Pandemic of demand for ‘unbelievable’ furniture leads to extreme delivery delays – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – With so many people spending more time at home, furniture sales are reaching record highs. But waiting for the furniture to be delivered is taking longer than ever.
In the middle of a lean year, furniture is in high demand. Deb Ball is remodeling her home in Lakeville.
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“Everyone, if they don’t build or move, they remake their homes,” Ball said.
She’s found new furniture at Schneiderman in Lakeville, and according to manager Reese Hoffman, she’s in good company.
“The demand for furniture has been incredible. People aren’t going anywhere, and so they want to, they use their disposable income to upgrade their living quarters and even backyards, ”Hoffman said.
Whether sofas, tables or beds, furniture moves fast, but it moves slowly. During the pandemic, they had shipping delays to ports, fewer workers to transport, and then bad weather in Texas hit refineries. It all made the perfect storm.
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“There is a shortage of foam, so it impacts furniture on every level,” Hoffman said. “Foam cushions for the sofas and foam for the bedding, so this is now an impact on the offer.”
That means customers have to wait three to six months for deliveries, and sometimes longer – and stores have to pass the news on.
“We can’t promise dates, we just have to give estimated dates and make sure to update them as often as possible,” she said. “To be patient.”
Ball says she’s waiting for the wait.
“I’m just one of those with patience, and I know it’s not their fault,” Ball said. “I will finally get up my feet one day [laughs]! “
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For those who need furniture ASAP, one way to get it faster is to purchase a used floor model as is, or a clearance piece.