How furniture maker Off The Grain reached £1m milestone in two years

A former teacher who set up a handmade furniture company two years ago is on track to secure £1m in sales this year after a home furniture boom during the pandemic.
Dominic Walsh, founder of Off The GrainDominic Walsh, founder of Off The Grain
Dominic Walsh, founder of Off The Grain

Dominic Walsh said his business, Off The Grain, has already achieved a record 10,371 orders this year across the UK and Europe, with the trend persisting into Christmas. He recently doubled its workshop space and relocated to a new 6,000 sq ft location in West Vale, Halifax.

Plans for further expansion, with the opening of a 3,000 sq ft luxury showroom, are already underway

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Off The Grain’s made-to-order core range includes coat racks, shoe benches, dining tables, beds and computer desks.

With operations expanding, the team has grown in the past 12 months by 66 per cent to 20 full-time staff.

Mr Walsh said: “Off The Grain started out as a personal hobby and a genuine passion for furniture making. However, since launching in 2018, we have experienced phenomenal growth. I don’t think anyone could have predicted this situation or the demand we’ve experienced, and we’ve been so fortunate that during the pandemic the company has performed so well.

“I was still operating out of my garage this time last year, so to be able to say we are on track to achieve a seven-figure turnover in 2020 is unbelievable.

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“We have a great team at Off The Grain who all live and breathe the ethos of creating bespoke hand-crafted furniture, and we look forward to creating more opportunities as our business expands further over the coming months.”

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