The Resilience of the Furniture Sector: in 2023 turnover of 560 billion.

In a world that has been rocked by uncertainty, the furniture industry continues to defy expectations and soar to new heights.

Are you ready to take a seat and discover the incredible resilience of this sector?

With a projected 12% growth rate and an astonishing €530 billion turnover for 2022, it’s clear that furniture is an essential part of our lives and an economic powerhouse. Get inspired by the resilience of an industry that knows how to weather any storm!

Overview of the Global Furniture Market

During the past few years, the furniture industry has been evolving at a rapid pace with new materials, designs, and technologies. The rising trend of minimalism and modern design aesthetics is one of the key factors driving the demand. Additionally, the increasing disposable incomes and changing lifestyles are fuelling the growth of the market.

Yet, the global market is currently facing some challenges. Environmental concerns and volatile raw material prices are part of them. These factors are expected to restrain the market growth during the forecast period. Furthermore, the surging popularity of online furniture sales is expected to create new opportunities. Additionally, the emergence of collaborative working spaces will contribute to the industry’s growth.

Impact of the Pandemic on the Furniture Sector

The furniture sector has undergone a significant transformation due to the impact of the pandemic. Companies adapted to changing demands. During the pandemic, people started spending more time at home. For this reason, comfortable and functional living spaces became essential. As a result, the demand for home office furniture, ergonomic chairs, and versatile pieces has clearly increased.

Moreover, remote work became the new norm for many individuals. In response to that, the furniture business introduced solutions tailored specifically for virtual collaboration and productivity enhancementIn response to health concerns and hygiene precautions, furniture manufacturers also began incorporating antimicrobial technologies into their products. The aim was to ensure safety while maintaining quality design standards.

The pandemic has nudged the furniture sector towards digital transformation. In fact, consumers turned towards online platforms for browsing and purchasing items from the comfort of their homes. This prompted retailers to invest in e-commerce infrastructure and virtual showrooms. Despite the initial setbacks presented by these times, it is evident that the furniture sector has not only weathered difficulties but emerged stronger than ever before by adapting to meet evolving customer needs in imaginative ways.

Key Trends in the Furniture Industry

Some key trends are currently driving the furniture industry.

Firstly, there is an increasing demand for furniture that is both stylish and functional. This has led to a growth in the popularity of contemporary and minimalist designs.  Secondly, there is a growing preference for sustainable and eco-friendly furniture. This is particularly evident in the rise in popularity of recycled materials and bamboo furnitureThirdly, there is an increasing trend for personalization and customization. Many people are looking for unique and bespoke pieces.

There is a growing demand for multi-purpose furniture that can be used in a variety of ways. This includes items such as sofa beds, nesting tables, and ottomans with built-in storage.

Resilient Growth: The Continued Success of the Italian Furniture Market

When it comes to the Italian market, the furniture sector has displayed remarkable resilience and a continued growth trend.

Building on the success of 2021, last year saw a noteworthy increase in sales. With a nominal revenue surge of 18%, the growth was particularly pronounced in the foreign market. In fact, it experienced a remarkable 20% increase, while the domestic market saw a lower yet still significant rise of 16%. These impressive figures speak volumes about the industry’s ability to adapt and thrive in the face of challenges.

Despite uncertainties stemming from the geopolitical landscape and inflationary pressures, a striking 57% of Italian companies expect a further boost in revenue and exports for 2023. Although this growth is projected to be more moderate compared to previous years, it underscores the industry’s resilience. 32% of companies expect a decline, and 11% foresee stable levels in comparison to 2022. These statistics highlight the diverse expectations within the market, reflecting the dynamic nature of the furniture sector in Italy.


The furniture sector is showing tremendous resilience and growth despite the challenges posed by the economic downturn since 2020.

With a projected 5% annual growth rate, it looks like this industry will continue to be a major contributor to Europe’s economy in 2023, with an estimated turnover of € 236,8 billion. This trend highlights the strength of the European market and its potential for further expansion and innovation. As such, stakeholders must take heed of these projections and work together to ensure continued success in this vibrant sector.

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Sara Gonnelli

Sara Gonnelli

Business Development Assistant in Architecture & Design Projects

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