Industry Issues and Why They are Happening

With the world transitioning to what feels like our new normal, ideally, the current status of lead times and inventory shortages in the home furnishings industry would also be bouncing back as well. Make no mistake, things are improving, but as clients anxiously await their furniture, it is important to fully understand and gain perspective on why things have been held up in the first place. Below are some of the many reasons there are delays to explain to your clients and also options to get product for projects quicker.

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) among workers throughout the supply chain has proven to be one of the biggest obstacles production lines have had to face. Among mitigating unpredictable worker absences, workflows have had to reconfigure to accommodate social distancing guidelines. This affects all respective parties involved in the supply chain, from manufacturers discovering new ways to access pieces, fabrics, and finishes, to longshore workers transporting containers at the docks.

Recently, a new wrench was thrown in the plans and unfortunately, a California-bound cargo ship lost 750 containers at sea after passing through some nasty weather. So, even when all the hard work feels like it is finally paying off- another unprecedented complication has hit, setting businesses back even longer.

As the container ships come in, congestion has also become a huge problem, with 60+ sitting idly by at local ports on any given day.

“This backlog is causing delay in receiving goods, straining the system, and pushing up all costs with no end in sight. L.A. and Long Beach ports have added on fees as a result of all of this, from what was about $800, to get the container through the port and dropped at our warehouses. Now the fees are in certain cases approaching $3,000 but $2,500 on average”, says Gary Finder, CEO of Jamie Young Company.

Once the product has made its way to the appropriate warehouse and is on track to its final destination, businesses have been met with the additional hurdle of a lack of qualified truck drivers. With a combination of a surge in shipping volumes, and limited employee availability to fulfill deliveries, the speed at which these services operate has been further impacted.

Demand outweighs supply. There is a shortage of product, ships, containers, and manpower, on top of upcharges that have strained the system even more.

The furniture manufacturing community has proven to be incredibly resilient, and adept at problem solving, and will continue to be as we learn to overcome the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.  


Our vendor partners at Bassman Blaine are prepared for designer needs. See the current status of product availability for each of our lines.

Shop by In Stock Items Only:

Jamie Young Co. | Jaipur Living | Phillips Collection | Worlds Away | Mirror Image


Jamie Young Company

90% of product in stock, with a large restock coming in April 2021. In stock items ship out within 2-3 days from their facility in Gardena, CA. All inventory levels and backorders are listed on jamieyoung.com. Will Call available. Shop by In Stock (filter at top)

Phillips Collection

Phillips Collection always maintains stock of their unique pieces at their High Point, North Carolina warehouse. In Stock items ship out within2-3 days. Inventory is available on phillipscollection.com – Shop by In Stock (filter at top)

Leftbank Art

Pieces from Leftbank Art are always made to order, with a standard 3-week lead time. Made and ships from facility in La Mirada, CA. Will Call available. Quick ship and original items ship in 7 business days and Immediate stock – ships in 4 days.

Jaipur Living

All in stock items ship within 2-3 business days shipping from Atlanta. Well stocked inventory and back orders listed on jaipurliving.com – Shop by In Stock (filter at top)

NOIR Furniture

Many in-stock items shipping from Gardena, CA. Will Call available. Accepting new items arriving within 2-6 weeks are listed on noirfurniturela.com

CFC Furniture

All items are made to order in Los Angeles, CA. Pre-made, unfinished pieces are listed on their website, customfurniturela.com

Once your order is placed with chosen finish, order processing takes 7-10 business days.

Cyan Design

Cyan’s large inventory provides options for reselection from out-of-stock items. In stock items on cyan.design.com shipping from Texas.

Nathan Anthony

Made to order in Los Angeles, CA. Lead time 8-10 weeks. Visit nafurniture.com

DV Kap Home

Made to order in Fresno, CA. Lead time in 4-6 weeks. Visit dvkap.com

Worlds Away

In stock items on worlds-away.com – Shop by In Stock (filter on the left)

Mirror Image

In stock items on mirrorimagehome.com – Shop by In Stock (filter at top

If you have any questions, please reach out to your dedicated Bassman Blaine Sales Representative. Please always feel welcome to share your need by dates.  


Bassman Blaine offers three, expansive trade showrooms in Southern California (LA Mart, Irvine, Laguna Design Center) for trade professionals to shop directly.

All three of our showrooms are proud to have a comprehensive, cohesive and on-trend line package to complement any style. Our showrooms are updated weekly with a complete range of home furnishings and all inventory can be previewed online and all product is available for purchase off-the-floor from our showrooms with no lead time. Trade customers can also place Special orders for any of our product lines like our vendor partners and additional lines such as Bernhardt and Alder & Tweed through our showrooms.