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Hardman Design can build your dream piece, You will be involved throughout the production process and your unique piece will be manufactured in a material, design, and size for an individual look and an exclusive finish.
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Firstly, contact us to discuss your bespoke furniture. We’ll then design your piece, send you sample materials, and generate a quote. Once you are 100% happy to proceed and your order is placed, we’ll move onto the build, handcrafted in the Hardman Design workshop. We’ll send you production pictures throughout the manufacturing process. On completion, you will receive detailed images of your finished piece. After we’ve received your final approval, we will ship your custom-built furniture to you, delivered by our delivery team. Then you can enjoy your tailor-made piece.
There is a lead time of eight to 10 weeks on our custom-made furniture. The Corona virus and Brexit have not had an impact on this. Shipping can take between 5 to 10 days.
Hardman Design specialises in hand-crafted dining tables, but also builds a collection of dining chairs and benches, luxury armchairs, bed frames, and shelving/cabinets. Contact us to discuss your specific requirement.
Materials can be tailored to match your bespoke design, so contact us to discuss your preference. We pride ourselves on handcrafting furniture from quality, locally-sourced natural materials. Typically, our pieces are made using strong and attractive oak, walnut, and maple. Some of our pieces feature steel legs, while Spanish leather and wool complement our seating range.
This is up to you. Typically, we enhance our collection pieces with hardwax oil from the Osmo range, thanks to its high-quality and longevity. However, if you’d prefer a different finish - including a regular clear coat - we are more than happy to fulfil this request.
Yes, Each of our products comes with our very own 5 year guarantee. This covers the structural integrity of your furniture and all of its components, as well as covering against faults or defects from manufacturing. Under this guarantee, we will supply you with a new replacement part, part refund or a complete new unit, depending on the nature of the claim.
All of our custom-made pieces are delivered flat-packed. But don’t let this dissuade you. We deliver with our own team and, in the majority of cases, we install it for you. If you choose to assemble your furniture yourself, then rest assured, because assembly is very simple and should take no more than 20 minutes. Then you can enjoy your new piece of furniture, built to last for generations.
So, you want to buy a dining table. It might sound obvious, but one of the most important things to consider is the size of your desired piece, and how it will look in your room.
There are numerous factors which can shape your decision, such as the size of your space, the positioning of your table, how much space the legs take up and where they are positioned, and how you plan to use your table - from small family meals to large social gatherings.
It’s certainly not a decision which should be taken lightly; picking the right dimensions is fundamental to creating the best visual and practical balance for your room.
Hardman Design can custom build tables to provide you with a bespoke piece for your needs.
This guide will provide you with some key information to help you pick the right sized table.
One of the biggest considerations is knowing how many people will generally be sitting around your table, and how many seats you want to accommodate.
As a general rule of thumb, these are the rough sizes depending on the number of seats:
60 x 70cm
Minimum 120 x 70cm
|Minimum 180 x 80cm||Minimum 220 x 90cm
||Minimum 270 x 90cm||Minimum 330 x 90cm|
These dimensions are based on rectangular tables. Hardman Design’s dining tables are hand built in this shape, but we can custom-build tables for a bespoke shape, size and finish.
Rectangular tables have multiple benefits; great for their practicality, functionality and comfort.
A rectangle table generally fits well into the design of a room, and can typically accommodate more people and more space for dishes - especially compared to a circular table.
Benches, too, work well with a rectangular table and are a great idea to maximise this space, as they enable people to squeeze up, if necessary.
A rectangular table can also be a versatile solution within a room, looking great against a wall or window, or taking pride of place in the centre of a room.
Rectangular tables tend to have their legs positioned on the four corners - instead of in the middle like many circular tables - helping to give each diner more comfortable leg room underneath the table.
Generally speaking, a standard table is 71 to 76cm in height, so when it comes to seating, opt for a chair or bench from around 43 to 58cm from floor to seat.
Hardman Design handcrafts a range of dining benches and chairs. Visit our seating collection to find your perfect seat for your table.
Knowing how the table will fit in in your room is another key consideration. For instance, how it will work in relation to other pieces of furniture, its proximity to doorways and walls, and allowing enough passing space.
As a general rule of thumb, you will need a minimum of 30 to 36 inches (76cm) for clearance space, measured from the nearest obstruction - whether it be a wall, door, window or furniture - to your chairs.
