EFIC was founded in 2006 by seven national federations representing the furniture industries in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey and it has been later joined by Portugal, Sweden, Austria, Russia and Norway. Furthermore, Hungary and the Netherlands decided to join EFIC in 2015.

EFIC now represents about the 70% of the total turnover of the furniture industries in Europe, a sector that employs about 1.1 million workers in close to 130.000 companies.

Since November 2011 the Confederation has been chaired by Mr. Markus Wiesner of the Austrian Furniture Industry.