Furniture retailers supply furniture and furnishings for office, business and household purposes. The range of furniture and furnishings on the retail market is vast and retailers can range from specialist suppliers to one-stop-shop experiences as well as provide services such as decorating advice and consultancy, custom manufacturing, upholstery and delivery.
Retailers offer major pieces of furniture from beds, sofas, couches, arm chairs, robes, dining tables and chairs to accessories such as cushions, rugs, lamps and decorator items. Some retailers vary their stock according to fashions that are governed by market trends, and some retailers specialise in particular styles such as natural timbers and leathers, antiques or contemporary styles. This is the case for both the home and office markets, when individual tastes and budgets play a major role in selecting the right furniture retailer. Outdoor furniture may be found in retail outlets that also sell garden supplies as well as boutique retailers that deal in high end imported furniture.
Second hand or collectable-furniture plays a large part in the retail furniture market and some retailers specialise in unique period furnishings or rare and hard to find antique items. Larger retailers may offer furniture and furnishing packages that include basic household needs such as beds, side tables, robes and vanity consoles sold as a unit, or dining tables, chairs and sideboards packaged together as a single offer. The staff at some furniture retailers will be able to assist with putting items of furniture and furnishings together to achieve a decorator effect and in the case of office or business furniture, offer everything that is required from the boardroom to the staffroom.