HICKORY, N.C. — In mid December, Home News Now visited Sherrill Furniture’s upholstery operations here where the company is undertaking a major expansion. This spring, it will open a 140,000-square-foot addition that focuses on private label business for its retail accounts. By doing so, the company will free up capacity in its other three area upholstery plants that are doing some of this business now, and thus lower lead times across various segments of the business.
The tour gave Home News Now an inside look at various aspects of the operations — from the cutting and sewing of various fabrics and leathers to the assembly and upholstering of frames. The tour also showed how much handwork goes into the process. While the company has invested millions in new CNC equipment to produce various parts, a lot of handwork goes into the process, particularly with the construction and finishing of frames and the construction of the seats themselves, which includes the labor-intensive eight-way hand-tied process. Below are photos of the men and women who make the high end upholstery line come together for retailers and designers alike and most importantly the consumers who are investing in the quality products that Sherrill continues to produce.
Home News Now Editor-in-Chief Thomas Russell has covered the furniture industry for 25 years at various daily and weekly consumer and trade publications. He can be reached at email@example.com and at 336-508-4616.