We’ve been working with Arthur W. Brown Manufacturing since 2005. The company was started in 1988 by two brothers, Anthony and Phil Sabatino. Maybe because we’ve always been a family business as well, we appreciated their down to earth approach to doing business.
They use only solid wood and furniture-grade plywood in their construction. All of the drawers they build are made with Baltic Birch. Center supports and full extension glides are standard, which add strength and durability. All of their pieces are available in maple or oak for the same price.
UFM Made Solid’s relationship with Whitewood Furniture started when Ryan’s mother, discovered the them sometime in the 1990’s. They continue to be our only import company because of their longstanding eco-friendly practices abroad. Whitewood primarily uses solid parawood, better known among experts as “Malaysian Oak.” Parawood is special because it has roughly the same hardness rating as Ash wood — the same wood with which baseball bats are made!
Parawood trees are harvested for wood after they complete their latex producing cycle, which means that the trees have matured to 25 – 30 years old. When the latex yield reaches its lowest point, the trees are harvested and new trees are planted to replace them. This way Parawood is harvested only from a renewable and sustainable source. This has always been a big deal to Ryan’s “hippie” parents, who have always made sure that they’re leaving resources for later generations.
When Ryan’s parents started UFM Made Solid in 1978, Whittier Furniture was their first vendor. Before anyone else really knew anything about the durability and beauty of Alder wood, they were using it for the majority of the pieces they built.
Whittier Furniture is still family owned and is an Oregon based company that only uses farm raised and sustainably grown Alder and Pine woods. Their focus is still on building high quality furniture in a wide variety of styles, and they specialize in bedroom furniture and entertainment pieces. Their high standards include european hinges, English dovetail drawers, and full extension glides.
I ordered a table made out of Parawood ... with this furniture store. I have had to search stores in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, El Segundo, and Culver City. This place had the best sustainable wood furniture. I was going to get a custom design but they had everything I needed on the floor.
Janet and Pete Pettler
Beautiful Furniture. I recently had UFM Designs custom build a piece of furniture, consisting of a base and bridge, to house a new 55 inch TV. I wanted to keep two book cases from my old set up. Ryan did a beautiful job of matching the design of my exiting pieces. Matching an old stain was another challenge Ryan and his staff manage to pull off...
Interior Designer LJW - RPV.
Entertainment Center. UFM has made 2 Custom - built in Entertainment Centers for me, and they turned out Beautifully! They used High Quality sustainable woods, combined with Quality craftmanship which equaled the perfect pieces!!!!! I highly recommend UFM. They have very quick turn around time... I was under heavy pressure to have one of my projects done and fully installed before New Year's day, and they totally delivered it all on time! ..
Jackie Caro Ecklund.
Great Designs, awesome furniture Ryan Hedgecock takes time with his customers to design a furniture piece to fit perfectly with their home. He is reasonable in his quotes and delivers the finished product punctually! We are very happy with our bookshelf and get many compliments from family and friends.
Custom Furniture Media Center. My wife and I have a rather small house (with non-standard dimensions) and needed to have our computer and our TV setup in the same room. UFM Designs built us a custom media cabinet that covered one wall and around one of the corners, that has bookshelves and space for both our computer items and our TV things. UFM Designs' designer, Ryan, was great to work with and helped us figure out the optimal design for our custom furniture, visiting our home on more than one occasion to work out and refine the details.
UFM was great because the measurements were exact and the bookcases were exactly as described. They were delivered on time and installed expertly and look great in our family room! I would not hesitate to recommend UFM Designs for all your furniture needs!