Some of our Creations

  • Greeting from Free Range Designs


    Seasons greetings from a cool and crisp, sunny mid-Wales.

    We've had a busy year that's included moving workshops from the top of a mountain to the luscious valley below and recruiting some fantastic new makers to the Free Range fold. Poised and ready for a bright new year, we wanted to share some of our favourite pieces of 2014. 

    Thank you very much for your business, with best wishes from Paul & Suzanne and the team at Free Range Designs.

    Our most loved storytelling chair from 2014! We've been making storytelling chairs for over a decade and the designs continue to evolve with the years.
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    Dramatic skies over the oak four poster bed set the scene for many magical nights of slumber to come.
    rustic bed frame
    A unique, personalised driftwood wave bed, turning dreams into reality.
    magical princess bed
    The constellations bed: bold, beautiful and breathtaking, just like the landscape our furniture is made in.
    hobbit table and chairs
    An eye-catching twelve seater dining room set that we're sure will be host to some fabulous dinner parties!
    hobbit bench
    The love seat. Sit back and contemplate the meaning of life, love and everything. Or just have a cuddle.
    driftwood bed
    Each bed we make is unique. Our beds are built with driftwood collected along the stunning west Wales coastline and locally sourced, sustainable timber.
    driftwood mirror
    Whether you live in central London or on a remote Scottish island, bring the feel of the beach and the sea into a little corner of your home with some driftwood furniture.
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    The angel at the table. Inspired by a metal angel chair that was part of one customer's own story, and remade in wood.
    gandalf chair
    Our first Viking style carved storytelling chairs, built for the Forestry Commission.
    compost toilet
    The latest complement to our compost toilet range, a designer flat pack compost toilet, designed in collaboration with fellow South African designer, Ryan Frank.

     From the whole of the Free Range team, Thanks for a great 2014.

    Paul Bullen
  • Hobbit Furniture

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    Here's a selection of magical fantasy furniture from our Hobbit furniture range, from the Giant Hobbit Chair fit for Gandalf the Grey to the Bilbo Baggins sized Kiddies Hobbit Chairs.

    Tolkien was born in South Africa, the same place where our rustic hobbit furniture originates from. These days in Mid Wales, with the dramatic mountains of Snowdonia with the cascading waterfalls and mist rolling in from the sea, it can sometimes feel like Middle Earth.

    Our furniture has often been likened to that of the Hobbit world, whether it be a Hobbit bench, Hobbit bed, or even a little Hobbit House to hide away in from the dragons.

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  • Superking Driftwood Wave bed photos

    "Hello!, As promised her are some photos of our (your) amazing bed. Thank you so so much we love it!!"

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  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Furniture for Fantasy House

    Creating a fairytale feel with our unique handmade furniture . . .

    We've just come back from installing a set of our furniture in a couple's brand new house in Cornwall, where each room is to be decorated on the theme of a different children's story, and the imagination abounds.

    We  supplied an oak four poster bed with matching bedside tables, and three storytelling chairs for the Goldilocks Room, with a chair for Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear. The room has yet to be completed with all the details, but Charlie and Will are delighted with their bespoke furniture and promise to send us photos when the room is finished - watch this space for more!

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  • « Séparateur d'urine pour toilettes sèches » The Free Range Urine Separator Goes Global

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    Composting toilets - les toilettes sèches à séparation d’urine - are being built all over the globe. We know because we are selling our urine separator to countries as far and wide as the United States, Australia, South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany,  Poland and France. Les toilettes à séparation sont à la mode!

    Urine separation is the single most important factor in insuring a successful and odour free composting toilet system; des toilettes sèches sans odeurs!

    We have designed our own urine separator that we use in all our composting toilets and also sell to DIY compost toilet builders all around the world.

    Easy to install and easy to clean, our séparateur d'urines pour toilettes sèches has been carefully designed to ensure no blockages and hassle-free composting toilets, anywhere and everywhere!

    We offer free worldwide postage on our urine separator!

    Livraison gratuite dans le monde entier!

    Kostenlos Postgage Weltweit!

     « Bonjour Suzanne, Je suis content d’avoir découvert un séparateur d'urine bon marché, fabriqué dans des conditions écologiques... Je l'ai utilisé pour une animation sur les toilettes sèches avec de très bons résultats, merci encore. » Gilles

  • Filming of Free Range Designs

    We have just completed an amazing couple of days shooting a short film with a film agency. The footage is only going to be released in November but here are some stills from the shoot.

    The film will show the story of how we  make our storytelling chairs from the first step of collecting wood to the sanding and construction of the chair in our workshop.

    It was great fun showing the crew around the area and doing what we do normally but with 15 people watching.

    Watch this space for more footage.....

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  • New Compost Toilet Design

    We have been collaborating with a fellow South African designer called Ryan Frank to produce a stylish compost toilet made out of ply. The toilet was destined for a horse stable in Surrey.

    We are unsure of what to call this little toilet, can you suggest some names?

    Here is some more information about this cute little toilet

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  • Outdoor School Playground Furniture

    We have just received these photos of our story time chairs and outdoor log drum that were commissioned for Bilston C of E Primary School in Wolverhampton. The school launched their new outdoor storytelling area and exploratory garden in time for the start of the new academic year in September and our Pixie Storytelling Chairs took centre stage.

    The outdoor log drum combines music with sculpture and is designed to withstand the most enthusiastic of drummers! This log drum has been cleverly sited in front of the existing natural woodland and nicely echoes  the form of the trees behind.

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  • Compost Toilets for Glamping Sites

    Gone Glamping

    Going glamping is becoming a very popular choice for holidaymakers looking to spend time in the great outdoors with that extra bit of comfort and style.

    Beautiful surroundings call for a beautiful loo, and what could be better than a stylish wooden composting toilet to accompany a beautifully fitted out bell tent? Here are some photos of a local glamping site in Wales that installed one of our Bog Standard composting toilets for their first season this year.

    Made from locally sourced sustainable timber, our composting toilets are very much at home in the welsh outdoors, and are designed to withstand the Welsh climate even when the sun isn't shining! Perfect for campsites, allotments and public parks, as well as glamping sites, our compost toilets bring that extra bit of charm that other toilet systems might lack.

    Read here to learn more about how our composting toilets work. Glamping-toilet Glamping Toilet inside bell-tent-toilet

  • Waterless Compost Toilet for Home


    We recently installed our first bespoke indoor compost toilet for a house in France.

    The home owners had previously installed an Envirolet compost toilet  but were very unhappy with the results. The main issues with the Envirolet compost toilet system were that there was no urine separation and it  relied on evaporating the liquids and solids with a heating element. Not only was this  system inefficient and costly, it was also environmentally disastrous. Imagine how long you would have to boil a kettle to evaporate a litre of urine!

    Oh well, we uninstalled the Envirolet compost toilet and built a custom -made composting toilet unit, using a urine separator and a wheelie bin receptacle.  It is the perfect system for this particular property, as  the house has a cellar directly underneath the toilet room, with  ground level access, so the wheelie bin can be easily  transported outdoors to a secondary composting box.

    We also created a sealed box around the wheelie bin to isolate it  from the cellar and to eliminate any draughts between the cellar and the toilet room upstairs. We installed an extractor fan that ventilated the smells to a vent pipe outside the building.

    Making bespoke compost toilets for homes is something that we would like to do more of. If you would be interested in getting a quote from us to install one in your home then please contact us for more information.

    envirolet-compost-toilet Disastrous Envirolet Toilet

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