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Savings On Mahogany Bedside Cabinets

20 April 2017

Treat yourself to a new pair of Mahogany bedside cabinets this spring and take advantage of a few of our exceptional offers currently on offer.

This Mahogany Bedside Cabinet is made from solid mahogany wood which is only sourced from sustainable plantations, crafted using traditional techniques including dovetail joints. The 2 drawers have intricate hand carved detail and are finished with solid brass knob handles. The hand carving is echoed in the plinth and down through the nicely shaped cabriole legs, finished with a traditional wax polish to enhance the natural wood.


2 drawer Mahogany bedside cabinet



We also have the following Louis Philippe Sleigh Style Mahogany Bedside Tables with excellent savings to be had, made from solid mahogany wood which is only sourced from sustainable plantations crafted using traditional techniques including dovetail joints. The bedside cabinet has a panelled cupboard door which is finished with a wooden knob handle.

The sides of the bedside cabinet are also panelled and there is a hidden ‘secret’ drawer in the top of the bedside. They are available with a traditional wax polish or antique white paint finish and is delivered fully assembled.




Louis Phillipe 1 drawer mahogany bedside cabinet



Mahogany Wardrobes for sale at Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture

11 April 2017

Spring clean your wardrobes and clear out your clutter! At Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture we have a wide range of mahogany wardrobes and armories to suit any bedroom from a number of different stylish bedroom ranges. Each one is handmade by our supplier and constructed using traditional methods such as dovetail joints. They are available with either a traditional wax finish or hand painted in a choice of colours. As usual bespoke finishes can be sourced. Our mahogany is responsibly sourced from sustainable plantations in Indonesia and is of the highest quality. We only sell solid wardrobes which are made to last from quality mahogany wood.


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! The double side of the wardrobe has a hanging rail with shelf above. The single side has the choice of double hanging or shelves so there is a great deal of versatility and choice with how to structure your storage space. Like all of our Louis Philippe items the wardrobes feature panelled detailing on the sides and doors. The doors are finished with wooden knob handles. They are available in both an antique white paint finish and a wax polish.


If extra storage is a must our lovely mahogany Sleigh style Wardrobes are a great choice. They come with either two drawers bellow the doors or four. 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.


One of our more unusual items is the mahogany Linen Press. This features the marriage of a chest of drawers and a wardrobe more extensively than our sleigh wardrobes which have drawers. Three small drawers are followed by three larger ones. The drawers have raised beaded edges and are finished with solid brass filigree handles. The cupboard section has two panelled doors which are finished with solid brass drop handles. Internally there is the choice of a hanging rail or shelves. The shelves can be removed if you would prefer hanging space. The linen press has a nicely shaped cornice on the top and panelled sides. This is ideal if you are looking for something a little bit different.

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 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.

If ornate carvings appeal to you then look no further than our French Wedding Armoire. The panelled doors have carved detail and are finished with solid brass keyhole escutcheon plates. The is an ornate floral cornice carving on the top of the Armoire. This beautiful carving is even present on the very bottom of the item and its curved legs. It is available with a traditional wax finish which enhances the rich natural mahogany wood colouration.

This is just a small selection of the beautiful and functional solid mahogany Wardrobes and Armories 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.


Frank Hudson Safari Range

5 April 2017

The Frank Hudson Safari range is new to our website. The range includes four beds in two different finishes and two different chest of drawers in two different finishes. Safari feels overtly more masculine in style than previous ranges on our site. Charcoal and ebony black finishes elaborate this. The use of leather with stud finishes also makes the styling very masculine and strong.

Safari Bed (Charcoal with cotton linen) – Made from solid mahogany wood. This bed is finished in an charcoal paint with a cream linen headboard and footboard. The cream linen features stylish black piping detailing on the fabric. This bed is available in two variations. One with a high footboard and one with a low.

Safari Bed (Ebony with Crocodile Leather) – Made from solid mahogany wood. Finished with an ebony black paint and crocodile effect leather head and footboard. The leather is finished off with metal stud detailing. Again this bed is available in both high and low footboard versions.

The Frank Hudson Safari range also includes a Chest of Drawers and Oval Bedside in both charcoal and ebony black paint finishes. Both are made from solid mahogany wood and are made using traditional methods including dovetail drawers and hand carved detail. They both have brass antiqued handles on the drawers. The Chest of Drawers has five drawers, two small, three large. While the bedside has three small drawers. The oval shape of the bedside is unusual and stylish.




