One of the unintended consequences of having consumers stay at home for months was the increased demand for home furnishings. Sheltering in place created a desire for refreshed spaces, and with more discretionary dollars reportedly being spent on the home versus vacations or other experiences, retailers and interior designers have been reaping the benefits.
With that as a backdrop, many are here at High Point Market this week to shore up stock, see what’s new and get back to business.
“We feel so lucky to be busy! Our designers are packed with jobs and the retail space as well. We feel that people have started to really focus on their house and decor after being locked up for months,” said Andy Cardwell, owner of Austin, Texas-based A Custom House. “We do business with many interior designers who are equally as busy and will come pull a lot from our store.”
Plus, as home becomes more integral to folks’ day-to-day lives (think work from home, school from home, etc.), they’re going to need to fill those spaces with more functional and multi-use products, said retailers.
“People are spending more time in their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and most people