Bristol firm innovates by making flatpack desks for schooling & working at home

Covid-19 News | Retail | South West

A Bristol-born independent business has turned its hand to creating flatpack desks for children to be home-schooled and adults to work from home in an innovative move to safeguard its future.

HUSK, which has a workshop in Montpelier and only weeks ago opened its first showroom at Bristol’s Wapping Wharf, is now receiving orders from across the city and as far afield as Newcastle, Ipswich and London after launching its new venture on Thursday.

Previously, HUSK created custom-made kitchen cabinet fronts and worktops. But with its showroom at Wapping Wharf closed and existing projects either postponed or shelved, the HUSK team knew they had to adapt quickly.

Their brainwave to help people up and down the country to transition to working from home and home-schooling their children is already proving popular. As a rapid response concept, the business aims to deliver within 3 days of order.

All HUSK’s desks are made in its Montpelier workshop in Bristol by one of the team, Will Manaton, who is working there on his own. When couriers arrive to pick up orders and materials arrive on site, he is careful to maintain a 2m distance and wear the appropriate personal protective equipment. Orders are managed by HUSK team member Millie Teden, who is working from home.

Dave Young, co-owner of HUSK said: “Our team puts their hearts and souls into their work and were gutted when we had to grind to a halt following the Government advice. This is an interim measure to continue trading through these unprecedented times, keeping a few of our team in work and protecting the future of the business. We hope very much to be able to scale back up later down the line.

“We felt this idea fulfilled a real need, helping people to more easily continue their jobs at home and home-school their children. The desks can also be painted, which makes for a fun arts and crafts project to keep the kids entertained!”

The desks are made from birch plywood with a raw finish. Normally, HUSK would oil the wood themselves, but this takes time and would increase costs, so it’s looking at creating oil or staining kits as add-ons. HUSK is also planning to introduce a standing desk to its offering.

Dave said: “We are thrilled to now have this new venture up and running. It was certainly a quick turnaround, and I’m hugely grateful to the team for their dedication and efforts in helping to get this off the ground. With over 30 orders already delivered, we hope it will prove worthwhile in the coming weeks.”

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