Beautiful timber childrens bed - timber single bed frame

When our now 5 year old daughter was ready to move out of her toddler bed into a "big girl bed" she was very fortunate to have a furniture maker for a dad to create her a very beautiful solid timber bed frame. There was much excitement all round at the creation of the design, the choice of the timber and of course the big reveal! 

Longevity of design and construction

When we where designing the king single bed frame for Emma there where several requirements we had.  Firstly, we wanted something with longevity. For us this meant creating a quality piece from solid timber rather than veneer. This ensures that even if it gets scratched or dented in some crazy game of hide and seek, tea party or flying dragons, it is very easily repaired.   Secondly, the style of the bed frame was a very important factor in the longevity of the piece.  It needed to look gorgeous in a little girls room now but also needed to work in a teenagers room as well. The final design took elements from our Zeally Bay bed with the solid head board, the angled tapered legs and timber grain detailing. The timber choice was the beautiful American Oak because of the subtle grain patterns and the lovely ash blonde tone that works so well with the girly colours. 

An natural finish  

The finish is another vital aspect of the bed for us as parents.  It is not necessarily what is in the finish, it is what is not in the finish.  Osmo is a natural oil and wax based product that is non-toxic and approved for children's furniture.  With the ever increasing information out these days about VOC's (volatile organic compounds), it is vital to us that our little princess is sleeping soundly breathing clean air. 

Why should you choose a king single bed for your child?  

One very great piece of advise I got from the fabulous stylist Julia Green from Greenhouse interiors, is to take the plunge and always buy a king single rather than a single bed for your child.  This way the bed frame will last all the way up to the teenage years.   Although your tiny little one will look even tinier in a king single, it makes sense in the long run. 

The size difference between a single bed and a king single mattress is as below in Australia.

Single bed mattress: 915mm wide x 1880mm long

King single mattress: 1070mm wide x 2030 long

Contact us here if you would like to discuss creating a beautiful solid timber children's bed for your little one, we also create custom made bunk beds! 

Alison Collins is the co-owner of Bombora Custom Furniture and in charge of all things other than making furniture!


Image credits - 

1 & 5 -Monika Berry // Geelong Creatives

2, 3 & 4 - Cricket Studio

South Melbourne project | custom timber cabinets and joinery

As well as making beautiful pieces of custom timber furniture for our clients, we also love creating solid timber joinery and cabinets. To me, great interior design is when each room feels new and true to the inhabitants whilst tying in with the rest of the house.  Timber is a subtle and timeless way of achieving this continuity and personality throughout your home whilst introducing a visual warmth and softness that is very appealing to the eye.  As well as solid timber having an aesthetic timelessness and styling malleability, it is also hard wearing, sustainable and renovatable making its longevity a thrifty choice when compared with other materials used to create cabinetry. 

South Melbourne Project

We recently completed a large project in South Melbourne creating multiple pieces of recycled timber joinery and furniture for our clients renovation. The palette for the design of the space is polished concrete, white walls, black highlights and recycled timber cabinetry and joinery. In nearly every room of the house there is a wooden element created from the same recycled Messmate timber

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Open Plan Kitchen | Living room 

In the large open plan kitchen and living area, the recycled Messmate timber joinery ties in beautifully with the furniture to create a cohesive space.  The built in entertainment unit spans from one end of the room to the other creating a sense of warmth in the large space that balances the harder materials of the polished concrete and metal window frames. This is an aesthetic that we absolutely love and would describe as luxe industrial.  The same recycled Messmate timber is then used on the doors and drawers of cabinets in the kitchen.  The final element to finish off the space is a bespoke Southside dining table with its matte black metal legs and recycled timber top. 

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Bathroom and Powder Rooms

Recycled Messmate joinery has been used in all of the bathrooms and powder rooms in the South Melbourne house to create the floating timber vanities. These pieces reflect elements of the design of the cabinetry in the Kitchen and living areas to create a flow throughout the home.  Stone is used for the tops of these vanities however solid timber is also a very functional choice if preferred. The mirrors in all of the bathrooms are surround in the same recycled Messmate timber.  

Please contact us here if you wish to discuss using solid timber joinery or furniture in your project with us. 


Alison is the co-owner of Bombora Custom Furniture and is in charge of all things other than making furniture!



Custom made timber doors

As that old saying goes, first impressions count and a solid timber door certainly makes a big one.  When it comes to your home, the front door is the focal point of your frontage and sets the scene for what is to come inside, getting the design right is vital in creating a lasting first impression. A solid timber front door is not only impressive to look at, it has a heaviness when swinging open that is just not comparable to the other hollow options.  This solidness also makes the door much less likely to  be dented or scratched and therefore a more long lasting option. 

solid timber front door

A warm welcome

As the majority of frontages of houses are created from materials like brick, concrete or render, a timber door visually breaks up these harder materials to bring a welcoming and homely warmth. It creates a beacon that draws visitors to the entrance of your home.The beauty of having a timber front door made to order is that you can choose all aspects of the design including the size, wood type and finish.  A large, impressive statement size door looks amazing with some homes whilst others suit a more subdued, minimalistic and almost camouflaged door.