Easter Competition!

5 April 2017

For your chance to win our cute little carved wooden rabbit just guess the name on his tag & comment on our Facebook page!

Clues: As well as biblical mentions the name is shared with a well -known British pop star…

Visit our Facebook Page for your chance to win
Just answer the question correctly to be in with a chance of winning. The competition closes at midnight on 17th April 2017 – Good luck!

By entering the prize draw you declare that you are aged 16 or over and that you agree to the terms and conditions detailed below.
Terms and Conditions:
Easter Competition – We are giving one lucky person the chance to win a cute carved wooden rabbit. Simply answer the question posted on our Facebook Page for a chance of winning.
The Organiser – The organiser of this competition is Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture Limited, Unit 3 Lower Road Trading Estate, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2DJ. The competition starts on 5th April and ends at midnight on 17th April 2017. One winner will be chosen at random from the selection of valid entries. Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture Limited will not sell or share your data with any other company unless authorised to do so. The prize winner will be responsible for ensuring they have read, understood and accepted the terms and conditions of the competition.
Entry Criteria – Just answer the question posted on our Facebook Page. By entering the competition you are confirming that you have read and accepted these terms and conditions. All entrants must: Be aged 16 or over; Be a resident of the UK; One valid entry per person only.
Competition notes & exclusions – Use of false entry details will disqualify entrants from the draw. There is no purchase necessary. No cash alternative will be available. No alternative item will be given. This competition is not open to employees or friends and family members of Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture.
Upon the closure of the competition – The winner will be announced within 3 days of closing date. The winner must confirm acceptance of the prize within 7 days of the winner being announced. Prize must not be sold on for a profit.
Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture Limited reserve the right to use your name in post competition promotions on social media including Facebook and Twitter.
If there are any further enquiries, please contact Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture Limited via email at [email protected]
(This promotion isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter in any way.)


Mahogany Blanket Box – Spotlight

5 April 2017

At Lock Stock & Barrel Furniture we have some attractive and functional solid mahogany blanket boxes. Blanket boxes are very useful pieces of bedroom furniture, especially when wanting extra storage room. They are ideally placed at the foot of the bed, making easy access to blankets in the middle of the night. Other items can of course be stored in them depending on your needs but they are a great storage solution to keep all types of bed linen. They are quite large and deep so many blankets and sheets can be folded up and stored with ease. They can also have small items placed on the top like a table when the boxes are closed. This makes them very versatile pieces of furniture.

As usual all of our items of mahogany furniture are made from the highest quality wood. Bespoke options are available. For example although both of our boxes are finished with a wax polish they can be finished in another paint or polish. The measurements can also be altered.

Our Mahogany Blanket Boxes

Our Sleigh mahogany blanket box is part of our sleigh bedroom range. It will therefore match these other items but similarly will look great in other bedroom ranges because of its subtle style. The sides are panelled with the top plain and smooth. It is finished in a traditional wax polish which enhances the colour of the natural mahogany wood. The dimensions are: H50 x W90 x D55 cms.

Sleigh Mahogany Blanket Box

Our Gothic mahogany blanket box is a very ornately carved piece. The sides are panelled with a plain smooth top. Either side features a hand carved gothic styled motif which is reminiscent of gothic windows and architecture. Four Twisted pillars also feature on either side of the box. The box is finished with a traditional wax polish to enhance the colour of the natural wood. The dimensions are: H 50cm x W 90cm x D 47cm.

Gothic mahogany blanket box


Why choose a Mahogany Bed?

3 April 2017

If you want to buy a mahogany bed Lock Stock and Barrel is the best place! but first we must consider why people should choose such a wood for their bed to be made from…

Why choose Mahogany?

Customers have so much choice these days when buying items of furniture. Once a customer has decided they want wooden furniture they then have to decide what kind of wood is right for them. The most important question is whether the customer will choose between hard and soft wood?

Hardwoods come from broad-leaved trees (trees that drop their leaves every year and produce seeds) whereas softwoods come from conifer tress (trees that have needles and do not produce seeds). Examples of hardwoods include mahogany, walnut, birch and maple. Examples of soft woods include pine, cedar and fir. There are pros and cons of both types of wood; both being commonly used for furniture. Obviously hardwoods are harder wearing and sturdier; making softwoods easier to mark and bend. Most softwoods such as pine are more suited to be painted as they are lighter in colour and easier to be processed. They are inexpensive woods. Hardwoods cost more.