Where relevant, allow 120cm square for an entrance or doorway. If you’re putting your table into an open-plan area, this isn’t something to factor in.
To ensure you do not choose a dining table size that is too small, don’t leave more than 6ft (183cm) from the edge of the room, at least on one side.
Perhaps one of the best ways of selecting the most appropriate-sized dining table for your room is mocking up how your furniture will look. This will really help you experience the feel of your table and how it will work in your space.
There are a number of ways that this can be done, including using masking tape or cardboard to replicate the size of your desired table.
For a more complete picture, you can even fill this space with books/newspaper to gauge the height and mass of the table.
Aside from recreating the look and size of your table, you can also map out the room to scale on paper, including walls, walkways and other furniture.
It is important that you don’t just measure the size of your table; instead, think about how it will work in practice. Questions you need to be asking include, have I left enough room for doorways and drawers to open? Have people got enough space to push their chairs out? Can they walk behind pushed-out chairs?
This type of planning will create a clearer picture and help ensure you select the right-sized table for both the look and functionality of your space.
Extendable dining tables are a great option.
In fact, this type of furniture has enjoyed something of a revival in recent times.
And when looking at the benefits, it is easy to understand why extendable dining tables are en vogue.
Selecting the best-sized table takes some well thought-out planning, considering how you plan to use it and the space you wish to place it in.
But with some quick calculations before purchase, you can ensure you choose the correct piece which really sets off your room and becomes an important focal point of your house.
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We are carbon neutral, as part of our pledge to handcraft sustainable furniture. We track and monitor all of our processes and engage in carbon offsetting activities, such as tree planting.
At Hardman Design, we take pride in building handmade quality dining tables from locally-sourced and sustainable wood.
Our furniture is most commonly crafted from oak, walnut, and ash, although we do custom-made pieces, too.
These three natural wood types are quality choices in their own right - combining strength with gorgeous aesthetics - but which one is best suited to your needs?
It is an important question. After all, a dining table is a big purchase: a long-term investment, a focal point of your dining room or kitchen, and a gathering spot for your family and friends.
To help you decide, this blog explores the unique characteristics of oak, walnut and Ash.
Classic, strong, versatile, and naturally beautiful - you can’t go wrong with oak.
This renowned wood has long been associated with use around the home, dating back many centuries, and is just as popular today.
As such, oak’s timeless nature looks as comfortable in contemporary settings as it does in traditional décor.
One of oak’s most distinguishing features is its durability; renowned for its strength and resistance to decay, liquids, heat, and surface blemishes. These characteristics make it a firm favourite, especially for people looking for a long-term investment. Oak is also a particularly good choice for families, and ensures maintenance is minimal.
Oak’s durability is a result of the trees’ slow growth, making the wood extremely dense, adding to its quality.
In fact, oak performs well in the Janka hardness test, which charts the resistance of different wood types to denting and wear. Or to be more specific, it measures the force required to partially embed a small steel ball into the sample of wood.
The results of this test show that oak is more resistant than woods such as walnut, teak, and cherry.
Natural oak can take on virtually any hue, from light beige and yellow through brown and red. This colour diversity makes it easier to match the colour palette of your dining room and kitchen.
Over time, oak pieces have a tendency to change colour, adopting more darker, amber tones. This is caused by exposure to oxygen and UV light. However, this shift is subtle, and can, in fact add to the character of the piece and even enhance its appearance over time. Depending on your preference, we can apply a UV protection finish to our oak tables, when requested.
Hardman Design also builds smoked oak tables, such as the Carolina Smoked Oak dining table. We use a special manufacturing process to fume the oak; causing it to darken and draw out the rich detail of the grain.
Thanks to its natural beauty and hard-wearing nature, oak is gorgeous in its natural state, especially with character pieces filled with knots.
However, oak’s light tones make it great for adding a variety of finishes; whether that is stained or with a clear, natural finish. This makes it ideal for both modern and traditional furniture.
Oak has a swirling or striped grain. It also rates as open-pored, as it has wide, large cells, and many pores.
Oak can vary in detailing, with wild oak, for instance, having plenty of knots in varying sizes.
