Furniture Information & Care
Each piece of our furniture has been handcrafted by skilled cabinet makers in a durable hardwood to produce a distinctive design that will bring pleasure for years to come.
One of a Kind
By buying something handmade you are investing in a special piece of furniture with a finish which cannot be replicated in mass produced products. Each item is inherently unique, even if part of a series – each product will differ slightly, this adds charm and character and to what we believe makes every piece, a little work of art.
Features of Natural Wood
Wood is a beautiful natural material. It is important to understand its unique properties which should not be mistaken for flaws.
Wood Shading, Grain and Splits
Each piece will have a slightly different grain pattern. Variation in colour shading and grain between products and within the same product can occur. Some small splits will add to the character of antiqued and rustic finish furniture. These are natural features of all wood furniture.
Knots and Joint Lines
These are a natural property of all wood furniture, which will sometimes be visible through the painted surface. They add interest and do not affect performance.
All timber will display movement from season to season because of changes in atmospheric temperature and humidity. This occasionally may make drawer movement a little stiff. To ease movement, simply rub a little candle wax on the drawer runners attached to the carcass of the furniture on either side of the drawer.
Sunlight and Heat
We recommend using felt backed table mats rather than placing hot dishes directly on wooden surfaces. A minimum of 35cm clearance from any heat source (stoves, radiators etc) is advised. Direct sunlight will cause the colour of real wood to change, even if it is stained, painted or lacquered. This will be particularly apparent if the furniture is placed under a window or in a conservatory. Prolonged use of hot electrical equipment such as a television on top of furniture may also cause scorching.
Maintenance - Painted Surfaces
- Spills should be removed immediately using a clean cloth
- To maintain the appearance of your furniture, we recommend regular dusting with a soft cloth. It may occasionally be wiped with a soft cloth dampened with a mild detergent solution and dried with a lint-free cloth
- Take care when moving furniture, as dragging pieces across the floor will cause damage to the joints
- Dropping furniture on to corners or feet will cause damage
- Avoid sharp objects such as toys, buckles and heels from coming in to contact with your furniture
- Wooden and delicate flooring should be protected from possible marking by furniture legs or feet
The colour and finish of teak & wrought iron garden furniture will change over time as it is exposed to natural elements. We recommend regular cleaning, treatment and care to enable your outdoor furniture to age gracefully.
The joy of teak is that it may be left outside all year long. Over time, the colour of the wood will gradually fade to grey. To keep your teak furniture in tip top condition, we recommend a twice-yearly coat of teak oil.
Weathering of iron furniture will occur over time as the item is exposed to natural elements, this creates an attractive, mellow vintage look. To keep iron furniture looking more pristine, we recommend regular cleaning and occasional repainting.