Thursday, 15 February 2018

Proud to be supplying British made products.

Here at Green Woods Furniture, all of our furniture, beds and our certified Organic mattresses are handmade by skilled crafts people, right here in the UK.

Not only does this mean that the quality is very high, it also means that we are able to make anything to any size a customer requires and we're the only retailer in the UK that currently offers this service for all of our products.

We've also undertaken some interesting, bespoke designs for customers, creating totally unique pieces, for very affordable pieces, that are, essentially, one off designs, such as these two wardrobes for a local customer - based on our Reclaimed Vicky range, these have been tweaked to match the customers requirements and also feature split shelving / hanging and mirrors inside.

Rustic reclaimed white wash wardrobes made in the UK to size

Whether you're looking for a totally unique piece, or just want something made to an exact size (eg to fit snugly in an alcove) - please give us a shout and see what we can do for you, by clicking through to our website,

Friday, 9 February 2018

The Beauty of Genuine Reclaimed Wood Furniture

Here at Green Woods Furniture, we have several stunning ranges made from reclaimed wood.

Using old roof and floor timbers from demolished buildings gives these pieces real character and a quite different look to standard, new pine wood, such as our unique, reclaimed Brentwood bed, above, handmade by a skilled, Bristol based maker.

Over the years, we've extended our ranges, but are always open to creating customer's own unique pieces, with some of these often finding their way in to our standard offering.

We also now offer four distinct standard finishes, Classic rustic, Natural Rustic, Whitewash and Clean Planed.

Our whitewash finish, using a natural AURO 160 white woodstain, has produced some fantastic results and we've also experimented with different colour stains, creating unique contrast pieces.

Another development has been to mix the different finishes. 

For example, a recent order for a customer featured two whitewashed wardrobes handmade to their distinct requirements, with drawers and door panels done in a textured rustic, but the rest of the wardrobe done in clean planed (also with a whitewash).

The end result was two unique units that perfectly complemented each other and fitted the room perfectly. 

For more on our stunning reclaimed wood ranges, please visit our website at or visit our Bristol showroom, at 27 Zetland Road BS6 7AH.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Why Can’t I Find Furniture to Fit my House?

How often do you find yourself asking this question?

In the UK, with our “challenging” weather, a fireplace is a common feature of most homes - whether it’s a traditional, Victorian style house or a more modern design, a fireplace provides a great focal point for the room, as well as breaking up what might otherwise be a straightforward box.

This does of course then create two distinct alcoves, which are perfect for shelves, cabinets, chests, etc, but are often of different sizes and slightly obscure sizes at that.

One way to go is to have fitted furniture, ie actually screwing a unit or some plank style shelves in to the walls of the house. This can be a great solution, but can be quite costly and, when the time does come to move, you won’t be taking those expensive units away.

This is where Green Woods Furniture comes in!

As well as being ethically sourced (and UK made!) all of our furniture, beds and (organic) mattresses can be made to any size you want, right down to the nearest millimetre.

We can also create bespoke configurations and even entire designs to your exact specifications (as well as bespoke sized shelf planks!).

For advice on how to create a made to measure piece, please email us ( or, for inspiration, have a look at our website

Friday, 21 July 2017

Why Trees Are Important

With the recent news that our (local) Bristol city council are reducing their tree budget from a measly £240,000 to a paltry £53,000, we thought we'd look at some reasons why trees are so important.

Trees help the environment
Trees absorb CO2 - an acre of trees will absorb as much CO2 as your car emits over 26,000 miles.

Trees help to clean the air
Incredibly, trees help to reduce air pollution, by absorbing pollutant gases and odours and also trapping particulates on their leaves and bark.

Trees cool the streets and city
Trees shade our homes and roads and also release water vapour, breaking up the concrete heat islands in modern cities.

Trees reduce violence and help healing
Urban areas with a higher tree count have less incidents of violence from residents and trees have also been proven to speed up healing in patients.

Trees help prevent soil erosion
By breaking up rainfall and allowing water to run down their branches and trunk to the earth below, trees are able to reduce run off and keep soil in place.

Trees provide a canopy for wildlife
Many animals rely on trees for their survival.

