What’s new in the furniture world?

Much as I obsess about my own business, Furniture Works, I’m also interested in the furniture business as a whole.  Here’s some more recent news about the industry.

Importing

80% of case goods (chests of drawers, etc.) and 45% of upholstery sold in the US comes from overseas.  Overall, the percentage has increased 2% over 2016 with increases for Canada (1%), Malaysia (6%) and Poland (13%) and decreases for China (-1%), Taiwan (-16%) and India (-18%).  The biggest increase is in upholstered goods.

Ditto, exports from the US have fallen by 2% overall, the biggest has been metal furniture parts (-12%).  The largest change in buyers have been France (up 28%) and the UAR (-28%).  Canada’s imports dwarfs the other countries at $631.9M.

Costs

This fall, costs for constructing furniture have gone up.  Frames, foam & packaging have all gone up 15% which has driven up the prices of upholstery by 2%. It would have had more of an effect on retail prices except that overall sales have not risen by much.

The Players

The “big boys” in the business are Ashley HomeStore (#1 at $3.8B in revenue), Mattress Firm (#2 at $3.4B) and Ikea (#3 at $3.2B).  These are followed by Williams-Sonoma, Rooms to Go, Berkshire Hathaway & RH.  Big Lots, interestingly enough, comes in at #8.

Online?  Yep, it is having its impacts.  Wayfair had $1.2B in sales and was up 41.9% over a year ago.  They are not yet profitable, however.  Amazon has begun selling upholstery with a couple of lines.

And what would you like for Christmas?

61% prefer gift cards & certificates, 55% clothing, 39% books & other media, 33% electronics & 24% home décor & furnishings.  59% will shop online, 57% in department stores, 54% in discount stores & 46% in grocery/supermarkets.

And what’s the future for us?

We’ll continue to bring you the best quality used furniture & reasonably priced new furniture that we can.  Just to add a couple more numbers, there are nearly 500 items available at any time in our 6000 square foot store.

Dangerous Furniture

Even the most indifferent observer may have noticed that not all the money we give our government is well-spent (“pith helmets for postal workers?”) but I confess that I have fallen in love with the U.S. Census Bureau.  I would gladly take them out for dinner and drinks.  If only my love were requited, I would send them a dozen roses.

How casually, how glibly, they provide the most intimate information about ourselves.  They tell me that in 1997, almost 110,000 people went to emergency rooms from accidents with their sofas, couches and davenports.

This number is about half of those injured by their own tables or by their chairs.  I’d go lie down and think about it but 400,000 people were injured involving their beds.  In other words, every day 1000 of our fellow Americans are involved with dangerous bedding.  Mind you these are not the casual accident of waking up with chenille lines on your face, but emergency room visits.

Despite my breathless exhortations, the Census Bureau seems unwilling, however, to tell me how this could happen.  Pulling on a sweater while walking around the living room? Eating the stuffing?  Refusing to move the furniture before a living room re-enactment of Disco Dance Party?  Perhaps we’ve simply become a nation of careless sitters.  Let’s hope not.  There were 43,000 accidents with toilets.

And, worse yet, accidents with sofas are almost three times the number of accidents with scissors.  Clearly, Mom was wrong.  She should have told us not to run with couches.

The obvious solution is to augment the warning labels.  “Kids, this sofa is not a toy.  It is not a very good trampoline.” But, it’s not like they don’t warn us about things already.  There’s a bottle of dried bobcat urine (to keep pests out of the garden) that says “Not for human consumption” or the ovenware that says “Ovenware will get hot when used in oven”.  There’s a heat gun that says “Do not use this tool as a hairdryer”.  My package of Austin Peanut Butter Crackers includes the warning that the package includes peanut ingredients.  Perhaps I should take some cold comfort in this.  After all, Heinz does sell both cider vinegar and imitation cider vinegar.

But, back to the topic at hand (such as it is).  The Furniture Fire Safety Act requires upholstered furniture to be labeled with:

“This product contains polyurethane foam and presents a severe fire hazard! In case of fire, serious personal injury or death can result from extreme heat, rapid oxygen depletion, and the production of toxic gases. Do not expose this product to any intense radiant heat or open flames such as space heaters, open burning, cigarettes, naked lights, matches, electrical sparks, or other intense heat sources.”  And so I would strongly encourage you not to smoke your sofa.

