Consumer behavior assessment regarding lightweight furniture as an environmentally-friendly product

Khojasteh-Khosro, Saeed; Shalbafan, Ali; Thömen, Heiko (2020). Consumer behavior assessment regarding lightweight furniture as an environmentally-friendly product Wood Material Science & Engineering, pp. 1-10. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/17480272.2020.1847187

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This study was aimed to evaluate the position of lightweight panels and their application in furniture production in Iran by investigating consumers’ behavior and preferences. Here, consumers’ preferences toward effective criteria to choose furniture made of wood-based panels (WBPs) were evaluated on the basis of analytical network process method. Furthermore, respondents were asked about their attitudes and preferences regarding lightweight furniture. The results revealed that the main sub-criteria for buying furniture were product quality, design, price, environmentally-friendly, and guarantee features. Furthermore, the technological feature was the most important criterion affecting consumers buying decisions more than the visual/appearance and economical features of the furniture. Consumers believed that conventional WBPs were heavy for some applications in the furniture. Respondents emphasized that they would buy lightweight furniture, even with a bit more price (5–9%) in comparison to conventional furniture (furniture made of WBPs) if there would be a product guarantee, more varieties of the products available in the market, and environmentally-friendly certification. In general, the consumers showed a willingness to buy furniture made by panels with mid-range density (480 kg/m3 density), but they should have to be sure of the panels’ quality and the furniture made thereof before buying this product.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering > Institute for Materials and Wood Technology
School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering > Institute for Materials and Wood Technology > Furniture Development
School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering > Institute for Materials and Wood Technology > Composite Materials
BFH Centres > BFH Centre for Wood - Resource and Material

Name:

Khojasteh-Khosro, Saeed;
Shalbafan, Ali and
Thömen, Heiko

Subjects:

H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TS Manufactures
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts

ISSN:

1748-0272

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christelle Ganne-Chédeville

Date Deposited:

16 Dec 2020 12:07

Last Modified:

27 Sep 2021 02:18

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/17480272.2020.1847187

Uncontrolled Keywords:

consumers environmentally-friendly product lightweight furniture preferences wood-based panels

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.13882

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/13882

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