Shipping Questions Answered

Shipping very large items is not easy but Paul Downs has figured out a way to to make the shipping and installation process easy and (mostly) hassle-free. Give us a call with your custom furniture projects and we can help you throughout the process from the design, engineering, project management, and to, yes, even the shipping process.

How do you ship your furniture?

We use commercial trucking services to move the table from our shop to you. This allows us to ship work anywhere on the continent quickly, at a reasonable cost. Conference tables are large and bulky, but we build and pack them so that they can be shipped without damage. Your table will be made in pieces, with a maximum size of 4 feet x 8 feet (the size of a standard sized sheet of plywood.) All of the pieces will be wrapped in foam, and then enclosed in another layer of cardboard, with heavy duty cardboard corner protectors. Then all of those pieces will put into a custom crate, designed to provide superior protection during transit. The pallets are large and heavy. Most of them are 4 feet wide, 8 feet long, and 4.5 feet high, and weigh between 500 and 1000 pounds. A loading dock and pallet jack, or a forklift, is required to safely remove the crate from the truck. Because of this problem, we offer a few levels of delivery service.

Local Delivery:
We have the option of delivering and installing using our trucks and our staff to deliver and install the furniture in your location.  This option is also available for local customers who need their furniture moved or reconfigured.

With inside delivery:
We will ship to a local furniture installer. We use Installnet to identify quality local installers, or we will work with whatever provider you prefer. The installer will be able to get the pallet off the truck, and then bring the wrapped pieces into your space, unwrap them, and assemble the table.

You assemble:
If you have the ability to receive a pallet and move the pieces into your space, then we can ship directly to you. Our tables are designed to be very easy to assemble – any handy person can do it. We can offer discounts on our list pricing if you take over this part of the job.

How much will delivery and installation cost?

Cost: Freight and delivery costs vary widely depending on how far you are from the shop, and whether you can receive freight. Most of the time the cost of moving the table to you is around 10% of the item cost. But not always. We will quote these costs along with the table, once the design is settled.

Can the table go through regular doors and up elevators?

Yes, it can. Our tables are made in pieces, designed to be easy to move and assemble. Even the largest tables can be moved into any space. We have also developed an integrated hardware system which makes our tables easy to assemble. Call us and we would be happy to help you out with all logistics questions you may have.


If you haven’t already, please look through our gallery of custom conference tables. You can choose any of these designs as a starting point for your project, or you can submit your own designs. For help designing your custom conference project, contact us today at 484-680-7102 or info@pauldowns.com.