UK Kitchens and Kitchen Furniture Market Report
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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Kitchens and Kitchen furniture market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.
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For the purposes of this report, Mintel has used the following definitions:
This report monitors the consumer market for kitchen furniture through all channels. Estimates include retail sales to consumers plus trade sales via local traders, including builders and interior design specialists. Market sizes reflect this clarification of the Report’s definition.
The report addresses fitted and freestanding kitchen furniture, including:
- Storage units such as cupboards, shelving and dressers
- Work surfaces
- Chairs and stools.
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Consumer spending on kitchens rose by 5% in 2017 to reach £3,706 million, helped by continued buoyant demand at the higher end of the market. In 2018 we forecast that spending will rise by a further 4 % to reach £3,855 million. This is influenced by the trend for open-plan living spaces as householders knock-through or extend in order to accommodate larger kitchens which can be used as a family hub. At the high end of the market we also see far greater willingness to invest in features that improve storage, such as roll-out larder shelving and corner cupboard features.
Other factors driving market growth include increasing numbers of households and the continued strength of the housing market. Retailers had mixed fortunes in 2017 with winners including Wren Kitchens, Wickes and Howdens, while Homebase lost market share under the ownership of Bunnings. The outlook for 2018 is for continued moderate growth, again helped by stronger demand at the high end of the market. In the five years from 2018-23, consumer spending is forecast to rise by 17.8% to reach £4,540 million.
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Written by Jane Westgarth, a leading analyst in the Retail sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
Reasons why people refitted kitchens in the last three years include enlarging the kitchen (22%) and creating more work surface (32%), illustrating the importance of the trend to create larger kitchens, often combined with eating areas. In turn, more time living in the kitchen encourages householders to invest in attractive style, quality and décor. The rise of television cookery, as well as social media cookery celebrities, is elevating the status of cookery to a favourite, relaxing pastime, especially at weekends when people have more time. This, along with the nation’s passion for serving quality coffee at home, is driving demand for stylish and practical gadgets and appliances, in turn creating more pressure on work surfaces and kitchen storage. For the future, the emerging possibilities afforded by connected appliances and the smart home will mean that kitchen retailers need to get ahead of the game and become experts in creating smart kitchens where people can use their home hubs or mobile phones to control the ambience, appliances and make links to shopping lists and calendars.
Senior Retail Analyst
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