About Us

Innovation design and quality manufacturing, all at exception value.


Butterfly Furniture was established in 1983 by Andrew Conning, following his decision to become an independent cabinet maker. His training and background, a passion and aptitude for woodworking at school and serving a five year apprenticeship at Acorn Industries in Bransby, North Yorkshire, were the perfect platform from which to launch his business.

Andrew is passionate about his work. For him it’s not just a job, it’s a way of life and all the family are involved. His work is all about producing pieces that will last a lifetime or even longer, destined to become family heirlooms. Each piece is hand crafted from carefully selected timber, constructed with meticulous attention to detail and finished to the highest standard.

The butterfly, from which the company gets its name, was chosen as the emblem/logo for the business for its elegant simplicity. Hand-carved onto every piece produced, it conveys the distinctive quality of the work that Butterfly Furniture creates.

From humble beginnings (the original workshop was an 18×24 foot wooden shed), Butterfly Furniture now operates from a purpose built, climate controlled, fully equipped workshop occupying a part of the site where the Conning family live in Tancred near Whixley, York. The business is very much a family affair, with Andrew at the helm, son Ben apprentice-trained under his father and City & Guilds Level 3 qualified in Furniture Production assisting and wife Helen taking care of the administration side of things.

Careful selection of timber prior to the production of a piece is crucial to ensure the quality and durability of the finished work. Properly seasoned timber is purchased from local timber merchants, who ensure it is sourced from properly managed and renewable forests around the world. Once delivered to the workshop, all timber is left in the temperature-controlled environment, simulating domestic home conditions. As wood is a living, breathing material, it needs time to become stable and uniform before it can be transformed into your bespoke piece.

Butterfly Furniture has a diverse customer base and produces a wide range of work; from bespoke pieces of free-standing furniture, through fitted units for kitchens, bedrooms and living spaces, to high-end joinery work such as staircases and doors. Other services offered include design and technical drawing, supply of appliances as required for areas such as kitchens, provision of upholstery materials and sourcing of upholstery work where necessary.

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Bespoke Furniture

Bespoke Furniture is our passion, from hand crafted dining room furniture to unique cabinets and more. Please browse our Bespoke Furniture Gallery


We offer a high quality joinery service in North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and further afield if required. Please take a moment to browse our Joinery Gallery.


We handcraft kitchens to best utilise your space, after listening to your requirements and ideas. Please take a moment to browse our Kitchen Gallery.


“Andrew and Ben recently fitted a new oak floor in my dining room. Firstly, the quality of the materials he supplied was superb, but it was the quality of the workmanship and the attention to detail that I most noted – absolutely excellent.

Andrew has done other work for me in the past including making and installing a new fitted kitchen in my house. Again the quality and finish superb.

Always a pleasure to deal with and although not cheap, I have always felt it has been value for money for the work he has done.

“We are delighted with the latest piece of furniture supplied by Andrew and Ben. The craftmenship is superb and Andrews advice on design has created the perfect cabinet to match our existing dining room furniture which Andrew supplied over 15 years ago. The quality of materials and construction brings a smile to our faces every time we open the doors and we know that no one in the world has one like it. That’s bespoke for you and Andrew and Ben deliver.

“We wanted to tell you how pleased we are with the work you have done in our new house. The beautiful bookcases ingeniously resolved the problem of some awkward spaces and our splendid solid oak front door is admired by all who visit.

Your dedication to detail and the high standard of craftsmanship together with the professional and friendly service you provide are exemplary. You offer a quality product with the personal touch. We are delighted with the work you have done and would have no hesitation in recommending your company to others.

“I received a stunning hand carved jewellery box for my 21st birthday, made by Butterfly Furniture. Fashioned mainly from Zebrana, I love the smooth quality of the finish and the intricate detail of the delicate butterfly inlaid with Burr over the key hole. The base of the box has an elegant curved design making it feminine and classy. The interior of the box contains a removable tray made from Purple Heart, beautifully lined with cobalt blue silk, with 5 compartments to store my jewellery.

Beneath this is a second secured, lined tray for further storage, perfect for my vast collection. There is even a special inscription on the inside of the lid, making it personal and unique. It is clear to see the great workmanship and skill that has gone into producing such a statement piece and I would not hesitate to recommend Butterfly Furniture to anyone looking for quality items that you will treasure.

“May I take the opportunity to write and thank you for the benefit of your ideas, patience and craftsmanship… not necessarily in that order. The kitchen is brilliant! It’s different as well, still that’s what you get with a wife like mine!!  Everyone who has seen the dresser, in particular, has commented on the quality of the finish and I wanted you to know how much it is appreciated”.


“Just a short note, to thank you for the excellent work you have done on our behalf. The bookcase in the study looks stunning. The table and chairs enhance the new kitchen we had fitted. Andrew, we are not only delighted with the work but with the way it was all carried out. It has been a real pleasure to deal with you.


“I would like to thank you so much for the beautiful furniture you’ve made for my living room. In all ways, design, colour and size, it is perfect. It enhances my room and I shall have pleasure using it. I congratulate you on your talent to create such lovely furniture. I am also grateful to you for being so patient with me over the last six months, listening to me and advising me. The long wait was without a doubt well worth it! I cannot thank you sufficiently.”

Butterfly Furniture Team


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