Heyl Interiors

Our New Outdoor Garden Furniture: From Design to Finish

We thought it might be cool to give you a bit of background story to our latest furniture piece: The Outdoor Box and Trestle Frame Tables

What Inspired us to make it?

I’d like to say that this wonderful summer is what inspired me to make this new outdoor furniture range but we haven’t really had the best summer this year have we. Truth be told, we have lots of design ideas for summer furniture and most of them are inspired by the current industrial look that is trending with interior. We noticed that there is not much garden furniture out there that replicates this industrial look so we started work on designing some!

Reclaimed wood outdoor bench
Our Materials

Key to the Industrial look is the ‘chunky feel’ created by the right choice of materials. For our table top we used four thick reclaimed wood railway sleepers. The bench is also made from one of these sleepers. Unlike many table tops, ours is not glued together but bolted together underneath. The frame is made from reclaimed steel.

The Design Process

We knew that we wanted substantial table top space to accommodate up 8 people which makes sense considering the size of the four sleepers. This was never going to be a dainty little piece of furniture! Given that the table and bench are for outdoors use, we had to treat the wood so that it would be weather resistant. This also informed our decision not to glue the beams together and bolt them together instead – wood left to the elements will expand, contract and warp. For variation we opted for two different frames; the box frame and Trestle frame.

Industrial Outdoor sleeper Table
The Finished Product

We are over the moon for the end results and feel like it perfectly conveys the solid, rustic and chunky aesthetic that we wanted to achieve. As the pictures hopefully show, it is a visually striking piece of outdoor furniture that looks great in the garden as a centrepiece. It comes in 3 size options and 3 finishes as standard (Driftwood, Rugger Brown, Walnut). Check out our website for specific details.