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4 of the Best Furniture Markets to Attend in 2016

Furniture Today, a leading news outlet for home decor professionals, regularly updates its list of industry tradeshows. These markets are a place to preview and purchase new furniture and home accessories poised to enter the market.

Many of the events also serve as educational and networking opportunities. The following events appear on Furniture Today’s list and are among the most prominent markets rounding out the remainder of 2016.

Canadian Furniture Show

canadian furniture show logoFormerly called The Canadian Home Furnishings Market, the Canadian Furniture Show will take place in 2016 at the International Center in Mississauga, Ontario, from May 28th through May 30th. The event, which has a history dating back to 1972, is made possible by the Quebec Furniture Manufacturer’s Association. Canada’s only national furniture show, the event spans three days and offers more than 425,000 square feet of show room space for designers, manufacturers, and other home furniture industry professionals to explore products.

In 2015, the market hosted nearly 250 exhibitors and in excess of 50 Canadian manufacturers. The Canadian Furniture Show anticipates a similar turnout this year and will also welcome best-selling author David Chilton to its 2016 event. He will give a live presentation and host a book signing prior to the market.

Leading up to the market, the show will share “Great Finds” on its website and social media platforms, highlighting products that will appear at the event. Also preceding the event will be an awards gala at the Universal Event Space honoring Angelo Gallo, the president of Statum Designs Inc., with the Lifetime Achievement Award. JC Perreault and Nordic Holdings Ltd.: Konto Furniture and Sofa Land will be presented with Retailer of the Year Awards.

Those interested in learning more about industry issues can attend the town hall meeting on the final day. Light refreshments will be served, while attendees share their opinions and insights regarding sector-related topics.

Las Vegas Market

On July 31st, the Las Vegas Market will kick off its summer event. Nearly a week long, the exposition will fill approximately 5 million square feet of space in the World Market Center.  It offers a comprehensive look at furnishings, home decor, and gifts as well as giving attendees insight into upcoming, seasonal trends. More than 2,200 resources will be available, including a section dedicated to the national bedding industry.

The market is one of two events held at World Market Center during the year.  As the only major home furnishings market in the West, it has grown significantly since its launch during the summer of 2005. The event showcases home products ranging from furniture to wall art and rugs, and features 1,200 new lines.

Of the top 100 retailers in the sector, 77 have reserved booths at the market. The Las Vegas Market welcomes interior professionals from across the nation, and past iterations have been attended by representatives from 76 countries. In addition to its show floor, the market offers seminars hosted by leading designers and industry leaders, who educate attendees on trends (such as the impact of Millennials on the industry) and sector challenges. They also provide them an opportunity to connect with peers.

Tupelo Furniture Market

From August 18th to August 21st, the Tupelo Furniture Market will serve as the platform for more than 500 manufacturers to showcase their products. Participants focus on case goods, upholstery, and accessories.  The event is considered one of the strongest order-writing markets in the country and is held in Tupelo, Mississippi, also known as the upholstery capital of the world.

Approximately 30,000 retail furniture buyers from all 50 states are expected to attend the market to explore exhibits across more than 1.6 million square feet of space. American Furniture Mfg., Wonderland Wicker, Outdoor Great Room, and Largo International are among the companies that have shared their products at the event.

In addition to shopping the market, attendees are given the opportunity to obtain industry education at a “Lunch and Learn” series.  The market serves as a platform to honor notable professionals as well. On Thursday evening, representatives of the Tupelo Furniture Market present the National Buyer Award, and on Friday night, the recipient of the Manufacturer’s Representative Award is announced.

High Point Market

A North Carolina tradeshow, High Point Market begins on October 22nd and is the second of two markets hosted each year.  The five-day event, which has become the largest furnishing industry tradeshow worldwide, fills more than 11.5 million square feet of space with upholstery, accent furniture, case goods, bedding, lighting, and accessories.

In total, 180 buildings make up the market. More than 2,000 exhibitors showcase their products, drawing in 75,000 people from over 100 countries. In fact, 10 percent of the market’s attendees travel internationally to learn about tens of thousands of new products.

The market is exclusive to trade professionals only. Registration is available on-site at 10 different locations, including 220 Elm and the International Buyers Center. Upon registering, trade professionals will receive a free market pass to explore showrooms during open hours. Individuals interested in getting a sneak peek of the products appearing at the October market can attend the two-day High Point Premarket in September.