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The 13th edition of the ‘Upholstered Furniture and Beds Market Report – UK 2016-2020 Analysis’ has been published by AMA Research. This report covers the upholstered furniture market for sofas and armchairs, along with beds and mattresses in the domestic and contract sectors.

The report incorporates original research and provides a comprehensive review of the market, with information collated from a wide range of trade and other sources - not simply a collection of Government statistics.

Key issues analysed include:
- Upholstered furniture – sofas and armchairs, action furniture, sofa beds.
- Beds – divan sets, bedsteads, mattresses, children’s beds etc.
Individual product sectors include a detailed assessment of the market – analysis of major developments, trends and market prospects, product mix, materials and a review of the supply and distribution structure. The report answers the need for both a comprehensive review of quantitative market developments combined with analysis of the qualitative background reasons and influences affecting the market.

Areas of particular interest include:
- Latest views and forecasts, the impact of the EU referendum on consumer confidence and likely effect on the market through to 2020.
- The overall UK furniture market, key market drivers including demographic trends, housing trends, imports etc.
- Key trends in the upholstered furniture market, high level of price competition, product trends e.g. sofas and individual armchairs are expected to gain share at the expense of three piece suites, growing popularity of L and U shaped sofas etc.
- Key trends trends in the mattress sector e.g. using high quality materials, which include more attractive ticking and designs, memory foam mattresses, pillow tops and so on. Imports and exports and new entrants into the mattress sector in the ‘bed in a box’ sector.
- Key trends in the bed sector including import and export levels, the shift towards larger bed sizes, the development of niche sectors and the growth of upholstered bed frames etc.

Key areas covered in the report:
Upholstered Furniture Market
- Recent market performance, current trends and forecasts to 2020. Key underlying trends e.g. price competition, distribution and product trends.
- Sales mix by product type i.e. sofas, armchairs, action furniture and others including sofa beds. Review of each product, key trends, changing product mix, strengths and weaknesses, key suppliers.
- Sales mix by materials, fabric & leather covers and fillings – together with changing trends in material usage and comparisons with previous years, including key suppliers.
- Imports & exports for main product groups, key trends, growth of imports and effects on UK market etc.
- Market mix according to end use i.e. domestic and contract with key trends in contract sector.
- Suppliers of upholstered furniture and market shares for leading companies. Review of major suppliers, market positioning etc.
Beds & Mattresses Market
- Recent market performance, current trends and forecasts to 2020. Key underlying trends e.g. trading up in certain sectors, the growth of niche sectors, the impact of lower value bedsteads etc.
- Share of market by product type: double beds and single beds by volume and value including key trends.
- Market mix by product type i.e. divan sets, bedsteads, mattresses and other. Review of each product sector including adjustable beds, key trends and growth sectors, changing mix, comparisons with previous years, strengths and weaknesses, key suppliers.
- Product mix by mattress support type including rubber, plastic and spring, and key trends within each sector.
- Imports and exports main product groups, key trends and influences on UK market.
- Sales mix according to end use i.e. domestic and contract, key trends in contract sector.
- Suppliers of beds & mattresses and market shares for leading companies. Review of major suppliers, market positioning etc.
Supply and Distribution
- Summary of shares and key trends within the distribution channels, including furniture multiples and direct channels such as the Internet for both the upholstered furniture and beds sectors.
- Major channels of distribution – multiples, independents, department stores, internet etc. – shares by type of outlets, areas of growth/decline, future trends.
- Summary of key distribution / retailing companies within major distribution channels.
- Summary of key suppliers, product and market positioning, growing companies, changes in supply structure etc.
Review of Market Prospects
- Economic influences on the market in the medium term and the development of key product sectors within the upholstered furniture and beds market from 2016-2020.

