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Get Laid Beds – A True British Bed Maker

Get laid Beds bedframe

Get Laid Beds – A True British Bed Maker

Get Laid Beds are a UK based wooden bed maker, that specialises in the a vast array of wooden bed frames, including their iconic Low Beds, stylish Standard Height Beds and their prestigious Four Poster Beds. They have a family heritage in carpentry and using experienced craftsmanship, meaning that they take great pride in the quality and design of the wooden beds that they hand make in their workshop. They even offer an amazing 11 year guarantee on all of their wooden beds as result from their careful and experienced craftsmanship.

We live in a period in which the majority of products are mass produced and with streamlined manufacturing, which diverts away from the traditional British manufacturing values and quality. Get Laid Beds hand make all of their beds with custom alterations and special care, so each of their customers get a personalised bed with their own choice of colour finish and size. This is all done locally from their Leicester based workshop, of which they deliver worldwide to customers bedrooms.

Wooden Bed Frames

One of their most popular beds is their contemporary Platform Bed (Space Saver). The wooden Platform Space Saver bed is a popular style as a result from its space efficient design. It is designed to give you those extra few inches of space when you need them most, especially with small bedrooms and awkward spaces. In addition to boasting a contemporary design, and a minimalist aesthetic it also allows clearance underneath the bed frame which offers a valuable storage solution. With no inclusion of a headboard, the Space Saver version of the Platform Bed offers more flexibility as you can install a headboard of your own.

The main difference between Get Laid Beds wooden bed frames and others is that they are made using quality mortise and tenon joints. This method of construction makes your bed much more sturdy and durable, meaning that it can stand the test of time, which is reflected in the company’s promise of an 11 year guarantee on all their wooden beds. You can certainly be confident in the quality and British design of their wooden bed frames.

Buying Handmade British Beds

Get Laid Beds produce all their wooden bed frames locally, with bespoke sizes and finishes, as a result from being able to offer more customisable features on their handmade wooden beds. This Includes a choice between a range of colour finishes, such as sleek black, smooth white, modern chocolate and professional grey colour finishes for their Solid Scandinavian Pine bed frames.

They also offer a range of hardwood finishes, including such popular hardwoods as Oak, Walnut and Ash. This service allows you to really personalise your wooden bed frame to suit your bedroom. They also offer 17 different bed size, which range from a Small Single to such large custom sizes as a King, Super-King and their own special 7ft Super-Caesar. You can also customise the size with their alterations service which starts from as little as £55.

Additional Information

All of this ensures that your wooden bed can be handmade to be more personal to you, so you can confident that the stylish British wooden bed frame will look great in your bedroom. You can view their range of British handmade wooden bed frames, as well as their mattresses and bedding on their website here – http://www.getlaidbeds.co.uk/

This is a guest article for UK Made written by Get laid Beds.

Origin Doors – Quality Bi-folding Doors Manufactured in the UK

Origin Doors – Quality Bi-folding Doors Manufactured in the UK

Founded in 2002, Origin Doors are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of aluminium folding sliding doors and design and manufacture all their products from their High Wycombe HQ. The family-run business was founded by cousins Neil Ginger and Victoria Brocklesby who noticed a gap in the market when they couldn’t find suitable bi-folding doors for a building project.

Origin now employ 88 people in the UK, including many members of Neil and Victoria’s family, and further staff are employed in sales offices in Dubai and Florida, where Origin distribute their doors to. Origin chose to manufacture products in the UK because this is where the company’s main market is, so manufacturing here ensures short lead times and total control over every aspect of the manufacturing process.

Neil Ginger, Origin CEO explains, “Every door we make is completely bespoke and made entirely to the customer’s specification, whether they want one set of doors or enough to cover the front of an entire building. This means that we take great care in manufacturing our doors and have strict quality control process in place so we deliver exactly what the customer wants. Manufacturing our products in the UK means that we can oversee this process and ensure that our customers receive the highest quality product with the highest level of customer service.”

