Made By You is an all online timber furniture store. We offer a collection of TV Units, Hallway Tables, Bedside Tables, Bookcases and Desks etc. with options to customise the length or height of any piece. We want it to be simple for you to go online, and buy something to fit your space perfectly, because only you know what uniquely fits. Below outlines our process and materials but if you want to customise anything further we'd love to help you do that too!
We offer a base collection for you to customise online, or customise with us directly if you have something more particular in mind. You can customise our designs up to 2000mm (2m) long/tall and offer 140mm, 280mm and 420mm depths. Our timber is milled to 42mm thickness across our designs.
The below steps breakdown this process.
1. Click "Shop all" on the header menu
2. Choose your base design (TV Unit, Bedside Table, Bookcase etc.) to customise
3. Click the drop down menu and choose from our list of loved and recommended dimensions, or customise further by emailing us directly at email@example.com
4. Order online, for flat pack delivery to your home
We make simple, modern designs, and make them simply. Just timber and screws. While screws keep our furniture strong, and we use matching insert nuts in all our pieces too, to make sure it's just as easy to assemble, disassemble and reassemble (no annoying dowel) for when you move. We use the least amount of machinery and shipping necessary to make our pieces which saves money and energy. Less cost to you, less cost to the environment. Our custom system and glue press means we make all our designs in our workshop to your ordered specifications. Our system is designed to be clever, strong and easy.
We use Paulownia timber for all pieces. Paulownia is strong, light weight, termite resistant and has beautiful character. But unlike hardwoods (that can take up to 100 years to grow), Paulownia only takes 10 years to reach maturity, which makes it more renewable. In fact, Paulownia is the fastest growing tree in the world which is why environmentalists call it "The Tree of the Future". We use 100% Australian grown Paulownia from a plantation in NSW, which is important in avoiding deforestation and the destruction of wildlife habitats. Being light weight also helps keep our shipping costs low. We have made a conscious decision to use Paulownia for these reasons. All furniture is then finished with 100% natural wood finish making the timber silky satin to the touch.
What's the first thing you do when you receive items in large, thick cardboard packaging? Awkwardly fold it up and put it in the bin. What a waste :(
That's why we designed specially made 100% Organic Cotton GOTS certified Eco bags for your Made By You furniture to be delivered in.
While we of course protect the furniture inside with custom cardboard ends, they are designed to be small enough for you to keep for future use. Our bags are designed to roll up and used to transport your furniture for next time you move, or even better - repurposed around the house for all sorts of uses in the meantime. We want your furniture to move with you, so we want to keep things easy for you down the track as well (that's why there's a handle, too).
For every product purchased, we donate to Carbon Positive Australia
to plant a tree in our customer's name. Carbon Positive Australia plant native trees to support Australia's natural ecosystems and wildlife. So far, they have planted more than 6 million trees in Australia which is hugely important to help face climate change. We answered some of their questions recently here to find out more about why this is so incredibly important to us: Positive Action with Anna from Made By You.
This is just one of the ways we are doing business responsibly. To hear about the other ways, listen to our interview on The Green StartUp Podcast