Furniture and bedding priced at $20 in 1940 $151.14 in 2022

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Prices for Furniture And Bedding, 1940-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for furniture and bedding are 655.68% higher in 2022 versus 1940 (a $131.14 difference in value).

Between 1940 and 2022: Furniture and bedding experienced an average inflation rate of 2.50% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, furniture and bedding costing $20 in the year 1940 would cost $151.14 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.77% during this same period, inflation for furniture and bedding was lower.

In the year 1940: Pricing changed by 1.68%, which is below the average yearly change for furniture and bedding during the 1940-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1940 (0.72%), inflation for furniture and bedding was higher.

Price Inflation for Furniture and bedding since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1942 (13.79%), 1944 (13.17%), and 1937 (12.05%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1940

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Furniture and bedding, over time, for $20 beginning in 1940. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1940$20.001.68%
1941$22.3111.54%
1942$25.3813.79%
1943$26.705.19%
1944$30.2213.17%
1945$32.979.09%
1946$35.718.33%
1947$39.8211.51%
1948$43.699.71%
1949$42.22-3.37%
1950$43.031.93%
1951$47.279.86%
1952$46.22-2.23%
1953$45.91-0.67%
1954$45.47-0.96%
1955$44.73-1.64%
1956$45.120.88%
1957$46.222.44%
1958$45.91-0.67%
1959$46.000.19%
1960$46.110.24%
1961$46.591.05%
1962$46.810.47%
1963$47.010.42%
1964$47.070.12%
1965$47.400.70%
1966$48.642.61%
1967$50.463.75%
1968$53.085.18%
1969$55.945.40%
1970$58.204.03%
1971$59.973.05%
1972$61.011.73%
1973$63.103.42%
1974$68.548.61%
1975$74.027.99%
1976$76.653.56%
1977$79.543.77%
1978$83.605.10%
1979$89.246.74%
1980$96.748.40%
1981$103.086.55%
1982$107.384.17%
1983$110.042.48%
1984$112.231.99%
1985$115.232.67%
1986$117.802.23%
1987$120.562.34%
1988$124.443.22%
1989$125.170.59%
1990$127.131.56%
1991$128.140.80%
1992$132.523.42%
1993$135.732.42%
1994$140.853.77%
1995$143.802.10%
1996$147.352.47%
1997$147.760.28%
1998$148.390.42%
1999$148.22-0.11%
2000$147.68-0.37%
2001$145.22-1.66%
2002$142.23-2.06%
2003$140.35-1.33%
2004$139.89-0.33%
2005$138.38-1.08%
2006$139.540.84%
2007$138.28-0.90%
2008$136.85-1.03%
2009$137.130.20%
2010$131.58-4.05%
2011$130.28-0.99%
2012$132.121.41%
2013$130.47-1.24%
2014$126.97-2.69%
2015$126.00-0.76%
2016$123.15-2.26%
2017$121.99-0.94%
2018$122.040.04%
2019$124.892.34%
2020$124.950.05%
2021$135.138.14%
2022$151.1411.85%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Furniture and bedding:

Year1935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI15.90016.60018.60018.20017.90018.20020.30023.10024.30027.50030.00032.50036.24039.76038.42039.16043.02042.06041.78041.38040.70041.06042.06041.78041.86041.96042.40042.60042.78042.83343.13344.26045.92048.30050.90852.96254.57755.52357.42362.36967.35469.75472.38576.07781.20888.03193.80097.715100.138102.131104.862107.200109.708113.238113.908115.685116.608120.592123.515128.169130.862134.092134.462135.031134.885134.385132.154129.431127.715127.300125.923126.977125.836124.535124.787119.738118.556120.225118.732115.539114.659112.064111.011111.055113.649113.705122.966137.534

Adjust furniture and bedding prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1940 * 1940 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Furniture and bedding was 18.200 in the year 1940 and 137.534 in 2022:

137.534 / 18.200 * $20 = $151.14

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1940 has the same "purchasing power" as $151.14 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Furniture and bedding).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Furniture and bedding in 1935. In addition to furniture and bedding, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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