Recycled OR New Modern Furniture?? | Sustainable Design

Step-wise procedure for conducting a research on Furniture Design

In this article, we will discuss the steps for carrying out a research on the proposed topic. This research will help us evaluate if the concept of recycled furniture is workable and whether it could be profitable as compared to the New modern furniture made from new materials.

Step One:

Study the process of making recycled furniture. This would include studying the materials for the furniture, the factories, the energy resources required for the manufacture, amount of skilled and unskilled labour and finally the costs.

Step two:

Where have they been used? Study the successful examples of the use of recycled furniture in various countries and analyse the reasons behind their success.

It is also important to consider the negative aspects of the same. It is important to know why people wouldn’t want to prefer recycled furniture and that should be very clear.

 Dining Table | New Modern Furniture
Dining Table | New Modern Furniture

Step three:

Remember for any venture to become a success, it has to be profitable. If it is not, then nobody will care to pay attention towards it. This applies for both the consumer as well as the manufacturer.

Analysis of the profit and loss for a company manufacturing recycled materials for the furniture has to be done. It is important to know whether these run in loss or in profit which will give you an idea of  the interest that people show towards using recycled furniture.

Step four:

Make a list of various companies that manufacture furniture from recycled materials and study them. It is important to know if these companies have been able to reach their goals or if they are compromising on their standards and just holding on to it inspite of running in loss.

Step five:

Let us move towards the modern furniture which is made from new materials that are exhaustible.

  • Study their history
  • Manufacture process
  • Resources required for manufacturing
  • Costs involved
  • Profits
  • Consumer satisfaction

Step Six:

Make a list of companies that manufacture modern furniture with modern materials and estimate their annual turnover.

Step Seven:

Compare the turnover of companies producing modern furniture to the turnover of the companies making recycled furniture

Step Eight

Make a questionnaire regarding the use of furniture made from recycled materials and new modern furniture and run a survey in the city.

This will give you a practical insight of the way people think when they decide to buy furniture for their homes.


What do people prefer?

  • Comfort
  • User friendliness
  • Aesthetics
  • Cost effectiveness



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