Thumb Designs was founded by Tom Back, carpenter and furniture designer with over 20 years experience. Tom worked as a joiner and a set carpenter for TV and film, before gaining a degree in Product and Furniture Design from Kingston University. Tom then worked for leading design agencies as a client facing project manager, before founding his own design studio.

Tom has worked at the forefront of furniture and exhibition design for clients including: Kensington Palace, Raw TV, Adidas, Selfridges and Liberty. 



We design, make and install fitted and freestanding furniture for all areas of the home and garden.

We begin with a consultation to discuss your ideas and plans, advising on materials and finishes to suit your requirements.

A 3D design is then created detailing all elements of the piece and is supplied with samples of selected materials. We have a range of trusted suppliers, ensuring consistent levels of quality. 

Furniture is designed and made in our South London studio workshop.


Client Testimonials


'Tom made bespoke floating shelves for our living room and we are very happy with them. Tom was professional and took the time to listen and understand what we were looking for. He kept within the timescales agreed. The end result looks great. We will definitely be using Tom again for future work that we have planned.'

Carel and Judit (May 2021)

'We are delighted with the pieces Tom made for us and we have another project in production. He has a really collaborative approach. The final results are beautiful, well made furniture that we are enjoying having in our home.' Wendy and Maurice (July 2020)

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