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                                                         Furniture Brands International Inc.
                                                                     101 South Hanley Road
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               St. Louis, Missouri 63105

                                                               For Further Information Call
                                                                          Lynn Chipperfield


Morganton, North Carolina, February 2, 2004 – Michael Dugan, Chief Executive Officer
of Henredon Furniture Industries, Inc., today announced the appointment of Steve
McKee as President and Chief Operating Officer of Henredon.

Mr. McKee, age 51, began his career with Macy’s Department Stores and held a
number of executive posts at Shillito’s and Joske’s. In 1987 he joined Gabbert’s and
was named President in 1995. Leaving Gabberts in 1998, he became president of the
HOME Company. He joined Henredon in February 2002 and has served since that
date as Executive Vice-President, Sales and Marketing. Mr. Dugan, who has been
President and Chief Executive Officer of Henredon since 1987, will continue to serve as
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer.

In a related move, Tom O’Connell has been appointed as Executive Vice President,
Operations. Previously VP, Chief Financial Officer at Henredon, O’Connell will be
responsible for the company’s manufacturing and importing functions in addition to
finance and administration.

Mr. Dugan commented: “These appointments are part of an orderly succession process
at Henredon. While I will continue to oversee the strategic direction of the company and
will be closely involved with our other companies such as Hickory Chair, Steve and Tom
will undertake a much broader role in the day to day operations of the company.

“Steve is an extraordinarily talented individual, with a strong background in sales and
marketing. His experience in the retail sector will be invaluable as Henredon continues
the development of its own retail presence. He has the respect of the Henredon staff
and of the leaders in our industry, and I know he will take this company to the next

Mr. McKee commented: “I appreciate Mike’s confidence in offering me this great
challenge. Henredon has the right product line, the right strategic direction, and the
best brand name in our sector of the furniture industry. I am excited about the
opportunity to undertake this new role and to build upon my close working relationship
with Mike and with the rest of the talented Henredon management team as we continue
to grow this company.”

W.G. (Mickey) Holliman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Furniture
Brands International, Inc. (NYSE: FBN), the parent company of Henredon, said: “Under
Mike Dugan’s leadership, Henredon has become established as the leading
manufacturer in the upper end of our industry. With these appointments, we are
assured that Henredon’s future will be as bright as its past. I look forward to the
contributions Mike, Steve and Tom will continue to make to this great company.”

Henredon is a subsidiary of Furniture Brands International, Inc. (NYSE: FBN), America’s
largest home furnishings manufacturer, manufacturing and sourcing its products under
six of the best-known brand names in the industry – Broyhill, Lane, Thomasville,
Henredon, Drexel Heritage and Maitland-Smith. Furniture Brands markets its products
across a broad spectrum of price categories and distributes its products through an
extensive system of independently owned national, regional and local retailers.

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