About Toast Covers
What are Toast covers? (and what are they NOT?)
Toast covers are an elegant and environmentally responsible way to protect and personalize your tech devices. They are warm to the touch and beautifully natural. They are unique and inspirational. And they are dead sexy.
Made with sustainably harvested real wood veneer and top-grain American leather, Toast covers deliver grip, gorgeousness, and moderate protection while retaining a sleek and slim profile.
Toast covers are NOT plastic snap-on cases, vinyl decals, or rubber bumpers. They are semi-permanent covers which adhere to your device using high-quality 3M adhesives. There is no plastic involved. We are very proud of this!
How much protection do Toast covers provide?
A Toast cover will provide moderate protection from minor drops, bumps, nicks, and scratches. They feature multiple applications of a hand-rubbed finish to repel daily dirt and stains. Do note, however, that Toast covers are not drop-proof, fire-proof, microwave-oven-proof, or waterproof.
How slim is a Toast cover?
Very slim! The average thickness of our wood covers is 0.7 mm (that’s a cool 1/32nd of an inch). Our luscious leather covers are a slightly cushier 1.5 mm. Remember, these are natural materials, so the thickness can vary ever-so-slightly (in the range of 1/100th of an inch or less).
Tell me about the adhesive.
We use high-quality, long-lasting 3M adhesives to ensure that your Toast cover will remain on your device for as long as you would like. When you are ready to remove it, your Toast cover will not damage your gadget or leave behind any permanent residue. That being said...
Please Note: Toast covers are designed for and tested on standard device models. Many device manufacturers offer alternative options that feature leather, leatherette, paint, rubber coatings and other finishes that may not be compatible with our adhesives. Removing a Toast cover from a device with a non-standard finish could damage the finish on your device. Obviously, we don't want that to happen! If in doubt, please contact us before making your purchase.
Our adhesives take around 70 hours to set completely. Please be gentle on your gadget for the first couple of days after installing your Toast cover to ensure the best possible adhesion.
For the first few days after you install your Toast cover, the edges may attract a tiny bit of lint or pocket fuzz. Simply brush it away gently. This is normal and will stop happening after a short time.
What makes Toast covers environmentally and socially responsible?
We are committed to creating great products with the least environmental impact possible. Social and environmental responsibility has been the guiding philosophy since Toast's Day One. We are a small company, but we know that our actions make a difference. We hope to inspire individuals and other companies to get behind these ideas and support Mother Earth - since she supports all of us.
- We are a member of 1% for the Planet, which means we donate 1% of our annual sales to nonprofits working towards a healthy environment.
- In 2016, we launched a program through our partnership with Trees For the Future to plant one tree seedling for each Toast cover we make. One Toast, One Tree!
- All Toast products are designed and manufactured from start to finish in our Portland, Oregon workshop.
- Through the Blue Sky program, 100% of the energy we use is matched by kilowatt-hours purchased from sustainable energy sources.
- Our wood veneers are sourced from responsibly managed forests in North America.
- The bamboo we use is sustainably grown in Asia.
- Our “ebony” veneer is made from reclaimed wood fibers, pressed and stained to deliver the beauty of real ebony without chopping down endangered rainforests.
- Our beautiful top-grain leather comes from American cattle.
- All Toast products are packed using 100% FSC certified paper.
- Through our Lean Manufacturing efforts, we strive to minimize waste across the company by constantly streamlining our everyday processes and practices, big and small.
- Quality is a huge part of our eco-philosophy. We make beautiful things that are meant to last the entire lifespan of your device. If you pass along your gadget to someone else, we hope they will enjoy its Toastiness, too!
Will my Toast cover look exactly like the one in the picture?
Yes and no! Natural variations in the color and grain of our wood veneers and leather mean that your Toast cover will be a one-of-a-kind! There are often natural differences between veneer sheets and leather dye lots. Also, different screens display colors differently, so the exact color and texture of the cover we make for you may vary from what you see in our product photos.
If you prefer a wood cover with or without visible knots or a heavy grain pattern, let us know in the “Order Comments” box at checkout and we'll do our best to pick veneer that matches your request.
Please read the descriptions of our leather colors on each product page carefully to make sure they match what you're hoping for.
Please note that we can not accept products returns or offer refunds if you don't end up liking the color you chose.
Can I order individual kit parts?
Do you wish you had ordered that matching screen surround or laptop bottom cover after all? Or maybe you want to replace your button covers or side-wraps? Whatever the reason, you can order any parts kit or add-on cover individually, without needing to order a whole new Toast cover.
Head to the "Bits & Pieces" section for Button kits, Phone Fronts, Side-wraps, Screen Surrounds, Keyboard Surrounds, Laptop Bottoms, Smart Cover/Type Cover panels, and so forth.
Fulfillment / Lead Time
How long until I get my Toast?