I’d go fix myself a cup of coffee and sit down and worry about all of this if I weren’t so scared of the coffee maker.  Maybe I’ll just go and write a thank you to the Census Bureau.  I couldn’t find any statistics on accidents with pen and paper.

Choose The Best Furniture For Your Garden

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There is more to it than just tending to your garden in order to make it look wonderful and enticing. A great idea is to consider it another room of the house, and invest in making it a space where you can spend your time. This means that you should implement furniture into your garden. Place a table with some cozy chairs or a sofa, and you’ve got yourself an outdoors part of your home where you can spend your time alone or with your family. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the tips for getting the best furniture for your garden.

Decide on the purpose

The first step is to decide what you want to achieve by implementing the furniture. Are you aiming for a space where you can host dinner parties? Do you want it to be a simple dining area for you and your family? Are you thinking about designing a peaceful spot where you can lay back and read during warm afternoons? Make a list of what you want to do with the space, and this will help you decide what furniture is the most suitable for it.

Getting shelter and shade

What you probably want is to create a space that is sheltered from the hot summer sun or rainy and windy weather. There are two choices that you can go for. The first is a pergola, which will provide you with just enough shade, but won’t be able to offer much protection against the rain. The other option is a summerhouse or a gazebo, which is bound to make your space dry, but might feel more like you are on the inside instead of in your garden.

Easily maintained furniture

Make sure that you get furniture that requires little maintenance, in order to be able to enjoy your garden space rather than take care of it most of the time. The general case with cedar, metal, teak and wicker pieces is that they are resistant to different kinds of weather. Go for these materials if you really want to enjoy great furniture that will look great for a long time.

Go for high-quality

Of course, it is also very important that you adhere to the old saying that you get what you pay for. For example, cheap plastic resin tables and chairs may look great in the shop, but the fact is that they will keep this look for a few years, until they become fragile and lose the color. A number of wicker and wood products that go for a cheap price have the same problem. You need to be careful when you shop and read reviews before you make the decision to buy.

Apply smart coloring

You should keep in mind that when getting the furniture for your garden, you don’t have to be restricted to the natural hues of wood, metal and wicker. You can invest in high-quality colorful finishes in order to get the best looks out of your patio furniture. Next to that, you can get creative by adding boldly colored cushions and accessories.

Go for comfort

Aesthetics might be important, but an essential aspect of your garden furniture is comfort. Piece made out of metal or wood are bound to last long, but for them to truly be comfortable, you need to add some soft cushions made out of plush. Pancake cushions are a bad choice, since they provide you with what you are looking for. Get big and light ones that will make your furniture truly usable. Polyester filler is an essential component. A light and elastic filler easily dries after exposure to moisture.

Think about shape and size

The shape and size of your furniture matters for any room in your home. Therefore, it’s no different for your garden. If you want to make it into a dining space, you must pay attention to the size of the dining table. Make sure that it doesn’t take control of all of the space, and that people can move around easily. According to the professionals at landscape design Sydney, the furniture pieces have to be just the right size so that they make the space open enough and that it remains functional.

In summation

When you choose the furniture for your garden, you must decide what purpose the space should serve. It is important that you go for high-quality and comfort, but also for furniture that doesn’t require high-maintenance. The shape and size also matters, so that the space remains functional.

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Complete Your Home with The Best Suited Furniture

To own a house is a dream come true, but to make a complete home, one needs best suited furniture be appropriately arranged to make it picture perfect… Furniture can either enhance the look of the entire home as well as damped the looks too. No matter how big or small the house is, it can look beautiful when right kind of furniture is chosen. Nowadays, there is no dearth of furniture stores in the market, and each of them offers a wide range of items at competitive prices. It is not easy to purchase furniture unless you know the requirements of your family and the house. Each piece that you come across in the market has unique features, and by noticing them you can make your judgment.

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While buying the furniture, buyers need to understand certain rules and consider few factors. Furniture has to be considered an investment and should be one that should not go out of fashion anytime soon. If you are not careful with your selection then it will not just be a waste of money, but will also be an eyesore in your dream home. Similar to other businesses in the world, even furniture business has witnessed many changes. With every change, there are both pros and cons attached. In this case, the pros are buyers can come across a wide variety of choices, there are now customised furniture available as well, the prices are competitive, and now one can even purchase from online stores.

