Healthcare furniture refers to furniture or fixtures that are specifically designed for clinics and related healthcare services as per the requirement of the patients. Healthcare furniture includes wheelchairs, patient trolleys, ICU beds, and others and available in different designs, features and material and can be customized as per the requirement of the end user.
Healthcare furniture should be attractive and well maintained which may create a warm environment so that visitors, patients and staff feel comfortable. In addition, installation of comfortable and visually appealing furniture aids organizations to create adaptive atmosphere which is better for patients and smarter for business.
An increasing number of clinics and hospitals internationally is majorly creating demand for healthcare furniture. In addition, remodeling activities of existing healthcare infrastructures in order to offer better service to patients is stimulating demand for healthcare furniture. In addition, advancements in this furniture in terms of designs, increasing healthcare reimbursements, along with patient-specific requirements is resulting into high demand among healthcare industry. Interchangeability of furniture is an important aspect of healthcare furniture, because it aids to portability of furniture and also serves as cost-effective option. Moreover, increasing competition in the market is encouraging healthcare organizations to offer better experience to patients that works better than traditional medicine.
However, high cost of advanced furniture may affect negatively on demand for healthcare furniture.
Healthcare furniture can be divided into three types: bed, chair, and cabinet. Rising number of hospitalized patients is resulting into increasing demand for beds. Moreover, increasing cases of road accidents and other severe health issues are propelling demand for healthcare furniture among hospitals and clinics. To facilitate increasing bariatric population, design of healthcare furniture has been changed accordingly by increasing chair widths and capability of weight to be hold.
The application of healthcare furniture includes hospitals and home. Increasing demand for healthcare furniture among healthcare service providers such as clinics and hospitals are having positive impact on growth of the market. In some of the cases doctors suggest homecare for patients rather than treating them into hospitals. Hence, healthcare furniture for household comes into picture, which may generate demand for healthcare furniture among home based application. Moreover, rising number of homecare organizations which provides home-based care at their infrastructure or homes will create potential opportunity for such furniture.
Rising demand for healthcare furniture in North America is attributed to strong presence of the healthcare industry. In addition, high disposable income of the population coupled with spending on healthcare services is creating positive impact on market growth. Increasing geriatric population and increasing prevalence of chronic disease and other health issues are creating demand for healthcare furniture in Asia Pacific. In addition, rising renovation and infrastructural development activities among healthcare service providers including hospitals, clinics, etc. is resulting into high demand for healthcare furniture among various countries of Asia Pacific including China and India.
Major players operating into marketplace are Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth Inc., and Hill-Rom. Key trend observed in the market is availability of these type of furniture on online sales channel at discounted prize, which has a positive effect on the demand of healthcare furniture.