Material Bank is the world’s largest architectural and design-focused material resource library. It is the only place for architects, interior designers and design professionals to search materials from leading brands on a single platform and, with the click of a button, receive samples by 10:30 a.m. the next day.
Yes, Material Bank is 100% free to design professionals. We are not a “freemium” service, and we will not ask for your credit card after you have placed a certain number of orders. We are 100% free for approved users.
Design professionals interested in using Material Bank must first register. An approval process will follow which is designed to confirm your status as a valid interior designer or architectural trade professional. To expedite the process, be sure to register with your company name and email address. Please know that registering with an email address such as Gmail or Yahoo may delay the process.
Ask a Material Expert was created to help busy designers get their work done faster and smarter. If you need assistance finding a specific material, if you are looking for help answering questions related to material attributes or if you have any other type of general material-related need, our librarians are here to help. This service is always free of charge.
Material Bank’s team of librarians is made up of expert researchers with extensive backgrounds in architecture and design.
Material Bank might just be the single most “sustainability-focused” company in our industry. By aggregating samples requested from multiple brands into one box, Material Bank eliminates thousands of physical shipments each and every week. Additionally, through our sample return program, Material Bank reclaims more samples than any other company in the world. As samples are returned, our teams perform a quality control check and restock items that pass for reuse in Material Bank. Items that do not pass are set aside for students or disposed of in the most environmentally friendly manner available.
Similar to other complex search tools, Material Bank’s search results are determined by algorithms which factor your search query against our broad and diverse attribute set.
Unlike other complex search tools, Material Bank’s search is 100% unbiased. None of our Brand Partners pay for ranking or placement in our search results. As such, you can rest assured that you are seeing the materials that most closely match your specific search request, not a material someone paid for you to see.
Each and every day, we are updating Material Bank with new materials. If you do not see what you are looking for, use the “Ask a Material Expert” feature to let us help you find what you need.
If you are looking for a particular manufacturer that is not available on Material Bank, we want to know! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org let us know any brands you feel would be a good match for the platform.
Since Material Bank is a service specifically created for design professionals, we have implemented very few ordering limitations. With that, Material Bank strongly encourages designers to sample responsibly and order items that are suitable for the projects they are working on. Please make sure and order materials that are appropriate to the project type you are sourcing for.
To cancel an order, simply contact us at email@example.com or send us a note through the “questions” button in the lower right-hand corner of the site.
Yes, we provide the brand information related to your sample order request the day after you place the order. At this point in time, we provide your general contact information, the product information of the items you order and the project name you entered during the ordering process. By providing the brand this information, we enable them to conduct “smart follow-up” and deliver you further assistance if needed.
While you can place orders on Material Bank for library needs, we recommend you contact a brand representative first. Doing so allows you the chance to discuss your firm’s areas of specialization and needs, thus strengthening your relationship with the brand.
If you do not have a designated contact with a brand you are interested in, please let us know and we would be happy to arrange an introduction for you.
While our experts work to ensure Material Bank’s data is complete and accurate, we collect data from third-party sources as part of our research process. It is often challenging to verify this data with 100% certainty.
As a result of the above, we strongly encourage you to perform your own due diligence prior to making any critical project decisions and suggest you speak directly to your brand representative to verify all product details. For additional information, please review Section 8 of our terms and conditions.
Material Bank strongly encourages designers to return all unneeded samples. To facilitate this process, we have implemented multiple free options for active firms.
For firms that maintain a high volume of monthly orders with Material Bank, we offer firm wide large-volume bulk returns of recently sampled items through our environmentally sustainable large receptacles.
For firms or individual designers that do not order quite as much, simply go to the Sample Returns page, click the "Yes" button, and return packaging will be included with your next order shipment.
We are now delivering Material Bank orders in our newly designed “Material Tray” that also serves as a return package, complete with pre-paid label. We recommend designers retain these trays until they are full and then simply ship all unneeded samples back to us for reuse in one full tray.
