American Industry Overview: Wood Household Furniture, Upholstered

Industry Snapshot

According to Dun and Bradstreet's 2009 Industry Reports, 1,483 establishments operated in the United States in the upholstered household furniture industry in the late 2000s. These businesses employed 57,604 people and generated $4.8 billion in annual sales. Although most establishments were small, with about 83 percent employing fewer than 100 people, firms that had more than 100 employees accounted for 65 percent of sales. Michigan accounted for the largest percentage of the nation's revenues in 2008, with $1.3 billion, followed by Connecticut with $1.0 billion. Rounding out the top five were North Carolina ($595.3 million), California ($472.3 million), and Mississippi ($441.2 million).

Organization and Structure

This industry is defined primarily by the materials with which the products are constructed, rather than the actual end products. All products feature wood frames and fabric or leather upholstery. Establishments within this industry produce a wide range of upholstered furniture for the home, including such upholstered living room furniture as chairs, rockers, couches, sofas, and recliners. Products manufactured in this industry include other household furniture, as well as juvenile furniture.