All Toast covers are individually crafted to order. We literally start with a flat piece of a tree, cut it with lasers, finish it three times by hand, and magically end up with incredible Toast! This takes skill, love and of course, time: we need 3 - 5 business days to craft your standard (i.e., non-customized) items from scratch. Covers ordered with simple custom text (+$5) are considered standard and will be crafted within this timeframe.
Note that orders with custom graphics require additional time - they typically will be completed within 3 - 5 days after you have approved the final rendering created by our Custom Covers team. Large orders may also require additional time.
Please keep in mind that this production timeframe does NOT include shipping time, so please take that into account when choosing your shipping method.
EXAMPLE: If you choose USPS Priority mail (2 - 3 days) within the USA, your Toast should arrive in 5 - 8 days. (3 - 5 day production time PLUS 2 - 3 days shipping time.)
I need it ASAP!
We can do that, too! Call us or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to discuss your options for getting your order to you at supersonic speed. A Rush Fee may apply.
Use, Care, and Longevity
How will a Toast cover affect the functionality of my device?
Aside from occasionally blushing from all the admiring double-takes it receives, not at all. Toast covers are designed with precision and functionality in mind, to ensure that all the fancy technological features which make your device amazing are fully useable.
Toast is designed for compatibility with wireless charging, battery changes, removable panels, access to ports, SD cards, styluses and SIM cards, detachable keyboards, smart covers, etc.!
How well will my Toast cover hold up over time?
As long as you are not overly hard on your gadget, extremely well! We hand-apply 3 coats of a durable matte finish that renders scratches and nicks less visible. The great thing about the natural woods and leathers that we use is that they take wear and tear gracefully. Your Toast covers will develop a beautiful patina over time, accruing a unique character that reflects their use.
Are Toast covers reusable?
Due to the nature of the genuine, natural materials we use and the strength of our adhesives, Toast covers are meant for a long-lasting, one-time use.
How should I clean my Toast cover?
For wood covers, we recommend a little rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth to wipe away any dirt. For a leather cover, use a small amount of dish soap on a damp cloth (do not use rubbing alcohol on a leather cover). You also can use most brands of soap or conditioner formulated specifically for leather.
My Toast got scratched… what can I do?
If you want to treat a scratch, you can try rubbing in a tiny bit of plain olive oil with a clean cloth.
Can I add custom text to my Toast?
Most definitely! You can add custom text in a variety of fabulous fonts to any cover for a cool $5 (character limits apply).
Can I engrave my own artwork on my Toast cover?
Absolutely! Our completely badass array of customization options is part of what makes Toast so amazing. You can create a one-of-a-kind cover in any of our product lines by uploading your own artwork and telling us how you want it. You can choose laser etching, custom marquetry options using contrasting-tone inlaid wood pieces, a variety of shiny metallic inlays, and vibrantly-colored films that show through cutouts (on a MacBook, these glow when placed over the logo light...very, very cool).
Artwork must be a high-resolution image or vector file (JPG, PSD, BIT, AI, EPS are common formats). We accept any artwork you submit as your own art which you have appropriate permission to use.
BONUS: You get to proof your design before we cut it!
We want you to get your custom design exactly the way you want it, so we'll send you a high-resolution rendering for your approval before crafting your cover. Custom covers typically take 3 - 5 days after your final approval, with longer lead times possible for bulk orders.
To drool over an endless picture gallery of incredible and inspiring custom covers we have crafted, please visit our Gallery Page.
Please note: Custom etchings exceeding 4 inches in height (regardless of width) will incur extra fees depending on size and complexity. Custom marquetry options will also incur extra fees based on the design. We assemble most custom inlaid elements for you so they arrive ready to install. Our designers will provide you with an estimate of any additional fees with your computer rendering. In the rare event that you decide not to go with any of the renderings we send you, we'll refund your order minus a $10 design fee.
What are your options for corporate gifting and branded products?
You name it, we can do it! We specialize in creating branded products of the highest quality that represent your company beautifully. Our talented design team will work directly with you to achieve a design that delivers maximum impact. We can combine laser etching, custom marquetry, metallic accents and colored films in your company’s signature colors to make unforgettable gifts for employees and star customers, gorgeous point-of-sale machines, promo materials for sales reps, seriously sweet swag, and more!
For more info or to get a quote tailored to your specific needs, visit our Bulk Custom page.
I don’t see a cover for my specific device…will you make one?
That depends on the gadget in question. We are continually adding new covers and options to our lineup; the most popular current devices tend to get Toasted first. If you have a gadget you would like to see Toasted, fill out our request form. We’ll put you on our notification list for that device and shoot you an email once it becomes available.
Did you just say "FREE TOAST COVER" ?!
BONUS BONUS BONUS!! We can’t buy every device out there (nor do we really wish to, from an environmental standpoint), so we depend on our fans to lend us their devices to develop our new products. If you can survive without your gadget for a week or so, we’ll use it as the model for our lightning-fast design development and fitting process. In return, you get your choice of a Toast cover completely F-R-E-E! Give us a call and we’ll hook you up!