Hello, here are some answers to commonly asked questions that you'll hopefully find useful:
WHY SHOULD I BUY FROM MAKER&SON?
Our furniture is designed and made to be as comfortable as possible with only the highest quality natural materials. Our workshops in the UK, Australia and the US have all been producing handmade upholstered furniture for over 30 years. You can be reassured of a high quality product, sustainably made, that will last for many years to come.
CAN I TRY YOUR FURNITURE BEFORE I BUY?
We would love you to! We don’t have traditional retail showrooms (we think they’re old fashioned and expensive), but we have our manufacturer showroom in Melbourne and Sydney as well as several locations around Australia and New Zealand where we have ambassadors showcasing our furniture. ClickHEREfor more details. We also provide a home visit service to some areas where we actually bring the chair to you along with a full range of the samples and offer a free in home consultation.
CAN I SAMPLE YOUR FABRIC BEFORE I BUY?
We understand that it’s important for you to see how the colour of your favourite fabric looks in the light in your home and for you to experience its feel and quality for yourself. You can choose as many swatches as you like and we’ll send them direct to your home for free.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR MY ROOM?
We offer a space planning service - simply send us the dimensions of your room, a few photos or a floorplan if you have it and we’ll put together some different recommendations for furniture configurations that would suit. You can relax, knowing your order will fit the room perfectly.
CAN I TALK TO SOMEONE BEFORE I ORDER?
We’d love to hear from you and will happily discuss your needs and any questions you may have. We’re available to help on 04 525 49371 - call any time between 8.30am and 6.30pm.
DO YOU HAVE A CATALOGUE OR PRICELIST?
Register your details HERE and we’ll pop both in the post for you. Or, download them by clicking HERE. Full details of our products and services are also on our website.
CAN I BUY YOUR FURNITURE ANYWHERE ELSE?
Nope, the Song range is only available via Maker&Son. This enables us to cut out a retailers’ margin and give you an exceptionally high quality product at a reasonable price.
HOW ARE YOUR PRICES CALCULATED?
Because of our innovative business model, Maker&Son prices represent around a 60% discount from the prices you would typically expect to pay from a good furniture store. In simple terms, we are able to sell a very high quality product for a very reasonable price purely because we don't incur the same costs as high street retailers and we pass these benefits on to you.
CAN YOU MAKE SPECIAL SIZES?
Our Song range has been designed to be as comfortable as possible, so we don’t recommend changing the depth of the seating, but we can make our sofas, chairs and beds to almost any size. Click HERE to let us know your requirements or call on 04 525 49371.
CAN I HAVE A DIFFERENT FABRIC?
We have beautiful ranges of Linen/Cotton, Corduroy and Cotton Velvet fabrics. But if you’d like your furniture covered in a specific fabric we don’t currently stock, we can do that too. Simply send us a swatch of your preferred fabric so we can test its suitability or just get in touch and tell us what you’re looking for.
ARE YOUR SWATCHES AN EXACT MATCH TO THE FABRICS USED?
Most of our fabrics are yarn dyed which means there can be a shade variation between batches. So while it will only be a subtle difference, we can’t always guarantee an absolutely perfect match. However, if you order a sofa and an armchair in the same fabric at the same time, we’ll make sure they’re made from the same batch of fabric and will match perfectly.
CAN I CHOOSE DIFFERENT LEGS FOR MY FURNITURE?
We can replace legs with castors for easier movement of your furniture. We can also use bespoke legs if you have something specific in mind.
ARE YOUR COVERS WASHABLE?
Yes, our Linen/Cotton and Corduroy covers are machine washable and can be washed multiple times as long as you follow the washing instructions. Our Cotton Velvet can be dry-cleaned.
CAN I BUY SPARE COVERS FOR ALL PIECES?
Yes, we make spare covers for all of our pieces. You can order these directly from our website or email or message us with your needs.
ARE YOUR FEATHERS AND DOWN ETHICALLY SOURCED?
Yes, we buy from a cruelty-free and ethically sourced supplier. Our down and feather is sourced as a by-product of the global food industry with accreditation from the International Down and Feather Bureau. Since down and feather products are derived from nature and are environmentally sensitive, the manufacturing of these products leaves a lower carbon footprint than that of synthetic materials.
WHERE IS YOUR WOOD FROM?
We use only the finest hardwoods, specifically Victorian Ash, sustainably and locally sourced.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY ORDER TO BE READY?
Our production time is 5-6 weeks from receipt of fabric. We’ll keep you posted on the progress of your order over the weeks and as soon as it’s ready, we’ll get in touch to arrange a delivery slot that’s convenient for you.
WILL I HAVE TO PUT THE FURNITURE TOGETHER?
Some of our pieces will arrive without their legs or in sections (it makes fitting them through doors and around corners much easier) but our delivery team will put it all together for you.They’ll also make sure your loose covers are beautifully fitted so you can enjoy your furniture straight away.
WHAT ARE THE DELIVERY ARRANGEMENTS AND COSTS?
Delivery is $200 for Melbourne and approx $300 to other capital cities. We can quote on freight cost for regional areas as well as New Zealand. We are happy to subsidise the freight to the more remote places. When you place your order, we’ll ask you about any specific requirements for delivery and any access issues. We’ll then confirm your delivery cost. If you would like your old furniture taken away at the same time, please let us know when you order and we can provide a quote for this.
DO YOU DELIVER TO NEW ZEALAND?
Yes, We have been sending furniture over the ditch for over a year now. We are happy to subsidise the freight and will give a quote depending on location and number of pieces purchased.
CAN I CHOOSE MY DELIVERY TIME?
We deliver between 7am and 6pm, six days a week, including some bank holidays. Our delivery team will get in touch when your furniture is ready to arrange a time that suits you.
We want our customers to continue loving their furniture for years. We make our furniture to last a lifetime, that’s why our hardwood frames are guaranteed for 30 years. For our full product warranty information, click HERE for our Terms and Conditions.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WON'T GET OUT OF MY ARMCHAIR?
This is a common problem, we recommend either snuggling up to them, or if this isn't appropriate, having at least two armchairs per household.
We love answering any questions you may have so please feel free to call or message us at any time.