Upholstered Furniture

In-depth news, analysis and trend coverage of the stationary and motion upholstered furniture industry, including sofas, chairs, sectionals, recliners, glider-rockers and loveseats covered in fabric and leather.

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  • Clint Engel

    Clint's Notes

    Clint Engel

    December 29, 2016

    My mom is too old for Ikea?

    My mom is 82, and she loves Ikea. Her dining room group -- Ikea. Bedroom furniture (except for the nifty new adjustable foundation from Ashley HomeStore) -- Ikea.* Her living room? OK, the upholstery is Ekornes. Still, those little sloping footrests that go with the reclining sofa — Ikea, as she didn’t really want to dish out hundreds more for the real thing. Office furniture — Ikea. Even her plates and napkins come from Ikea. All this is to point out that apparently my mother is an outlier. According to a consumer survey conducted by lender Earnest, the peak age for shopping that ...

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  • Erin Berg

    On the Slant

    Erin Berg

    August 30, 2016

    Mississippi or Bust

    Why would I want to go to north Mississippi? That's what I would have said if someone asked me if I wanted to visit the area before I started working in the furniture industry and covering upholstery. Sure, I’ve owned and loved upholstered furniture for as long as I can remember, but I never thought about where most of it comes from. But recently, I had the opportunity to see and feel what it is to make upholstered furniture and to gain an appreciation for U.S. manufacturing. Franklin Corp., Houston There is making furniture, and then there ...

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  • Cindy Hodnett

    From Fabric to Frame

    Cindy W. Hodnett

    June 19, 2015

    Time is Money: Are You Curating for Your Customers

    While discussing the latest upholstery introductions with a major supplier at High Point Market, I remarked to my contact (an executive with the company) that many retailers face an even larger business challenge than they might realize. It’s one that I’ve noticed in my own personal life — the competition for the consumer’s time — and the magnitude of the challenge was driven home recently in a couple of ways. The first occasion involved an online apparel shopping site called Stitch Fix. The basic idea behind Stitch Fix is that you answer a few questions and then your own ...

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