Hospitality Furniture, Industry Trends
The difference between residential & hospitality furniture is not a popularly spoken about topic and
in many cases, regular folk don’t understand the difference or the intricacies involved in commercial
As per estimates, about 35% of the furniture industry is purely commercial & commercial furniture,
by its very nature has to be much sturdier to be able to more “weight-time” and also should be able
to withstand continuous moving around which does happen by the very nature of the hospitality
The graph below illustrates exactly how the share of commercial furniture in the entire space. Note:
commercial furniture includes hospitality, office & industrial furniture.
Although the coronavirus has hindered any actual progress in terms of data that could have been
gathered with regards to the hospitality Industry, there are a few noteworthy trends that one must
be aware of.
Hospitality furniture is increasingly being sourced from countries abroad where labour costs are also
relatively cheaper and the quality in general also tends to be much more solid.
Here’s a graph that illustrates the trends of furniture exports worldwide.
In terms of R&D, the furniture industry has made significant inroads when it comes to novel ways of
putting plywood to use.
Plywood has had a bad reputation of not being sturdy enough and had garnered a fierce reputation
of being low in quality.
However, with the significant inroads that most manufacturers, particularly in India & China have
made, plywood has become an increasingly preferred option among hotel owners across the globe.
You see, plywood tends to be much cheaper but it also suffers two drawbacks. For one, it is not as
malleable as solid wood, what we mean by that is that we cannot mould it into any shape that we
On the other hand, solid wood can be easily moulded to a desired shape and size.