Thursday, 7 June 2018

A Year On!

We`ve been in our new shop on Zetland Rd, Bristol for a year now.  We love it here!

Sustainable, made to measure UK furniture, beds and organic mattresses

There are trees outside the door and the shop windows look out over the tree-lined avenue of Salisbury Rd (see our blog “Why Trees are Important”).

Being nestled between the restaurants of Greens and Casa Mexicana, with Zzzone and the Saxophone shop just a few doors away means we enjoy our new(ish!) location even more.  

And of course, sitting so close to the Gloucester Rd and its many independent shops is a real bonus. We're now members of GRBID (Gloucester Rd Bristol Independent District) and look forward to being involved in their plans for the coming year.

So what do we hope for our year ahead?

We`ll be continuing to spread the word about our British-made, ethically sourced products, all of which can be made to measure and, in particular, to showcase the work of our local makers. 

We are also a stockist for AURO products (natural organic non-toxic paints, wood finishes and other household products) and will be promoting their new colour series - out soon.

Ultimately, be it our bespoke furniture, our organic mattresses or any of our accessories, we hope they work for you in your homes to both look beautiful and give you many years of practical use!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

New 'Plastic-free' label introduced for UK shoppers.

Plastic use and waste has, as we know, become a major issue throughout the world.  

We are now aware of the devastating impact our plastic use is having on the oceans and wider environment.  

We don’t yet know what the consequences may be on human health - we do know, however, that plastic has been found in tap water, sea salt and fish. 

Many of us are constantly looking for ways to reduce our own personal plastic waste and it`s encouraging now we are starting to see some of the larger businesses looking to do the same. 

The environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet today unveiled a “plastic-free” trust mark for businesses to use, particularly on food and drink products.  

This will guarantee no “hidden” plastic packaging.   

Early adopters of the trust mark are the supermarket Iceland and the tea company, Teapig.  

As supermarkets make up a large proportion of where people do their household shopping (not everyone is so lucky to have a Gloucester Rd on their doorstep!) we feel this is great news. 

If the pressure can be put on for other supermarket giants to follow suit, it will make it so much easier for people who want to make plastic-free choices to do so. 

Ultimately it could be a significant move forward to reducing plastic use and waste for all of us.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Fitted or Made-to-measure Furniture in a Loft / Attic Conversion?

In Bristol, it seems that every road has got scaffolding up and a loft conversion is underway, but many customers are faced with a difficult choice furniture wise when everything is finished.

Access to a loft conversion is often very tight, with narrow stairs / lack of head room / 90 degree turns / etc, making it impossible to carry standard furniture up to the new room.

Many customers will opt for fitted furniture, which can suit the space well, but here at Green Woods Furniture, we can offer bespoke solutions, using custom made, free standing units, built up to give a fitted look, but with the convenience and styling options that free standing units provide.

We recently furnished a new loft room in Failand, just outside Bristol, providing a run of hanging wardrobes which fitted neatly under the eaves and down one side of the bedroom.

This run of wardrobes was based on our Plank Gate wardrobe range, but tweaked, so that we were able to install three bespoke size double wardrobes down one side, building the unit up from component parts in situ (since access to the room was very tight).

The customer was able to design these units with us, which can now be taken away, if necessary and cost wise, they worked out less than having a bespoke fitted unit put in.

Any of our designs can be tweaked in this way - why not drop us a line to see what we can do for you?

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...