Oak trees grow in abundance, with around 450 species worldwide. Oak wood is generally considered to be an eco-friendly furniture choice because it is durable and long-lasting, helping to prolong its usability and keeping it out of landfills.
Hardman Design has also committed to a tree planting campaign, to ensure sustainability, and we use locally-sourced wood, where possible.
Walnut is one of the most highly-sought after types of wood; prized by woodworkers and revered by fine furniture lovers.
Indeed, walnut adds a touch of class and style to any décor, and as such, it generally comes with a higher price tag.
Its strength, grain, and rich tapestry of colours make it a popular choice.
Hardman Design handcrafts its furniture from two types of walnut, European walnut and American walnut.
Walnut is a strong, hard and durable wood that carves well and holds a good shape for much longer. This makes it ideal for statement furniture that requires a high level of craftsmanship.
Both North American Walnut and European walnut are more durable than cherry, but not quite as resistant to denting and wear and tear as hard ash or white oak, for instance.
One of the most distinguishing features of walnut is its vast and textured colour palette, stretching from light brown to dark chocolate. American walnut tends to have a darker, richer colour, while European walnut is lighter in tone, sometimes interspersed with wisps of delicious blonde, cream, or yellow, and the occasional note of red.
The middle of the walnut tree (known as the heartwood) produces the darker wood and the outer layer of the tree, just beneath the bark and known as the sapwood, produces the lighter wood.
The distinctive tones of walnut is perfect for making a statement and is ideal for a modern and contemporary look.
Walnut polishes to a very smooth finish.
A natural walnut piece is rarely stained, as this process tends to wash out the grain and remove bits of character. However, walnut furniture is more likely to receive a clear coat finish; such as a wax or oil.
The walnut tables handcrafted by Hardman Design tend to be finished with a matt hard wax oil. This enhances the natural colour of the wood, intensifying the walnut tones and drawing out the grain detail and the varying shades of brown.
Walnut wood can be straight grained, but can also have waves or curls, helping to enhance the character of the piece and creating a lively, textured look. Our walnut tables tend to be handcrafted from wavey-grained wood.
This beautiful grain pattern can be further enhanced by pairing it with furniture with clean lines or unique details.
The grain pattern makes this the perfect choice for a room where the furniture can take the centre stage.
Walnut is ideal for investment pieces and furniture you want to stay in your family for generations; therefore reducing the burden on landfill.
That said, while not endangered, the number of walnut trees around the world has certainly reduced and they can take a century to mature. That’s why we select our walnut from local and sustainable sources.
A light-coloured, straight-grained hardwood, ash is a very attractive option for fine furniture, especially Mid Century Modern pieces.
Highly versatile, it is renowned for its durability, strength, workability, light weight and ability to absorb wood finishes well.
As such, ash, with its aesthetically pleasing colour and uniformed grain pattern, is a very popular wood choice for home furnishing.
Ash is durable, tough and shock-resistant. In fact, it is one of the more durable varieties of wood, topping the likes of red oak, walnut and cherry.
Relatively dense, ash has good working and finishing properties. When combined with quality craftsmanship, ash furniture will last for generations, requiring little care or maintenance.
As well as its durability, ash is flexible, making it a popular choice for furniture which requires curves.
Simply put, ash is extremely pleasing to the eye.
Light in colour, ash often takes a beige-to-creamy-brown hue, giving it an understated and refined feel.
Ash is known to darken over time, but this is a natural and prolonged process.
Hardman Design uses an OSMO Matt Hardwax Oil to maintain the natural blonde tones of our ash pieces.
Ash absorbs wood stains well and can be finished in numerous ways, including varnish, wax, lacquer and oil.
It can also be stained without losing its original grain or texture.
Ash is known for its straight and smooth grain. As such, it is smooth to the touch, and has a uniformed look.
A big appeal of ash furniture is that it looks very similar to oak - sharing the same functionality and colour - and can therefore complement homes which are already styled with oak decor.
Ash is one of the most sustainable natural wood options: It is fast-growing, self-seeding, and is in plentiful supply.
Oak, walnut,ash and elm are all great choices for a dining table, offering the perfect mix of durability and beauty.
As all three for quality options, the type of wood you choose will likely come down to preference.
At Hardman Design, we involve you throughout the production process, including sending you samples of your preferred wood, to help ensure we build you the perfect table. For more information,contact us.
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