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Custom made timber door jamb

A custom made timber front door also provides an opportunity to play with the design of the frame whether it be using matching or contrasting timbers or an alternative material. For our front door, we chose a heavily featured recycled Messmate timber that matched our floor boards and then solid Jarrah timber to create the frame to provide a contrast and tie in with the red timber cladding of the garage.  We also wanted to allow as much light into our entrance hall as possible whilst maintaining privacy so created a window to the side and above the door all within the same frame.

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Which type of timber for solid front door?

The timber that you choose to create the front door greatly influences the aesthetic.  For example, If you home is a minimilastic Scandinavian or contemporary style, a clean ash blonde toned American Oak would look stunning.  If however your home is more of a modern coastal style, a character rich Red Ironbark or warm brown Messmate would be perfect.   As with all of our furniture, we always encourage our clients to choose a timber that is naturally the tone they want rather than using a stain. This greatly increases the longevity of the piece and enables it to be easily renovatable in the case of any scratches.

It is important when designing your custom made timber door that you consider the exposure of the doorway.  The amount of sun and water will influence what type of timber is suitable to use.  If the door is has no exposure to either direct sun or water,  any hardwood timber is fine.  If the door is exposed to water however, the timbers that are suitable for outdoor furniture would be recommended such as Ironbark, Jarrah, or Red Gum.  

recycled Messmate door

Which finish for a timber front door?

Exposure to lots of water and direct sunlight would require a different finish, the UV protector.  You will also need to consider how often you want to maintain the door.  The clear product lets the natural beauty of the timber tones shine through but has much less UV protection so will need to be reapplied more often to prevent the timber from greying.  The other option is a tinted finish that will change the colour of the timber but will need a reapplication much less often then the clear version. 

recycled timber front door

Bombora Custom Furniture is located in Torquay on the Victorian Surf Coast 20 minutes from Geelong and 1 hour from Melbourne.   

Contact us here if you would like to discuss your project! 

Timber shower base - the latest trend in bathroom design

Yes, as always I am a little bias but I love using timber in the bathroom whether it be a solid timber vanity, a mirror surround or a shaving cabinet.  The latest trend in timber in the bathroom is as a shower base!  It is a lot more comfortable on the feet than cold tiles, a great way to visually divide the shower from the rest of the space and well, it just looks really beautiful! 

    We have had a couple of people ask us about timber shower bases recently as they love the look of it but are concerned about the water and timber combination. It is a common misconception that timber and water don't mix however with the right sealing product and species of hardwood timber, a timber shower floor is very durable. 

The finish that we would recommend when sealing the timber in a shower base is a coat of the Osmo wood protector followed by a coat of Osmo Polyx.  The wood protector is highly water repellent due to its high content of natural waxes.  As with all of the Osmo products, the wood protector is made from a combination of oils and waxes and is non toxic. 

I have wandered around the wonders of the internet and come across some images of timber shower bases that I love!

I love the combination of the dark charcoal tiles with the warm toned timber floor. The scale of this bathroom is just magnificent!

The lighter toned timber is this walk in shower design works so beautifully with the concrete rendered walls.  The wide slat design allows for easy water drainage and also delineates the space perfectly.

In this bathroom design, I love how the exposed aggregate concrete floor runs flush with the timber shower base.  The luxe industrial design is continued with the solid concrete vanity with the timber drawers and the towel shelf.

Lovely combination of grey and timber in this bathroom.  I love how the timber shower base is continued throughout the entire bathroom and how the boards line up exactly with the boards outside. 




Alison Collins is the co-owner of Bombora Custom Furniture and in charge of all things other than making furniture! 


New vs Recycled Timber Furniture

What is the difference between new and recycled timber furniture?

In creating our custom made furniture, we use both recycled and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified timber.  Both have their place, their positives and their negatives. We love creating recycled Messmate furniture for its unique character of flowing grain lines, variable tones and sap lines.  This type of timber looks beautiful in a luxe industrial style dining room, a modern coastal or naturally styled home.  The low feature new timbers look fantastic when creating a minimalist or Scandinavian style home. Here is a summery to help you choose what it the right timber for your style and budget!

Aesthetic of recycled timber furniture - character filled or clean

Recycled timber has usually been reclaimed from old buildings, bridges and piers.  This timber tends to have been harvested from the wild and because of this, it shows the signs of a harsher life with lots of unique character.  Reclaimed wood tends to have wavy rather than straight grain lines, varied tones, sap line and pockets. The other feature of recycled timber are the markings of its previous use whether it be nail or bolt holes, rust or water staining.   

New timber is usually plantation grown and because of this, it has a sheltered life protected from winds, drought and nutritional deficiencies.  New timber tends to have straight and even grain patterns, a consistent tone and less sap lines and pockets. New timber is the better choice if you wish to have your custom made furniture created with low feature or character.  This is the best choice if you want a Scandinavian or minimalist style for your furniture.  

What is the price difference between new and recycled timber furniture?

Recycled timber is approximately 30% more expensive at the timber yard than the same wood that is newly harvested. This is because of the additional time required when milling the timber to remove nails, bolts as well as to machine it into straight lengths. Wormy Chestnut is a new timber that has the appearance of a recycled timber so a great option for those wanting the look without the price tag.

In the workshop, creating recycled timber furniture is more time consuming than new timber furniture.   This is because we hand fill all of the sap lines, pockets, nail and bolt holes to ensure a totally flat surface. The extra time required for these piece also leads to an additional labour cost.  

