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Dana French
Welcome to Furniture/Today’s Research blog where we take a look at interesting research data related to the home furnishings industry. Our focus may come from research we have conducted ourselves or it might be something we’ve come across and just want to share. We hope you’ll use this space too, to share your thoughts or to weigh in with what you think about the topic under discussion.
  • Get smart in 2014

    Furniture/Today's 2014 Get Smart Quick Guide is now available for download.This informational guide houses in one place important home furnishings industry statistics. The data, compiled by Furniture/Today's Research Team, includes industry-size figures such as consumer spending on furniture and bedding, furniture and bedding retail sales five-year projections, sales by distribution channel and overall sales through furniture stores.2013 experienced a slight gain in retail furniture and mattress demand, increasing only 1.0% to $94.9 billion. That small bump followed on the heels of 2012's 5.8% increase to $94 billion. Overall consumer spending ... Read More
  • Fall #HPmkt

    Welcome to Furniture/Today's 2013 Fall High Point Market Overview. Our editorial and research teams put this report together twice a year. The in-depth report presents data on topics crucial to the furniture industry. This year's report includes details about: Economic impact of the government shutdownThe middle classUnemploymentHousing statisticsE-commerce salesConsumer confidenceProduct and style trends - the key style directions for the October marketClick here to purchase your very own Fall #HPmkt Overview.  And, visit Furniture/Today's Research Store for other research articles and in-depth, specialized research reports. Read More
  • Where and how?

    In our continuing effort to make Furniture/Today the most important source for industry news, product information, trends and research, we want to make sure we're reaching you where and how you want to be reached. Please take a few minutes to answer our brief survey. Your answers will be confidential and will be grouped anonymously. You'll have the opportunity to enter your name in a drawing to win a Mini iPad after at the end of the survey. Thanks for helping make Furniture/Today even stronger and good luck on winning the prize!Click below to go ... Read More
  • Spring #HPmkt

    Here's Furniture/Today's Spring High Point Market Overview. Our editorial and research teams put this report together twice a year. The in-depth report presents the information and data on five key segments crucial to the furniture industry. The five areas include details about:HousingConsumers and retailWashington, D.C.Wall StreetProduct and style trends - the key style directions for the April marketClick here to purchase your very own copy.And, visit Furniture/Today's Research Store for other research articles and in-depth, specialized research reports.   Read More
  • Consumers love lifestyle stores

    Stylish, affordable and functional products are the main reasons consumers like to shop lifestyle furniture stores - including Ikea, Pottery Barn, West Elm and Crate & Barrel. And do consumers answering Furniture/Today and New York-based Apartment Therapy's exclusive survey ever like to shop there.100% of both Generation X (ages 37 to 47) and Gen Y (ages 18 to 36) frequently shop lifestyle furniture stores. This channel comes in at number one for older consumers answering the survey, too. Nearly seven out of ten Baby Boomers regularly shop the lifestyle channel.Exactly half of Baby Boomers (ages 48 to 66 ... Read More
  • Get smart in 2013

    Furniture/Today's 2013 Get Smart Quick Guide is now available for download. This informational guide houses in one place important home furnishings industry statistics. The data, compiled by Furniture/Today's Research Team, includes industry-size figures such as consumer spending on furniture and bedding, furniture and bedding retail sales five-year projections, sales by distribution channel and overall sales through furniture stores.Click here to download the 2013 Guide. Read More
  • Fall #HPmkt: 10 Things to Know

    Furniture/Today's edit and research team put together a market overview during High Point market twice a year. This market's report presents the 10 things to know during the October market. The 10 items include details about:10. Small business lending 9. China and imports8. Made in the USA7. Housing6. Unemployment5. Consumer target: the middle class4. Online shopping3. The Election2. Consumer confidence & retail1. Product & style trends - the key style directions for the October marketClick here to purchase your very own copy.Visit Furniture/Today's Research Store for other ... Read More
  • Spring #HPmkt: The 10 market factors

    Each High Point market, Furniture/Today's edit and research team put together a market overview. This year's report focuses on the 10 things to know during market. It presents the furniture industry's leading internal issues , including China, Made in America, price increases, retail expansions and investing in High Point; the top external issues, including stats on housing, unemployment, consumer confidence and the Millennials; and a style round-up of product introductions new and hot this market.Click here to purchase your very own copy. Visit Furniture/Today's Research Store for other research articles and in-depth, specialized research ... Read More
  • Get smart in 2012

    Furniture/Today's 2012 Get Smart Quick Guide is now available for download.This informational guide houses in one place important home furnishings industry statistics. The data, compiled by Furniture/Today's Research Team, includes industry-size figures such as consumer spending on furniture and bedding, furniture and bedding retail sales five-year projections, sales by distribution channel and overall sales through furniture stores.Click here to download the 2012 Guide.  Read More
  • What consumers are reading online

    Ever wonder which blog posts and online articles consumers read? Shelter blog Apartment Therapy has partnered with Furniture/Today to reveal some answers.   Apartment Therapy's Top 10 posts, November 2011How to create paper blossomsA bedroom built for four kidsHow to make a tree mural out of stringHow to make a clementine candle: holiday décor5 Ways to make your house appear cleaner than it is10 DIY Ideas from Pinterest.comThe most evil alarm clocks ever!DIY Art...with a twistThe best $4.99 you'll ever spend at IkeaCeleb style: Rooms ... Read More
  • Today’s non-linear buyers

    The customer's journey to buy furniture has changed dramatically. What was once a linear and store-dependent process is now non-linear and crosses many channels. Today's buyers research products by searching online, reading blogs, checking out social media feeds and maybe or maybe not visiting a store. In order to compete in the new landscape, a successful furniture store website will integrate today's total customer experience. The following illustrations, courtesy of Grey Suit Retail, illustrate how the furniture shopping process has changed. Read More
  • #HPmkt Overview

    Each High Point market, Furniture/Today's edit and research team put together a market overview. It's a compilation of the macro-economic indicators, such as unemployment, housing starts, consumer spending, mortgage rates and personal savings rates, influencing the furniture industry. It's also a style round-up of product introductions new and hot at market. Click here to purchase your very own copy.Also visit Furniture/Today's Research Store for other research articles and in-depth, specialized research reports. Read More