Driven by a passion for creating beautiful, ethically sourced, solid-wood home furnishings, Warren and his team have been London's premier bedroom specialists for over three decades.
Here's how it all began...
1978 The Beginning
Warren starts making beds at the age of 17. He borrows a couple of hundred pounds from his sister to start a handcrafted bed business, selling from his Clerkenwell workshop and advertising through a one line classified in Time Out.
1985 The first showroom
Warren's beds have become so popular he opens the first official showroom in the railway arches in Camden to cope with the demand. He opens with a range of four beds that are handmade in his new workshop next door, which is managed by his father.
2002 – 2005 Showrooms No.2 and No.3:
Warren opens his 2nd showroom in Clapham Junction in 2002 followed by a third showroom in Hammersmith in 2005.
2006 Let's Get Ethical, Ethical
Warren Evans launches the 'Big Bed Campaign' initiative in partnership with The Big Issue magazine to provide free beds and mattresses to re-housed vendors in the capital.
2007 A new workshop
Our new workshop opens in Walthamstow. It not only significantly increases capacity but the equipment reduces waste and helps us become increasingly energy efficient. The new bio-mass burner uses offcuts of wood and sawdust from the workshop as fuel to heat the building, also saving wood waste from landfill. In the same year we become the first British bed-makers to be certified by the FSC®.
2008 Winning some awards
The company is awarded the prestigious Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Award in recognition of our ongoing commitment to environmental excellence and our pioneering new Walthamstow workshop. We are also named as a Sunday Times Best Green Company and receive an Observer Ethical Retailer Award. A fourth Warren Evans showroom opens in an old ceramics factory in Shoreditch.
2009 Bigger and Bigger
The business is awarded its second Sunday Times Best Green Company Award and a second Observer Ethical Award. 2009 brings a fifth showroom opening in Bromley and was the flagship green showroom. The company rounds off an award-winning year by being named Green Business of the Year at the Growing Business Awards.
2010 Continues to grow
Our sixth showroom opens in Kingston. We win our third Sunday Times Best Green Company Award and also a Mayor of London Green 500 Platinum Award. In Octoberwe start our Save the Bees campaign, installing hives in Walthamstow to house bees for the winter, managed by The Golden Company. At the end of the year the first showroom outside London opens in Brighton and a few celebrity guests attend the launch party.
2011 Showroom No.8 and No.9
The eighth showroom opens in St Albans and the ninth opens in Enfield. The company wins its fourth Sunday Times Best Green Company Award and go on to win a Green Apple Environment Award. Warren Evans signs up local waste management company, The McGrath Group, to recycle 100% of waste generated from the workshop in Walthamstow.
2012 Some more awards
The company wins its third Observer Ethical Business Award in the Retailer category. Warren Evans 5 year FSC certificate is renewed after a rigorous assessment audit and we win the Enterprise Enfield Green Business Award.
2013 New machines
New eco-friendly machines are installed in our Walthamstow workshop, which enable us to launch a new range of beds and furniture.
2014 Four more showrooms
Four new showrooms are opened in Camberwell, Chelmsford, Ealing and Guildford bringing the total number of showrooms to thirteen.