Timber availability 

Although a client may come to us with an existing preference for new or recycled timber to create their piece of custom made furniture, we cannot always comply with their request.  We usually only have access to recycled Australian timbers such as Messmate, Jarrah, Blackbutt or Iron Bark.  Timbers that are not native usually haven't been used to create buildings and piers in the past and therefore are not available reclaimed.  

New timbers that we often use to create our custom made furniture are American Oak, Australian Chestnut, Wormy Chestnut and Walnut. These are timbers with tones differing from ash blonde to chocolate brown. The only limitation with these timbers is they are not always available at the thickness that a client desired which is when we need to find something similar in a recycled timber.   

Please contact us here if you wish to discuss creating your own piece of custom made furniture! Alternatively you can call Alison on 0407-906-799.



Cafe Fitout Geelong - Secret Society Cafe - Bar

Having previously done bits and pieces of commercial work, Bombora has recently dived head first into the cafe fitout seen with the interior design of a Geelong cafe Secret Society Cafe - Bar. Combining what we love most, Australian hardwood timber, community vibes, delicious coffee and inspired food, this project was a perfect fit for us. Working closely with the owners of the space, a couple inspired by clean classic designs, open space, light and a high quality finish; we designed, built and installed timber fittings and furnishings to create a truly local hangout with attention to detail.

The design was based around the different type of clientele; a group of friends who come to hang out around a cafe table and chat about their life, the local office worker popping in for a quick bite to eat perched at one of the lunch benches, the coffee addict passing by for a shot of the delicious Fabretto coffee and a take away cake at the counter and the remote entrepreneur looking for a spot on the communal table to pass the time working and taking in the atmosphere. 

Different areas of the space were intended to best look after these clients while being playful with the design, and bringing warmth and life to the space. 

Wormy Chestnut timber was used to bring warmth and contrast the cool speckled concrete flooring and hexagon shaped white tiles.

The gum vain and character of this hardwood links in nicely with the black metal window and door frames. 

This black metal theme was then followed through in the striking metal legs of the communal cafe table, based on our Southside dining table. 

And also in the custom designed and fabricated stilt legs of the lunch benches.  

Cafe tables with 3 sides sophistically held together by a clean mitre joint. This joint showcases the continuous grain of the solid Wormy Chestnut timber that flows along the whole length of the table. The classic, simple silhouette design seats two people. 

The crowd stopper tree shelving was designed specifically and painstakingly for the cafe for the aesthetic effect as well as an alternative shelving solution. Custom black powder coated metal hangers hold smoothie jars and wooden serving boards. 

Timber countertop and fridge casing has a light fresh look, easy to clean and maintain in this busy work area. 

If you are ever in Geelong, go check out this fabulous place and taste their inspiring delights while taking in this stunning light filled cafe. 


Elina Gault is Bombora's admin extraordinaire who splits her time between her native city of Melbourne and beloved adopted city of Barcelona. 

Custom Dining Tables

Rounded rectangular dining table

In todays fashion of open plan living, the dining table has become a very important part of styling our most lived in spaces.  Having a custom dining table made ensures that the table is perfectly suited to your personal style, the aesthetic of the room, the size of the space as well as the dining chairs.  

The "Mr Jarman" dining table, is a unique rounded rectangular shape with perfectly angled and tapered legs.  The piece is made from beautiful creamy coloured select grade Blackbutt timber with its subtle grain lines and silky soft texture. A blackbutt timber dining table is a beautiful neural tone that will work with many styling colour palettes from bright to pastel to dark and moody.  

The bevelled edge dining table top links the rounded shape of the top with the angles of the legs. The top is finished with our much loved natural oil and wax finish Osmo.  This finish is hard wearing, non-toxic and easy to care for.  Follow the link here for more information on Osmo. 

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We where very excited recently to be involved in this photoshoot organised by Geelong Creatives shot at the home of Concrete Crush by MB Captured.  The shoot was styled by pieces made by our fellow very talented Geelong Creatives such as the awesome large paintings by Studio Intrica and floral display created by buds by sophie


Alison Collins is the co-owner of Bombora Custom Furniture and in charge of all things other than making furniture! 

The Centreside Industrial dining table

At Bombora Custom Furniture, we sure love an industrial dining table with black legs and a beautiful reclaimed timber top! Our latest dining table design, the Centreside dining table, is simple, bold with a touch of luxury. 

Curved, tapered and angled steel legs fit snugly under a character filled recycled Messmate timber top. The reinforced powder coated legs make for an extremely solid dining table which will last a lifetime. 

Suited for both a dining or meeting table, this practical modern industrial design considers the placement of legs to allow for a maximum number of diners while being economical in space.

The combination high character Messmate timber with matte black metal legs enhances the black recycled features in the timber creating a perfect balance.

All Bombora Custom furniture, pieces are made to our clients specific dimensions, timber type and character level. For this reason, the legs for this bold statement dining table are make to order by fabricators in Melbourne creating a perfect fit for every piece. Please contact us here if you wish to discuss commissioning Bombora to create your dream industrial dining table.  


Elina Gault is Bombora's admin extraordinaire who splits her time between her native city of Melbourne and beloved adopted city of Barcelona. 