So why would anyone choose furniture made of hardwood if its much more expensive; especially mahogany? Softwoods might work out less expensive in the short term but they are less likely to last for long periods of time because of general wear and tear. For instance it is a lot easier to mark and brake off parts of a pine chest of drawers than a mahogany one. Mahogany features fine even wood grains which makes it ideal to make furniture out of. It generally resists wood rot and is easy to polish. The beautiful rich mahogany colour usually darkens over time and is easy to stain in different tones. Mahogany wood looks luxurious and elegant. It is a very traditional wood which looks perfect in many homes.

Our mahogany furniture from Lock Stock and Barrel is made of the highest quality responsibly sourced solid mahogany. Our pieces are real future investments that are durable so you will be able to enjoy them for many years to come and to even pass down to further generations of the family. We can offer specialist paint finishes for all of our mahogany such as opulent silver leaf, gold leaf and Florentine and classy antique white and cream. We also offer other bespoke options on all mahogany furniture such as custom measurements and features.

Buying a Mahogany Bed from us

We have an extensive range of beds made of solid mahogany wood at Lock Stock and Barrel. As we have discussed mahogany is a very durable and hard wearing wood; this makes it ideal for making beds. We use our beds every day and spend a lot of time in them. It is therefore essential they last a long time. People already have to worry about changing their mattresses every 8 years or so (recommended by experts) so they don’t want the further inconvenience and expense of changing the whole bed. It is therefore essential high quality materials are used.

Our beds come in 3 standard sizes – 4’6 double, 5′ king size and 6′ super king. All of the mahogany beds come with a solid mahogany bed frame and slats to support the mattress. Most come partially assembled for easier transportation and are easy to put together by hand. We offer gorgeous four poster and half tester beds which are real statement pieces. A lot of our beds feature intricate and decorative hand carved detailing. This goes from the subtle to the extravagant. We also have traditional rattan styled head and footboards which offer a gorgeous and fashionable ‘shabby chic’ look. Many of our beds are reproductions of traditional antique bed designs and styles. But we do offer beautiful contemporary examples also.

As all of our beds offer bespoke options we have a mahogany bed suitable for everyone!






Frank Hudson Chic Bedroom Range

30 March 2017

The Frank Hudson Chic range is another beautiful classically styled bedroom range new to our website. The Chic range includes two different beds, two different chest of drawers, bedsides, benches, wardrobes, stools and dressing tables. Available in three different colours and finishes the range offers a lot of possibilities. Frank Hudson is a name connected with quality stylish furniture and the Frank Hudson Chic range provides exactly that.

The finishes include a light and feminine Chalk, a stunning Silver and a stripped back Weathered look. Both of the Chalk and Silver choices are made of solid mahogany wood. The Weathered effect is handcrafted from solid mindi ash wood. With the three options the Frank Hudson Chic range will add elegance and functionality to complete your bedroom, whether contemporary or classic. The French renaissance flourishes evident from the floral and curved hand carvings add a sense of romance and glamour.


There are two gorgeous beds available in the Frank Hudson Chic collection. The first is the Chic Linen Upholstered Bed. The bed is upholstered on the head and footboard with quality subtle cream coloured linen. This fabric compliments each finish well. Delicate floral hand carved detailing is present on the top of both the head and footboard and around the bottom of the bed; the bottom being slightly curved for a feminine shape. The legs are nicely shaped in the traditional cabriole style. The other is the Chic Cane Bed. This bed features a rattan head and footboard with similar intricately carved and decorative detailing. Both beds are available on our site to buy in a 5′ King Size and a 6′ Super King. They are provided with the bed frame and slats to support the mattress.


The Frank Hudson Chic 5 Drawer Chest features five functional drawers. Two small, three large. They are finished with elegant silver brass swan neck handles. The soft curved styling present throughout the range is again included along the bottom. The cabriole legs are short. The Chic Lingerie Chest is a truly special item as it houses a functional mirror. The mirror is accessible from the lift up top and supported by strong hinges. This also gives extra top storage. There are also five drawers of increasing sizes finished with brass silver swan handles. Again the legs are short and the bottom is hand carved with a curved design. The Chic Bedside is a small and stylish item which would look lovely paired either side of one of our Chic beds. There are two drawers finished with brass silver swan handles. The same detailing throughout the range is also again present.

