It may have escaped your notice that we are currently renovating our house – OK maybe it won’t have since I do like to talk about it (OK, OK, obsess about it) quite a lot. Choosing the furniture and finishing touches is one of my favourite parts so when I was invited to the Made showroom last week I jumped at the chance. I have actually purchased smaller items from their online store before and was interested to see how the showroom would feel given that the company aims to offer quality furniture at affordable prices by cutting out the middle man – i.e. the high street presence with it’s enormous overheads. In the UK there are only three showrooms, one in Liverpool, one in West Yorkshire and the one I visited in Soho, London.
The showroom itself is spacious and the staff friendly without being overbearing. You can wander in peace or ask for assistance, and if you do need help then they know their products well. Yes I asked a few random questions to test their knowledge. Yes they knew the answers… Full marks lovely folk of Made.
Everything in the showroom is designed to make your furniture shopping as straightforward as possible. Most obviously you can actually see the furniture for yourself, check the quality, get a feel for the brand. Try before you buy I guess?! I happen to think it’s pretty lovely furniture with something to suit all tastes and styles.
There is a postcard wall of product photos, behind each is a drawer from which you can take a postcard showing the product photograph and full information. Here there are fabric samples too. Or you can pick up one of the stores tablets to compile a list of items that take your fancy, every piece in the showroom has a tag (whose design is based on the head of a Phillips screw) which you scan and the product loads directly onto the tablet screen without any searching at all. You can add as you go around by scanning other items to compile a wishlist. Even better, when you have finished you can simply email the list to yourself for reference later should you not be ready to purchase there and then.
The showroom is laid out in departments of a sort, although it is actually one big open plan space where images of furniture are projected onto walls next to showroom pieces to create a virtual combination that changes regularly, a really useful visual reference if you would like an idea of how items of furniture work together.
Should you wish to look a little further, browse items not in the showroom or even see the furniture in other customers homes (yes really, Made Unboxed lets you search for others who have bought the items you are looking at and even ask what they think of them! Brilliant stuff) then take a seat at one of the ten iMacs and have an explore. And if you feel ready to buy then this is the place to do so. In true online store style, you place your order in the same way as you would at home, with the added benefit of the Made team being on hand if you want to be absolutely sure you’re ordering correctly or maybe have some product and delivery queries…
If you are considering buying any furniture soon I would recommend a visit if for no other reason than it will give you a real feel for the quality. It’s great to ‘meet’ the brand. I think Made’s concept is a very clever one and is something I support, by cutting out that high street presence what we – the customers – receive is great quality at affordable prices. Good news hey?!
Although spacious, the showroom doesn’t have quite enough room for all of their products so a list of everything currently on display has been compiled on the website, just have a look at the location you want to visit to find the list they have on their showroom floor. It’s worth a look if there is a specific piece you are interested in.
My wishlist is already far too long… Made are offering you a chance to win £500 in vouchers to spend on their gorgeous furniture below, simply follow the instructions to be in with a chance and good luck!
You can find the Made website here and enter the competition below