The High Point Furniture Market Overview
Updated October 12, 2023
The largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world returns this weekend. Here is a brief overview of the High Point Furniture Market:
What is the High Point Furniture Market?
The furniture market spans 5 days every April and October across 11.5 million square feet of showroom space, dispersed among 180 buildings in High Point. The event attracts over 75,000 people, including industry professionals from across the United States and attendees from 100+ countries.
The furniture market includes more than just furniture! In addition to exploring the showrooms, attendees can enjoy live music from headliner bands and listen to keynote speakers.
Note: The furniture market is only available to industry professionals who register ahead of time on High Point Furniture Market’s website.
History of the High Point Furniture Market
The market started in 1909 (known at that time as the Southern Furniture Market). During the 20th century, High Point and the surrounding region established itself as the major supplier of furniture in the US and around the world.
During this time, High Point also continued building more showroom space for the furniture market. By 1989, there were 7 million square feet of showroom space available in the city. Since then, an additional 4.5 million square feet of space has been added.
What is the High Point Furniture Market’s Economic Impact?
The High Point Furniture Market makes the biggest impact of any event in North Carolina: $6.43 billion every year. In addition, it supports over 42,000 jobs and brings in $202 million in state and local tax revenue.
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