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Addressing Rising Costs

Rising costs are a significant concern among cabinet manufacturers, but a mixture of flexibility and ingenuity is helping to make the situation more tolerable. Cost of materials and cost inflation, identified as the #1 and #2 challenges…

K&B Sales Challenges Grow

Although 2022 industry sales are expected to increase by 9.4% compared to last year – healthy by most standards – it is the second downward revision for the year and well below the initial call for a 19% gain. This was among the many…

K&B Recession Spending

As opinions from economists regarding the possibility of a recession continue to vary widely – from relatively remote to imminent – NKBA’s 2022 midyear Kitchen & Bath Market Outlook delved into the effects of previous recessions on our…

The State of the K&B Industry

Let’s start with a brief history of lumber to understand how we got there. When the pandemic began, hardwood and softwood mills either reduced production or closed outright in anticipation of slower business or stay-at-home orders. While…

Backlogs Grow, Business Remains Solid

Despite growing challenges, members rate the future industry outlook highest in a year; 55% said the scope of their average project had increased in Q1 versus the same period in 2021, while only 7% reported a decrease. Nearly twice as many…

Industry Shifts in K&B

According to the NKBA / John Burns Kitchen & Bath Market Index (KBMI) release, one of the numerous industry shifts seen within K&B is the decision by consumers to seek better quality products and materials, mainly because of the…

Bigger Bathrooms Gaining Traction

The National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Design Trends 2022 Report focuses on the key design drivers in the industry over the next three years. The annual report zeroes in on Kitchen and Bath, forecasting styles, colors, materials, and…

Top K&B Challenges For 2022

The challenges the kitchen and bath industry is expected to face this year don’t include any major surprises, and the only question is which of them will wind down and which will remain with us. The 2022 Kitchen & Bath Market Outlook…