When it comes to furniture manufacturing, North Carolina stands second to none. Our state is home to High Point Market, the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world; Furnitureland South, the largest furniture store in the world; and major manufacturers like Ashley Furniture, the largest furniture manufacturer in the world.

The Nation’s Largest Furniture Industry

North Carolina’s robust furniture industry value-chain is comprised of 860 establishments and more than 36,000 employees statewide. The state’s concentration of furniture manufacturing activity is more than three times the national average.

A Built-In Supply of Materials

North Carolina’s 560 lumber wood product manufacturing establishments and workforce of 19,400 make it the sixth-largest wood product manufacturing industry in the U.S. Combined with the state’s rich legacy of textile production, furniture makers large and small have everything they need to craft masterworks of form and function at their fingertips.

The Ultimate Place to Showcase New Product

High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 attendees to High Point twice a year. The market hosts more than 2,000 exhibitors, with more than 100 countries represented.


“We are excited about opening our new full scale production campus in North Carolina. The skilled manufacturing workforce, high level of information technology and growth potential in the state make it an excellent choice for our expansion.”

– Doug Rassi, CEO, Polywood

Industry Support

The Furniture Manufacturing and Management Center
N.C. State University College of Engineering conducts a program of applied research and technical assistance in support of furniture manufacturers.
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American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD)
An international, non-profit, professional organization that supports the profession of furniture design.
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American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA)
The voice of the residential furniture industry. AHFA has a division of more than 200 suppliers to the global home furnishings industry offering manufacturing equipment, machinery and component parts, as well as consulting, IT, legal, compliance, transportation and logistics services.
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North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance
A consortium of 10 community colleges, local workforce investment boards, nonprofits and local education authorities united to increase the number of North Carolinians with certificates, diplomas and degrees in advanced manufacturing disciplines.
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