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Handmade Reception Desk

Monday, 20 April 2015 21:43:28 Europe/London

Handmade Reception Desk 

 

Following my last post regarding the polished cement worktop, I wanted to touch slightly on the rest of the desk. 

I wanted to combine three elements into this design, wood, metal and cement

I decided to go for a floor to worktop modesty panel as I wanted this item to be a heavy piece of furniture, making it stand out from the other desks in the office, as it would be the customers main port of call. As I had decided on a cement worktop which I knew would be extremely heavy I also needed a structure to be sturdy enough to hold the weight. 

 Desk

It consists of a wooden built structure, as the desk was a solid boxed design the last thing we wanted was to deliver it and realise that the floor was uneven so each pedestal has four hidden feet that can be adjusted with an allen key via the inside of the units, with plastic removable covers. There is one shelf in each pedestal that can be used at different heights by metal detachable pegs and pre drilled hole options.

As the space for this piece of furniture was limited we finished each pedestal door with a spring magnetic latch. This is such a great tip as a space saver as adding a handle would have made it difficult for the person sitting behind it to swing around without knocking their knees on door handles and it also leaves you with a really sleek finish.

 

desk 

 

Desk

 

The wooden structure inside and out is finished in a matt black, which really shows of the metal framework.

 Desk

 

We used an untreated self colouring metal sheeting, which is as natural as it gets the colour is non consistent in a very natural way. As it is untreated obviously it would weather if using it externally but it is perfect for internal jobs. 

We used a solid welders edge on the corners finished with rounded head screws in a matching colour. I'm often asked to use counter sunk flat heads and I can't stress from a design point of view how much better round heads look, they make me very happy haha I'm so sad. 

Desk 

I decided to balance the design by setting the modesty board back slightly, this gave the desk more character and visually it wasn't as heavy on the eye. 

 

Desk

 

As we had a space criteria to fit, all my calculations worked from the worktop inwards, making sure that the base was a sufficient size to sit correctly under the worksurface, taking into consideration it would be covered in metalwork too. You wouldn't think this a tricky part but it really is essential to get it right. With all our designs I always recommend using good old masking tape to mark the area on your floor you think you have to play with, walk around it and see what suits you. You must really think about what you want from your item, for example when I made my coffee table I took into account that I like to rest my feet on it when watching the TV and now I can do this without my feet covering any of the screen haha, it's little things like that, that make all the difference and if you're having something tailor made you should make sure it's perfectly suited for all your needs. 

 

If you have any criterias or design ideas that you want to see brought to life, please contact us sales@historyrepeats.co.uk for a free brainstorm and quotation. 

 

 

0 Comments | Posted By Laura Dionne

Teepee Treat

Thursday, 23 October 2014 23:16:43 Europe/London

It's been really busy with furniture orders lately (YEY), it's meant once again getting all the new stock on the website and keeping on top of all it's connected social networks have totally taken a back seat (boo). It feels like I spend most of my days in a facemask, looking at my non-existent finger nails dreaming of manicures of the past. I was starting to feel a bit masculine if I'm honest, bumping into my glamorous girl friends on their way home from work, suited and booted in their beautiful heels, whilst I've been seriously rocking the dusty trampy look lately. 


Face mask


I don't know if you can tell but behind my mask I'm pulling a sad, give me a manicure face! 


So I took a break from the furniture making and as it was my son Jack's Birthday, I decided to get behind my sewing machine (in my heels haha). I have a list as long as my arm of projects I'd like to give ago. Jack is completely cowboy mad at the moment, ironically I decided to make him a cowboy teepee tent ha,ha I know, I know .....what would the indians say?!!


After seeing the price of my chosen cowboy fabric, I decided that I'd use it only for the front panel ha, ha and a couple of much cheaper fabrics for the rest. I also got a bit excited and got some clear plastic for a window and brown felt for the frame, every cowboy needs a window! I also got a couple of magnets so he can easily shut the entrance (this is going to make me sound like an awful Mum but Darcey was forever asking me to tie the doors closed on hers, so this is a souped up, pimp my teepee version).  


Teepee


Teepee

 

It was a massive hit with the Birthday Boy!! 


Teepee

 

With the leftover ends from the wooden poles , I made a small structure then drew flames over his other gifts. He was so made up by his fake fire, he keeps getting it out to sit around with his toys. I have now hung strips of red, and orange fabric from the top. 

 

Teepee


Also from leftover fabrics I made some curtains for inside the window, with tiebacks in my expensive cowboy fabric. I also made a sheriffs no.5 badge from leftover window frame/ brown felt and odds and sodds from my stash. I've got to say the badge was really appreciated and so easy to make. 


Teepee


teepee

 

Jack had a brilliant Birthday and I had a lovely time making his gift....... now time to hang up my heels and get back to the furniture making! 

0 Comments | Posted By Laura Dionne

Modern Tree Bookshelf

Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:25:18 Europe/London

Modern Tree Bookshelf, handmade and delivered this week.

This creative shelving unit adds the WOW factor to any room. Its sleek modern design makes it bold yet understated.

Modern Tree Shookshelf

Modern Tree Shookshelf

For further details on this design please contact Sales@historyrepeats.co.uk

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