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Mahogany Coffee Table or Walnut Coffee Table – Which to Choose?

27 October 2017

Before deciding which mahogany coffee table or walnut coffee table to purchase there are a few points to consider:

What size is best?

It is important to consider the size of the coffee table and whether it will fit the proportions of your room. In a small room don’t go for something too large that will overpower the space. In a large room a small coffee table will get lost.

The height of a coffee table is also an important factor to consider. Ideally the table should be the same height as the cushions on your sofa or just 2 – 5 cm lower. Too high and it will look out of proportion and too low it wont be at a comfortable height to use. With regard to length the table should be approximately two thirds the length of your sofa.

Remember to allow enough space between the coffee table and your sofa or chairs. Ideally there should be at least 60cm between the table and your seating.

Tip! – try marking out the size of the coffee table on the floor with tape. You should then be able to see if the size works in your room.

Orchard Mahogany Coffee Table

Which shape is best?

Rectangle – a rectangular shaped table works best with a long sofa remembering that ideally it should be two thirds the length of your sofa.

Square – a square coffee table works well with a small sofa.

Round – a round table is good for a smaller room allowing more space to move around the table.

Trunk – a trunk style coffee table is perfect for storage.  If you like watching films, reading books or playing games this style of coffee table is perfect.

6 Drawer Round Mahogany Coffee Table

Which style to choose?

This really is down to your preference and the style of your property. Contemporary styles such as the New York and Orchard coffee tables have clean straight lines and suit most properties whether modern or period. The more traditional tables like the Pillar mahogany coffee table and 6 drawer round table perhaps are more suitable for a period property.

12 Drawer Solid Mahogany Coffee Table

Is wood a good choice?

Wood has a timeless quality and has long been used as a traditional material for coffee tables. Our solid mahogany coffee tables are constructed using traditional methods and dovetail joints are used in drawers for extra strength and durability. They have a wax polish to enhance the natural wood.

Our walnut coffee tables are constructed with a solid wood carcass. The beautiful walnut veneers are then applied by skilled craftsmen.

Tip! – always use a coaster under hot drinks or damp glasses. You don’t want to ruin your new coffee table!

Hampton Oval Walnut Coffee Table

 

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Our Solid Mahogany Armoires are perfect for your bedroom!

17 October 2017

Solid mahogany armoires can be used in many rooms of your home not just your bedroom! For instance your bathroom to store towels and toiletries or even your hallway to store coats and shoes.

Solid Mahogany Armoires

French Wedding Mahogany Armoires

French Wedding Armoire (ARM015)

Our most intricately carved armoire is the French Wedding mahogany armoire. Although this armoire might not be to everyone’s taste you cannot help but admire the intricate hand carved detail. This is particularly evident in the top crest and continues on down through the armoire doors and along the bottom plinth.

If you prefer something a little more subtle the Arch Top armoire might be more to your liking. This armoire features more discreet carving along the arched top and the bottom plinth and it is also available with carving on the doors between the panels.

Antique White Arch Top Armoire

Arch Top Armoire (ARM006P)

Two of our most popular mahogany armoires are the Elegance armoires. These are available with paneled doors or with mirrored doors. These wardrobes co-ordinate with the Elegance bed and bedsides.

Solid Mahogany Elegance Armoire

Elegance Mirrored Armoire (ARM005)

The French Rococo Armoire from a range if you like your furniture to match. This wardrobe is a single wardrobe whereas most of the others are double. All of the mahogany armoires have the choice of a hanging rail or 2 shelves. Armoires were traditionally used for storing linen but a lot of people now use them for hanging their clothes in.

French Rococo Armoire in antique white

French Rococo Armoire (ARM021P)

Further Information

All of our mahogany armoires are handcrafted from timber that is sourced from managed plantations. They are hand carved by skilled craftsmen using traditional woodworking methods. It is worth noting that all of the mahogany armoires arrive fully assembled. It is therefore important that you check that you have adequate access.

The armoires are available in a choice of finish; either a traditional wax polish which enhances the natural wood or with an antique white paint finish.

If the sizes or finishes of our standard mahogany armoires don’t suit your requirements we can have them made to your requirements. See our bespoke page for more information.

