A look at the top markets for dimension and wood components and what
products are popular.
WCMA Study reveals component market trends
Overall, the wood products industry is looking ood, with demand in cabinetry, furniture, retail fixtures and architectural millwork
all projected to rise over the next few years. This
also bodes well for the components and dimension manufacturers who supply products to these
A recent survey of these manufacturers found
more than half of the respondents supply products
to the residential market, particularly in the cabinetry
and furniture segments, with sales to commercial
markets also strong, albeit to a lesser degree.
The Wood Components Benchmark Study was
conducted online in the spring by the Wood Component Manufacturers Association, Wood Products
Manufacturers Association and Woodworking
Network. The survey provides insight into market
sales, product categories, and business performance projections and other relevant information.
The residential market continues to be bolstered
by new household formations and an aging popu-
lation, demographics and replacement and/or re-
modeling of older homes. With survey participants
able to select multiple industries, an estimated
56% indicated they provide products for residential
cabinetry, compared to 40% for commercial
cabinetry, while 51% targeted residential furniture
and 39% contract furniture. Other top areas for
wood components and dimension stock include:
building products (34%), decorative/specialty items
including musical instruments, caskets, toys, gifts
and novelty items (38%), and industrial products,
such as tool handles (8%).
Drilling deeper, when asked what percentage
of overall sales were directly attributed to the
individual segments, the average for those that
selected residential cabinetry as well as resi-
dential furniture was 57% for both. Next highest
was building products, with an average of 40%,
followed by contract furniture (28%), commercial
cabinetry (27%), decorative/specialty products
(26%) and industrial products (24%).
In looking at the type of components provided,
cabinetry, in general, is the number one selec-
tion. With respondents able to choose multiple
categories, an estimated 41% indicated they
produce cabinet parts, while 35% specified
solid wood cabinet doors and another 30% said
cabinet doors made from composite panels. In
alphabetical order, other products by category
include: architectural millwork (40%), chair seats
and parts (22%), closet components (25%) cut-
to-size blanks (18%), dowels/round (7%), drawer
boxes (28%), edge-glued panels (19%), entry
doors/windows (14%), flooring (10%), moulding
and trim (37%), RV parts (4%), specialty/novelty
items (20%), squares/laminated (7%), squares/
solid (7%), staircase parts (10%), store fixture
components (15%), table parts (17%), tool handles
and parts (2%), turnings (15%), upholstered frame
stock (4%) and wall paneling (13%).
For more information about the Wood Components Benchmark Study or the sponsoring associations, contact Wood Component Manufacturers
Association at WCMA.com, and Wood Products
Manufacturers Association at WPMA.org.
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Totals more than 100% due to multiple responses
What markets are you selling to?
Based on 116 responses. Numbers don’t total 100% due to rounding
What are your projections for
2018 sales compared to 2017?