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  • Giant Friendship Bench

    Sometime it's sad seeing a piece of furniture go....this is one of those occasions when this giant friendship bench left the workshop.
    Made from reclaimed oak this giant storytelling bench weighs a ton. We are sure the children and families of Congleton Children's Centre will enjoy this bench for years to come

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    "The children absolutely adore the chair.  You have exceeded our expectations - its beautiful.  The chair will be the centre of our outdoor play area and looks wonderful.  Its amazing what you have done -  you are a very talented man!  We can't thank you enough"
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  • Driftwood Bed Bonanza!!

    I've just finished off the largest single furniture commission I have ever had today: one king size bed, two double beds, a single bed, and a set of bunk beds. I now feel like I need to lie down and rest in one of them! The family for whom I built the beds is delighted with them, and there's a bed for each member of the family: mum and dad, and their four children. They were looking for original driftwood style beds to kit out every bedroom in their new house, and are now talking about commissioning more rustic furniture to deck out their holiday cottages. Watch this space.
    But for now, as you can see in the background, I've still got a sentry box to complete for a maze in the National Trust Cliveden Garden, Buckinghamshire. I look forward to seeing the sentry box in situ when I deliver it next week, and will post pictures when I get back.
    Paul Bullen
    Free Range Designs
    Tel - 077 594 39658
  • Once Upon a Time...

    Sometime it's sad seeing a piece of furniture go....this is one of those occasions when this giant friendship bench left the workshop.
    Made from reclaimed oak this giant storytelling bench weighs a ton. We are sure the pupils of Congleton Children's Centre will enjoy this bench for years to come...
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  • Another Oak Driftwood Bed

    We've just finished another oak bed for another happy customer today. This bed has a lovely organic feel to it, made from driftwood, oak gate posts and a burr oak for the backboard and tailboard.

     

    Here is the mail from Nav the customer.

     

    Thanks again mate, all put together and it looks amazing in the room, like it has been there years.
    Nice meeting you guys too and hopefully meet again soon....
    Take care 
    Nav and Dwynwen 

     

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  • Driftwood beds come in all shapes and sizes!

    The first driftwood bed I ever made was meant to be for my wife and me. It was built in time for our wedding day but never installed in our bedroom because some friends pointed out that, with us soon expecting a baby, a double bed would not be big enough. So we bought a king size mattress and the double driftwood bed frame was sold to someone else. (My wife and I are still sleeping on a make shift bed base hurriedly knocked together in time for the new mattress and new baby …)

    We then started to get orders for king size and super king size driftwood bed frames, from families larger than ours, and so the design of the beds was modified and adapted accordingly. Many of our new designs are driven by customer requests for personal variations on existing products, and nowhere more so than with our driftwood beds. We’ve received requests for beds to be of a specific height to fit in an enclosed space or for the wood used to make the bed to be of a certain colour to match existing bedroom furniture. Most recently we had an order from a couple wanting a new bed for every member of their family, and so came the first single driftwood bed frame and first set of driftwood bunk beds! We are always keen to build new designs so don’t hesitate to contact us with your dream bed idea.
    Here are the Driftwood Beds made from 2010-2011...
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  • New on-line shop!

    Freerangedesigns.co.uk started out in January 2010 with an on-line gallery and shop that was a great launch pad for our products and served us well. A year on, however, we decided to invest in our website to make it more customer friendly, with easier site navigation facilities, additional product information and a wider number of secure payment options, including Paypal and Google Checkout. The new website went live on 7th March 2011, and it’s now easier than ever to browse and buy the driftwood bed, storytelling chair or slate dining room table you have been dreaming of.

    We welcome your feedback on the new site. Please let us know if you encounter any problems and we’ll iron them out as quickly as we can. We hope you enjoy the new site!

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  • Spring is in the Air

    Spring is definitely in the air, daffodils, blue skies and well not quite ash leaves but we are getting there...
    Here is a driftwood heart mirror made for the Peace Children's Centre in Watford. Roll on summer!!!
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  • Looking for driftwood bed bits

    Ah at last a sunny day, time to get the canoe out and go in search for driftwood caches. Driftwood is a funny thing, it collects the strangest places. No better way to go collecting than by a wooden canoe.  Roll on summer.
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  • Ash and Alex's driftwood wedding arch

    Here are some pictures to warm everyone's hearts on the longest day of the year. My good friend Ash and Alex got married 2 months ago and to celebrate the event I built this driftwood heart arch for the ceremony. I've just got these photos of the bridal arch in the snow which they took back to their house....enjoy :)
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    Here are more driftwood wedding arches for sale or for hire
  • Oak driftwood bed

    Here is the latest driftwood oak bed to roll out of Free Range Designs. The client wanted a darker bed to go with her other furniture, so we selected brown oak for the headboard and side runners. Many thanks for all the helpers to get this one out in the snowstorm :)
    Hi Paul
    We have today taken delivery of the bed you made for us, thank you to you and Suzanne as well as Jules and Ben for our lovely new bed!
    Many thanks again,
    Sherine.
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