Free Range Designs Blog

  • Winter is here . . . Welcome the Snow Bed!

    chunky snow bed

    "Hi Suzanne. The bed arriving was an absolute highlight for us. I can’t tell you how pleased we are with it and how good it looks. It’s better than we could ever have hoped for. We can't thank you and Paul enough for this. It's the perfect belated wedding gift-and it's so comfortable too!" Sarah in Nottingham, Winter 2016

    Sarah and her husband were married in the Arctic, among the snowy peaks, reindeer and polar bears. They wanted a bed that would reflect the beauty of the polar region, be a lasting memory of their special day and be truly unique to them.

    The Snow Bed was hand crafted in our workshop in Wales using all locally and sustainably sourced timbers and driftwood, built with love and delivered just in time to cosy up in during the chilly weather!

    We love building bespoke, so please contact us with your dream bed ideas.

    Click here to see the full range of our handmade wooden beds.

  • Compost Toilet Facilites for Church

    Disabled Access Compost Toilet

    One of our Disabled Access Compost Toilets was recently opened with a blessing by the Rev Steve Rothwell at the ancient church in Hatley St George.

    The listed Grade 2* church, that has no mains water and previously had no toilet facilities, approached us to provide much needed facilities for the growing number of people taking part in activities at the church.

    Rev Rothwell said: “The addition of this toilet is a valuable asset to Hatley St George church and the future needs of the building, and will enable this church to be used for more events and longer worship-based meetings such as quiet and study days, reflective services and much more.”

    Cambridge priest-poet Malcolm Guite wrote a special poem, Hatley St George, published in his book The Singing Bowl, which considers the contemplative and peaceful nature of the building - a copy of the poem hangs in the church.

    Read the full article here.

    See the full range of our compost toilets for sale here.

  • Vicky's Memorial Chair

    memorial chairs

    Dear Free Range Designs

    I felt I had to write to tell you how blown away we were with "Vicky's Storytelling Chair". It is superb! I could spill out a list of superlatives but that wouldn't be enough. We are thrilled with the design, the tiny details, it's fantastical appearance and the sheer fun of the chair. The area will take a few years to embed as trees have only just been planted, with surrounding hedges being planted in the spring, but "The Chair" is at the heart of the outside story area.

    Kind regards

    Christina

    Have a look at more of our outside storytelling chairs here. 

  • Storytelling Chairs for Schools

    once-upon-a-timeWe have been making handmade storytelling chairs for over 10 years now. Each chair is unique, each piece of wood is collected by hand, crafted by hand and delivered as a stunning pieces of art. Over the years we must have made over 100 story chairs with new variations each time a customer asks. All of the materials we use are environmentally friendly, either salvaged from the beach or sourced from sustainably managed local woodlands and saw mills. We make both large and small  chairs for kids, adults and giants. Any size is possible!

    Here some of the examples of our  storytelling chairs that we have crafted over the years:

  • Oak Woodland Bench

    Our latest lovely bench in its new home...

    "Hi, The bench I ordered is here and absolutely stunning . Thank you all. Janet smith"

    Check out more of our handmade benches here.

    Oak Woodland Bench Recycled Woodland Bench
  • New Owl Reading Chair

    owl-reading-chairA big welcome to the newest member in our family of storytelling chairs: The Owl Reading Chair. Inspired by children's story books, this chair features a wise old owl perched upon a book, in amongst the branches of a beautiful old oak tree.

    Check out our Owl Reading Chair here.

    Owls are thought to be one of the oldest species of vertebrate animal in existence, with fossils found dating back 60 million years.  Throughout the history of mankind, the owl has featured significantly in mythology and folklore, from prehistoric cave paintings to recent times.

    In ancient Greece, owls were often seen as a symbol of good fortune, associated with the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athene.  In Welsh mythology, Blodeuwedd, the Goddess of Betrayal, is turned into a white owl. And in the modern day, many children learn to read English with the popular Oxford Owl Reading series. Continue reading

  • Compost Toilet for Obonjan Festival Island

    glamping compost looWe are super thrilled to have received these photos of our compost toilet from the festival island of Obonjan.

    When we were approached to build compost toilets for the festival, we decided that it would be better for the organisers to buy our plans on how to build your own compost toilet and get there skilled carpenters to knock out a toilet.

    Well the result are truly amazing! Check out these super dooper posh compost loos. Here is the testimonial from the organisers. Continue reading

  • Icarus chair out of the ashes

    Just out the workshop is this lovely oak chair made in memory of a member of staff who passed away last year. We take pride in all the furniture that we make but when it comes to making memorial furniture we add a little bit of extra love and polish.  Here are more of the memorial chairs  and benches in our storytelling section.

    "Out of the ashes beauty will rise and we will dance among the ruins. We will see it with our own eyes out of these ashes beauty will rise. For we know joy is coming In the morning"

    oak-godess-chair
  • Storytelling Chair for Roof Top Terrace

    We have just received  feedback from a hand carved storytelling chair that was sent out our workshop in Wales last week. Most of the Storytelling chairs we sell go to schools so it was nice to see this one going to a roof top garden. Have a look at our range of storytelling chairs here.

    Hi Suzanne,

     All delivered this lunch time and I am absolutely delighted, I bet you don't have many on a rooftop terrace. It looks as if it's always been there !

    With many thanks, Mike 

    storychair in garden storychair outdoors in garden
  • Newly Crafted Shepherd's Hut

    Wowwow wee! We are so super duper pleased to have completed this luxury Shepherd's Hut. This is the first one we have built and we enjoyed the creative process enormously.

    old hay cart

     

    The Shepherd's Hut started as a rusty hay cart that had been abandoned in the courtyard of the farm where we create our furniture. Having received lots of enquiries from people over the years interested in beautiful small spaces, similar to the Tiny House movement in America, this hay cart seemed the perfect opportunity to experiment and start the fun process of creating the cabin on wheels of our dreams.

    We have listed the shepherds hut on Airbnb here. So please add to your wish list if you like it as this helps our rankings.

    So without further waffle let me introduce the newest edition to our family ...

    handmade shepherds hut

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