If your next order is delivered in an envelope and not a tray, we will send you a prepaid return shipping packet with instructions.
Please note, Material Bank does not accept sample returns generated through library purges or bulk office cleanups.
No one is better than the designers who use Material Bank to recommend brands to help grow our platform. If you have a recommendation for a brand you would like to see on Material Bank, please let us know by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know your thoughts through the “questions” button located in the bottom right-hand corner of the Material Bank site.
Material Bank has a lot to offer companies seeking to join our list of Brand Partners. Additionally, we pride ourselves on the high quality of brands we represent.
For those brands seeking to become part of Material Bank, please submit your request through our Become A Brand Partner page located on our website footer, or contact us at email@example.com.
Material Bank is designed to help you easily connect with your assigned brand Rep. There are several locations within Material Bank where you will see a “Contact Rep” button. Select Contact Rep, simply add your note in the pop-up and hit “Send”. Inquiries are sent directly to your Rep through Material Bank and your Rep will reply directly to your email inbox.
There are three powerful ways to search for Sales Reps. Whether using the search option or the brand menu, you can search All Reps, Assigned Reps, or your Favorite Reps. Open the Rep’s Profile to learn more about them or select “Contact Rep” to connect with them directly.
You are automatically matched to Rep for each Brand based on the address associated with your account. To change your Assigned Rep for a Brand, search for a Rep in the Rep Directory, open their profile, and select “Set as Assigned Rep.”
Assigned Reps are auto-assigned based upon your account location and might not always align with your preferences and/or existing relationships. Material Bank’s Rep Directory is a tool designed to be a single place to reference Rep information. We suggest reviewing your Assigned Reps in the Rep Directory to ensure that your preferred Reps are associated with your Material Bank account.
Reps with active Material Bank accounts have a yellow circle around their picture. You can easily collaborate with active Reps through shared boards. Additionally, new collaborative features between designers and Reps are coming soon.
Material Bank ships all orders through FedEx Priority Overnight for delivery by 10:30 a.m. the following day.
- Orders placed by midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday through Friday, are delivered the next business day.
- Orders placed on Saturday before 8 p.m. EST are delivered on Monday.
- Orders placed on Saturday after 8 p.m. EST through Sunday are processed on Monday and delivered Tuesday.
While the overwhelming percentage of items on Material Bank are in stock and ship overnight, there is a small percentage of materials that are not in stock.
Items that are in stock are identified with a bright blue circle. These items will always ship Priority Overnight. Items not in stock are noted with a black circle and these items will ship directly from the brand. Typically, items shipped from a brand will arrive within 2 to 7 days.
If you are looking specifically for items that ship overnight from Material Bank, use the “ships overnight” filter within your search results.
At this point in time, Material Bank does not ship internationally. Currently, Material Bank ships within the contiguous United States. Plans to support shipments to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are in the works. Our first international destination will be Canada, which is expected to be active before the year-end.
Material Bank does not ship to PO Boxes at this time.
Your package’s tracking number can be found on the Order History page. Please be aware that the tracking number will not appear until the morning after you have placed the order.
By entering your tracking number into the FedEx tracking system, you will receive the latest information on your delivery. If problems or questions arise please know that our team is on standby to assist. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the “questions” button located in the bottom right-hand corner of the Material Bank site.
Note: If an item you ordered is not in stock and it is being shipped directly from a brand, you will need to contact the brand for shipping details.
While the majority of orders placed on the Material Bank site are delivered in a single box, there are exceptions. For example, if you place an order which includes items where some are in stock and others are out of stock, you will receive a package from both Material Bank and that brand. Additionally, there will be situations where order size or order weight makes packing the items into one box inefficient and difficult to handle upon delivery. In these instances, we will pack your items in multiple boxes. Finally, while we do our best to combine multiple orders placed by a designer on a given day into a single box, there is a slight chance multiple boxes may be used due to timing issues.