Wholesale Furniture in China
Wholesale furniture in China is a big deal. So much so it can save your company a lot of money for high-quality products if you know where to look. In this article we are going to cover the following aspects:
What is wholesale furniture
The benefits of directly buying wholesale furniture in China instead of back home
Things you need to consider before buying wholesale furniture from China.
What is wholesale furniture
Wholesale furniture is the practice of buying and selling larger quantities of furniture than what would be used for personal use. It is normally for business to business transactions (B2B). Wholesale is different than retail which is for consumer consumption or business to customer (B2C).
A wholesale furniture buyer is generally buying for one of these two reasons:
- Resale-They own a furniture store and buy in bulk with the intention of reselling it to consumers.
- Projects-where there is a need for large purchases of furniture such as hotels, apartment complexes, and offices.
These types of buyers can make a large profit from the huge discounts offered by wholesale furniture factories in China.
The benefits of directly buying Wholesale furniture in China instead of back home
It goes without saying when buying wholesale furniture in China you are going for the price, but how much cheaper is it? Well to give you a very rough guide price difference we are going to give you an example.
Based on this source
from China to the USA pricing for a 40HQ container will be around 3-6000USD. Additionally, on a standard HQ container, you will be able to fit 2390 Cubic feet with a recommendation of not filling it up more than 90% or 2151 cubic feet
At that size, we can fit 43 three seater sofas or 61 two-seater sofas.
Now for different types of furniture that 40 HQ price may be more expensive so we’re going to say $10,000 USD to be safe.
Check out other wholesale furniture costs
Now we chose a large type of furniture to show you even big furniture has a good profit margin. Yet on the other side of the scale, you can fit around 240 office chairs into one container and with a quick Alibaba check you’re looking at $30-50 per chair FOB. We’ll let you do the math for this one.
Ensure the same quality
Thankfully there is another way.
Buy from multiple factories and put it in one container, however, unless you have good relations with lots of factories many will jack up the price due to the low MOQ.
The best option for small to medium businesses
If you’re a small to medium business who needs to balance wholesale price with risk the best option for you is going through a trading company
. Prices will be cheaper as good trading companies such as Simonsense have strong long term relations with those factories.
Not only that but you will be able to mitigate your risk by being able to put more variety of furniture into one or two containers.
Aliexpress is the retail branch of Alibaba however it is also a great place to find lower MOQs at almost factory prices. It is a good place for dropshipping businesses but not as good as Alibaba for wholesale.
We recommend for those who are looking for a much lower MOQ which Alibaba frequently doesn’t offer.
Made-in-China is an alternative option to Alibaba, with the same basic idea. When looking at wholesale furniture from Alibaba it’s a good idea to also look at made-in-china to see which one has the better deal.
Dhgate.com is the Chinese version of eBay and is aliexpress.com’s major competitor. Between aliexpress and Dhgate they’re your top two places to go for dropshipping/low MOQ orders for buying furniture.
However, Dhgate has one major drawback and that is there is a much greater risk of getting lower quality imitated furniture. This is due to more relaxed regulations compared to other sites.
Globalmarket is one of the most trusted places to buy furniture from accredited manufactures thanks to its business model being based upon M2B or manufacture to business.
You should definitely take a visit to their website when looking for wholesale furniture.
If you are looking for high-quality wholesale furniture this website needs to be on the top of your list. It’s been open since 1970 and is again one of the most trusted places to search for products.
Their major advantage is their strict vetting service which only allows reliable and higher quality providers onto its site.
What to do to ensure high quality for your wholesale furniture from China
Before purchasing furniture from China make sure your logistic side of things is in order.
Especially things such as quality control which here at Simonsense we split into three parts:
Finding furniture online has never been easier yet without a factory audit how can you be sure the factory in China can make the furniture for you?
Here at Simonsense, we cover these aspects for you:
- Factory profile checking (General information)
- Production capabilities
- Factory facilities, including the condition of machinery and equipment
- Production Workflow and organization charts
- Quality assurance system & related certificates
Without a factory audit, you cannot be sure the furniture you are paying for is the furniture you will get.
Once you have done a factory audit and have purchased your wholesale furniture from China the next step is order processing.
When you buy from China there are a lot of things which can go wrong without supervision. Trust us this comes from experience. Our recommended approach is to make sure you cover these aspects:
- Monitor material preparation.
- oversee the production schedule.
- supervise trial run and mass production.
- Coordinate on the inspection schedule.
By doing the correct steps you can ensure the best quality furniture possible arrives at its final destination.
After a factory audit and order processing, another important part is quality control. This again can be split into 4 major sections:
- Incoming inspection
- During production inspection
- Pre-shipment inspection
- Container loading supervision
Without boring you quality control is a whole other topic which you can check out on our quality control page. There will give you a complete overall of what is needed to make sure your wholesale furniture is in perfect condition before you receive it.
The logistic chain needed to buy furniture from China
When buying wholesale furniture from China, in general, there are 12 major logistic points to think about if you want to do it yourself:
Logistics is the least thought about when buying furniture from China but is often the biggest trouble
. This is why we recommend checking out our complete guide for buying furniture from China to help understand the different stages
We also recommend if you don’t have a big team to work with experienced third parties such as Simonsese when buying wholesale furniture from China.
When buying wholesale furniture from China there are a lot of different websites to help you find the right furniture and get a great deal
, to get the best deal possible make sure your logistic
and quality control
is in working order or be prepared for some surprises along the way.
is a sourcing company that specializes in furniture. Simonsense has had over 10 years of experience in the furniture industry and supply chain market to help their customers find the best possible deal in terms of price and quality
. Contact Simonsense today for a free one-hour consultation and see how we can help your business today