Tibro’s furniture and interior design history started in the 1800s when some farmers and crofters began to cobble simple furniture to survive.

Forestry and wood processing have been Tibro’s most important industries since way back in time. During the 1700s farmers and crofters developed their craftsmanship by selling processed wood in various forms, but the actual production of furniture didn’t begin until the mid-1800s.

Population growth and railway link through Tibro

  • There are several causes to why furniture became the hallmark of Tibro:
  • The population growth during the 1800s
  • The Act on freedom of economic activity in Sweden in 1864
  • The urbanization process
  • The good supply of sawn timber and hydropower
  • The establishment of the railway link between Skövde and Karlsborg through Tibro in 1876

The railway link between Skövde and Tibro had particular importance for the emerging furniture industry as it enabled transport to the growing towns and cities in Sweden.

Manufacturing at home

The first furniture produced were simple storage furniture, wooden chairs, rocking chairs and wooden sofas. They were made in homes or in small workshops adjacent to them.

In time, the furniture became more advanced and machines began to be used in production. In the 1930s and 40s the artisanal production was replaced by small-scale industrial production.

1950-70s – the heyday

Post-war years was the heyday of Tibro’s furniture industry. During the 1950s, 60s and 70s the industry production expanded like never before, largely due to a state-funded construction project called the Million programme 1965-1974.

The decline of Tibro’s furniture production in the 1980s marked the end of an era, but it is by no means the beginning of the end of Tibro’s furniture and interior design history. Some companies have disappeared and others have been reorganized, but many still remain, thanks to a genuine craftsmanship that allows them to switch production to new markets and new trends.