Free Range Designs Blog

  • New on-line shop! 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!

  • 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,
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  • Latest driftwood bed, storytellers chair and slate dining room table

    Been finishing off these commissions this week, not much time to add descriptions but here are the photo's
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  • Cadair Idris Mountain gets a Giant Storytelling Chair

    I've just come back from helping my brother from Sylvantutch take this chair up to Cadair Idris
    Here is the video I made along the way.
    Here is the link to the full Sylvantutch article

  • Latest Furniture - Giant Story Telling Chair

    We're just finished making this beast of a chair for Whitton School
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    check out more of our giant storytelling chairs here...
  • Brand new flat pack compost toilet

    I'm pleased to announce the completion of the latest compost toilet designHere are some of the pictures the bog standard compost toilet.compost-toilet_7 compost-toilet_11
  • Story Tellers Range of Chairs

    Storytelling chairs are an exciting new way to bring a touch of magic to the playground and classroom. Inspire children to engage with reading and enjoy story time with one of our wooden story telling chairs, which provide a perfect focal point for communal story time.

    These beautiful story tellers seats are handmade by my family using recycled, reclaimed and sustainable materials and come in a range of different shapes and sizes.

    We use a mixture of red sapele wood, reclaimed from former school science desks, recycled Welsh oak fence posts, and local timbers to make our storytelling chairs, held together in the traditional method with wooden dowels.

    Story telling time is made all the more exciting with one of our magical story teller's chairs. Full of character and charm, these majestic seats bring a sense of otherworldliness to story time and offer school pupils an extra special learning experience.

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    Handcrafted, each story teller's chair is unique, with a smooth polished finish to ensure no splinters. We use eco-friendly oils on all our story telling chairs to protect the wood and ensure they are low maintenance.

    This storytelling bench offers an intriguing variation for communal story telling time, enabling two people to sit side by side to share the story, and providing a large central feature in the story telling circle.

    This giant storytelling throne is the most elaborate of all our story telling seats and provides a truly awe-inspiring central feature in the story time circle. Made with driftwood collected from our local Welsh beaches, polished by the sea and sand, it is full of mystery and grandeur and is sure to capture the imagination.

    This child sized story teller's chair is the perfect complement to the larger seats. It is ideal for use in primary schools to facilitate outdoor learning and encourage children to be excited about reading from the very beginning.


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