Dressing Table set

The beautiful Frank Hudson Chic Dressing Table is a wonderful addition to any bedroom. It features three useful drawers finished with solid brass silver swan handles. The mirror and stool are sold separately they match the table well and fit on top and underneath perfectly. The cabriole legs are long and graceful on both the table and stool. The usual delicate carvings are featured.

Wardrobe and Bench

The Frank Hudson Chic 2 Door Wardrobe features a rail on the inside to hang clothes. The side and front are panelled and the ranges orate curved detailing is again a feature. There is a hand carved decorative leaf motif on the very top of the wardrobe and the doors are finished with silver knob handles. The Chic Bench has a decorative rattan panelled seat in three sections. The cabriole legs are long and slender and there are flowing carved curves on the bottom. This would look lovely at the end of our Chic Cane Bed or in the corner of a bedroom.






Rococo Bedroom Furniture

29 March 2017

The Rococo Style

The Rococo style movement emerged in France in the 18th Century following the Baroque era. The style was heavily influenced and supported by the monarch of the time Louis XV. He wanted extravagant but light hearted décor and spent vast amounts of money and time furnishing his palace and advocating the style movement. The style influenced many different areas of life and décor for the French. As well as furniture and interior design gardening, fashion and fine art were also touched by the Rococo movement.

The characteristics of the Rococo style include extravagant floral, leaf, shell and swirl motifs along with soft feminine shapes. This is obvious from the name as it blends the French words “rocaille” (rocks) and “coquilles” (shells). The sense of symmetry which prevailed during the baroque movement was moved aside in favour of asymmetry and freedom. The asymmetry indicative of Rococo works so well because of the extensive use of curves and flowing lines. Gold and brass colours were also popular. All of these features can be found in Rococo furniture.

Read and see examples of Rococo interiors here

Rococo Furniture

Furniture became smaller and a more important design feature during the style period. Side tables and corner pieces became very popular to fit into small and odd shaped areas of a room. This was helped by the flowing nature of the furniture’s curved appearance. The reduction in size of key pieces of furniture was also obvious from the slimmer and more elegantly shaped furniture legs. Legs were less bulky and as finely decorated as the rest of the item. Although most furniture was slimmed and shrunken down other items of décor became larger. This is evident from the large grandiose scale mirrors of the time.

Mahogany became one of the most popular materials during this period which was often embellished with ornate gold and silver leaf for an extravagant effect. Soft pastel colours such as pinks, creams and light blues were commonly mixed with grand golds and silvers. The feminine and natural shapes of the Rococo style were intricately carved into all pieces of furniture and made to appear flamboyant and rich. There is an overwhelming feeling of playfulness and opulence when looking at Rococo style furniture.

Rococo Bedroom Furniture from Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture

We have a wide range of beautiful French style Rococo Bedroom furniture at Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture. All items are available in a wide range of finishes and sizes as we offer a bespoke service on all our furniture. All of our mahogany furniture is hand crafted from high grade solid mahogany wood which is only sourced from sustainable plantations. Bedrooms are one of the best rooms to furnish in this style as the extravagant flourishes look very romantic and softer than they would in other rooms.


Both of our Rococo style beds are available in 3 sizes: Rococo 4’6 Double, Rococo 5′ King Size and Rococo 6′ Super King. The Rococo bed frame is also made of solid mahogany.

Reproduction French style Rococo Bed. With its low footboard this an ideal bed if you are looking for a statement piece in a smaller room. It features an intricately hand carved headboard and footboard with elegant flourishes. Finishes available include silver leaf, gold leaf, antique white or a traditional wax polish. The Rococo bed frame is also made of solid mahogany. This bed is currently in our sale section with 10% discount offered.

La Rochelle French style Rococo Bed. Again this has a low footboard. The footboard is plain in comparison to the wonderfully elegant headboard. This features a decorative swirl motif which is all hand carved. Finishes available include silver leaf and gold leaf.


Bedsides and Chests

Rococo 2 Drawer Chest. Crafted using traditional techniques including dovetail joints. Features 2 Drawers finished with gold antiqued handles. Finished in either a traditional wax polish or an antique white paint.

Rococo Bedside with Flute Legs. This petite Bedside only measures H76 x W39 x D30 cms making it perfect if space is a bit tight. The bedside features intricate hand carved detail and elegant flute legs. Finished with either a dazzling real silver leaf finish, antique white paint or traditional wax polish.

French Rococo Bedside with pediment. Crafted using traditional techniques including dovetail joints. The bedside has a single drawer which is finished with a solid brass swan neck handle.Intricate handcarved detailing throughout including the ornate pediment and nicely shaped cabriole legs. Finished with either a traditional wax polish or white paint.