One primary drawback for the buyers would be in choosing the right store and in ensuring right kind of wood material. In order to make the confusion clear, let us check out some important points in this piece of article which can help you in making correct and quick decisions.

  • The moment one enters the living area of a house, there is one thing that catches the eye, and it is the sofa set. Measure the size of your living space, check the theme, and look for the colours of the walls too, before you step out to buy the right sofa. The sofa should give you the right comfort and it should be of high quality.
  • A bedroom is definitely incomplete without a good, comfy, big, and a perfect bed. The trend these days is of practical and appealing looking furniture, which you can get from the right.
  • furniture stores. See if you can opt for the functional bed that has some storage space below it.
  • Most of the people like working from home, and a suitable office chair can be a right choice to make. Choose an ideal chair that gives you utmost comfort for your neck, arms, and back.
  • The place where all the family members come together is the dining table, so the dining chairs and table should fit into the size of the room. See that the material is sturdy enough so as to last for long.

Furniture Stores

How to Find Reliable Furniture Stores?

Over the years, there has been a number of furniture shops that has opened up, thus increasing competition… However, you need to choose a reputed store which has proven credentials. You can expect many benefits from such reliable and reputed furniture stores, some include reasonable rates, quality material used, long lasting furniture, guarantees, huge variety, and best of all- 100% satisfaction. In addition to this, you can even expect free home delivery of the furniture to your place. What more can a buyer ask for? So, search and find such good stores in your city and purchase the best.

About the Writer

This post is written by Joseph Webb. Joseph is an excellent blogger and philosophers, His keen observation to provide useful information which helps readers to get more ideas. He can be found on Google+ and on Twitter as @aussiesmag.

 

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Can the Right Furniture Save Space?

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In 2014, there was 2.63 billion square feet of rentable self-storage space in the US, which amounts to 8.32 square feet of storage space for every man, woman and child in the US. While the size of the average American house has almost doubled to 2,300 square feet over the last 50 years, we still seem to feel we have a crisis of space. In reality, our homes have a vast amount of space – including storage space – which we may simply not be utilizing as well as we can. Here are five great furniture ideas that will help you maximize storage while still creating maximum space.

1. TV Stands

With sleek, modern, flat screen TV’s have come sleek, modern TV stands that still take up the same amount of space, but offer little to no storage. While giant entertainment centers of old don’t offer the kind of space needed for today’s oversized screens, there are still a number of ways to incorporate storage into your TV stand. Repurposing an old dresser, is one great way to create your own TV stand, or if you really want to go all out, Ikea has a wide variety of complete wall units that create vast amounts of storage around your television.

2. Ottomans and Coffee Tables

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Ottomans and coffee tables are both furniture items that can be used in a wide variety of ways for both storage and additional space. Ottomans with a hinged lid offer great storage inside but then can be used as additional seating when you have guests. You can even combine the two and purchase an ottoman coffee table that combines storage with a great place to put your feet up!

3. Platform Beds

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While under-bed storage is nothing new, platform beds can take it to a whole new level. With a wide variety of mattresses that no longer need box springs, that frees up an additional foot or more in height of storage space under your bed. Without a box spring, you can actually repurpose an entire bookshelf to slide right under your bed, providing loads of useable storage space.

4. Don’t Forget the Garage!

Garages have always been a primary storage area for everything from cars to lawnmowers to canoes to holiday decorations. With our growing obsession with space, however – both storage and otherwise – garages are quickly taking on a wide variety of roles ranging from man caves to small apartments. Garages are a great place to use clever storage ideas such as custom cabinetry or wall mounts for items like bikes, skis or snowboards and even canoes, to create both extra living and storage space in your garage.

5. Pull out Beds

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Pull out beds – or wall beds – became famous in the 70’s in New York apartments the size of shoeboxes. Now they have become popular in tiny homes and are gaining popularity in even regular sized homes. Pull out beds are great for people that want a guest room, but don’t have guests often enough to want to devote an entire room of their home for them year-round. Pullout or wall beds can be placed in a play-room and used for naps or sleepovers or in a home office that can still be used during the day as an office – even when you have guests over.

In the last decade, people have been creating additional space in their home by moving many of their belongings into storage units. But renting additional storage space can be expensive, not to mention time consuming when you have to drive somewhere every time you have to pull something out of or put something back in your storage unit. Instead, you can create a vast amount of additional storage in your home by simply doubling up your furniture with storage space.

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