 

 

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Sleigh Trundle Bed – Spotlight

2 October 2017

The Sleigh Trundle Bed is perfect if you have guests coming to stay or for children’s sleepovers. The trundle bed (also known as a guest bed) incorporates a hideaway second bed underneath the main frame. This quickly and easily pulls out on castors making it simple to accommodate your guest. When not in use the under bed trundle is neatly hidden away underneath the bed. Much more comfortable than an airbed or mattress on the floor!

Solid mahogany sleigh trundle bed

Sleigh Trundle Bed Features

The bed features a traditional sleigh style headboard and footboard. These are hand carved with panel detail. The panel detail continues along the side of the bed. The headboard and footboard are the same height meaning the bed can be dressed with cushions to make it look like a sofa when not in use.

Mattress

We recommend Moonraker’s Oxted mattress for the trundle section of this bed. The Oxted mattress has a shallow 7″ frame spring system so it fits perfectly into the trundle section. Standard mattresses tend to be 9″ to 10″ deep which can make it a little difficult to manoeuvre the trundle in and out. The top part of the bed can take a standard depth mattress. Both bed sections have wooden slats to support the mattresses.

Please bear in mind when purchasing this bed that it arrives in 5 sections; headboard, footboard, trundle, sides and slats. The trundle is the largest section and does comes in one piece. It is therefore important to check your access.

Handcrafted from solid mahogany the Sleigh Trundle Bed co-ordinates well with the Sleigh Range and also the Louis Philippe Range of bedroom furniture. We only use wood from sustainable plantations to create our furniture.

The Sleigh Day Bed with Trundle is available with either a traditional wax polish or with an antique white paint finish which gives a completely different look. Both finishes currently have 10% off so order yours today.

 

Antique White sleigh daybed with trundle

 

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Mahogany Bedside Table – Mix or Match?

28 September 2017

Do you want your mahogany bedside table to match your bed or do you want it to contrast? A lot of people like their bedroom furniture to match however some take a more eclectic approach. So do you mix or match?

Matching Styles

Sleigh Bed and Louis Philippe 2-3 Drawer Solid Mahogany Bedside Table

Sleigh Bed and Louis Philippe 2-3 Drawer Bedside Table

The most obvious way to match your furniture is to stick with a range for instance the Sleigh Range or Louis Philippe Range. If you prefer something a little more French we have the Rococo Range or big and bold the Carved Four Poster Bed with matching bedsides.

Sleigh Range

The Sleigh Range has a choice of two bedsides, the 1 Drawer Sleigh Mahogany Bedside Table (BS002) with shelves underneath or the 3 Drawer Sleigh Bedside (BS001) which offers extra storage for your bedroom.

Louis Philippe Range

Similarly the Louis Philippe Range has a choice of 2 bedsides. The 1 Drawer Bedside (BS041) which has a useful cupboard underneath the hidden drawer or the 2-3 Drawer Bedside (BS040). This bedside has 2 obvious drawers with a further “secret” hidden drawer at the top.

Rococo Range

For those of you who prefer a French look the Rococo Range could be ideal. The Rococo Bedside with Pediment echoes the detail of the Rococo bed’s headboard. The Rococo Bedside with Flute Legs is a small bedside table if size is restricted.

Carved Four Poster Bed

If you have room for the large impressive Carved Four Poster Bed we have matching bedsides. These are available in the waxed mahogany finish, antique white or antique white with real gold leaf highlights.

Mixing Styles

Elegance Bed & Normandy Solid Mahogany Bedside Table

Elegance Bed with Normandy Bedside

So lets say you pick a plainer bed such as the Sleigh Bed, the Louis Bed, the Elegance Rattan Bed or the French Brodsworth Sleigh Bed which mahogany bedside table do you pick?

The 2 Drawer Bedside (BS007) is a great choice. This bedside features intricate hand carving on both drawers and beautifully shaped legs giving a French look. Following on with the French theme the French Round Bedside (BS025)  features even more ornate hand carving, panelled sides and a rattan panelled cupboard door. The Antoinette French Bedside (CFR0001) also features rattan but is a larger bedside offering more storage space

If you prefer a more traditional style then the Chippendale Bedside (BS031) could be a good choice. This bedside features intricate floral and twisted pillar detailing and the trademark ball and claw feet.

