Furniture manufacturing in Indonesia. Where to order and how to deliver?

Furniture in Indonesia is gaining attention on the international market, despite a decline in production due to the recent pandemic. Major companies remain optimistic, hoping for growth by changing their development strategies. Adjustments are made during the wood processing stage and throughout the production process. Companies have started using not only redwood but also other alternative components. 
Indonesian furniture is indeed noteworthy, attracting both locals and visitors with its beauty, diversity, intricate carvings, unique ornamentation, and luxurious designs.

Furniture and Traditions

Traditionally in Indonesia, low furniture is used, including flat sofas and low tables depending on the region and cultural customs. Handcrafted carved wooden furniture by skilled artisans is also highly popular. Modern furniture is readily available in Indonesia, often featuring intertwining patterns, plant motifs, and animals, each with its symbolism and significance.

Types of Wood for Furniture Making

Water-resistant wood with a shiny finish, resistant to bacteria, is commonly used in production. For indoor furniture, softwood, hardwood, including teak, acacia, and mahogany, are chosen, while hardwood from deciduous trees is used for outdoor furniture. Rattan and bamboo are also used in some regions. Here are some wood types:
Teak Wood (Jati):Frequently used due to its water-resistant properties and an oily layer that prevents water penetration and mold development.
Bamboo: Crafted into furniture with a natural and minimalist design, such as chairs, tables, bookshelves, and cabinets.
Pine:  Affordable and lightweight but less durable.
Merbau: Reddish wood, affordable, with a rough appearance but a smooth touch. Resistant to weather conditions.
Mindi:  Inexpensive and not very durable but beautiful, resembling redwood.
Trembesi: Used for larger furniture items like dining tables and wooden sofas. Known for its charming curved and long fibers.
Oak: Hard and durable material suitable for crafting long-lasting furniture.
Maple: Possesses moisture-resistant properties.
Rattan Furniture:  Known for its beautiful appearance and high quality.
Acacia: Durable and dense wood with an attractive texture. Resistant to moisture, suitable for outdoor settings.

Major Furniture Factory Areas in Indonesia

One of the most well-known factories producing quality furniture and wood carving is located in Jepara, in the city of Jati. Many countries worldwide highly appreciate the quality of its products. Jepara, situated on Central Java Island, has been producing high-quality furniture from teak, redwood, and Mindi wood since 1988.
The factory covers an area of more than 10 hectares and is managed by 900-1000 people, depending on the season. Jati City boasts a special steel casting workshop with advanced technological equipment. For locals, guests, and tourists interested in purchasing intricately carved and beautifully finished furniture, there is a vast array of products available. For information, you can contact the factory at +6285290198763. The location of the Jepara factory can be found here.
Furniture prices vary based on size and type, ranging from 2 to 30 million rupiahs and more. In Bali, there is also the Dewatamebel furniture factory with a wide range of products. Prices start from 2 to 6 million rupiahs and more. For detailed information on the assortment and prices, you can visit the official website: Dewatamebel.com/bali.
The furniture industry is also thriving in East Java, Sukoharjo, and Central Java. Many wood craftsmen (tukang kayu) work independently, setting up stalls or small shops by the roadside, where they craft and sell furniture. The results are quite impressive, and the prices are reasonable. However, during the rainy season, there can be challenges in protecting a large amount of furniture from excess moisture.
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Wood Carvers in Bali

In Bali, there are areas where wood craftsmen create furniture, high-art sculptures, and various wooden products. One of the most famous is the village of Mas Ubud. It's a center for wood carving that art enthusiasts and tourists shouldn't miss. Visitors have the opportunity to witness the transformation of a piece of wood into exquisite works of art and unique sculptures.
Ninety percent of the local residents are engaged in this craft. Some artists depict nature, animals, human faces, domestic scenes, and abstract themes on their creations. Masters work both in a modern style and following old Balinese traditions.
The village is located near Ubud on the way to some of Bali's famous tourist attractions – Tegalalang, Elephant Cave, and Kintamani. All statues and furniture are hand-carved, not machine-made, and they vary in price. There is an exhibition called Gajah Bali Gallery featuring works by masters, such as decorative items, masks, god figures, and furniture. To purchase wooden products or other carved wooden souvenirs, you can contact them at +6281228999372. The official website showcases a gallery of wooden products. Additionally, in the Gianyar area in Bali, there are wood carvers you can reach at +6285106268182. The cost depends on the size and complexity of the items. Home furniture starts from 1 million 800 thousand rupiahs and more. Prices should be confirmed with the sellers. Furniture is also available for sale on OLX.
Various wooden souvenirs cost from 100 thousand to one and a half million rupiahs. They can be purchased online, for example, on Tokopedia, Shopee. For shipping purchased furniture and other goods to Russia, there is a cargo delivery service by sea, air, and door-to-door from Cargo Indonesia Group.

International-Scale Furniture Exhibition IFFINA EXPO 2023

In September 2023, President Jokowi inaugurated a grand exhibition featuring five categories of products: furniture, handicrafts, and other designer works. Four hundred furniture companies from different countries participated, with 90% of them being from Indonesia.
The head of state described his emotions about the atmosphere at the exhibition as follows: "It's as if I visited my own home, in a cozy and warm environment." There is hope that this massive furniture exhibition will contribute to the growth of the furniture industry in Indonesia.
The government also aims to increase furniture exports to $5 billion by 2024, compared to the current $3 billion.
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