Bedroom furniture has the largest number of pieces on display annually at the High Point Market. Walnut increased to 15 percent of the pieces on display. That was a dramatic rise from the sixth place two years ago, in 2012.
“Medium and darker tones were common in a lot of bedroom groups this market and designers were seeking a more elegant look,” says Tom Inman, president of the American Hardwood Manunfacturers, Inc. “There are few species as elegant and timeless as Walnut and we saw that from both large and small manufacturers.”
Cherry moved to the second spot with 14 percent of the pieces on display, equal to 2012. Maple maintained third place at 11 percent, down slightly from the 12 percent in 2012. Completing the top five were painted wood at 11 percent, down from 13 percent, and mahogany at 7.3 percent.
Rubberwood fell to sixth place with 7 percent and remaining species were, in order by volume, pine, white oak, birch and poplar. Styling for bedroom groups saw an increase in traditional styles to 68 percent, up from 65 percent in 2012.
“Bedroom is such a strong category for solid hardwoods and wood in general because consumers seek beauty and enduring quality of solid wood in their bedroom furnishings,” Inman says. “They typically have bedroom pieces for several years and often pass them on to other family members.”
A bedroom group for the survey includes a headboard, nightstand and dresser or other side piece. This grouping counts as one for the survey. Traditional styling maintained its lead over contemporary for the 10th consecutive year with 82 percent of the designs at High Point Market in 2014. The 2016 High Point Market is April 16-20.
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