If you would like your bed to be the statement piece in your bedroom such as the Versailles Carved Bird Bed, the French Arch Bed, the Empire Bed or the Venetian Four Poster Bed then which mahogany bedside cabinets do you choose?

The straight forward choice would be the Sleigh or Louis Philippe bedsides with both offering simple straight lines. Other choices however could be the Elegance Bedside (BS016) which offers a single drawer, a low shelf and a drawing slide to put your cup of tea on! The French Bedside (BS012) and the Normandy Bedside (BS033) both offer a simple French feel with elegantly shaped legs and fine hand carved detailing.

You can of course mix colours as well as styles. Maybe a mahogany bed with antique white bedsides or vice versa.

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Solid Mahogany Bookcases

12 September 2017

Choose from our great selection of solid mahogany bookcases. They are all handcrafted from solid mahogany which is sourced from sustainable plantations. We have a choice of styles available including antique reproduction, classic and more contemporary styles. A few examples of our best sellers are:-

Waterfall Bookcase

Our solid mahogany Waterfall Bookcase is an antique reproduction piece featuring 3 shelves which graduate in size from narrow at the top to wider at the bottom. This bookshelf has a useful drawer at the bottom providing storage for your bits and pieces. The drawer is finished with a traditional solid brass swan neck handle. This is one of our smaller bookshelves measuring H110 x W60 x D22cm. It would fit in many rooms of your home and is ideal for your hallway, landing or a small alcove.

Solid Mahogany Bookcases - Waterfall Bookcase

 

2 Drawer Low Mahogany Bookcase

The 2 Drawer Low Bookcase is ideal in a hallway. It isn’t too wide at just 31cm and the 2 storage drawers are perfect for hiding away your keys, etc. as you come in through your front door. This bookcase has a fixed shelf with an approximate height of 24-25cm between the shelves. Some of our other bookcases have adjustable shelves.

2 Drawer Low Mahogany Bookcase

 

Tall Narrow and Tall Wide Pillar Solid Mahogany Bookcases

The antique reproduction solid mahogany Pillar Bookcases, as the name suggests, feature traditional pillar detail either side of the shelves. The sides of these bookcases have panelled detail. Both bookcases have adjustable shelves enabling you to fit in your taller books or ornaments with ease. The wider bookcase has 5 adjustable shelves whereas the narrower one has only 4 shelves but does feature a useful low drawer. Both of these bookcases compliment all of the items in the Pillar Living Room Range as well as the Pillar Office Furniture Range.

Solid Mahogany Tall Narrow Bookcase

Solid Mahogany Tall Wide Pillar Bookcase

 

Solid Mahogany New York Bookcase

If you prefer a more contemporary look the New York Bookcase could fit the bill. All of the items in the New York Range feature clean simple lines which would suit most homes. This is one of our tallest bookcases standing at 190cm. It has 3 fixed shelves with cupboard space at the bottom. The cupboard doors have nicely shaped panel effect fronts and are finished with solid brass square knob handles. These design details are echoed in other pieces in the New York Range which include TV cabinets, coffee and side tables, sideboards and a glass cabinet.

Solid Mahogany New York Bookcase

 

Bespoke

Whilst we offer a large range of solid mahogany bookcases in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles we appreciate that you cannot always find exactly what you are looking for. If you have seen a style that you like but the measurements just don’t work for you then please do not hesitate to contact us for a free, no obligation, quote. It might not be as expensive as you think to get the perfect, bespoke mahogany bookcase that you want. See our Bespoke Section for more information.

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Walnut Bedroom Furniture

24 August 2017

Walnut Bedroom Furniture is a wonderful choice for a warm and welcoming bedroom.

Our Walnut Bedroom Furniture Ranges

We have two walnut bedroom furniture ranges; the Hampton Range and the Spire Range by Frank Hudson. Both ranges feature stunning beds with matching bedsides, chests of drawers, dressing tables and wardrobes. The main difference between the two ranges are the veneers that are used.

Both ranges are constructed from solid mindi wood which is another name for white cedar wood. The Hampton Range is then finished with golden brown walnut veneers. The Spire Range on the other hand is finished with inlays of blonde European walnut. Both of these ranges have fantastic statement beds.

Hampton Range Beds

The Hampton Range features classic sleigh beds with a choice of low or regular footboard and a stunning Half Tester Bed which features an opulent upholstered canopy.

