Navigating interior design over the past year has been interesting, to say the least. Dealing with irregular supply chain issues for materials, weathering ice storms (no pun intended) and wondering if scheduled staffing at our manufacturers will ever be at full capacity again are all part of our everyday world now. For 13 years, I’ve run a fairly predictable business and boy, has this past year thrown the biggest curve ball I’ve ever witnessed.
Here’s the comforting fact: almost every industry has been impacted. So at least the shock of these ridiculously long delays is allowing us to commiserate with each other and be understanding of how hard folks are trying to mitigate these speedbumps. More so, it’s prompted some of us to seek creative solutions wherever possible in the interest of serving our customers as best as we can. Seriously, if you told me last year that I’d be telling someone they’d be waiting 20-26 weeks for their sofa, I would’ve said, “No way! It’ll never get that bad.” But, here we are…what used to take 6-8 weeks, now is taking half a year to deliver to customers.