Crafted With Care - when handmade furniture and art collide for charity

We are very excited to be involved in an inspiring initiative, Created With Care. It isn't every day that Luke gets to indulge in his artistic side in collaboration with an artist. Over the last few months, he had the pleasure of working with Tanya Keenan on a piece of furniture to be auctioned off with all proceeds going to their local charity of choice, the Spirit Foundation

The created with care initiative

The Created With Care initiative is the brainchild of two Australian online marketplaces Handkrafted and Bluethumb.  The two creative companies believe very strongly in the value of partnerships; that together we can have greater impact than going it alone.  Fred Kimel (Handkrafted founder) and Edward Hartley (Bluethumb co-founder) paired a furniture maker with an artist and left the rest up to them. 

The artist - Art By Tanya

Luke's collaborator, Tanya Keenan is a self-taught artist and mother of 3 from Geelong. Tanya’s art is inspired by her love of life, nature and is a reflection of her inner self. Tanya loves to experiment with different textures, applications and colour combinations that evolve into what she refers to as “landscapes of her mind”. You can check out her work here

The piece of furniture- Wye River Buffet

As is so often the way in a close knit community as it is in Geelong and the Surf Coast, an instant connection was found between Luke and Tanya, with a shared love of the region as well as knowing some of the same people. They wanted to create a piece that reflected the natural environment that they love so dearly.  To convey that feeling of a perfect summer day where the sun, sand and water all blend together into an almost dream like state.  Acting as both the canvas and frame, the buffet is based on Bombora's Wye River Buffet. Luke’s timber selection of the light and clean American Ash accentuates the sand colour and bold blue tones of Tanya’s beautiful painting. Perfectly spanning across the 4 cupboard panels, the painting extenuates the clean, simple and classic silhouette of one of Bombora’s signature designs. 

The Charity- The Spirit Foundation

With the intention of supporting the local communities of Wye River and Separation creek after the 2015 Christmas Day fires, Luke, Tanya and everyone involved happily donated their time to create both awareness of and funds for our chosen charity The Spirit Foundation. The foundation was initially established as a charitable trust in 2013 as the Casey Tutungi Future Fund.  It was set up to raise and manage donations that were given in support of Casey Tutungi and his family after an injury sustained playing football resulted in quadriplegia. The trust was also set up to be able to provide support for other local community members in need. Following the bush fires in the Wye River and Separation Creek in on Christmas Day 2015, the fund branched into assisting these communities. “We are providing funding to the members of the community who have suffered hardship as a result of the fires” says one of the foundation's directors Peter Spring “the directors of the Spirit Foundation are working closely with community leaders at Wye River and Separation Creek to identify the best ways in which we can assist the wider community and individual members, including direct financial support to individuals as well as for infrastructure projects including refurbishment of first aid facilities at the Surf Club”.

The charity auction

The Created With Care auction is open and final bids must be received before 5pm on Friday the 10th of June. Bids can be placed at Thank you to the fabulous Britton Timbers for the donation of the beautiful timber used in this piece.


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Elina Gault is Bombora's admin extraordinaire who splits her time between her native city of Melbourne and adopted home city of Barcelona. 

Gibson Blackbutt sideboard

Tight in grain and creamy light brown in colour, this recycled Blackbutt sideboard is bold and contemporary. Special attention was taken to create a balance between the altering tones of each individual piece of timber used in the door of the piece. 

 The black angled legs ground the light toned carcass which are further linked visually by the dark shadows created on the sliding doors by the slats and finger holes. The legs are constructed from matte black powder coated steel to ensure longevity and to support the weight of the piece whilst maintaining a top heavy aesthetic. 

The position of the shelving is adjustable to allow for alteration of the height and configuration for a perfect fit for your possessions. 

Lower than a traditional sideboard, this piece is versatile for your requirements whether it be dividing up a space or sitting below a windowsill. These dimensions can be customized to fit perfectly in your home.

Finger holes where used rather than handles on this piece to create a streamlined look and as another point of visual interest. 

As this piece is made to order, clients are welcome to specify size, timber type and the character level of the timber. Please contact us here if you wish to discuss commissioning Bombora to create your dream piece of furniture. 


Elina Gault is the admin extraordinaire at Bombora Custom Furniture who's passions are design, travel and creating efficient systems! 

Why should I choose custom made timber furniture for my home?

There are so many options to consider these days when you are purchasing furniture for your home or office.  You need to make choices around the size, the style, the material, off the shelf or custom and of course the budget. I believe that taking into account the sustainability, the beauty, the longevity and value for investment, a custom made piece of timber furniture is the only choice and here is why..... 

Sustainability of FSC certified or recycled timber furniture

Choosing furniture constructed from recycled or sustainable FSC certified timber greatly reduces the impact your purchase has on the environment in comparison to pieces created from man made products such as veneer, chipboard, steel or plastic.  There are very few resources used to convert the timber from a building, pier, bridge or tree into a stick of timber.  In addition to the low amount of resources required to produce a piece of solid timber furniture, the longevity and durability of the piece also ensures that it will not need to be thrown away and replaced, the ultimate sustainability. FYI, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global not for profit organisation that provides certification for the responsible management of forests and forest products.  It promotes the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the worlds forests. You can look for their logo on all sorts of forest products including printing paper, toilet paper and timber. 