Trees provide a sustainable supply of fuel and building materials
Perhaps the most relevant for what we do at Green Woods Furniture, ie promoting the use of sustainable wood as a renewable material.

These are just some of the reasons why we should be planting more trees than ever - hopefully Bristol City Council will respond to the outcry and reverse this decision...

Saturday, 3 September 2016

#Organic September

Small changes make a big difference. 
Why not switch to organic with us this month?

Friday, 8 July 2016

Natural or Organic Mattresses - what's the difference?

Researching organic mattresses on the internet can be confusing.

There are now several makers, eg Happy Beds (found on ebay), calling their products "organic" when, in truth, they are often just using organic cotton for the outer ticking (mattress cover) and then still adding chemical fire retardants to pass UK standards.

The old adage, 'You get what you pay for' could never be truer in these cases, since the cost of truly organic materials would be more than these mattresses are being sold for!

We have also come across other mattress makers, such as Cambridge Natural Mattress, who are claiming that organic mattresses are still treated with chemical fire retardants and that their 'natural' product is the best choice to avoid FR treatments and chemical residues.

While this may be true for makers such as Happy Beds, it's quite wrong for them to mislead customers in this way.

All of the mattresses that we and other reputable organic mattress sellers (such as Abaca, in South Wales) offer have been independently accredited by the Soil Association and GOTS as being organic and do not contain any added chemical fire retardants, at all.

To have products tested by these organisations does cost more, so will impact on the end price, but since these tests are done (on an ongoing basis) by recognised third parties, completely independently from the maker, you, the consumer, can rest assured that the mattresses are what they say they are and do not feature any added fire retardants to pass UK standards.

At Green Woods Furniture, we have the largest display of certified, truly organic mattresses in the UK, so why not visit our Bristol showroom to find the natural way to a better night's sleep.

(Our full, certified organic mattress range can be also be found online here).

Friday, 1 July 2016

Our new ranges: Summer 2016


The Hairpin range

A brief history of hairpins

The ‘hairpin’ leg was invented by Henry P Glass in 1941 as a stylish solution to the need for sturdy furniture legs made with minimal materials. Glass moved from his home country, Austria, which had been taken over by Nazi Germany in 1939, to New York. It was Russel Wright who invited Glass to design a line of wrought iron furniture and the ‘hairpin’ leg was born. It was created out of necessity for limited materials, superior strength and simplicity and remains a modern classic design.

Henry P. Glass, creator of hairpin legs in 1941

At Green Woods Furniture, we combine rustic reclaimed timber tops with beautifully made hairpin legs to make this perfectly matched industrial style 'hairpin' dining table. The wood is stained with Van Dyke Crystals which is a natural water-based wood dye made from walnut husks and then finished with a wax to protect the wood. This table is also available in a planed back ‘clean’ finish and in a range of different sizes as well as a bespoke made-to-measure option. Please contact us for more information.

4ft x 3ft 'hairpin' reclaimed dining table (£345) with 'hairpin' chair (£245)

Our 'hairpin chair' maker, Conan Sturdy is a skilled blacksmith who works from his solar powered workshop in London. Some of his past work includes a 10 man bicycle powered pub on wheels, and a 1 tonne hanging birdcage for Spitalfields market.

Above:  Conan Sturdy in his workshop. Below:  industrial 'hairpin' chair

The Pelham Range

We also have a new range in our oak furniture selection, the ‘Pelham’ range. It is handmade by a family firm in Hertfordshire with beautiful American white oak which is sustainable and comes from well managed forests in the Northern Appalachian region. This particular species takes approximately 30 years to reach maturity, compared to an English Oak tree which takes about 80 years. It has a beautiful wide and interesting grain pattern which adds individual character to the furniture.

All drawers and doors are individually fitted to each carcass for a perfect fit. Each drawer benefits from the traditional, and still best, method of dovetail jointing providing maximum strength and stability to create strong and sturdy furniture that will last a lifetime and beyond.

Left: Pelham console table (from £845). Top right: Pelham range furniture. Bottom right: Pelham dining table (from £650)

Green Woods Furniture
116 Coldharbour Road, Bristol, BS6 7SL
0117 942 87 32