Innovation is key at Origin and the company is the only bi-folding door company in the UK to offer a range of different coloured finishes for their bi-folding doors, including bright primary colours and subtle candy shades. The company also offers a ‘your lead time not ours’ service which means they can deliver doors when customers need them, whether it’s the next day, week or month – something which manufacturing in the UK makes possible.

www.origin-global.com

Neil Ginger of Origin Doors

Neil Ginger of Origin Doors

Origin Colour Palette 2

Origin Doors – Origin Colour Palette 2

This is a guest article written for ukmade by Origin Doors.

Limited Edition Art & Homewares | MADE IN ENGLAND, DESIGNED AROUND THE WORLD, COLLECTED EVERYWHERE

Limited Edition Art & Homewares | MADE IN ENGLAND, DESIGNED AROUND THE WORLD, COLLECTED EVERYWHERE.

Kozyndan - Bunny Blossom Espresso Set.  Made in England.

Kozyndan – Bunny Blossom Espresso Set. Made in England.

Simon C Page - Cuben Array pillow.  Made in England.  Various sizes available.

Simon C Page – Cuben Array pillow. Made in England. Various sizes available.

Alberto Cerriteño Chupacabras Eye Mask.  Made in England.  @ clickforart

Alberto Cerriteño Chupacabras Eye Mask. Made in England. @ clickforart

Limited Edition Art & beautifully, collectible Artwares from the World’s coolest artists. Made in England, Designed Around the World, Collected Everywhere…

http://www.thisisalimitededition.com · clickforart.com

http://www.thisisalimitededition.com

http://www.clickforart.com

http://www.pinterest.com/clickforart/

https://twitter.com/clickforart

Art prints and canvas, pillows, cups and saucers, dinnerware, chairs, holdalls, eye masks, mini bags – all made in England.

They say: “We are proud to say that our entire range of Limited Edition art and artwares are all made in England. We produce many of the items in house at our factory in the Midlands. With our ceramics being produced in Stoke-on-Trent, our Luggage in the South West and new furniture in Long Eaton. We use the finest components and manufacturers throughout and try to offer an affordable but quality product range.”

Are the Office Supplies and Stationery in your Workplace, School, Club, and Home made in the UK? Plus British made fridge magnets

British made stationery.

Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound.

You and your company or organisation or club or school or university can support British companies and British jobs and be environmentally friendly (by reducing your carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported) by buying British at home, at work and for school.

A good starting point is to buy only British made stationery (pens, pencils, staplers, paper clips, scissors, paper, files, etc.).  Don’t order stationery unless you know where it is made.  Refuse to buy cheap foreign made stationery.  Buy British stationery for your workplace and home and it will last longer and so save you or your company money long term.  Most stationery these days is foreign made but you can insists on buying British made stationery.  Just say 10 years ago most stationery was made in the UK, but sadly this is no longer the case.Most stationery these days is foreign made but you can insists on buying British made stationery.  Just say 10 years ago most stationery was made in the UK, but sadly this is no longer the case. We all know those cheap Chinese made staplers don’t last 5 minutes, whereas the old made in England stapler that has been floating around your office since who knows when is still going strong!  My old made in England Rexel stapler is superb quality; modern Chinese made Rexel staplers are very poor quality and do not last very long at all before they are broken.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author. Base view 1.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author. Base view 1.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author. Base view 2.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author. Base view 2.

A vintage box of made in UK Rexel No.56 staples. Sadly Rexel / Acco staples are now foriegn made. Photograph by author.

A vintage box of made in UK Rexel No.56 staples. Sadly Rexel / Acco staples are now foriegn made. Photograph by author.

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Spur Shelving – wall mounted and freestanding shelving

Spur Shelving manufactures wall mounted and freestanding shelving for warehouse, commercial, museum & domestic situations. All their shelving is made in Britain.

They make twinslot wall mounted shelving systems (steel brackets shelves and slotted uprights) in Devon, England. I chanced across this company when they followed me on Twitter. Useful stuff.

http://www.SpurShelving.co.uk

https://twitter.com/SpurShelving

Spur Shelving Mighty Boltless Shelving unit 5 Shelf 950w x 450d.  Made in Britain.

