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Indiawood 2020
22 - 26 February 2024 | BIEC, Bengaluru, India
International Trade Fair for Furniture Production Technologies, Woodworking Machinery, Tools, Fittings, Accessories, Raw Materials and Products

The upholstery industry is expanding and developing grabbing the lion's share of the global market.

Curtain Fabric, Upholstery, Bed Linen, Bath Linen, Kitchen Linen, Table Linen, Quilts/Blankets, Wallpapers, Blinds, Rugs and Carpets, and Other Made-ups,

Upholstery, in its broadest sense, refers to the addition of draperies, curtains, and other hangings to a home, as well as bedding, sofa, chair, and stool covers, and carriage and automobile covers. Draperies had to be hung in such a way that they kept their shape in the early days of the industry, and textiles needed stuffing and springs underneath to keep their shape.

The country's home accessories market is predicted to be driven by a growing trend of custom created furniture, growth in the housing and real estate sectors, expanding adoption of eco-friendly products, and rising demand for wallpapers, blinds, and other decorative items. The Indian home furnishings market is highly fragmented, with multiple major businesses operating at various points throughout the value chain.

The upholstered segment has become mainstream and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global upholster consumption will be largely determined by the ability of the largest markets to mobilise resources to assist in recovery, as well as the creation of opportunities for upholstery exporting countries to stimulate local consumption to absorb upholsters made available as a result.

Upholstery fabrics are among the most valuable fabrics produced by the manufacturing industry, and they are generally treated with great care and precision because of the high quality of performance and appearance that is appropriate for their intended use, as well as the importance of tensile strength, friction resistance, dirt resistance, and dust attraction for upholstery fabrics at a sufficient and appropriate rate to face and bear the stresses they are exposed to.

The upholstery market is steadily rising attributable to expansion and development globally

The exposure of Indian markets to foreign products is a key structural element that has fuelled recent expansion in the international upholstered furniture trade. While total consumption is changing slowly around the world, the composition of consumption in almost every major market is changing dramatically.

India is one of Asia-fastest-growing Pacific's markets for home furnishings. The country's home furnishing market is being boosted by rising demand for home decor products such as bed linens, wall hangings, rugs & carpets, and other handcrafted items, as well as increased demand for handcrafted products. Rising domestic production of home furnishing products, as well as an increasing number of government initiatives, integrated textile parks, and other government initiatives aimed at encouraging domestic manufacturing, as well as rising FDI inflow in the textile and apparel sectors, are expected to drive growth in the Indian home furnishing market. Increasing demand for home furnishing goods in both the residential and non-residential sectors is predicted to fuel demand in India over the forecast period.

As a result, the value of global upholstery consumption increased by 3% every year over the last decade as a reference period. The imported upholstery market has been expanding among the main markets. Over 70% of global consumption is accounted for by China, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and India. China and the United States account for more than half of the global market.

The perspectives of Asia and the Pacific, which represent more than 40% of the world's upholstered furniture market, are less negative than for the other areas because they are correlated with the potential of the Chinese domestic market. Asia-Pacific Will Lead the Upholstery Market.

Future Trends in Upholstery Industry

Establishing an innovative business model with the aid of fabric CAD/CAM systems and superior e-marketing solutions to enable upholstery designers to build their own customer perspective products in order to reduce the risk of traditional trend forecasting uncertainty by producing exactly what consumers desire. A reliable trend to assist upholstery fabric marketers in making informed decisions about their customers' preferences

Fabric manufacturers may now accomplish more design work in less time thanks to advances in computer technology and the usage of Textile's CAD/CAM solutions, allowing them to respond rapidly to market needs and design modifications, create unique products, and adjust to market trends. Manufacturers can claim that this gives a trustworthy resource to help upholstery fabric marketers make informed selections about their clients' preferences.

Booming Upholstered furniture productions

Upholstery accounts for 17% of global furniture manufacturing and is one of the most globalised segments (in terms of import and export flows as well as company presence). Upholstered furniture production expanded at a quicker rate than furniture production in general. In general, the rise in global upholstered furniture production was fuelled by rising furniture consumption. This, in turn, benefited from the favourable dynamics of all of the major demand determinants, including urban population, GDP per capita, and construction investment, all of which have seen global expansion in recent years.

The relevance of manufacturers' entry and distribution strategies in the upholstery industry is highlighted while evaluating upholstery enterprises. Furniture stores, manufacturer-branded furniture stores, internet sales, lifestyle furniture stores, warehouse clubs, discount department stores, and department stores are all part of the distribution channel. With a focus on e-commerce sales, the importance of online upholstered furniture sales is examined, as is the digital strategy of major manufacturers and a selection of online furniture merchants.

Soft coverings account for the majority of upholstered furniture production globally. Fabric coverings account for roughly 52% of total global production, with quotas differing by country. Microfiber and imitation leather contribute to the remaining 15% of global output, while leather-upholstered furniture accounts for 33%.

The importance of assessing the combustion behaviour of upholstered furniture and mattresses

Flammability tests for upholstered furniture and mattresses cannot be emphasised enough. Any mattress, pillow, cushion, quilt, bed pad, comforter, upholstered spring bed, headboard, box springs, davenport or day bed, bedsprings, metal couch, metal bed, metal cot, metal cradle, metal bassinette, that is wholly or partly upholstered and is used or intended for use for sleeping, resting, or reclining purposes is considered bedding.

Mattresses, mattress pads, and bed bases must meet a standard for fire resistance. A norm can assist manufacturers, importers, and those responsible for ensuring that mattresses, mattress pads, and bed bases are fire-safe. The ignition values are determined by considering thorough observation of the end-use environment's fire risk. It also comprises label examples that can be used to label products in accordance with the standard. The most common category in the bed industry is "Low Hazard," which means the materials must be resistant to smouldering and flame sources of ignition. Methods of testing for the assessment of the ignitibility of upholstered seating by smouldering and flaming ignition sources

The protective measure is that the filling materials used in upholstery must meet the document's ignition standards. Cigarette-resistant upholstery is required. At the time of sale, every piece of furniture should have a display label. Each new piece of furniture should have a permanent label attached to it. Upholstery covers must be resistant to fading. These standards relate to everyone involved in the upholstery supply chain, from those who offer the raw materials to those who provide the finished products that end-users buy for their homes, such as mattresses, curtains, and draperies; from product makers to retailers to importers.

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