Frank Hudson Spire Range Beds

The Spire Sleigh bed has double panelled head and footboard and features the trademark Spire Range feet. The Spire bedstead has finely turned tapered posts which are lower than some of our other four poster beds making it suitable if you have a lower ceiling. The posts can also be removed giving this bed a completely different look.

To complete your walnut furniture bedroom there are co-ordinating pieces in a choice of sizes depending on the space available in your bedroom. For example different sized bedsides, chests of drawers with different drawer configurations and two, three and four door wardrobes.

We offer free delivery to most parts of the UK.

 

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Make a Statement – get a Gold Bed!

17 August 2017

If you want to make a real statement in your bedroom try a Gold Bed! All of our gold beds are hand carved from solid mahogany and then finished with real gold leaf. We have French style beds including the Versailles Bird Bed, French Rococo and La Rochelle as well as Carved Four Poster Bed.

Gold Versailles Bird Bed


Gold Bed - Gold Versailles Bird Bed

The Versailles Bird Bed, as the name suggests, features carved birds on the large impressive headboard. The footboard is however low making this an ideal bed if you are looking for a statement piece to go in a smaller room. Continuing the metallic theme this bed is also available in silver leaf as well as antique white and high gloss mahogany.

Gold French Rococo Bed

Gold Bed - Gold French Rococo Bed

The Gold French Rococo Bed has intricate hand carved detailing on both the headboard, footboard and side panels. If you want matching bedroom furniture to go with this take a look at the Rococo Range. Any of the pieces in this range can be ordered in for you in gold. This bed is also available in silver leaf, antique white and polished mahogany.

 

Gold La Rochelle Rococo Bed

Gold Bed - Gold La Rochelle Rococo Bed

Continuing the French style bed theme the La Rochelle Rococo Bed has a highly ornate headboard featuring a  swirling design. The footboard has a plainer design so as not to detract from the impressive headboard. This bed is also available in silver leaf.

Gold Carved Four Poster Bed


Gold Bed - Gold Carved Four Poster Bed

 

Our Tudor style Carved Four Poster is a truly impressive bed with its full headboard and top canopy. It is even more impressive in full gold leaf! The headboard features ornately hand carved panels and there are further plain panels on the top canopy. The 3 panels on the footboard feature a diamond designed which is echoed along the side panels. Fortunately this bed frame splits down into about 10 pieces so as long as you have reasonable access it should be possible to get it in your bedroom!

Check out the website for other gold bedroom furniture. We offer free delivery to most parts of the UK.

Bespoke

If you would like a gold bed but cannot see the bed you like in the finish that you want just contact us. We are always happy to provide you with a free, no obligation quote. See our Bespoke Section for more information.

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Reproduction Walnut Furniture

18 July 2017

Our reproduction walnut furniture range is the luxurious Hampton Range. The range includes stunning sleigh beds with a choice of high or low footboard, a Victorian half tester bed, a choice of bedsides and a chest of drawers.  For your home office we have 3 different styles of desk, matching chairs and 2 or 3 drawer filing cabinets.  Also available are coffee and side tables and a choice of bookcases.

The reproduction walnut furniture range is handcrafted from solid mindi wood with burr walnut veneers applied by skilled craftsmen. Each item is crafted using traditional techniques including dovetail joints.

Interesting pieces in the reproduction walnut furniture range

A couple of interesting occasional pieces in this range are the Hampton Demilune table which features three small drawers, antiqued brass knob handles and antiqued brass detailing to the sides of the drawers and to the legs. Perfect for use in the living room or hallway.

Reproduction Walnut Furniture

Hampton Demilune Table

 

Another interesting piece is the Hampton Accent Table which is similar to the Demilune but is smaller and more ornate. Both these items are delivered fully assembled.

Reproduction Walnut Furniture

Hampton Accent Table

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Armoire or Wardrobe you decide?

13 July 2017

Is it Armoire, Wardrobe or neither? A wardrobe and an armoire are usually very similar pieces of furniture, and telling the difference can sometimes be a matter of opinion or favoured terminology rather than some particular characteristic or feature.

