As we prepare for the 2014 Cabinets & Closets Expo, April 9-11 in Somerset, NH, we are researching stats to present in a full State of the Industry report. Wood Products, sister publication to Closets, recently published the 2014 Wood Industry Almanac, which included this look at the closets industry, including major players, shows and trends. For more information, visit woodworkingnetwork.com/almanac
HOME STORAGE SOLUTIONS
BUSINESS The home storage organizing systems industry is estimated at approximately $4 billion. The total industry, including home organization products such as bins and baskets and do-it-yourself organization products, is at $7.7 billion.
Severely impacted in 2008 by the crash of the new home market — 75% of its sales — closet firms reached into kitchen cabinetry, outsourced production, joined franchises and expanded into remodeling. Turning to garages and other home organization solutions as a way to diversify and augment their product lines, closet companies began to seek additional leads and ways to define themselves and their services. The Association of Closet and Storage Professionals (ACSP) developed a certification program for design professionals.
CLOSET DESIGN TRENDS Most closets (56%) are white or solid wood and veneer (30%). Other popular trends include the use of European designs, embedded LED lighting, sliding doors, textured cabinetry and shelving surfaces with dark finishes.
Walk-In closets, reach-in closets, Murphy beds, garages, mudrooms, pantry, laundry room, home office, libraries, healthcare storage
A gala reception on opening night presents winners of two of the woodworking and closets organization industry’s top awards programs: Closets Top Shelf Design Awards and Custom Woodworking Business Design Portfolio Awards. Plus, two-day expo features cabinet and closet hardware, components, computer software, woodworking machinery and other products and services. Learn more at CabinetsandClosetsExpo.com.
|Sources: Vance Research, ORC Research, The Freedonia Group, Association of Closet and Storage Professionals.
||75% of closets firms anticipated 2013 sales will increase over 2012; 19% see flat sales.
||50% of homeowners say the garage is a primary entrance, driving demand for passage room remodels.
||Most popular closets upgrades: drawers, tie racks, valet rods, jewelry trays and hampers.
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