Are you interested in tapping into the billion dollar furniture industry? You can do so easily without spending a dime upfront for inventory thanks to the dropship model.
Dropshipping furniture has huge earning potential and major companies are profiting big time from it. Take a look at Wayfair.com just as an example.
According to the report, the global furniture market was valued at around USD 331.21 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach approximately USD 472.30 billion by 2024 – www.globenewswire.com
All types of furniture can be shipped easily due to flat-packing and lightweight materials. Mattresses have become a big online business because of new materials and packing methods.
You can sell all types of furniture and by choosing a sub-niche within the furniture niche, you can really make a brand for yourself and cash in on this industry.
I’ll go into more detail below about suppliers as well as good low-cost options for opening your own furniture dropshipping store.
Why Dropshipping Furniture is Good Business
One reason that dropshipping furniture can make a great online business is due to the customer base. Almost everyone shops for furniture to include:
- Home owners
- People living in apartments
- College students in dorm rooms
- Medical and dental offices
- Small business owners
Another reason is that there is such a wide variety of furniture in which you can dropship. Think about items such as:
- Outdoor / patio furniture
Also, consider how buying furniture online is trending upward. It is not at all uncommon to buy your furniture and home decor online.
Online mattress companies are one example. I’ve come across ads for brands such as Purple® and Casper.
Wayfair is making huge strides with its selection of furniture. My cousin just purchased an outdoor patio set from Wayfair and loves it. She and her husband put it all together in an afternoon and her family is now enjoying their new relaxation area.
Buying furniture online is easy and convenient. An online store can offer a wider selection for customers without having to leave their home.
How Do You Dropship Furniture?
The first thing that you’ll want to do is decide on the type of furniture that you want to sell. It is beneficial to choose a sub-niche of the furniture niche.
For example, you could specialize in a particular room such as the kitchen, living room, bedroom, etc. How about a specific style such as all wood furniture or vintage furniture. Or you can specialize in a particular type of furniture such as shelves, tables, chairs, and more.
Specializing in a niche makes it easier for branding your business. For example, if you chose to sell shelving, you could brand your store as the go-to shelving store.
Locating Furniture Suppliers
The next step is to locate furniture dropshipping suppliers. You can do this yourself by doing a web search. However, it is often a long and tedious process.
You can broaden your options as well as find legitimate suppliers by using a reputable wholesale / dropshipping supplier directory.
Using a directory such as SaleHoo can save you the time of doing all of the research on your own. They have already vetted over 8,000 suppliers and make it convenient for you to contact them.
Dropshipping From AliExpress
Another convenient option is to source products for your store from AliExpress.com. AliExpress is a large online retailer made up of small businesses primarily based in China and other locations.
They also ship from the United States as well and offer a large selection of furniture to sell in your own store.
The nice thing about using AliExpress to source your products is that they do not have any registration requirements or fees. You can literally begin selling their products right away.
They do not have a limit on profit margins, most of their products have free shipping, and they offer very low pricing on a majority of items.
AliExpress ships worldwide and most items have ePacket shipping available which is a faster shipping method from China to the U.S.
You can also take advantage of their buyer protection system with full money back guarantee.
How Dropshipping Works
Now that you understand a little better about choosing a niche and locating suppliers, it is time to go over how dropshipping works.
It is a very straight forward process. Once you have the suppliers that you want to work with, it is a matter of placing the items that they are selling into your own online store.
When a customer orders an item from your store, you then order that item from your dropshipping supplier. You input your customer’s shipping address into the shipping area during checkout.
Your dropshipping supplier will then ship the item directly to your customer for you. Your profit is the difference between what you charged for the item and what the dropshipping supplier charged you.
If the item costs $5 from your supplier and you charged $15 for it in your store, your profit is $10.
How To Open Your Own Dropshipping Furniture Store
There is a plethora of dropshipping software to choose from. You can choose between opening a free store or a fee-based store.
The AliDropship plugin works specifically with WordPress and transforms WordPress into a full-featured AliExpress dropshipping business.
All of the products in your store will be imported from AliExpress. There are no limits on product importing or automated order processing.
There are some advantages to dropshipping with WordPress versus fee-based eCommerce software. For one thing, you will not incur any recurring monthly software fees.
You also retain full ownership of your store since WordPress is free to download and install. If you were to build your store on say the Shopify platform, you will not have full ownership of your store.
The reason is that your store would be built on their platform using their software which they charge a monthly fee for.
That means you agree to their terms of service which states they can close any account at any time for any reason.
Another plus about using the AliDropship Plugin with WordPress is that you only pay a one-time fee. The plugin does not have a recurring fee and includes free lifelong updates and customer support.
Note: I do recommend bundling in AliDropship’s web hosting when buying the plugin as they will install WordPress and the plugin for you. Besides that, you will not have to worry about finding a compatible web hosting provider.
Have Your Store Built For You
Another WordPress option is to have your dropshipping store custom built for you. The AliDropship team can custom build your store for you.
What is awesome about their service is that regardless of the package that you choose, you will be assigned your own personal manager.
They handle every process of your store’s buildout to include helping you choose a niche for your store. Having your store built can save you tons of time.
In most cases no matter which dropshipping software that you use, you will need to import products into your store yourself.
That means having to edit each product title, description, and sometimes the images. Often times, that is the most time-consuming process of building your store.
My Closing Thoughts On Dropshipping Furniture
One of the best things about dropshipping furniture is that you do not have to buy any inventory or store it. Your start-up costs are minimal.
You only have to order product when your customer orders it from you. Therefore, your only start-up expense is to get your online store open.
Your costs are determined by the eCommerce and dropshipping software that you choose to you. Fee-based software will have recurring monthly fees.
If you choose to use WordPress and/or WooCommerce, you can save on monthly software fees. You also have the option to have your store custom built.
Selling furniture is a billion dollar industry. Dropshipping enables anyone with the desire to open their own eCommerce store.
Does selling furniture interest you? What are your thoughts about dropshipping furniture? Leave your feedback in the comments below.