Worn out: Competition from low-priced furniture will increasingly hinder demand for repairs

IBISWorld’s Furniture Repair & Reupholstery Industry Research Report offers insight into the market at the national level. Our analysis highlights macro trends in the overall sector and the micro trends faced by companies that do business in the Furniture Repair & Reupholstery industry. Our five-year outlook forecasts explain how the market is set to change and the product segments that will drive growth.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Growth in per capita disposable income and consumer confidence will likely bolster new furniture sales, hindering industry growth
  • Overall decline in furniture prices caused demand for industry services to decline
  • Lower-priced furniture will continue to lure customers away from repair services
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Furniture Repair and Reupholstery industry is composed of establishments that reupholster, refinish, repair and restore office, home and antique furniture. As with many other players in the repair sector, industry demand is generally countercyclical. During times of economic distress, cash-strapped consumers and businesses favor repairing furniture over replacing it. When the economy expands and disposable income levels rise, households and businesses are more compelled to purchase new furniture rather than repair existing items.

    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Furniture Repair & Reupholstery industry is composed of a large number of small operators, many of which are nonemploying companies. Anyone with a knowledge and skill for furniture repair and restoration can enter the industry with relative ease. Large capital investments are not needed to enter the industry, and many repair and restoration services can be conducted within the customer's home or business.

    However, there are some barriers that do exist. Newcomers will need to be highly skilled in the repair and restoration of a myriad of different furniture pieces and materials, and may need to attract employees with similar expertise. In

    Additional Insights for the Furniture Repair & Reupholstery Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Furniture Repair & Reupholstery Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Production of premium goods/services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Households earning more than $100,000 and Homeownership rate in the Furniture Repair & Reupholstery industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Furniture Repair & Reupholstery Industry?

    This industry is involved in reupholstering, refinishing, repairing and restoring furniture. Participants offer on-site and in-store furniture reupholstery and repair services. Automotive vehicle upholstery repair services and the restoration of museum pieces are not included in this industry.

    Industry Products
    Office and institutional furniture repair
    Upholstery repair of household furniture
    Wooden household furniture repair
    Other furniture repair services
    Industry Activities
    Repairing and restoring furniture
    Refinishing furniture
    Reupholstering furniture

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Households earning more than $100,000
  • Homeownership rate
  • Office rental vacancy
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Private spending on home improvements

  • Current Performance
  • Recovery in commercial markets
  • Repair or replace
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • New furniture replaces demand
  • Industry landscape
  • Table: Furniture Repair & Reupholstery Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Furniture Repair & Reupholstery Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Furniture Stores
  • Home Furnishings Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Insurance Brokers & Agencies
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Lumber Wholesaling
  • Paint Wholesaling
  • Plastics Wholesaling
  • Synthetic Fiber Manufacturing
  • Textile Mills

  • Products & Services
  • Office and institutional furniture repair
  • Upholstery repair of household furniture
  • Wooden household furniture repair
  • Other furniture repair services
  • Chart: Furniture Repair & Reupholstery Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • General economic conditions
  • Cost of furniture
  • Household trends
  • Business environment

  • Major Markets
  • Households
  • Businesses
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Furniture Repair & Reupholstery Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesDepreciationOther expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Furniture Repair & Reupholstery

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Furniture Repair & Reupholstery Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Furniture Repair & Reupholstery Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Furniture Repair & Reupholstery Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Price of furniture (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Antique Furniture
  • The definitions of antiques vary, but it generally includes items that are valuable due to rarity reasons.
  • Countercyclical
  • Demand for goods that increases during stages of economic distress but decreases during states of economic expansion
  • Reupholster
  • The process of fitting furniture such as chairs or sofas with a new fabric covering.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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