Table Of Contents

Upholstered Furniture Market Report - UK 2016-2020 Analysis
1. INTRODUCTION 6
1.1 BACKGROUND 6
1.2 SOURCES OF INFORMATION 6
2. SUMMARY AND MARKET PROSPECTS 7
2.1 SITUATION ASSESSMENT 7
2.2 MARKET PROSPECTS 9
3. ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 11
3.1 GDP 11
3.2 INFLATION and INTEREST RATES 13
3.3 UNEMPLOYMENT 14
3.4 HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION 14
3.5 DOMESTIC HOUSING 15
3.6 STERLING 18
3.7 POPULATION PROFILE 18
3.8 CONCLUSIONS 19
4. OVERALL UK FURNITURE MARKET and HOUSING INFLUENCES 20
4.1 OVERALL FURNITURE MARKET SIZE AND TRENDS 20
4.2 CONSUMER CHARACTERISTICS 22
4.3 HOUSING TRENDS AND DEMOGRAPHICS 23
4.3.1 New Housebuilding 23
4.3.2 House Moving 27
4.3.3 Household Size 27
4.3.4 Private Rental Market 28
5. THE UK UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE MARKET 31
5.1 DEFINITION 31
5.2 MARKET SIZE AND BACKGROUND 31
5.2.1 Market Size 31
5.2.2 Current Situation 32
5.2.3 Market Prospects 33
5.3 IMPORTS AND EXPORTS 34
5.4 PRODUCT MIX 35
5.4.1 Upholstery Type 35
5.4.2 Materials 39
5.4.3 Frames 41
5.4.4 Fillings 41
5.5 END USER MIX 42
5.6 SUPPLIERS 43
5.6.1 Market Structure 43
5.6.2 Market Shares 43
5.6.3 Companies 44
6. BEDS and MATTRESSES 49
6.1 DEFINITION 49
6.2 MARKET SIZE AND TRENDS 49
6.2.1 Market Size 49
6.2.2 Current Trends 50
6.2.3 Market Prospects 50
6.2.4 Imports and Exports 52
6.3 PRODUCT MIX 53
6.3.1 Bed Size 53
6.3.2 Bed Type/Style 54
6.3.3 Mattresses 56
6.3.4 Others 58
6.4 CONTRACT / NON-DOMESTIC MARKET 59
6.5 SUPPLIERS 60
6.5.1 Supplier Market Shares 60
6.5.2 Companies 61
7. DISTRIBUTION 66
7.1 STRUCTURE 66
7.2 DEFINITIONS 66
7.3 STORE LAYOUT AND DESIGN 66
7.4 CHANNEL SHARES 67
7.4.1 Furniture Multiples 68
7.4.2 Furniture Independents 71
7.4.3 Department Stores 71
7.4.4 Variety Stores 72
7.4.5 Catalogue Retailers / Mail Order 73
7.4.6 The Internet 74
7.4.7 Grocery Multiples 75

