Free Range Designs Blog

  • 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.

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  • Driftwood single day bed conversion

    We have been asked by a client setting up a glamping site with yurts to make a single driftwood bed with a backrest, something like a day bed. Here are the results of our work.

    Click here for more of our handmade wooden beds


  • New Tall Four Poster Tree Bed

    Here is the new tree house bed. This bed platform was designed for a client with a small room and little storage space. See his testimonial below.

    Made out of solid oak this bed could equally be used outdoors in your garden as a tree house bed. We are working on another version of this garden bed complete with canopy and net curtains....have a look at our full collection of handmade wooden beds on our main website.

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    "Hi Paul and Suzanne, Bed arrived yesterday and has been assembled! The hardest bit was hoiking the mattress up on to it. You have created a wonderful piece of unique furniture for me and I am a very happy customer. Very many thanks for your efforts and excellent communication throughout the transaction. Yours with immense gratitude, David."

  • New Viking Chair for Forestry Commission

    Here are some photos of the carved viking chairs that have just been sent off to go live in a forest in Nottingham. Made from solid oak, these chairs are extremely chunky and hardwearing. They could be used as a school storytelling area or equally as handmade wooden wedding thrones. Here are more photos of the giant viking storytelling chairs 

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  • New Compost Toilet Design

    We have been working with Ryan Frank - a fellow South African eco-furniture maker - on a new compost toilet design. Ryan Frank specialises in structures made of ply wood and together we are developing a new ply wood version of our popular composting toilets for sale.

    Here is an image of the first prototype of the new dry composting toilet. The toilet can be based on either the wheelie bin design or the twin chamber design.

    Let us know if you would be interested in having us build the first one for you at cost price.

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  • New Driftwood Beds for the Outdoors

    Here are some of the stunning driftwood beds we have just completed for a bijoux London B&B, who ordered four handmade wooden four poster beds at once, and gave us the unusual opportunity to photograph all four beds together.

    Destined for upmarket bedrooms, these bespoke beds also look very much at home in the great outdoors and make a surprisingly good outdoor feature.  We would love somebody to commission us to build one of these driftwood beds for their garden and have also been thinking of making a set of beds to take to festivals next year.

    With the long warm evenings  of mid-summer,  what could be better than a beautiful outdoor bed to relax and luxuriate in?

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  • It's picnic time!

    Teddy Bears' Picnic

    Everybody loves to have a picnic and now that summer's here, with long light evenings, there are more opportunities than ever to share your favourite picnic treats with your friends.

    If you're less of a tartan-cloth-on-the-ground picnicer, and would rather sit on a proper seat at a table to eat, check out our latest picnic bench, commissioned by a customer in Anglesey.

    The picnic bench can also be made with a hole in the middle for a parasol, if summer really kicks in and you need some shade :-) http://www.freerangedesigns.co.uk/reclaimed-wood-furniture/handmade-benches/oak-picnic-bench.html 

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