Furniture Needed for Setting up a Garment Factory (Garment Industry Furniture)

A house is incomplete without some furniture. Similarly, a garment factory is incomplete without having the necessary furniture. Furniture is a necessity for a garment factory. To make the factory infrastructure you need various kinds of and various sizes of furniture like working table, material storage, means of material transportation and more. The factory uses a lot of furniture to perform day to day activities.

Let’s assume you are going to set up a readymade garment factory - and you are preparing a list of furniture you need to buy for different processes/ departments and office area. I am not talking about furniture for decorative purposes but all the functional furniture. If you have not seen a factory before or have not worked in a garment factory, it would be difficult to make the list. In this post, I’ll be showing you a list of furniture that are the general requirement of the garment industry. I mean in the readymade garment factories.

You know the factory is parted into various departments and sections. Each department has a different set of works, and materials to handle. Furniture requirements are mostly prepared based on the kind of work, material transportation, material storage, and workplace designing. Here is the list of furniture

List of common furniture (Department wise)

1. Fabric and Trim Store: Pallet, Fabric storage rack, Trolley, Fabric checking tables, chairs, cabinet (locker). The pallet is used for storing fabric rolls.

2. Merchandising Department: Merchandising department don't need much furniture. Modular workstation, racks and lockers for storing files and documents are few example of furniture.

3. Sampling Room: working tables, checking table, rack for sample, Pattern making tables and sample checking table.

4. Cutting Department: Cutting racks, trolley, fabric layering and cutting table, part checking and bundling table, office table and office chairs
Cutting table

5. Sewing Section: Centre table (line table), inline and end-of-line garment checking tables, lighting fixtures, work aids, wooden or metal trolley, operator chairs (stool), cutting and trim storage racks
Garment checking table

Sewing line centre table
Also see: Different types of sewing line layout (with pictures)

6. Finishing section: Thread trimming table, garment checking and packing tables, trolleys for garment storing and transportation.
Different types of trolleys (image source: Anand furnishers)

7. Showroom: Meeting table, office chairs, Sample display rack, stands

8. Workers' Canteen: Dining table and bench

All these items are available in various sizes and various designs. For example, standard size for quality checking tables  8’X4’, 8’X3’, 6’X4’, 6’X3’, 5’X3’ and 4’X3’ having a height of 3 Feet. 
Racks are made of metal bars, metal angles. Trolleys are made of all plastic, stainless steal, wire mesh etc.  

You can buy readymade furniture (it is difficult to get readymade furniture in local market) or get your furniture customized from suppliers. The furniture manufacturers can customize the design of the furniture as per your need. Many companies prefer to hire a carpenter and make wooden furniture inside the factory.

I did a quick research about garment industry furniture suppliers in India and found these websites -  Anand Furnishers  (Based in Noida) and A.R. Furnitures (Based in Tirupur). (If you know any company dealing with garment industry specific to furniture manufacturing, send their name to add here).

I am not sure if all furniture are included in the above. You might be using a different set of furniture and fixtures in your factory. You can share images and name those items with us.

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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