Nigeria’s largest online store for furniture, home wares and interior decorations Furnish.ng has launched with good traction.
The startup which was launched last year in April by Ndianabasi Udonkang helps to take the burden of searching for quality furniture, interior decor item, or home ware off clients. Not forgetting the disappointments clients face in the hands of carpenters who are known to disappoint and deliver below par most of the time. It also serves as an interface between these vendors and carpenters on behalf of clients at home or in diaspora.
Udonkang disclosed that the platform is centered around comprehensive order customization.
He said, “You are not forced to buy what you see, rather you have the chance to customize features such as fabric colour, leather texture, castors, wood finishes and seating configuration.
“Once customized, your custom design will be manufactured and delivered right to your home or office. We interface between customers and local carpenters and ensure that items ordered by customers are manufactured to specification and delivered timely and safely. Our prices are also at least 50 per cent lower than the prices of similar items in high-street showrooms.”
This unique model of engagement with clients and delivery has seen Furnish.ng grown rapidly. In the last three months, the business has seen revenue increase by over 1,000 per cent compared to the same period last year.
It is worth knowing that the startup is bootstrapped bar a small grant from the Nigerian government’s Aso Villa Demo Day project, which Udonkang revealed has been very helpful.
Speaking on the grant Udonkang said, “This has helped the company rent a decent office space. Hitherto, the business was running from the founder’s studio apartment.”
Furnish.ng is also planning to launch new products.
“Our expansion plans include the Furnish.ng marketplace, which will allow vendors to list and sell furniture, home ware, artworks, crafts, cookware and décor items,” Udonkang said.
“We also intend to commence paid advertisements of our products to boost sales and growth.”
Furnish.ng also operates round-the-clock with vendors and furniture makers to ensure that its products are highly affordable.