The aesthetic beauty of recycled timber

Creating beautiful surrounds is something that we as humans crave.  Timber is a material that is very versatile, malleable to styling and most importantly beautiful. It is unique, alive and has a story.  Most often these days our homes are created from materials such as tiles, metal, stone and concrete, timber brings a warmth and life to this palette, creating a sense of home.  Alongside the usual timber furniture such as dining tables and tv units, we also create pieces of "fixed furniture" such as solid timber bench tops, timber vanities, inbuilt storage and bookcases. These pieces of timber cabinetry and joinery bring a sign of life to these spaces, balancing out the harder building materials.

Longevity - a wise investment

The two factors that contribute to the longevity of solid timber furniture is the timelessness of the style as well as the durability of the material. With a well considered design, a piece of solid timber furniture will always be in style as timber is very malleable to changes in styling fashion and the material itself is timeless. 

 Durability is the other vital aspect of longevity, the construction of piece and the finish needs to be able to last the tests of time and use.  The natural oil and wax finish that we use on our furniture is very hard wearing and ensures that the piece gets better with age with the development of a patina. The solid timber used in the construction as well the the choice of finish enables the piece to be spot fixed in the case of a scratch or sanded back and refinished in the case of more substantial damage.  This is not possible with man made products that overtime become worn, scratched and dented, only fit to be thrown out. 

Custom made - creating perfection and quality

Getting a piece of custom made furniture provides you with the opportunity of perfection, the ultimate choose your own adventure. At Bombora, we see the design process as one of collaboration, combining the functional and aesthetic needs of our client to create a piece that they don't just like but love. Aside from creating completely unique designs, we also adjust all of our portfolio pieces to ensure that they fit perfectly into our clients home.  This can mean looking at the dimensions of your chairs to create a dining table that is just the right size, altering the design of a timber vanity to fit perfectly into your bathroom or creating the shelving in your TV unit around your technology.  


Want to discuss working with us to create a piece of custom made timber furniture for your home or office?  Please contact us here!


Alison Collins is the co-creator of Bombora Custom Furniture and in charge of all things other than making furniture! 

Black and timber dining tables

Modern industrial dining tables

The style industrial, covers a whole range of aesthetics from rustic, to up-cycled all the way up to luxury. It is the pairing opposites like hard, shiny and new materials such as metal, tile or concrete with softer and alive materials such as timbers and foliage.  It is the combination of the sleek and smooth powder coated steel with the raw realness of recycled timbers.  It creates a strong look, contemporary, modern and punchy yet creates a perfect foundation on which to add on trend styling items.

We have greatly enjoyed creating a whole range of modern industrial dining tables that pair matte black timber or metal with beautiful recycled timber for a bold yet luxurious look. The addition of the metal creates a whole other dimensions to play with! 

 The black in the table legs enhances the natural features in the timber such as the sap lines and the recycled features. This contrast of materials also creates a statement that timber just cannot make by itself.  

So often in dining table design, the legs are lost under the shadow of the top and the surrounds of the chairs.  Having a strong profile as well as the black color ensures that the legs are not lost but balance out with the top as equals.  

To create this modern industrial look in our dining tables, we have paired either matte black powder coated steel legs that we have fabricated in Melbourne or black painted timber.  As with all of our furniture, the tables are made to order to ensure that the piece is the perfect fit for our clients home and chairs. You can also choose the type of timber that you prefer for the top as well as the level of recycled character. 

Please contact us here if you wish to discuss commissioning Bombora to create a custom or bespoke piece of furniture for your home. Alternatively, you can contact Alison on 0407-906-799.


Alison Collins is the co-creator of Bombora Custom Furniture and in charge of all things other than making furniture! 


Custom Timber Furniture Maker - why choose us?

These days there are a lot of custom furniture makers out there so what makes Bombora different?  Why should you choose us?? 


We don't just make furniture, we make furniture for people....

To us at Bombora, you are a person not a piece and as your furniture goes through our admin and workshop processes it doesn't have a number, or the design description on it... it has your name. Your piece of furniture is important to us, we put love and care into it as we know that it is and will be very important to you.  Whether it be the table you and your family share meals over, the buffet you run your fingers over every time you walk past or the TV cabinet that you find yourself staring at rather than at "the Block", we take great pride in the fact that our furniture helps to make your house your home.  

We are not a production line ......

Each piece of Bombora custom furniture is created from start to finish by a single one of our talented furniture makers who take great pride in their work and the finished product. All of our furniture is made by hand not by a computer. This results in a much better quality product, from the placement of the boards, to the quality of the construction, to the look and feel of the finish. 


High level of customer service and communication....

It is our goal in the admin team, for you not to have to contact us is any stage of the process wanting to know what is happening. From the start of the process, we will let you know the timelines for what is happening and when.  We will also contact you at certain predetermined points through the production process to let you know what is happening and to arrange the next step of the process.  Our level of service doesn't just stop at the end of production, we also organise your delivery as well as send you detailed instructions on how to care for your furniture. 

One piece, one tree // sustainable business practices... 

Being an eco-responsible business is a top priority for us at Bombora.  We have developed the one piece one tree initiative to counteract the environmental impact of producing your piece of furniture from the milling of the timber, the machinery to produce the piece as well as the transport of all of the consumables, timber and the finished product by planting a tree for each piece of furniture that we produce.  Find out more about this initiative on this blog post


We specialize in highly featured recycled timber furniture....

