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David Perry

Age and sleep

Three views on sleep wasting by age groups This is the percent of Millennials who feel that spending 20 out of 60 years sleeping is a waste of time. Looking at this by gender, the figure is even higher, with 34% of males saying they feel spendin... More

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King Koil
Follow David Perry's latest blog series on the numbers behind the mattress industry. (Sponsored by King Koil.)
Sheila Sanon

4 free ways students can protect their designs

A simple guide to protecting intellectual property. When students ask about protecting their intellectual property, well-meaning professors often inform them that knockoffs are inevitable. Instructors say that we must beat prospective imitators ... More

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The Swinging Door blog will cover design education, hot impressions, and fresh commentary on contemporary furniture design from a young designer’s perspective. Sheilla Sanon is a senior furniture design student from Appalachian State University with an endless love for creativity. She is the founder and lead blogger at who enjoys celebrating unsung ideas and achievements in design.
Michael Knell

Elections have no influence over furniture buying

BRIGHTON, Ontario - Federal election season has just ended in Canada. In the U.S., it's just getting started. After writing about furniture manufacturing and retailing for the past 30 years - 25 of them on the pages of this newspaper alone - I've ... More

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Michael Knell is Managing Partner of Windsor Bay Communications, Editor and Publisher of, and a veteran of the U.S. and Canadian furniture industries. He was contributed to Furniture/Today since 1991 and has been the organization’s Canadian correspondent for more than two decades. In his North American Perspectives blog Michael will address business and financial issues affecting the furniture business across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bill McLoughlin

6 observations from High Point Market

The questions I'm asked most often at markets are, 'What have you seen?' and 'How is traffic?'. Here are a few thoughts. 1. Small is big: The trend toward smaller scale furniture is officially here. Forget tiny homes, this is about apartment dwe... More

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I’m Bill McLoughlin, Editor in Chief at Furniture Today. In the 25 plus years I’ve covered retail the thing I’ve enjoyed most is the people; hearing their stories, learning about their companies and sharing insights on the business. Through this blog I hope to continue that dialogue. Sometimes you may agree with me, sometimes not. But it’s my hope you will find a fresh perspective and perhaps an idea or two that helps improve your business. I welcome your comments and look forward to a long and productive dialogue.
David Perry

Follow the specialists' playbook to grow your bedding business

Want to sell more high-priced sleep sets? Take a page -- or two -- out of the bedding specialists' playbook. A close look at our latest retail bedding survey (see 16 April print issue) makes a compelling case for applying the specialists’ s... More

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David Perry Bedding Editor Hi! I'm David Perry, the bedding editor for Furniture/Today. This is an online version of my Bedding Today column, which appears weekly in the pages of Furniture/Today. I invite you to take advantage of this blog format to share your comments on the topics that I tackle each week..
Thomas Lester

#MattressTags: The domino effect

We all fall down Aaron's a rent-to-own heavyweight, recently added another title to its credit: Guinness World Record Holder. The Atlanta-based company set the record for the world's largest human/mattress domino chain, as 1,200 Aaron's associa... More

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#MattressTags takes a new approach to bedding, bringing you unique, offbeat and at times humorous news that might not make the headlines but that we think is important to business and the people who conduct it, nonetheless... Our hope is to inform, enlighten and maybe make you smile. (Sponsored by Spring Air.)

David Stewart

Let’s face it, sales meetings are the worst

After a sales meeting, there's a spike in business, so you celebrate! Over the next two weeks, you notice the numbers begin to slip. By the third week, there is no evidence there was ever a sales meeting at all. Sales meetings are like fruit. The... More

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The Furnishing Ideas blog will cover retail training, technology and industry commentary from a Millennial’s point of view. Author Doug Stewart is the director of training at Mega Group USA, a certified instructor for Dale Carnegie Training, a blogger at and you guessed it, a Millennial. Doug has a deep passion for the industry but more importantly, he has a passion for the people of the industry. Learn more about Doug at About.Me/Doug_Stewart. Or connect on Twitter @Doug_Stewart_

Shame on you! OSHA regulation by shaming

It is no secret that under the current administration, OSHA has been increasingly aggressive in its enforcement efforts. OSHA has made apparent its preference for using a “stick” rather than a “carrot” to encourage complian... More

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From time to time Furniture/Today invites people inside and outside the industry to post blogs that may interest our readers. If you would like a blog to be considered, please send it to our editor in chief, Bill McLoughlin, at .

David Perry

Purple's clever egg test racks up online views, wins fans

ALPINE, Utah - You could call this "Purple" prose. Yes, there is plenty of good news coming from the folks who recently brought us the Purple Bed. Brothers Tony and Terry Pearce, who founded Purple, are bedding veterans who have been specializing... More

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eBedding is a regular column of statistical analysis by bedding ediotr David Perry.  Ideas for future coverage can be shared with Dave at
Powell Slaughter

Holistic Logistics

Don’t let the headline fool you: I’m not going to go all “New Age” here. What I am going to do is give you an idea of how I and Furniture/Today hope to examine and address the topic of logistics in the furniture industry mo... More

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I’m Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. While I cover occasional, home entertainment and home office here, a major responsibility is expanding our attention to the logistics side of the industry. I hope this blog will encourage a dialogue with retailers, vendors, third-party logistics specialists and carriers. I’d love to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions for smoother flow of material and goods.
Chris Nicely

Etsy Halts Hocus Pocus

Want to sell your love potion, voodoo doll, or hex online? Be careful of what you promise, because online handmade marketplace Etsy has recently revised its rules on purveyors of all things metaphysical, from charms and hexes to potions and t... More

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Forever in pursuit of levity, contributor Chris Nicely serves up a dish of offbeat, odd, and viral stories from around the web.

New faces injecting personality into rug world

There's plenty of personality already found throughout the rug channel. Add in the lineup of licensees, and that character grows exponentially. And during the upcoming High Point Market, it's going to grow by two more well-known personas. Alread... More

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Thomas Lester is the assistant editor of Home Accents Today and Furniture/Today.  A veteran journalist and storyteller, Lester will bring the stories behind the partnerships, product innovations and personalities in the home accents and furniture industries to life in this blog.