As a furniture buyer, it is important that you buy from a reliable manufacturer. There are many important things to keep in mind when you buy furniture.
Wood is a natural material and will always expands and contrast throughout the different seasons. It is important that your supplier knows how to apply the best construction in order to minimize the risks for quality issues. Wood can also bend is it is not kiln dried properly or if wrong construction is used to assemble the furniture. Besides, there are also many different qualities and types of wood, affecting the aesthetics and also the quality of your furniture.
As a furniture buyer it is important to find the right balance between price and quality. In the end it is a lot about money. Minimizing material costs can be important but on the other hand you want to buy qualitative good quality materials in order to minimize quality issues. Buying cheap furniture will cause a lot more trouble and extra costs in the long run.
Java is the main Island where all the manufacturers are located for your export products. Java offers a lot of beautiful furniture products such as:
In the city Jepara, in Central Java, you will find the heart of Indonesia’s furniture manufacturers. Jepara breathes furniture. In Jepara you will see furniture factories everywhere you go. The level of skilled labour in Jepara compared to other cities is very high because all the skills are passed on from father to son. In the bigger cities such as Jakarta, Semarang and Surabaya, you will find bigger factories that produce fully machine-made furniture which require high minimum order quantities. In Jepara you will be able to find many factories that can do custom design furniture with low minimum order quantities, as long as you buy one full container.
Generally, it takes 10 weeks to produce one container of furniture. This time is needed in order to properly killn dry the wood for 2-3 weeks to get to a moisture content of 10-14%. Taking time to kiln dry the wood is very important, if not the most important. If your manufacturer does not have an oven to killn dry the wood, you should not buy here as the chances are very high that the furniture will bend and/or cracks after a few months after arrival.
It is very easy to export furniture from Indonesia. There are several main ports around Java that are used for export: Jakarta, Semarang and Surabaya. When you would buy furniture from Jepara, the prices are normally FOB and the manufacturer takes care of the all the domestic paperwork. A forwarder will help you to transport the container from Indonesia to the desired destination.
If you buy your furniture locally at small shops in Jepara, then we advise that you would want to hire a forwarder or an agent that will take care of the consolidation and the legal paperwork.
Important: Buy SVLK Legal Wood Certified Furniture. You are only able to export solid wooden furniture from Indonesia if the furniture is certified wood. The main certification in Indonesia is: SVLK Legal Wood.
Indonesia offers a great variety of different products. Indonesia is unique compared to other countries such as China and Vietnam in being able to offer quality teak wood furniture. Jepara is the capital for solid wooden furniture. You can find furniture at every available budget and many different wood types. Just be very careful that you buy from a supplier that properly kiln dries the wood to prevent high risks of quality issues as a later stadium.