ISSN: 1998 - 4162

JISR MSSE Journal Contents

Volume 14, Number 2, July 2016


Kids Furniture Market according to Ergonomical and Environmental Design
Dr. Sadia Farooq - Govt. College of Home Economics,Gulberg, Lahore, Pakistan

Abstract
The rapid progress in the furniture industry has changed the needs and demands of the consumers. In this era a small product is very important in its design, material, strength and usage. The same case is in the kids' furniture, kids are our future so they need the items which are most appropriate to their body and comfort needs. Kids from age five and above get into the age where they require proper atmosphere for their best growth patterns. Ergonomics is the science which design according to the posture, to avoid future hazards such as back ache, pains and body deformation. A few numbers of designers were combining local and international standards and almost 50 % designers were taking anthropometric measurements. More than 70% designers were taking up to 20 % profit on kids' furniture. Designers take almost 40 days for the completion of the furniture items. Wood used extensively by the designers for kids' furniture because of its durability and ease of maintenance, along with that plastic, fiber glass, foam and fabric were also in use. Most of the designers gave guarantee up to six years which is appropriate to satisfy a customer. Most of the designers were choosing colors from magazines and form internet, with the choice of parents. Varnish and lacquer were mostly used finishes for kids' products. Nontoxic colors were being selected by most of the designers. The term ergonomics was known by 70% interior designers and 50 % manufacturer but carpenters were not having much idea about the term and its usage in kids' furniture. The study investigates that the ergonomically designed and environmentally safe products are being manufactured in the local market for kids but not to the larger extend.

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