Archive for the ‘Upholstery’ Category

Former N.C. textile mill to become furnishings retail center

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Wow Home Furnishings to open in Mooresville in May
Furniture Today Staff — Furniture Today
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — A vacant textile mill here is set to be converted to a giant home furnishings center, according to a report by the Mooresville Tribune.
New York-based Concord Global Trading acquired the 38-acre site, including the 755,000 square feet in former mill buildings, for $500,000 with plans to open its third Wow Home Furnishings center in May, the report said.

Concord operates Wow stores in Fort Lawn, S.C., and Jefferson, Ga. — both former mill sites. According the Web site for its 250,000-square-foot Fort Lawn center, suppliers include Berkline, La-Z-Boy, England, BenchCraft, Sumter, Pulaski, Broyhill, Vaughan-Bassett, Sierra, Jaipur Rugs and Englander, Corsicana, Sealy and Serta in bedding.

Unifi expands Repreve line with eco-friendly yarns

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Uses 100% recycled materials for upholstery application

Furniture Today Staff — Furniture Today,

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Yarn producer Unifi has expanded its Repreve line with a launch of polyester staple fiber made from 100% recycled materials for use in spun yarns.

The material will be used in products such as open-end, ring and jet-spun yarns. Upholstery is one of the primary end uses.

  Post-industrial waste from Unifi manufacturing. Repreve staple product is made from a blend of post-consumer bottle waste and post-industrial fiber waste.

The product offers a recycled staple fiber source that can be used as a drop-in replacement for fabrics and products currently made with virgin polyester staple fibers or other less eco-friendly fiber.

“In 2008, estimated global polyester staple fiber consumption was approximately 20 billion pounds,” said Roger Berrier, executive vice president. “Based on this global consumption opportunity, Unifi accelerated the introduction of this new environmentally friendly fiber as part of the company’s mission to provide the industry with sustainable textile solutions.”

Options popular in upholstered furniture

Monday, January 4th, 2010

At least a half-dozen upholstery suppliers are rolling out DIY (design it yourself) upholstery programs this week that allow consumers to insert their own personalities and style into sofas and chairs. And Bassett is offering a second generation of customization, having introduced its first DIY collection several years ago.

  The B212 Multiples sofa from Broyhill can be given a completely different look with the substitution of backs, arms, legs, cushions and other options.

If the choice of hundreds of fabrics wasn’t enough, manufacturers are now allowing consumers to select everything from arm, leg and back styles to cushion construction, length (from
Texas long to apartment short) and details like fringes and welting.

Dixon Bartlett, a principal with Carolyn Hipple in HB2 Resources, a consulting firm working for Norwalk Custom Furniture, indicated the reason for the DIY proliferation is to give consumers many reasons not to say no.

“The consumer loves (to) make it her own,” he said.

Besides 850 fabrics, Norwalk’s Variations collection provides six basic frames and every configuration one can think of – including even a wood base and various shapes of legs.

“Why the concepts works for dealers is that it provides them with the most productive square footage,” Bartlett said. Dealers can place one frame on the floor and sell a variety of configurations, he said.

Broyhill’s DIY collection, called Multiples, includes a variety of leg, arm, and back choices along with various lengths and 275 pillow fabrics.

“Consumers want to personalize their living rooms across many income levels,” said Paul Peters, vice president of upholstery. “Multiples allows them to create the perfect piece to fit their space at affordable price points, and gives them the confidence that they’ve made the right choice with their investment.

“Since it is a custom story, it also allows for a retail footprint with a minimal inventory commitment,” he added.

Peters said Broyhill is launching the line to offer consumers choice, and also confidence.

“Offering a focused custom story from a trusted brand removes anxiety in the consumer’s decision process. It also benefits our dealers by offering further applications of the special fabric choices they already offer,” he said.

While DIY groups require less inventory, keeping up with a ton of SKUs required to support the program has kept some vendors from similar introductions. That hasn’t frightened Rowe, which is introducing a Suit Yourself customization program this market in its Clayton Marcus division.
Options include 11 wood finishes and 750 fabrics, or use of the customer’s own material.

Saverio Mancina, Rowe’s director of communications, said a computerized manufacturing system that once provided the company with a nightmare of inventory foul-ups is now running smoothly.

“It’s working brilliantly to our advantage,” said Mancina. “We feel Suit Yourself reduces the obstacle to buying.”