Tables and Charts
TABLE 1: THE UK UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE and BEDS MARKET 2011-2020 (£M MSP) 7
TABLE 2: GDP DATA - 2013-2016 - KEY CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS 12
CHART 3: INTEREST RATES AND INFLATION (CPI) FROM 2000-2020 13
CHART 4: PDI and SAVINGS RATIO AT CURRENT PRICES 2000-2020 15
TABLE 5: HOUSE BUILDING COMPLETIONS 2011-2020 - UK (000'S DWELLINGS) 15
CHART 6: HOUSEBUILDING COMPLETIONS (ENGLAND) 2005-2020 % MIX BY TYPE OF DWELLING 16
TABLE 7: RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS IN THE UK (000S) 2011-2020 17
TABLE 8: EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS 2012-2018 - STERLING TO THE DOLLAR, AND THE EURO, SPOT RATES 18
TABLE 9: DOMESTIC FURNITURE MARKET - UK (£M MSP) 2011-2020 20
CHART 10: UK MARKET MIX OF FURNITURE 2002, 2008 and 2015 21
TABLE 11: HOUSE BUILDING STARTS AND COMPLETIONS (UK) 2011 TO 2020 - BY VOLUME (‘000 DWELLINGS) 23
TABLE 12: HOUSE BUILDING COMPLETIONS (UK) 2011 TO 2020 - BY VOLUME (‘000 DWELLINGS) 25
CHART 13: HOUSEBUILDING COMPLETIONS IN ENGLAND - % MIX BY TYPE OF DWELLING (FLATS AND HOUSES) 2005-2020 26
TABLE 14: UK RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS VALUED AT £40K OR ABOVE 2011-2020 27
TABLE 15: AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE FOR GREAT BRITAIN 1991-2016 28
CHART 16: GROWTH OF THE PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR 2014-2025 (NO OF DWELLINGS - MILLION) 29
TABLE 17: THE UK UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE MARKET 2011-2020 (£M MSP) 31
TABLE 18: IMPORTS OF UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE 2012 - 2015 (£M) 34
TABLE 19: EXPORTS OF UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE 2012 - 2015 (£M) 35
TABLE 20: THE UK UPHOLSTERY MARKET BY TYPE - 2, 3, 4 SEATER SOFAS, SUITES, SINGLE SOFAS ETC (£M AND % SHARE) 2015 36
CHART 21: UK UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE MARKET BY PRODUCT TYPE 2015 (% OF VALUE) 36
TABLE 22: SHARE OF ACTION FURNITURE 2007-2015 (% OF VALUE) 37
CHART 23: UK UPHOLSTERY MARKET - MIX BY COVER TYPE BY VALUE 2015 40
CHART 24: UK UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE MARKET BY END-USER BY VALUE 2015 42
TABLE 25: MARKET SHARES - UK UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE MARKET SUPPLIERS 2015 44
TABLE 26: THE UK BEDS and MATTRESSES MARKET 2011-2020 BY VALUE 49
TABLE 27: IMPORTS OF DIVANS, BEDSTEADS and MATTRESSES 2012 - 2015 (£M) 52
TABLE 28: EXPORTS OF DIVANS, BEDSTEADS and MATTRESSES 2012 - 2015 (£M) 53
TABLE 29: PRODUCT MIX - DIVANS and BEDSTEADS 2015 53
CHART 30: THE UK BEDS MARKET BY KEY PRODUCT TYPE 2015 (SHARE BY VALUE) 54
CHART 31: THE UK MARKET FOR MATTRESSES BY TYPE OF SUPPORT 2015 (% OF VALUE) 57
TABLE 32: UK BED MANUFACTURERS' MARKET SHARES 2015 (% OF VALUE) 60
TABLE 33: DISTRIBUTION OF UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE AND BEDS 2015 (% OF VALUE) 67

Companies Mentioned
Sofa Brands International Ltd, DM Midlands Ltd, AMX Design Ltd, Ashley Manor, AMX Design Ltd, DFS Trading Ltd
Westbridge Furniture Designs Ltd, Buoyant Upholstery Ltd, JDP Furniture Group Ltd, Furnico Ltd, Lebus Upholstery Ltd, Sherborne Upholstery Ltd, Alstons (Upholstery) Ltd, Ekornes Ltd, Vale Bridgecraft, Airsprung Group plc, Collins and Hayes Group plc, Mark Webster Holdings Ltd, Tetrad Ltd, Kesterport, The Morris Furniture Group, Neville Johnson, Natuzzi, Silentnight Group Ltd, Steinhoff UK Holdings Ltd, Relyon Ltd, Pritex Ltd, Hilding Anders AB, Slumberland, Dunlopillo, Airsprung Group plc, Hypnos Ltd, Hypnos Contract Beds Ltd, Vi-Spring Ltd, Tempur UK Ltd, Harrison Spinks Beds Ltd, Simmons Bedding Group plc, Sweet Dreams (Nelson) Ltd, Highgrove Beds Ltd
Kozee Sleep Beds Ltd, Kaymed, Jay-be Ltd

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