This classification covers businesses that primarily reupholster and repair furniture. Companies that primarily sell upholstery materials for personal or household use are in SIC 5714: Drapery, Curtain, and Upholstery Stores; and those making furniture and cabinets on a custom basis are in SIC 5712: Furniture Stores.
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair
Furniture making became more automated after water- and steam-powered tools were introduced early in the nineteenth century. The artisan's role was largely eliminated in the mainstream furniture industry, and inexpensive furniture produced by high-volume manufacturers reduced demand for labor-intensive repair services.
Renewed interest in antiques and corporate cost-consciousness during the late 1980s hiked industry activity. Many refinishing and repair shops found new demand for refurbishing high-quality case goods, seating, and other pieces designed in classic, popular styles and produced by reputable makers. Corporate buyers could save up to 70 percent over the cost of new furniture by having their office furniture and equipment revitalized, or they could buy used furniture. By 1996, total U.S. furniture repair industry sales were an estimated $1.2 billion, up from $980 million in 1992. In 2004 there were over 5,000 establishments in the industry employing more than 18,500 people.
Furniture Medic was the largest franchiser in furniture repair and restoration in the early twenty-first century. Founded in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1992 and acquired by Service Master in 1996, Furniture...