Hickory Chair, By the Numbers

The Hickory Chair Furniture Co., Hickory, NC

On Monday, we landed in Charlotte, NC for a two day excursion to the Hickory Chair headquarters.  In short, these two city gals were blown away.  Hard to succinctly describe the experience (we SO HIGHLY recommend to any of our designer friends), but here are some photos and numbers about this inspiring and thriving American furniture company …

Hickory Chair University begins

600,000 / square feet of workspace in the factory located in Hickory, North Carolina

6 / floors of the factory

3,400 / (approximate) graduates of Hickory Chair University…we are proud to be two of the newest grads!

10 / number of HC Universities each year…yes, that’s almost once a month!

6 / weeks to kiln dry lumber before it arrives to Hickory Chair

6 / markets ago, Hickory introduced side hung drawer construction on all pieces

5/32nds / of an inch – how tightly a drawer fits into it’s cabinet

70 / wood stain and painted finishes offered (outside of custom finish by designer, of course!)

5/4 / aka “five quarter” inch lumber minimum for upholstery frames

8 / way hand tied springs in all upholstery for the ultimate in seating support

13 / openings in each of the James River Cabinet glass panels, representing the original 13 colonies

100 / percent goose feathers in all throw pillows

450 / (approximate) rolls of COM (customer’s own material) fabric received every single week for custom orders

8 / hours to hand tuft the Kent sofa

2800 / different furniture combinations in the Made to Measure program

36 / hardware styles available in…

3 / different finishes or…

Infinity / in the Customer’s Own Hardware program

5 / years of related experience required by employees before working in the Hickory Chair factory (there is a common saying down there — “I got in at Hickory Chair”)

40 / hours per week  nurses are available to all employees for any medical concerns

1,500,000 / hours without any employee injuries, celebrated this week with a company wide true Southern barbecue lunch!

7,000,000 / hours without employee injury – industry record held by – you guessed it – Hickory Chair

2 / full days doctors are available to all employees for any medical concerns

4 / Licensee collections by Alexa HamptonMariette Himes GomezThomas O’BrienSuzanne Kasler

4 / Licensees that are listed on the Architectural Digest Top 100 List

101 / years in business! and counting…

Immeasurable / times we were completely impressed by management, woodworkers, upholsterers, finishers, factory setting, efficiency, and (of course) the design and quality of products in just two short days at Hickory Chair University!

Kiln Dried Lumber awaiting the woodworkers inside

Sun filled space

Side tables neatly lined up


True craftsmanship

Wire brush sanding a table base

Hard at work

Neat as a pin - to improve workplace quality and efficiency!

Peony Console...anyone remember from our Hamptons Showhouse??

Inside a Hickory Chair Upholstery seat - 8 way hand tied springs for ultimate support!

COM fabrics awaiting their frames at Hickory Chair

Fabrics on cue in the upholstery department

American Made Pride.

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8 Responses to “Hickory Chair, By the Numbers”
  1. 06.07.2012

    What a cool experience! Where’s the picts of you two in your hard hats? ;-)

  2. 06.07.2012

    Thank you so much for visiting our Workroom this week. It was a great group! Your enthusiasm fuels our Artisans spirits knowing their craft will soon be incorporated into your creative installations.
    We all learned a lot and enjoyed our time together!

  3. pretty pink tulips

    What an impressive company. Not only for their furniture but for their commitments to their employees. Love that you got an insider’s look!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  4. 06.08.2012

    Thank you so much for coming to HCC University and this amazing blog post! I have never thought about Hickory Chair ‘by the numbers’ as you presented it. It does make a list to be proud of! We learned so much from you and our other participants. With your help we can add to those numbers for years to come!

  5. 06.08.2012

    Looks like a fantastic experience!! Love seeing the Peony console!!

  6. Lisa Brooks

    I am a huge proponent of buying American made and have been a huge fan of Hickory for decades…thank you for the behind the scenes looks and pictures.

  7. 02.28.2013

    Good day,

    I’m Anthony Smith and I will like to place an order for some (Hickory Chair) from your company.What is the price range of the ones you carry.And also the terms and forms of payment you accept. Hope you get back to me as soon as you can.

    Thank You

    • tiltonfenwick

      Hi Smith, we are designers, not retailers. You should contact Hickory Chair to see where your local retailer is for ordering.

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