We used an AR app to drop furniture in iconic Birmingham spots. Recliner at Railroad Park anyone?


Want to drop a sofa in front of the Rotary Trail? Now ya can. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

You know Bham Now is all about the latest and greatest tech in Birmingham. So it’s probably no surprise that as soon as we heard about a new AR app that lets you place furniture anywhere you want, we had to give it a go.

Checkout our AR adventure, having fun with furniture in a few iconic Birmingham spots. Find out how you can use this technology on your own to make decorating your home SO much easier.

Try Before You Buy with AR Apps

One click. It’s that easy with AR. Gif by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Shopping for home furnishings can be stressful. You like the sofa in the showroom but how will it look in your home?  Many times you have to commit to a piece, or whole new room of furniture, before you see it in your den. And, moving the furniture around, for perfect placement can be exhausting and floor-scratching.

But now there’s a better way.  Enter the new AR (augmented reality) app by La-Z-Boy which lets you easily place furniture wherever whenever—giving you a sneak preview before you buy. GENIUS. 

The technology is super handy, and it even allows you to customize fabric and move items around your space until you find the perfect fit all from your iPhone. 

A Few Iconic Birmingham Spots Just Got an Upgrade…Thanks to AR.

We bounced around downtown from the Rotary Trail to The Roof at The Redmont Hotel to drop some of our favorite La-Z-Boy pieces in front of our favorite places. I must say, it was pretty fun to bring out my interior (and exterior) designer skills around Birmingham. 

But obviously this app is for your space. Whether it’s your home or office, you can use augmented reality to see what something will look like before you buy it. Plus, it’s SO fun and super easy just to play with—even if you’re not in the market for a new ottoman.

Ready to See How La-Z-Boy Furniture Will Look in Your Home? Here’s How it Works in 5 Steps.

The yellow chair really complements the upswing grass, don’t ya think? Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

1. Download the La-Z-Boy AR App—it’s FREE!

Currently the app is only available in the App Store to iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch users. Android users, stay tuned.

2. Once you download the app, you’ll see “View AR Items” in the middle of the bottom tab on your home screen. Click it.

This will bring you to the Augmented Reality page where you can find everything you need to know about the feature, including a very helpful Q&A at the bottom!

3. Next, scroll down until you see “Shop by Category.”

You can pick from five different categories including:

  • Chairs
  • Recliners
  • Sofas
  • Loveseats
  • And Ottomans

4. Browse the categories and find a piece you like. You can filter by style or materials, and even sort by most popular or sale.

Settle on a piece and make sure to customize it with your choice of fabric, leather or welt trim.

5. Finally, tap “View Virtually in Your Space” to see the product in your space.

All you need to do is follow the on-screen instructions to start the AR experience, you’re ready to go!

Don’t forget to snap a photo to share with friends or go back to the product page to purchase online.

Need some inspo to get started? Stop by your local La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery in Birmingham and let their design experts help you out.

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