High Point Market Vendors See Small Space Living As Big Opportunity

Small space living was an intriguing trend and design theme influencing the Fall High Point Market and mass-market furniture overall, and one that home decor vendors have been addressing in an inventive manner. 

Meco had a particular twist on the trend at the show this week. Under its recently acquired Stakmore brand, the company introduced a desk that’s a whole lot more, in this case, literally. In fact, a user can extend the desk, pulling forward on the faux drawer under the work surface, by several feet and drop in leaves to create an extensive task space or a table that can serve multiple diners.

Sauder Woodworking, in its ongoing effort to win over space-conscious Millennials, had small space living in mind with its key Eden Rue collection, which includes a variety of furniture meant to save space. Millennials are looking to keep living spaces modest, which may reflect a realistic appraisal of housing costs in the urban environments they have aspired to occupy.

Dorel Industries under Ameriwood and its other brands has made strides in designing a variety of products from outdoor furniture to a new modular storage collection that can suit garage, laundry, craft and other rooms. In that way, the company gives consumers the option of combining elements and even collections individually and in combination to fit a number of spaces.

Twin-Star International, in its own focus on consumers who have less space and varied lifestyle demands, has been refining a line of speaker shelves that have incorporated audio systems and so can enhance the entertainment prospects of smaller rooms.

Linon Home Decor continued to innovate with its accent chairs. For example, slipper chairs can be pushed into a corner when they aren’t needed and put into use when additional seating is required. The company has even put them on wheels in an expanding collection that allows a work chair to become seating for guests.

Home Styles has been offering its space-saving kitchen islands, which include counter space for dining. LumiSource has devised miniaturized indoor/outdoor bistro sets. Z-Line has been a long-time provider of workstations that offer function in narrow circumstances, and now offers standing desks that provide similar dimensional utility. Powell Home Fashions continues coming up with functional and fun variations on bunk beds.

It’s not just vendors at the High Point Market that are increasingly space conscious. South Shore Furniture, with beds that lift on a hinge to reveal storage space, Atlantic, with its Dar Terrace collection, Walker Edison with its urban-oriented angelo:Home product line, also demonstrate that mass-market furniture producers are taking the lead in meeting evolving housing priorities.

The market ends Thursday, October 22, in High Point, NC.

For more coverage of the High Point Market, see the October 12, 2015, issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS®.