Friday, October 24, 2014

UK Domestic Window Coverings Market worth over £1.1bn

Research’s estimates indicate that the market for domestic window coverings in the UK was worth over £1.1bn in 2013, having experienced growth of around 3% over 2012. The upturn in the market in 2013 followed two years of decline, though the degree of improvement varied significantly between the different product sectors.

Growth was largely driven by improvements in the housing market, with economic recovery boosting consumer confidence. The market is very mature and replacement purchases are the dominant sector, accounting for an estimated 68% of sales in 2013, though the ‘new housing’ and ‘move to a new home’ categories have also seen growth over the last 2 years.

The UK market for curtains was worth an estimated £535 million in 2013, representing a small increase over 2012. Readymade curtains accounted for over 50% of sales with a share that has remained relatively unchanged over the last 5 years, while custom made curtains and curtain fabric accounted for lower shares.

Demand for window blinds has also been relatively buoyant, with growth of over 3% in 2013. Conservatories, a key end-use application for blinds, still accounted for more than a quarter of sales in 2013, though share has fallen in recent years reflecting the declining consumer appeal of conservatories. Custom made blinds account for over 70% of sales and venetian blinds are still the top-selling domestic blind in the UK.

The supply and distribution of window coverings is both fragmented and diverse, reflecting product mix as well as delivery, installation and service requirements. Mail order, internet and catalogue stores are now the largest distribution channel, but closely followed by department stores/variety stores and grocery multiples.

Andrew Hartley, Director of AMA Research said: “The stronger economy is likely to have a positive influence on future sales. Growth in housebuilding creates new demand, while a recovery in housemoving will also help drive up sales, as new curtains and blinds are seen as a relatively quick and low cost way of improving the décor of a new home.  In addition, we are likely to see an increasing amount of ‘trading up’ to higher value products as householders’ spending power continues to improve.”

The market is likely to experience further fragmentation, as more suppliers and retailers broaden their range of products and services to maximise sales potential and try to add value wherever possible. A further rise in online shopping is also forecast, particularly within the homewares sector, and tablets and smartphones are increasingly used.

Our forecasts indicate that the total windowcoverings market will experience further steady annual growth of around 2–4% up to 2018, with the market forecast to be worth around £1.28 billion by 2018.

The ‘Domestic Window Coverings Market Report - 2014-2018 Analysis’ report is published by AMA Research, a leading provider of market research and consultancy services within the construction and home improvement markets. The report is available now and can be ordered online at or by calling 01242 235724.

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