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Four trends to look for in dining furniture

What's your approach to the dining room category in 2017?

HIGH POINT — In recent months, including during the most recent Premarket, we’ve started to see and hear some interesting trends in the dining segment. Here are four of those trends.

Vaughan-BassettThis solid maple dining set is being added to Vaughan-Bassett's Appalachian Hardwoods line.
1. Companies are simplifying their custom approach to the category by offering a more limited number of table tops, bases and even finish options. This is making it easier for customers to choose the exact set they want for their home.

2. Narrow dining tables are becoming more and more popular. This is primarily due to their smaller scale but also their ability to bring people closer together for a more conversational dining experience.

3. Kitchen islands, once extremely popular about 10 years ago, are beginning to appear in more showrooms. In addition to their functionality, these pieces look great and add a sense of style to the kitchen. Solid wood dining continues to grow in popularity.

4. As people spend less money on large-scale formal sets, they may be willing to invest in solid wood tables and companion side pieces. Solid wood also offers a quality and finish story that dealers can tell on their floors.

Do any of these reflect your company’s approach to dining? Are there other trends we should add to this list? I’d love to hear more about what you are doing with the category. Feel free to comment below or email me at trussell@furnituretoday.com. As always, also feel free to call me directly at 336-605-3815.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today
trussell@furnituretoday.com

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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