Frequently Asked Questions

Need some help? Our most frequently asked questions are available to support you. If you still need any clarifications feel free to email us at mail@artisanfurniture.net
General

We do not supply to the public, only to trade customers.

In simple words, we provide furniture delivered directly from the manufacturing factory to the wholesaler, retailer or end customer (on your behalf).

You can create a trading account by visiting our website www.artisanfurniture.net and by using step by step guide (download it here).

No, we do not have a showroom and the best way to view our products is to visit our website.

No. We do not offer any hard copy product catalogues because we are constantly introducing new lines. You can view all the products online at www.artisanfurniture.net and after creating a trade account download the same for your marketing and website uploads.

After signing up to a trade account you can download product pictures and product information. Please refer to the step by step guidelines by clicking here.

No, as the product descriptions and romance copies are exclusive to us. You are only authorised to upload the downloadable content from your trading account dashboard.

If you are able to take full container loads, then not only do you benefit from significant discounts, we are also able to put your special private labels on the products. Please see details on our container deliveries here.

The best way is to email us and we will revert back within 24 hours. If the same cannot be resolved through the email our sales team can guide you through the calling process. Alternatively, you can use the ‘chat’ facility on our web site during office hours.

Timber: Avoid placing your furniture under direct sunlight and/or near radiators. Also, occasionally polish the non-painted furniture parts with bees wax to retain sheen and for longer lifespan.

Fabric: To remove everyday household dust and dirt, clean by gently vacuuming fabric with an upholstery brush. Periodic cleaning of the entire product is required to maintain appearance and reduce premature wear and fading. Do not rub, soak the fabric or allow stain to dry. Do not use proprietary cleaner or any other household cleaners. Contact professional upholstery cleaner.

Our products are meant for the British market both in terms of design as well as utility. However, the products are made in overseas factories.

After signing up for a trade account, you can ask for both wooden or fabric swatches.

As an internet company we do not usually offer product or geographic location exclusivity. However, under special circumstances we are happy to consider this for committed business volume. Also, if you have your own design or range you would like us to make then we will happily consider exclusivity.

Yes, we can ship to Europe and selected locations worldwide.

We supply a full mix of companies. We do not discriminate between online and ‘bricks and mortar’ customers.

Simply click on the ‘Reset’ button and a new password will be sent to the email address registered to your account.

We cannot dictate what pricing structure each customer will use.

Finance

Payment needs to be organized at the time of order booking. Payment is made during the checkout by credit or debit card only. We can also accept PayPal payments. Finally, we can arrange BACS transfers.

We do not charge any card processing fee.

When you want to make a payment by credit card our web site will redirect you in the background to a 3rd party payment platform. We currently use Stripe (stripe.com). This means none of your payment details are handled by our own web site. All we get is notification that the payment has been made. Therefore, your card details are not visible to the Artisan web site or any of our staff.

No, the product prices reflected on the website are ex VAT. At the time of check out, VAT will be applied on the invoice at the prevailing rate.

There is no minimum sales price for our products.

We do not have any minimum selling price. However, depending on the volume and margin trade-off, retailers typically mark up our prices between 70-200%. As we are directly sourcing from the factories, thereby eliminating the margin layer of the conventional wholesalers, this leaves more margin on the table for the retailer.

Please refer to the terms and conditions on our website by clicking here.

No. All products must be paid for up front.

All the products are made in overseas factories and we have already invested efforts, time and money in terms of product research development, production cost, shipping cost and storage costs. Hence, we need to be paid upfront for the orders placed (exception applies for bespoke orders and back orders).

Ordering

We do not have a minimum order quantity or value.

Delivery is FREE inside the UK. However there is a surcharge applicable on a few postcodes. You can view our delivery surcharge info here. Wasted delivery charges will apply after the first delivery is attempted. Delivery outside the UK is charged depending on the destination address.

Yes, once the order is shipped you will get a notification with the tracking number.

Once the order is processed, paid and shipped you cannot cancel the order.

This may be possible but it depends on the product mix and quantities. Please contact our sales team for more details.

We are constantly adding new services on our deliveries. Please see our current offering here.

Your first delivery charge is included inside the UK. However, if nobody is in to accept the delivery then our carrier partners will charge us for making a second delivery. These charges are as follows:

  • Parcel Delivery = £10 + VAT
  • One Man Delivery = £25 + VAT
  • Two Man Delivery = £55 + VAT
LUX Ranges

Up to 5 products per pattern to start with. More products may be introduced in the future.

At the start there will be bedside, chest, mirror, console in most designs.

We use an innovative UV technique that directly prints the designs onto the product. This means we do not have to use any paper or film that is then stuck onto the wood.

  • No changes at all on Avanti or Riva.
  • It is possible to have some bespoke options on the collections but the only changes allowed are to the size of the already existing product or changes to the fittings.
  • Up to 4 on the soft launch. This is so that we can judge which designs are the most popular.
  • Quantities of the main production are not yet confirmed. We need to see what sells from the soft launch so that we can direct our production to those items your customers really like.

Yes of course. In fact, putting items on back order will help us to judge the popularity of each individual piece. The most popular pieces will be given precedence in the main production runs.

