget bill HB 153 signed by Gov. John Kasich last night leaves the Solon Schools with a much-improved fiscal outlook from when the budget process began four months ago.  Although the district will still lose $1.279 million a year in tangible personal property reimbursement this year and again next year, the remaining $8.4 million in annual reimbursements for lost TPP tax revenues is now preserved under the new law.

When the governor released his budget proposal in April, the district faced combined losses from state foundation aid and tangible personal property tax reimbursements of more than $2.6 million a year and a cumulative impact of $54 million over the next 8.5 years. That cumulative impact is now reduced to approximately $22 million over that same time.

“We really accomplished something great with the outcome of this budget,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joe Regano. “All of our work through lobbying and the intensive grassroots contact campaign was without a doubt the reason our financial picture under this two-year budget is 180 degrees from what we were looking at in April. We absolutely could not have done this without the support and engagement of our community. The efforts of our citizens in helping to demonstrate the devastating impact of the proposed cuts were invaluable.”

Also key was the support the district received from State Rep. Marlene Anielski and Sen. Tom Patton, Mr. Regano explained. “We could not have asked for better representation during this budget process,” he said. Rep. Anielski and Sen. Patton, along with Rep. Nan Baker, who represents West Side districts, took the time to learn about the history of the TPP reimbursement issue and the impact eliminating that reimbursement would have had on districts they represent. “They understood the complexities of the issue and worked hard to achieve a fair compromise. The result is a shared sacrifice that reflects the difficult economic times Ohio is facing.”

In addition to the halting of the TPP phase-out after this biennium, the legislature restored the proposed cuts in state foundation funding, which for Solon amounted to more than $2 million.

“Although it will not be easy, we will be able to weather these cuts,” Mr. Regano said. “For the upcoming year, we reduced 25 positions and our employees have stepped up and accepted pay freezes and benefit changes in their new contracts. We have also continued to implement efficiencies wherever we can to reduce our overall expenditure slope.”

Mr. Regano cautioned, however, that the district and the community will need to stay vigilant regarding the TPP reimbursement issue. “The new law halts the phase-out, but we will undoubtedly need to protect this reimbursement in future state budget cycles.”