Exports in UK’s traditional furniture sectors grew by more than 18%

The UK furniture manufacturing report 2017 has been compiled by British Furniture Manufacturers using official government data and HMRC import and export data and is available free of charge to BFM members.

Some of the reports highlights:

Exports from the traditional furniture sectors improve by over 18%

Importers take more share of UK net supply; with 60% of the market across all furniture sectors, and 45% in the more traditional furniture sectors covered by this report

UK manufacturers now make only 6% of UK’s market for wooden dining and living room furniture

The value of UK home produced upholstered seats fell by 7.8% to under £1 billion with importers gaining 3% more of UK market

UK made products make up more than 80% of UK market in wooden furniture for offices, shops, kitchens, mattress supports and spring mattresses

The survey looks at:

How the market has changed over the last full calendar year

The value of UK manufactured sales

The value of imports and exports

The size of the UK market

 The percentage of the UK market attributable to UK production

The unit price of UK produced items

The sub sectors covered are:


Sofa beds

Bedroom furniture

Dining & living room furniture

Office furniture

Shop furniture

Kitchen units

Mattress supports for bed frames

Mattresses with spring interiors

Mattresses of cellular plastics

Further details are available from mikedimond@bfm.org.uk