Handmade Wooden Furniture

HOUT (Dutch for ‘wood’) have been designing and crafting unique wooden kitchens and furniture for both private and commercial clients for the past 12 years from our workshop and offices on the Cumbria/Lancashire border.

Every uniquely designed piece of work is entirely handmade, assembled, finished and installed by our craftsmen using English hardwoods, materials and hardware chosen specifically for their beauty, perfect function and ethical carbon footprint.

With a love of clean, fresh, linear lines, aesthetic minimalism and perfect function, our furniture is designed to enhance lives and to evoke balance and harmony – whether working, resting, playing or simply living.

Custom Craftsmanship

HOUT offer a complete service from initial concept through to design, crafting and installation. We design and make uniquely for you – always by hand, only to perfection and strive to achieve a beautiful end product within a realistic budget.





Why Hout?

Whether you come to us with a well formed idea of what you would like or have seen our work and prefer us to conceptualise it for you, HOUT see ourselves as the provider of a service  – taking your ideas and together with you, bringing them to a durable, functional, technically sound and beautiful structure. We also love to create new designs for unique locations and provide aesthetically pleasing and practical solutions for compact spaces. Our Company ethos together with our genuine creative freedom and a close consultant-client relationship, enables us to provide unique and truly bespoke affordable Kitchens and Furniture of quiet distinction.

What people say about us

All I asked for was produced, we were kept informed every step of the way. The staff and management are passionate about their work and are a joy to work with.

Commercial Client

A huge thank you to Sjouke and his team. I cannot praise them highly enough. From the moment we discussed the initial requirements for our dining room table through to delivery we were involved at various steps along the way. Following discussions about our likes and dislikes, and after the design process, we then were invited back to approve the wood he had selected and once more visited the workshop to see how the project was progressing. Sjouke offers great ideas and through his extensive knowledge encourages you to think about different designs. We are blown away with the finished product which is as much a piece of art as it is a dining room table. Thank you, we love it!


The craftsmanship has exceeded our expectations, our bedroom has been transformed with the fitted wardrobe-including cube and window sill. Sjouke and his team combine excellent woodmanship along with a gifted eye for design. It has been a pleasure being involved with the process, we told Sjouke what we would like, he developed our ideas and produced something so aesthetically pleasing, but equally functional. It is a privilege to have in our home. Ps Also a nice team of people to have working in your home.


Sjouke Minkema's work is always exceptional. Each piece we have commissioned shows his love affair and affinity to working with wood, really bringing out the character in it and producing pieces that we simply love looking at and using. We've had a table, four-poster bed, drawer units, bespoke staircase and bookcases all made for us by Hout. Can't recommend them highly enough.