We are currently aiming for a date around mid-December. Of course, with possible restrictions coming into force then it is difficult for us to make any firm commitments until the goods have actually been despatched by our factory.

  • MDF is restricted to products from the LUX collection only. All other products will remain solid wood throughout.
  • The decision to use MDF was partly down to the designer, and partly because of the printing process. Having trialled printing on both solid wood and MDF, we found that the best and most consistent finish was when we used MDF as we could guarantee a much smoother finish.

Yes, we plan to have complimentary soft furnishing products in phase 2 of the launch. This should be during 2021. Artisan Furniture has experience in making cushions and other soft furnishings so you can rest assured that the quality will be up to our usual high standards.

  • The packaging is white labelled on the outside and does not refer to Artisan at all. It is possible that company name appears on the carrier label but we have no control over this.
  • ‘LUX Collection by Artisan Furniture’ was the designer’s choice and will be inside on the product hanging tags only.
  • Finally, remember that we only sell to trade customers. So if an end user tries to purchase a product from us then we can stop the order.

That is correct. Artisan Furniture have always believed that our customers are best placed to judge what price they can charge their own customer base. This has not changed for the LUX Collection.

All the standard routes can be accommodated, i.e. dropshipping, wholesale or Click and Collect.

Product images can be downloaded from the ‘My Account’ page. You can also download a copy of the poster with Laurence’s photograph to highlight the range.

Stock

Normally out of stock orders are replenished back within 1 to 8 weeks. To avoid any disappointment, you may place a back order, thereby reserving the product.

Our standard lead time is 12 weeks. This allows eight weeks for manufacture and an additional four weeks for delivery to the UK. We will always endeavour to reduce this time by working closely with the factory. Occasionally, the lead time may extend due to unexpected problems with the manufacturing process.

100% of our products are hand-crafted individually. Further, most of our products are hand-made from solid wood hence variation in size, colour, finish, fabric (for upholstered goods), texture, natural grain pattern, knots, movement of timber etc are an integral part of the way products are naturally made and promoted. We strongly recommend you to ensure that you have made yourself fully aware about the nature of our offered hand-made solid wood products to avoid any disenchantment at a later stage. We regret, will NOT treat any of the above variations as defect, as these are natural occurrences.

Most of the products are fully assembled. All exceptions are mentioned on the product description. Some soft assembling of the products may include bolting of the legs to the frame, attaching the handles to the doors or drawers, etc.

We are happy to consider bespoke products. However, please note our standard terms for the bespoke products:

  • Delivery timeline is 8-12 weeks and entirely depends on the complexity of the order.
  • Price on Request and this might marginally vary once the final product is ready (+/- 5%).
  • All product specifications must be clearly shared with our design team.
  • We do not accept cancellation, refund, alteration or replacement of bespoke products at any cost.
  • All bespoke orders must be secured by a non-refundable 50% deposit.
  • We will share pictures prior to delivery.
  • The full balance needs to be paid before delivery is executed.

Yes, we are able to supply spare parts in case you face any problem with the product. Please contact our sales team with as much detail of the particular part you need.

We use different carriers depending on the size and weight of the product, and the service levels needed.

We aim to get the standard orders delivered in the UK within 3 business days.

This may be possible subject to our Click and Collect conditions. Please contact our sales team who can check to make sure the product are available for collection.

Once you sign up for the trade account you can access the stock feed which will get refreshed in near real time.

Most of our products are constructed from 100% solid wood structure and we use weave, foam and filler for hand crafted upholstery.

We use solid mango or acacia wood in our ‘IN’ or ‘ASB’ ranges. Other product ranges will be a mixture of solid and manufactured wood.

Returns

Please refer to our returns policy on our website by clicking here. You may also refer to our full terms and conditions by clicking here.

We do not offer sale or return for our products.

We are a trade only website. We are NOT dealing with the end user. The contract is between two business entities and 14 days cooling off period is not applicable between businesses. It is only applicable for companies which are directly selling their products to the end user. However, we have come up with an Enhanced Returns procedure which means you can return products within 14 days for a charge as long as certain conditions are met. Please see here.

Subject to our returns policy and standard trading conditions we are able to exchange a faulty item with your company.

Compliance

Yes, 100% of the timber used is compliant as per European Union Timber Regular Certification (EUTR) for responsible forestry.

Yes, entire upholstered furniture is compliant with the upholstery is United Kingdom Fire Resistant (UKFR), offering the BS 5852 standards. UKFR methods of testing for assessment of the ignitability of upholstered products by smoldering and flaming ignition sources.

Yes, all our products (wherever applicable) are compliant with the BS EN. Structural compliances: BS EN 14749: 2016 which states that in order to prevent overturning the product must be used with wall attachment device provided.

All products comply with the eco-friendly treatment as the pest control used on the timber is environmentally safe. This is called Biflex.

All products comply with the UK’s Waste Packaging Regulations. Please refer to the product page under the description tab for more information.

Yes. When a product requires it because of its dimensions then our anti-tip device will be included in the fittings pack. It is then the end user’s responsibility to use this.

Artisan Furniture takes our responsibility for your privacy and data very seriously. We ensure we meet all our duties under GDPR laws. For example, you can easily unsubscribe to our email list so that you do not receive any more emails.

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