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.


“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.”

Contact Butterfly Furniture


01423 330 580


Tancred, Boroughbridge Rd,
Whixley, York, YO26 8BA