UK manufacturing dominates in half of furniture product sectors

Latest analysis from national trade body British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) reveals UK-made furniture remains dominant in five out of nine product categories.

BFM’s annual UK Furniture Review includes figures from the Office for National Statistics, PRODCOM and HMRC.

The report shows that, despite overall loss of market share in 2022, UK manufacturers still dominate the market in product categories including wooden office furniture (76%), wooden shop furniture (81%), wooden kitchen furniture (88%), mattress frames (85%) and spring mattresses (88%).

BFM MD Phil Spademan said: “Our UK Furniture Review examines how the market has changed over the last full calendar year as well as analysing the size of the UK furniture market, the percentage of the market that is attributable to UK production and the unit price of items produced in the UK.

“This information helps our members identify their strengths in the marketplace and highlights opportunities in new sectors, as well as giving a clear overview of trends in the industry since 2016.”

The report includes sales, imports and exports with a view to understanding the net selling value for products in the upholstery, sofa beds and bedroom furniture, dining and living room furniture, office furniture, shop furniture, kitchen units, mattress supports for bed frames, mattresses with spring interiors and mattresses of cellular plastics sectors.

BFM represents more than 160 member companies in the furniture industry, from sole traders making hand-crafted furniture to household names with stores across the nation.

BFM members can access the full report at:

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