Spur Shelving Mighty Boltless Shelving unit 5 Shelf 950w x 450d. Made in Britain.

Gopak folding tables, folding furniture, chairs and staging / Alpha Furniture / Office Furniture

Gopak Contour Folding Table. Made in Britain.

Gopak Ltd (formerly known as P S Le Fleming Shepherd Ltd) was established in 1947, and make folding tables, folding furniture, chairs and staging in Hythe, England. Their main markets are local authorities and schools, churches, village halls and youth organisations, caterers, cafes, restaurants, venues, offices and public areas. They also sell other furniture sourced from inside and outside the UK, but much of what they sell is made in Britain. They say they are “proud to be a British manufacturer” 🙂 You’ll have to ask whether an individual item is made in Britain as country of origin is not given against individual items on their website – http://www.gopak.co.uk

Alpha Budget Stacking Conference Chair. UK made.

Another source for folding furniture as wells as folding chairs, church chairs, church furniture, stacking chairs and classroom furniture is Alpha Furniture.  Some of what they sell is made in the UK – look for items on their website that say UK made. They also sell Gopak (see above).

http://www.alpha-furnishing.com/page/why-choose-alpha-furniture.html

Verco Office Furniture have a factory in High Wycombe and much of what they sell is made in the UK.  Available from office furniture supplies such as Lismark.

The CD Group of Companiesbased in Derby, offer contract and domestic flooring, soft furnishing, and the design and manufacture of flooring and furnishing, with I understand curtains and soft furnishings made in-house in Derby.

Made in UK promotion by John Lewis

Made in UK – John Lewis.

John Lewis Department Stores “Made in the UK” promotion.  The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) have a range of products on sale that are made in the UK, but a lot of the stuff they sell is made abroad so shop with care to choose British made products.

See the link above for more on things they sell that are made in the UK and make a point of asking for UK made products in-store and on-line

For example, their fitted kitchens are made in Birmingham (using foreign sourced raw materials often). Some of their beds and mattresses are made in the UK. Herbert Parkinson, a Lancashire textile mill owned by John Lewis for 60 years, supplies made to measure curtains and blinds to John Lewis customers within seven days, as well as furnishing fabric, and JLP natural-filled duvets and pillows. Also JLP custom made bedroom and office furniture is UK made.  Also, some of their Arthur Price cutlery is made in the UK. JLP custom made lampshades are UK made. JLP sell True Grace candles which are made in the UK and they stock UK made Heyland & Whittle soaps. You’ll find other UK made products in JLP too, but these days most products in John Lewis are foreign made.  Do check before buying that you are buying British made.

Also, please see http://wp.me/p2KOue-15o

Dorset Enterprises (Deckchairs UK)

Dorset Enterprises (Deckchairs UK)

I came across this company on the internet and I want feature it as it is for a good cause.  The quality looks good but I have not seen their products for myself.

“Dorset Enterprises are manufacturers of deckchairstables and luggage stands. They provide a wide range of services including jointing, joinery finishing and assembly work, all craftsman produced, creating products that are made to last.”

This is what it says in the about section of their website:

Dorset Enterprises and Escor Toys form Bournemouth Borough Council’s Workshop employing people with disabilities and we are supported by the Council.

Dorset Enterprises was founded in 1914 by a Bournemouth Councillor to provide work for injured servicemen returning from the First World War and Escor Toys was founded in 1938 and has been producing Traditional Wooden Toys continuously for the past 69 years.

The toys and garden furniture we produce are manufactured to a high standard by our workforce who take pride in the finished product. We only use beech wood from managed forests which also ensures the quality of all our products.

Everything we produce is made at our Factory in Bournemouth ensuring the safety and reliability of our toys and garden furniture.”

Update 28.4.13 – Both Escor Toys and Deckchairs UK are likely to close shortly (and indeed may have already closed) because Bournemouth Council are withdrawing their support.  How sad.

