North Carolina: The Furniture Capital Of The World
Before earning the title “Furniture Capital of the World,” North Carolina’s presence in the furniture industry began in the 1890s with just six furniture plants. Since then, the industry has expanded, and today many of the world’s foremost names in furniture call North Carolina home.
In fact, twice a year, the world’s furniture industry travels to North Carolina to take part in the High Point Market, a week-long furnishings exhibition that highlights the world’s most comprehensive product selection and new product showcase. The Market is for industry professionals only, but many of the furnishings on display there will show up in nearby furniture stores and outlets once the Market ends.
If you’re looking for top-quality handcrafted furnishings at bargain prices, the concentration of factories, craftsmen and outlet stores make North Carolina the ultimate destination. The depth of industry knowledge means professional advice and assistance are readily available. Plus, the close proximity of most of the manufacturers’ factories makes customization more feasible.
20 Miles Of Furniture
Between Hickory & Lenoir
US 321 is a major roadway linking the Piedmont region (Gastonia, Hickory) to High Country (Blowing Rock, Boone). In the twenty miles of US 321 north of Interstate 40, you’ll find a multitude of stores, galleries and outlets from both big-name manufacturers (Bernhardt, Broyhill) to smaller, lesser-known companies that also produce top-quality furnishings.
Catawba Furniture Mall
This renovated shopping mall has found new life as a one-stop-shop for your home furnishing needs, with products from top designers such as Paula Deen, Hooker and Calvin Klein. With more than eight acres of discount sale furniture and hundreds of manufacturers on display, you’ll find limitless choices of everything from living room sets to furniture for the kids’ room.
Billing itself as the “World’s Largest Home Furnishings Showcase,” this massive complex just off of Interstate 85’s Business Loop features more than 1.3 million square feet of showroom space. Don’t be overwhelmed, one of the company’s sales and design consultants will guide you through the store and help you find the exact item or set you’re looking for.
Hickory Furniture Mart
With more than a thousand manufacturers on display in one place and discounts of up to 80% off retail, it’s no surprise that 500,000 people come to the Hickory Furniture Mart every year to browse and select furniture for their homes. The Mart also features several sales events throughout the year, as well as its annual Furniture Festival during the last weekend in July.
High Point Furniture Retailers
High Point, Jamestown, Thomasville
When local civic icons include a giant chest of drawers and an 18-foot Duncan Phyfe chair, you know you’re in the heart of furniture country. Stop in the High Point Visitors Bureau and pick up a Furniture Shopping Directory, then wind your way through dozens of small and large shops and galleries providing everything from Oriental rugs to dining room sets to decorative lighting.
Did you ever lose or break a piece of a favorite china or silver set and assume that it could never be replaced? Well, don’t give up until you’ve been to this 500,000-square-foot store that has an inventory of 13 million pieces from more than 383,000 patterns. Whether you’re looking to replace a broken item or buy a completely new set of china, crystal or silver, this Greensboro institution is more than likely to have exactly what you want.
added: January 28, 2010
updated: February 28, 2013
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