By the End of 2033, the US School Furniture Market is Expected to be Valued US$ 3.42 Billion | FMI

The global United States school furniture market size is set to reach US$ 2 billion in 2023. Overall sales of United States school furniture are likely to surge at 5.5% CAGR, taking the forecasted market valuation to US$ 3.42 billion by the end of 2033.

There are various trends and drivers of the United States school furniture market, one being rising demand for flexible seating options in classrooms. This movement is fueled by the growing awareness of posture problems among children, which has created a demand for more ergonomic furniture that can help with motion and make people feel comfortable.

Flexible seating arrangements such as school chairs, yoga balls, couches and springy stools have become popular in schools that are exploring new ways to deal with student posture. These seating choices give the students options about their comfort levels and available room for movement. These seating options are also versatile in terms of space management, meaning that they can be easily rearranged when necessary for various classroom activities.

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A second key influencer of the United States school furniture market is government investment in programs to promote schools’ building and population. For instance, in 2019 the Obama Administration invested US$ 1 billion to give every child preschool education; this acted as a driving force that saw most states increase their investment on early learning. Both the present Joe Biden administration also intends to maintain these programs through universal pre-kindergarten education of a high level for all three and four years in the country.

The government’s investment in education has a significant impact on the classroom furniture market, as it leads to an increase in the number of schools being built and the number of students enrolled. This, in turn, drives the demand for classroom furniture, including school chairs, desks, and other essential classroom furniture.

Innovations in the classroom furniture market have also played a significant role in driving demand for advanced commercial furniture that is aesthetically appealing, multipurpose, and ergonomic. For instance, MiEN Company, which serves the education industry with innovative furniture products, introduced its DIY backless chair in November 2020. The product is designed for active learning environments that encourage students to strengthen their core in a ready-to-learn position. Its backless design allows the school chair to be easily stored away under tables when students prefer to stand, optimizing space in the classroom.

As the education sector continues to advance, traditional classroom furniture is being replaced by more innovative designs that prioritize comfort, versatility, and aesthetics. The new dynamic teaching styles such as blended learning and flipped classrooms require adjustable and portable furniture that can be reconfigured easily. Due to this, there is an increase in the ergonomic designs, improved aesthetics, and multipurpose nature of classroom furniture.

Key Takeaways

  • The classroom segment dominated the application type in 2022, accounting for about 76% of revenue.
  • The library and labs segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.6% during the forecast period.
  • The growing emphasis on ergonomics, flexibility, and collaborative learning is driving demand for innovative classroom furniture.
  • The increasing student enrollment in schools across the country is contributing to the need for school chairs and tables in classrooms.
  • Rising raw material costs and supply chain disruptions are restraining market growth.
  • The market is highly competitive, and companies are adopting strategies like product innovation and strategic partnerships to gain a larger market share.
  • The increasing adoption of green initiatives and sustainable manufacturing practices is expected to create new opportunities in the market.

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Competitive Landscape

The competitive landscape in the United States school furniture market is highly fragmented, with numerous players vying for market share. Established players like Herman Miller, Steelcase, HON, and Knoll, who have a strong brand presence and extensive distribution networks, dominate the market. However, there are also many smaller regional players who focus on specific niches within the market.

To stay ahead of the competition, market players are also using mergers and acquisitions to expand their reach. For example, Steelcase, Inc. introduced Edvi, a colorful and functional personal storage solution supported by engineered jigs and fixtures that can also function as a mobile seating solution. Steelcase, Inc. also acquired HALCON, a Minnesota-based manufacturer of precision-tailored wood commercial furniture for the workplace, to complement its current portfolio of wood products and offer design and craftsmanship to professionals and customers.

Key Segments

Product Outlook:

  • Seating Furniture
  • Storage Units
  • Lab Furniture
  • Other School Furniture

Application Outlook:

  • Classroom
  • Library and Labs
  • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Europe

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About the Author

Ronak Shah

Associate Vice President at Future Market Insights is deeply committed to uncovering actionable insights for consumer and food and beverage players. She brings a unique blend of analysis, industry trends, and consumer behavior to put data into perspective.

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