The Danish Furniture Industry in short
The furniture industry in Denmark composes approx. 250 companies which together produce furniture worth DKK 12 billion (2011). The Danish furniture industry employs approx. 9,100 people and the combination of advanced technology and high professional expertise makes the sector highly productive.
In relation to the population of Denmark, Danish furniture production and furniture exports are both world leaders.
Danish furniture is sold through a wide range of channels: sales to chains of buyers and shops, sales to individual furniture dealers, sales via agents, contract sales for furnishing projects, retail sales via franchise shops, etc. - all with precise delivery times being met.
Danish furniture production has three main segments:
- Domestic furniture accounts for the majority of Danish furniture production. Speciality areas include furniture for children and young people’s rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, home offices, etc. Flat-pack furniture and veneered furniture are also areas of expertise and Danish producers’ ranges of solid furniture in woods such as beech, ash, teak and pine are among the best in the world.
- Contract and office furniture from Denmark is in demand from professional architects, building owners and entrepreneurs around the world for furnishing workplaces, institutions and public areas.
- Designer furniture has distinguished Denmark as a leading nation on the international furniture scene since the 1950s. Classic designs by famous architects and a new generation of innovative furniture designers together ensure that this enviable leading position is maintained and renewed.
The danish furniture industry also produces a significant amount of kitchen units and sub-contract production of furniture components is a significant aspect of the industry.
In recent years the Danish furniture industry has outsourced parts of the production to sub-suppliers and to own production sites in countries with lower labour costs. Furthermore, a number of components and ready-made furniture is bought abroad with resale in view.