The British have become devoted to repairing and even upcycling as many household objects as possible – to be thrifty and avoid unnecessary environmental impact. Which is great news for the thousands of entrepreneurs making a living from restoring and fixing furniture. They are an increasingly crucial part of the furniture sector as whole, which is now worth an impressive £8 billion. The skills of furniture restorers and repairers are often in demand by companies and public sector bodies too, to prolong the life of furniture as long as possible. Long gone are the days when most of the items submitted for repair were antiques; companies need to be ready to fix and re-upholster contemporary furniture too. The growth in home office working is another reason furniture repair businesses need to be versatile. Sales of items for home offices brought a healthy 4% growth in 2016.
Clearly the market is there for furniture repair businesses. Fortunately, there are major companies willing to share their successful business models. Franchise agreements mean you can be your own boss with the technical, business and product supply support of the parent company. The branding benefits alone can be key to securing clients.
The choice of partnership company depends on your interests. ServiceMaster Clean supports a wide network of franchisees across various commercial cleaning, residential and restoration services, include Furniture Medic. One niche sector within franchise opportunities is Magicman, a company who repairs, renews and restores damaged surfaces on furniture and other items. Some franchisers also offer opportunities to work from home, such as LRC UK, who use liveried vehicles to go on-site to repair all leather items including furniture. The Furniture Clinic also provides care and repair for leather furniture.
Just as tastes in furniture can vary enormously, so can preferences for franchise partners. Get in touch today so we can match you to the franchiser that suits you.