So Many Showrooms, So Little Time

One week from today, Liz and I are off to the High Point Furniture Market once again. The world’s biggest furniture show. I thought I’d revise our post from last spring, giving you a glimpse of the possibilities that lay before us.

Thanks to Blogger Habitually Chic for this Shot of the Hickory Chair Showroom

CEF Orange LR

The High Point Market is so big that you could not possibly visit all the showrooms in a whole week of dawn to dusk shopping. The map below shows the red line & green line bus routes that haul market goers around to various showroom buildings.

You would think that map would cover the whole market but there are numerous outlying showrooms that are anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes away from downtown. There are a total of 180 showroom buildings. It’s a 15 minute drive to the Lexington showroom shown below.

Lexington's High Point Showroom

One of the coolest buildings to see is called Showplace.

Showplace

We spend a lot of time at Market Square which was a huge furniture factory converted into showroom space for hundreds of companies.

MarketSquare

But the Big Kahuna is the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) group of buildings. Its where the 2 bus routes intersect. It really is 6 buildings all at least 11 stories high. Here’s the outside of the Commerce wing entrance to IHFC.

Commerce Entrance

Here’s a typical floor plan for just one floor. To give you a sense of the scale the IHFC contains 7 million square feet of showroom space within it’s 12 floors. The pink area is the Commerce Wing the outside of which was shown in the picture above.

The best advice for any market attendee is wear sensible shoes.  Here’s some advice for proper market footwear. (If I could only convince Liz)

Preparing for High Point Market: 6 Tips for Comfortable Shoes from TheHome.com on Vimeo.

We plan to post pictures on our Facebook page as we explore. Like our Facebook page to glimpse the Wows we find. We’ll be in touch from Market.

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