Furniture needs, preferences, and purchasing capabilities of public housing consumers

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Carolyn Simpkins Turner (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kay Edwards

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the furniture needs, preferences, and purchasing capabilities of public housing consumers. One hundred families living in public housing in Greensboro, North Carolina, were interviewed and tested to determine preference for selected furniture product characteristics—fabric, style, color, color scheme, and hard surface materials. Only women were interviewed. Data was analyzed by descriptive statistics. A Family Living Pattern concept and measurements of preference for each product characteristic were developed. The results of the study indicate that the Elderly had fewer furniture needs than did any other family group. Bedroom furniture, particularly beds, was most needed by all respondents, especially by families with children. About twenty percent of the respondents expressed preference for the fabric characteristics of saturated color, warm colors, small design, smooth texture and both strong and weak figure-ground value contrasts. About one-fifth of the respondents (mostly Elderly) preferred Early American/Colonial furniture style. The most preferred colors were Blue and Green. The Monochromatic color scheme was most preferred, followed by Analogous and Complementary.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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