In most cases, an armoire is usually a bit bigger and typically more ornate, and it also generally has shelves rather than hanging rails. Wardrobes are often designed more with hanging clothes in mind, though there can be exceptions. Armoires are usually a bit more flexible, too, at least when it comes to what they can be used for. Although clothing storage may be the intended purpose, people can and often do use these pieces to house all sorts of things, including bed linen and towels or alternatively televisions or electronic equipment.

Armoire Wardrobe

Armoire Wardrobe…. the term “armoire” means “cupboard” in French. Like a wardrobe, an armoire typically is built as a tall cabinet with two doors and contains shelving or a long rod for hanging clothing, and it usually features much more ornate designs. These pieces tend to be bigger and bulkier, too, and are often incorporated within the décor of the room. In other words, they’re more than just functional; in most cases they’re also stylistic. Centuries ago, armoires were primarily used to store weapons and armor, which may explain why they’re normally bigger and heavier.

Wardrobes are almost always used for storing clothing and accessories, and they are usually intended to serve as external closets. Rooms without closets or with insufficient closet space often include a wardrobe to give more flexibility. It’s not uncommon to find mirrors affixed on the inside of the doors, along with small shelves for accessories and basic toiletries. In this way, the piece can serve as something of a prepping station to help people get ready.

A selection of some of our Wardrobes

Our Louis Philippe bedroom range is one of our most popular. To reflect this we have mahogany wardrobes available in both a two door and three door configuration. Our Triple Mahogany Wardrobe is the best choice for customers that need a lot of space! They are available in both an antique white paint finish and a wax polish.

Armoire Wardrobe

Louis Phillipe Wardrobe

 

If extra storage is a must our lovely mahogany Sleigh style Wardrobes are a great choice. They come with either two or four drawers below the doors. Combining both hanging and folding storage for your clothes and accessories. They feature panelled detailing on the doors and sides. The drawers are finished with brass swan handles and the doors with brass drop handles. As before they come in a choice of antique white or wax polish for the overall finish.

Armoire Wardrobe

Sleigh Wardrobe

 

A selection of some of our Armoires

All of our armoires feature gorgeous French styled intricate carvings. Our Elegance Armoire is available with a mirrored front and also in a similar style without. Both feature panelled sides and ornate cornice detail on top. The mirrored doors have carved detail and are finished with solid brass keyhole escutcheon plates. The non mirrored Armoire is finished in the same way but has intricate leaf carvings on the front doors. Both provide a choice of 2 removable shelves or a hanging rail on the inside. Available in antique white paint and a traditional wax polish.

Armoire Wardrobe

Armoire

This is just a small selection of the beautiful and functional solid mahogany Wardrobes and Armoires that we offer from Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture. We can also offer a bespoke service on all of our items so the finish and measurements will be right for you.

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The Traditional Solid Mahogany Bureau

16 June 2017

Long before the invention of the Internet, telephones and fax, the main means of communication was the written word; therefore, appropriate writing surfaces were required. Here at Lock, Stock and Barrel we have our very own Solid Mahogany Bureau for those of you who still like the traditional form of communication.

History of the Bureau

Traditionally a dark red fabric was draped over the top of a desk, in Latin the word for red is ‘burrus’, and from this the French derived the word bureau. The bureau evolved in the late 17th Century from portable boxes with sloping lids that were used as a writing surface. Made during the William and Mary period, the bureau had added space and storage from previous desks. By the 18th Century the bureau had incorporated a desk with a chest of drawers. The design of antique bureaus allowed for the development of pigeonholes, inkwells, slots and secret drawers.

During the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods the literate were still a minority so there were not as many antique bureaus in circulation from this period. Georgian bureaus tend to be larger in size with Edwardian and 19th Century ladies writing bureaus being a more delicate, attractive piece.

Solid Mahogany Bureau

Solid Mahogany Bureau

 

Our Solid Mahogany Bureau

The Lock Stock and Barrel mahogany Bureau is an antique reproduction Georgian style Bureau made from solid mahogany wood. All our mahogany wood is sourced from sustainable plantations and crafted with traditional techniques.

The Bureau offers exceptional storage with five storage drawers and further small drawers inside. Not only is it perfect as a writing desk, the fold down desk area is more than suitable for a tablet or laptop.

The bureau is delivered in one piece so go ahead and place your order today and receive free delivery within 15 working days.

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