Reupholstery and Furniture Repair

SIC 7641

Industry report:

This classification covers businesses that primarily reupholster and repair furniture. Companies that primarily sell upholstery materials for personal or household use are discussed in SIC 5714: Drapery, Curtain, and Upholstery Stores; and those making furniture and cabinets on a custom basis are classified in SIC 5712: Furniture Stores.

Furniture making became more automated after water- and steam-powered tools were introduced early in the nineteenth century. The artisan's role was largely eliminated in the mainstream furniture industry, and inexpensive furniture produced by high-volume manufacturers reduced demand for labor-intensive repair services.

Renewed interest in antiques and corporate cost-consciousness during the late 1980s increased industry activity. Many refinishing and repair shops were newly in demand for refurbishing high-quality case goods, seating, and other pieces designed in classic, popular styles and produced by reputable makers. Corporate buyers could save up to 70 percent over the cost of new furniture by having their office furniture and equipment revitalized, or they could buy used furniture. In 2002 total U.S. furniture repair industry sales peaked at an estimated $1.2 billion, up from $980 million a decade earlier. Sales dropped, however, throughout the first decade of the 2000s, and by 2010 total revenues totaled $914 million. There were approximately 4,133 reupholstery and furniture repair shops operating in 2010, employing 13,586 people who earned a total annual payroll of about $338.8 million.

According to IBISWorld, the economic recession that took hold of the nation at the end of the first decade of the 2000s did not benefit the furniture repair and upholstery industry as some might expect. Although logically consumers would have furniture repaired instead of replacing it when their discretionary income was low, they also did not spend any money they did not have to, and the demand in the industry remained low into the early 2010s. In addition, the economy's recovery did not bode well for the furniture repair industry either, as consumers who had been waiting for better economic times to return began buying new again. Low-cost imports also hampered growth in the industry, as it became less expensive to buy new than to repair old.

Furniture Medic was the largest franchiser in furniture repair and restoration in the early 2010s. Founded in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1992 and acquired by ServiceMaster in 1996, Furniture Medic had a network of more than 300 locations across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Furniture Medic was one of the ServiceMaster Consumer Services companies, which included ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, AmeriSpec, and American Home Shield. ServiceMaster also owned TruGreen Lawn Care. In 2010 ServiceMaster had overall sales of $3.4 billion and 8.2 million customers.

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