Home Furnishings Merchandising

Home environments are placeholders of the objects we select and display and they reveal the collective expression of individual lifestyles and represent the concepts of home. The global industry responsible for these home furnishings products is the focus of the UNT Home Furnishings Merchandising program.

The Home Furnishings Merchandising Degree at UNT is only one of a very few programs nation-wide that focuses specifically on the myriad of home furnishings products that continually arrive on the market.

This multi-billion dollar industry is responsible for the creative, aesthetic and functional outcome of an entire innovative industry that is constantly analyzing information and transforming ideas into products to shape the home environment.

Graduates of the program pursue careers such as:

  • Furniture and decorative accessories companies
  • Home accent and decorative accessory companies
  • Home builders
  • Home centers
  • Manufacturers
  • Sales representatives
  • Showroom management

Home furnishings majors take courses in decorative accessories, estimating, drawing and planning, consumer behavior, buying, sourcing, aesthetics, furniture industry, textiles for home furnishings, and historic furniture. In addition, students complete a minor in general business or marketing and logistics.

A degree in home furnishings merchandising differs from a degree in interior design*. In home furnishings merchandising, the curriculum emphasis is on product development, merchandising, and residential aesthetics. As a home furnishing merchandiser, graduates may be involved in creating, developing, sourcing, manufacturing and merchandising products within the broad categories of home furnishings and decorative accessories.

Home Furnishings Merchandising majors are encouraged to complete an MDR-led study tour during their undergraduate program. Current study tour offerings include:

  • • Dallas (emphasis on digital retailing)
  • • Silicon Valley (emphasis on social media and digital retailing)
  • • New York (emphasis on creative retail and buying)
  • • Paris & London (emphasis on trend analysis, historic costume, and international retail)
  • • Hong Kong & China (emphasis on product development and sourcing)

Our Merchant Development Program provides students with enriched opportunities both inside and outside the classroom that are designed to enhance their academic foundation, develop a personal awareness of ethical and financial responsibilities, and refine demonstrated talent. One of the key features of the program is the assignment of an executive-level mentor.

* The UNT Interior Design program in the College of Visual Arts has a focus on space design, while the home furnishings merchandising program has an emphasis on product and merchandising

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College of Merchandising, Hospitality & Tourism
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Denton, TX 76203-5017 USA
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