What we love about recycled timber is that every piece is completely unique and as it has been grown in natural conditions, it is full of character.  This character or feature are such things as knots, sap lines, sap pockets, bolt holes, tonal variations and prominent grains.  Creating furniture from heavily featured timber takes more time and skill than using new or low feature timbers.  Time and an eye for aesthetic is required to lay out the boards in a way that is balanced, appealing and does the timber justice. It also takes more time and finesse to finish the timber properly as each feature needs to be hand filled to ensure the final product is completely smooth and is free of gaps. Creating pieces with a high level of feature is what we love to do! 

Personalized design....

Each piece of furniture that we create is a one off and we treat you and the piece so from beginning to the end.  We firstly send you a detailed questionnaire to ensure that we have all the information that we need for the design, function and dimensions of the piece as well as specific information on your preferences for natural and recycled character levels in the timber. Whether you get a portfolio design, an amended portfolio or a fully customized piece,  Bombora owner, head designer and furniture maker Luke will use the information from your questionnaire to generate you design drawings of your piece. If any further changes to the design are required, a revision to the original drawing is then possible.


Individualized timber selection....

Just as each piece of recycled timber is unique, so are your tastes.  Luke hand selects the timber for the piece based on your preferences from the questionnaire and then sends through images for your approval.  If desired, you can also come to the workshop to personally choose the timber or you can join Luke at the timber yardto make the selection off their racks. 


Want to discuss your project with us?

Phone Alison on 0407-906-799

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Alison Collins is the co-creator of Bombora Custom Furniture and in charge of all things other than making furniture! 



Custom made bedside tables

An often forgotten piece of furniture is the bedside table.  As is commonly the way with the final touches to a room, the bedside tables is a piece that can either tie the whole design together or make it fall in a heap.   This humble piece of furniture has so many options for both function and form from a simple u shape or box, to a mini dining table all the way up to a multi drawer super storage showstopper. As well as creating a matching set, we also love to work with our clients to create pieces that work beautifully with their existing bed.  

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Things to consider when designing your bedside table


What do you plan to store in or on your bedside table and what would work best to house these in?  Drawers, a cupboard, a shelf, a combination or no storage at all?  



Do you want your bedside tables to be a feature of the space or to blend in with the bed and other furnishings?  To make a piece of furniture stand out in a space, consider aspects like size, using contrasting materials, feature filled timber and color to really make it pop.  



As they say, storage is king. We have had several clients in the past who where space deficient and needed to make the most of each opportunity for storage.  The beside tables that we created for these clients ended up being mini low boys to fill up all the available space whilst maintaining the right proportions to be aesthetically pleasing.  



Height is a very important dimensions to consider for a bedside table and it all comes down to personal preference of whether you like  the height to be the same as, lower or higher than your mattress. I personally like it to be just higher than the mattress for ease of accessing my phone or book without the treat of accidentally falling out of bed.  


Below are some examples of mainly recycled timber bedside tables we have created for clients. 


Please contact us here if you wish to inquire about commissioning Bombora to create some custom bedside tables for your home!  Alternatively, you can contact Alison on 0407-906-799.


Alison Collins is the co-creator of Bombora Custom Furniture and in charge of all things other than making furniture! 

custom made timber benchtops - Bringing Warmth To Your Kitchen

A solid timber bench top, with its warmth, life and styling malleability is a beautiful addition to any kitchen to create a welcoming atmosphere. Timber works so beautifully in any aesthetic such as a modern, traditional or even a luxe industrial kitchen design to balance out the harder materials such as tiles, concrete, stone, stainless steel and laminate.  We have created such pieces for our clients kitchens as solid timber bench tops, waterfalled kitchen island benches as well as drawer fronts, cupboards, bulkheads and cladding. 

With the continuing popularity of open plan, the kitchen is often a part of the dining, living or family room making the continuity of the design and styling with these other spaces so important.   We love having the opportunity to create multiple pieces for a client that will be placed in the same space such as a dining table, buffet, TV unit and inbuilt shelving. Having the same timber type and character level used across all pieces as well as subtle design features ensures a flow and congruence of the styling with in a space. 

Timber is also a very forgiving material in these high use areas.  The natural oil and wax finish we use penetrates into the timber to ensure a deep protection from staining and liquid spills.  Having this natural finish also means that if a light scratch does occur that it is easily repaired locally with an application of product or if a deeper scratch occurs renovation can be done simply and in situ with a gentle sand and reapplication of the finish.   The surface is also easy to care for with just a one monthly application of an aerosol nourishing wax for very high use timber bench tops required to maintain its protection from stains and liquids. Click on the link to see the Osmo maintenance products in action! Click here to find out more about the Osmo natural oil and wax finish we use on all of our furniture and why we love it! 

Here are a couple of examples of some of our custom timber bench tops in recent projects we have been involved in. 

40mm thick Wormy Chestnut timber bench top with waterfalled legs. The light brown tone of this timber looks beautiful with the white cabinetry.

Red Ironbark timber bench top over cabinetry creates very useful storage in a small space.


Please contact us here is you would like to discuss your project with us!  Alternatively you can contact Alison on 0407-906-799.


Alison Collins is the co-creator of Bombora Custom Furniture and in charge of all things other than making furniture! 




