IoT is driving growth in Furniture Manufacturing
Addition of Sensors and Connectivity in All Types of Furniture Manufacturing Processes Not only are IOT technologies changing furniture manufacturing, they’re also changing what kind of features are necessary in the products themselves. Consumers want sofas that track their heart rate and ovens that can order food, and furniture manufacturing companies are striving to keep up with these changing desires.
Subcontractors who design and implement smart systems integrating sensors and smart hubs are now being invited into parts of the furniture manufacturing process they’ve never participated in before. While early projections only assumed that appliances would be so highly integrated into the IOT, now even basic furnishings like shelving units and dining room chairs are being fitted with sensors and wireless adapters during the furniture manufacturing process to help them fit into a larger and more intelligent whole house system.
The Internet of Things (IOT) is largely still in the conceptual stage of growth, much like cloud computing once was, but it’s slowly becoming a real driving force in certain industries. Furniture manufacturing in particular is seeing the early effects of change.
As IOT connected devices spread and proliferate throughout both consumer and business environments, the focus on maintenance and repair over routine replacement will continue to grow. IOT integration helps furniture manufacturing companies of all kinds achieve a longer product lifespan because the connectivity of each product allows it to notify users and owners of malfunctions and the need for attention. This is true even for soft furnishings, in which a sofa reaching the end of its lifespan could recommend local reupholstery services or a new set of springs before the old ones wear out. Furniture manufacturing companies that rely on a short use and replacement cycle may need to adjust to a new model that focus on servicing products instead of just replacing them.
Finally, the demand for IOT furniture necessitates that furniture manufacturing companies will need to network with other service providers from very distinct industries. For example, there is already a furniture manufacturing brand that sells kitchen products that connect with local food delivery companies through IOT integration. Furniture manufacturing companies who secure the best contracts now will be able to produce unusual and useful furnishings that expand the consumer’s idea of what a TV stand or refrigerator can do.
IOT integration is projected to grow rapidly within the furniture manufacturing industry over the next few years.