Furniture & Flooring Are Closely Related
Flooring and furniture go together like peas and carrots to quote Forest Gump. In fact flooring rarely is alone in a room it is surround by furnishings of all kinds.
Lately furniture has been getting absolutely hammered by the recession. Industry insiders often lament that the category is down 50%, some even say 70%, from it’s peak time. Of course the peak was driven by an unsustainable bubble, but it certainly has been a struggle for the furniture business.
Today more and more furniture is becoming something that is both affordable and fashionable. Instead of shopping at IKEA for a coffee table that will require 6 hours of assembly, although costs the same as a pack of gum, you can buy solid wood tables with zero assembly or light assembly that takes minutes for a very reasonable price.
Additionally around the world people are looking to the United States more and more often to see what fashions are driving buying in that key country. New York and Los Angeles often lead the fashionistas in the USA so it’s natural that inspiration emanates from there.
An with the exception of the outdoor selections it seems clear that furniture will be mixed with flooring in 99.8% of homes. That other .02% has decided that they don’t want furniture obstructing the beauty of their new flooring. 🙂