Furniture manufacturing is certainly divided into two main groups. The first group, is mainstream production, or the volume sales market. This market is the huge volume that is sold by mail order giants,and the big retail stores, Also through the high street stores supplied direct or through a wholesaler, Furniture production is implemented to that offers a delivery service,that covers the entire country.
Simply because of lower production cost manufacturing is carried out in countries where it is cheaper to manufacture. This overseas furniture production, is organized by both the overseas companies, and also by the UK manufacturers ,who simply out source their products elsewhere, because they can not compete. Some of these companies would go half way and have component parts machined, and then import them and assemble the components together in this country.
There is still hope for the smaller factories, adaptability is the keyword. The history of furniture making actually is based on great individual skill. these great craftsmen will always be in demand. This is the one off market or niche market. A skilled cabinet maker may be asked to make furniture to a customers high demands, or simply be able to sell furniture that he has designed and made.
Special production items,vary form area to area and cabinet maker to cabinet maker. One might be well known for inlay work,or for making floor to ceiling bookcases for home or institutional libraries. A wardrobe manufacturer,that makes production runs of pine wardrobes,would not attempt to make a few small wardrobes for small bedrooms. The large manufacturers need a standard size pine wardrobe.
Individual styles and individual sizes,can only be coped with by cabinet makers,farmhouse tables that are out side normal sizes, have to be made individually. A pine farmhouse table, for a very large dining or kitchen such as in a manor house, would have to be individually made. These niche markets have to be hunted out in order for the furniture manufacturing industry to survive.
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