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/10152744.Shutdown__workers__gutted__as_council_decides_to_cut_funding_to_factory/

Further update, both Escor Toys and Deckchairs UK ceased trading on 31st March 2013.

http://www.deckchairsuk.com/

Dorset Enterprises Deckchair. Made in England

Garden furniture and deck chairs that are made in Great Britain

Southsea Deckchairs make deckchairs, parasols, sauna chairs, folding tables, windbreaks, folding stools, replacement deckchair fabric and so on. They also sell deckchair fabric by the metre, hire deckchairs and make branded deckchairs. They have been making deckchairs for the last 20 years in Portsmouth, England. Their range of resin furniture is imported. When I asked them about their UK manufacture in November 2012 they replied as follows: “Assembly work, finishing, sewing, fittings, QC, is all done in the UK. Some of the work is outsourced”. I’m pleased they are honest about their sourcing. Southsea deckchairs are used on the majority of beaches and promenades up and down the UK. They also export. As some work is outsourced and country of origin is not given on their website against individual products, please check where you deckchair or whatever you are interested in from them is made before buying.

http://www.deckchairs.co.uk

Denys & Fielding use the Made in Britain marque and say on their website “where we can, we’ll always try and manufacture everything we can in the UK.” Their deckchair slings are British made; the deckchairs they sell are foreign made; their cushions, napkins, table runners, aprons, outdoor candles, plant hangers, and trays are British made – https://www.denysandfielding.co.uk

Reefer make their recycled sailcloth and roll-end canvas deckchairs, windbreaks and other great stuff (such as sailcloth and canvas bags, duffle bags, washbags, mobile phone cases, bunting, pet products, keyrings, passport covers, luggage tags, and the like) in England.

http://www.reefersails.com

Dart Designs produce sailcloth windbreaks that are made in Devon, England. They say on their website that “the windbreaks are made in the UK…” – http://www.dartdesigns.co.uk

For more windbreaks (plus flags, bunting, sunshades, awnings and blinds), click here.

ODD make their garden furniture, in England. All ODD’s Fabrics are available by the metre and are printed in England and woven in Scotland. They clothes and bags are made in England., as are their blankets, throws, cushions and pouffes. Their tribal rugs are foreign made – http://www.oddlimited.com

Marmax Products is a UK manufacturer of 100% UK recycled plastic, low maintenance outdoor furniture, planters, fencing and boardwalks.  Prices on their website do not include VAT or delivery.   They are not the only people who make re-cycled plastic furniture and the like in the UK, I just happened to come across this company first when searching the net.  This looks like a really good idea because the products are very durable.  It is marketed primarily at institutions,local government and businesses.

http://www.marmaxproducts.co.uk/

Cole Henley make great looking BBQ tables in Hampshire, England.  I have not seen these and they do not come cheap.

http://www.colehenley.com/

http://www.worm.co.uk/products/flag-motif-deckchair – Rule Britannia flag deckchair – made in England.  Looks nice.

http://www.simbajones.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=352 – Double Deckchair.  British made.  This company, Simba, have a selection of other products made in Wales and a selection of African products.  Looks nice.

http://www.henandhammock.co.uk/products/?0,0,29,0,26 have a range of British made deckchairs.

http://www.furnituredivas.co.uk make and sell deckchairs in the UK.

Dorset Enterprises make deck chairs, directors chairs and so on in Bournemouth, England.  Closed down – see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/dorset-enterprises-deckchairs-uk/

http://www.deckchairsuk.com

Kew Gardens sell a UK made Kew Gardens map deckchair.

For British made garden tools and lawnmowers please click here.  Also please see here for British made plastic items. See here for other garden related products made in Great Britain.

There is more quality British made garden furniture and more gardening related products out there – please let me know if you find some !

Furniture Divas

I’ve not seen these but they look nice on the web.  Furniture Divas items are either made in England or fair trade.  Look for the stuff (the furniture mostly) that is made in the UK.

http://www.furnituredivas.co.uk

Artisana Chaise Longue by Furniture Divas, made in London, England

Deckchair by Furniture Divas, made in England