Custom Made Furniture // co-creation at its best

Truly custom made furniture is a collaboration between client, designer and furniture maker.  A client comes to us with a vision, a collection of images or a carefully thought out drawing and a burning desire to see it come to life.   Our designer takes these ideas and factors in the practicalities of function as well as an aesthetic of balance formed from years of experience.  The furniture maker then takes the drawings and the clients preferences for timber to bring everything together.   Little adjustments are made to allow for the uniqueness of the timber, finer details are refined for optimal function and senses are used to perfectly place the pieces of timber, to smooth out the bumps and create a truly touchable surface.    It is this process of co-creation that is what furniture making is all about for us.  This is what is so rewarding, so fulfilling and exciting.

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As someone great once said, "necessity is the mother of all invention".  This  is a great description of the bespoke furniture design process. Necessity is in the clients minds when they look at a space they want filled, when they envisage their new home and when they consider how they can make a room more their own. Invention is in the designers mind when they balance the clients desires with what is possible and what could be possible. It is this moment that is so exciting.  The moment of creation, of invention, the melding of ideas, of finding solutions, of creating beauty.  

custom made timber furniture

When the building is done and the timber is brought to life with oil,  we love to see that sense of ownership in our clients eyes, that amazing feeling of seeing something you have dreamed about come to life and be even more awesome than it was in your minds eye.  To see it placed within their home, to be surrounded by their possessions and to be dressed up by their treasures. It is only then that the process of creation is complete. 

Contact us here if you wish to discuss your project with us or alternatively you can contact Alison on 0407-906-799.


Alison Collins is the co-creator of Bombora Custom Furniture and is in charge of all things other than making furniture. 


Interior design inspirations from the modern Balinese aesthetic

Bali is a place of many contrasts.  Great luxury, beauty and decadence that coexists alongside poverty, rubbish and decay.    Our recent trip to Bali has been very inspirational and we will be integrating elements of the modern Balinese interior design style into our own home. Below are some simple concepts that could be applied beautifully to all design aesthetics.


Bringing the outside in

The seamless integration between outdoor and indoor spaces is quintessential in the modern Balinese style. Gardens flow into the indoors and plants are a common feature of any room.   Having deliciously warm weather year round of course enables open air spaces and internal gardens within the homes, hotels and villas of Bali to work unlike our own chilly Victorian climate.  We have however created our Surf Coast version of the outdoors inside concept with an L- shaped layout that ensures that every room has several windows looking onto garden.  We have also included an excess of windows and two feature light wells with full length windows.

What we are going to bring home from the Bali trip is to take our obsession with potted indoor plants to the next level by creating mini potted bonsai gardens that we have seen so often throughout our journey. We will also be carefully designing the garden around the aspect seen from each of windows of the house to make the garden feel as it is within the interior space. 

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Indoor water features

Whether it be a pond, potted water plants or a trickling musical delight, water is a common feature in modern Balinese interior design. Having two small children, an indoor water feature would be a safety and tidiness disaster however this is something we really want to integrate into the design of our home.  It is instantly relaxing to hear the gentle trickling of water so we are planning a water feature combined with some lush water plants in the light well adjoining our home office.   This feature will be designed to be admired from the study windows with the rest of the space to be landscaped along the same aesthetic.

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Balance of materials - timber, stone and organics

Our style, what I would describe as modern organic, is very similar to the modern Balinese aesthetic just with more of a lean towards the luxe industrial.  Clean and simple lines are created using natural materials such as stone and concrete with softening by timber and greenery from indoor plants and garden views.  What is often done so well in Balinese interior design is the amount of detail that is put into the timber work with traditional joining techniques used and stunning timber beams exposed. This detail highlights the timber to creates a lovely balance with the other painted, tiled, concreted or carpeted surfaces with the room. 

We will be looking to create a greater balance within our own home by putting more potted plants within the bathrooms as well as using timber trays and bowls for both function and beauty on our harder surfaces such as our Caesar stone island bench. I will also be softening the polished concrete floor within the lounge room area with a beautiful rug.  The exposed joinery is not something that we want to have in our interior however this is something that would work fantastically in our exterior with the pergola and outdoor seating area that we are yet to create. 

The importance of lighting!

Something that I have admired throughout Bali has been the stunning pendent lights, I only wish I had taken more pictures of them!  It has amazed me how with the right lighting, a space can be transformed from simple to romantic and luxurious.  In many of the Villas, restaurants and hotels that I loved, the lighting had been very well planned with beautifully designed and proportioned feature pendent lights then hidden up lights and down lights that highlighted certain aspects of the space.  Often LED strip lights where inbuilt into the headboards of the beds,  mirrors and window dressing bulk heads to create a soft light and welcoming ambiance. 

Unfortunately, this approach to the lighting plan is too late to integrate into our home however we did find the perfect pendent lights for over our dining table!  Our next project is to either find something similar or to design and fabricate it ourselves which is of course much more fun!  


Next weeks blog post is heading outside with design inspirations from the lush, luxurious and beautiful outdoor rooms and gardens of Bali! 



sustainable recycled timber furniture // 1 Piece = 1 Tree initiative

After watching the fantastic 180 degrees south documentary, Luke and I along with our team have been looking at how we, as a business, can contribute to conservation.   It wasn't until a recent day trip to the beautiful Otway Fly with its amazing birdseye view of the rain forest that inspiration hit! 