French Rococo Armoire. Intricate hand carved decoration throughout with cornice detail. The mirrored door has carved detail and is finished with a solid brass keyhole escutcheon plate. Internally there is a choice of 2 adjustable shelves or a hanging rail. Finished with either a traditional wax polish or white paint. *This item arrives fully assembled. Please check the dimensions carefully to ensure that you have adequate access before ordering.*

Rococo Dressing Table and Mirror. Crafted using traditional techniques including dovetail joints. Features 3 drawers and intricately carved detailing. Beautiful large 3 section folding mirror. Finished with either an antique white paint or traditional wax polish.



Half Tester Bed – Spotlight

23 March 2017

What is a Half Tester Bed?

The Half Tester Bed differs from the traditional and more popular Four Poster canopy bed because only the headboard is featured on the canopy. Hence the ‘half’ name. Four Poster Beds have the canopy attached to both the head and the footboard. The bed has posts on each end. This allows for the function of the sleeper to be fully enveloped by a curtain.

Canopy Beds are traditionally used to help retain heat and maximize privacy. They came into fashion in early Medieval Europe primarily for their functionality rather than their style. Keeping warm and secure was very important at night and such beds were commonly a sign of wealth and affluence. Large heavy and highly embroidered curtains adorned both sides. Canopy beds make wonderful statement pieces of furniture in a modern home. They are often seen as being a more romantic and stylish form of bed. Traditional wooden canopy beds are often ornately carved and decorative items of furniture though plainer more contemporary styles have become very popular in recent years.

Half Tester Beds at Lock Stock and Barrel

At Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture we have a few gorgeous examples of traditional Half Tester Beds in both solid Mahogany wood and Walnut. Our beds are made of the finest quality materials and feature hand carved detailing throughout. Bespoke options are available.

The show stopping Antique Reproduction Half Tester is very ornate in a gold leaf finish with exquisite hand filigree carved decoration. The posts have stunning pillar detailing. The bed is intentionally over the top in typical French renaissance style. Made from solid high quality mahogany wood. The bed is also available in a more subtle traditional wax finish.

Antique Half Tester Bed

Antique Half Tester Bed

The other bed we currently have at Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture is slightly more understated. The Hampton Half Tester Bed is an elegant Walnut piece which is part of our large Hampton Walnut Range. The bed is still intricately carved and decorative but slightly less ornate because of the traditional wax coloured wood.

The bed is handcrafted from solid Mindi wood with Burr Walnut veneers applied by skilled craftsmen. Other items in our Hampton Range compliment the bed perfectly.

Hampton Half Tester



Mahogany Sleigh Beds – Spotlight

21 March 2017

Mahogany Sleigh Beds

Brodsworth Lit Bateau Solid Mahogany Sleigh Beds


Thought to originate from as early as the Roman period the sleigh bed’s popularity rose during the French Empire period. With its elaborate and distinctive style the bed became a status symbol of well to do Victorians. Sleigh beds were historically constructed from wood. We have carried on this tradition with our range of ethically sourced solid mahogany and burr walnut beds.


The sleigh bed’s distinctive scrolling curved shape looks very elegant and brings a touch of class to any bedroom.  A real design classic the sleigh bed works equally well in a traditional or contemporary bedroom and remains a firm favourite with many of our customers.


Our impressive collection offers a choice of styles to fit effortlessly into any bedroom.  Our traditional solid mahogany sleigh beds come with a choice of high or low footboard.  The low footboard version is one of our best sellers and is perfect for smaller bedrooms or taller customers!

Another option is the rattan sleigh bed which features rattan panels in both the headboard and footboard. The antique white version of this bed is very shabby chic and perfect for your boudoir!

Another of our best sellers is the Sleigh Day Bed which features a hideaway second bed (or trundle) making it perfect for a child’s bedroom or guest room.

Our most impressive sleigh bed is an antique reproduction of the French Brodsworth bed inspired by Louis Philippe Lit Bateau. The original bed can be seen at Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire. (Our version of the bed is pictured above).

All of our sleigh beds are available in waxed mahogany or an antique white paint finish. They are available in double, king size and super king size. (The Day Bed is only available in 3’ single).

If you prefer burr walnut the Hampton sleigh bed with a choice of high or low footboard is a good option. Alternatively the Spire High End Sleigh Bed is a more contemporary choice.