A beautiful Mountain Ash tree. 

A beautiful Mountain Ash tree. 

1 piece = 1 tree // Sustainable recycled timber furniture

As part of our commitment to running a sustainable business and our desire to improve the environment, we are donating a tree to 15 trees for every single piece of furniture that we produce in the future as well as every piece of furniture that we have produced in the past year. These trees are planted to reverse the environmental impact of all the processes involved in the production of the timber, the manufacturing as well as the freight.   Previous clients will receive a postcard within the next month explaining the brilliant work of 15 trees as well as information on how to find out exactly where their tree/s have been planted! Every new client will also receive a post card with the details of their tree with their maintenance instructions. Coleen, the director of 15 trees, is going to have our first 100 trees planted in the Kinglake region of Victoria which is still recovering from the devastation of the Black Saturday fires on the 7th of February 2009.

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What is 15 trees?

15 trees is a "social enterprise" that has planted 51,110 trees to date on behalf of companies and individuals in locations Australia wide that are in need of regeneration.  Trees are donated to conservation groups such as landcare, schools, universities, kindergarten’s, land owners and also directly to local communities in need after the devastation of a natural disaster such as fire or flood. We have chosen to support this company as we like the simplicity of knowing exactly how many trees have been planted on our behalf as well as where the planting has occurred.  We also love that 15 trees fills in the gaps missed by other organisations and government bodies.  

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Supporting our local environment

 In addition to our 1 piece = 1 tree initiative, the staff from Bombora Custom Furniture spend a day every year assisting our local branch of Landcare.  Landcare is the joint effort between the local community, government and business to protect and repair our environment.  Local landcare groups are run by volunteers who establish their own priorities and projects with the support of the larger Landcare network.   Our local community in the Surf Coast region are very passionate conservationists with a massive 8 groups just within the suburbs of Torquay and Jan Juc! I have seen the great work that these local groups have been doing in regenerating the deep creek, spring creek and Jan Juc creek waterways, the replacement of weeds with natives in the dunes throughout the region and plantings at the local parks. We greatly look forward to continuing to this great work!

sustainable timber furniture

Bombora Custom Furniture is a family run business in Torquay on the Victorian Surf Coast run by Luke and Alison Collins.  We specialise in creating beautiful pieces of refined recycled timber furniture with a timeless aesthetic.  

Contact us here to discuss your project or alternatively contact Alison on 0407-906-799. 

Custom made timber beds

The bed is the centerpiece the boudoir and is the perfect starting place for styling.   The beauty of a custom made bed is that you can design it to perfectly suit your personal style and the dimensions of the room. Whether your style is modern coastal, contemporary chic, organic or New York Loft, a solid timber bed is always a beautiful choice.  Timber brings warmth and life to the space as well as a great balance for the softness of bed linen. Your bed can make a grand statement with a large footer and head board or subtle with a simple frame.   Here are a couple of examples of beautiful solid timber beds we have custom made for clients in the past.  

The Blue Moon Oregon timber bed is the quintessential modern coastal bed. It is low lying with an angled headboard and matching bedside tables.  The beautiful Oregon timber is warm in tone with distinct swirly grain patterns.  

The Hunters bookcase bed is low lying with a solid timber head board with plenty of storage space underneath.  This piece was created from beautiful recycled Messmate timber with solid hardwood slats. 

The Zeally Bay custom made bed has been designed to be structurally solid whilst being visually light.  The black powder coated steel base disappears into the darkness under the bed to maintain the clean lines.  The beautiful timber used in this bed is American Cherry Wood.  

The Lorne point bed is a celebration of the beauty of recycled Australian timber.  The beautiful recycled Messmate used for this piece is full of stunning natural sap and grain lines with the solid timber headboard and footer being in perfect visual balance . 

All of our furniture, including our beds are made to order.  This custom service ensures that your piece of furniture is perfect for your particular tastes in style, timber type and character level as well as for the dimensions of your room.  We love to collaborate with our clients to create the perfect piece for their home.  Please contact us here to get started in creating your dream piece of furniture or alternatively contact Alison on 0407-906-799. 

The Bancora tapered leg dining table

With its angled legs,  pale tones and subtle sap lines, the Bancora tapered leg dining table is sophisticated and modern.  The natural features within the timber of sap-lines and grain patterns ensures that this piece is unique and a pleasure to look at.

 The design of the Bancora dining table sees this piece being at home in the majority of interior aesthetics from modern coastal, to organic and chic.

The table top is made from 40mm thick Wormy Chestnut timber and has beautiful light brown tones.

The tapered and angled legs are made from beautiful 60mm thick recycled Messmate timber.  All the pieces of timber selected for this piece are similar in tone and have low levels on natural and recycled features. 

At Bombora Custom Furniture, all our pieces are made to order to our clients specifications of size, timber type and character level.  We can make this beautiful dining table for you at the exact dimensions your require to ensure the perfect fit in your space and with your chairs.  It is important to us that you will love your new piece of furniture for many decades to come so enable you to either  select the timber for your piece yourself or we can send you images for your approval.  Please contact us here if you wish to discuss commissioning Bombora to create your dream piece of furniture. 


Alison Collins is to co-owner of Bombora Custom Furniture and is in charge of all things other than making furniture!