J Smith Woodwork in collaboration with

 
 

An Introduction

The story behind this collaboration is a simple one. 
I first stumbled across Sleepy Doe's enchanting Instagram page when I was searching for some snuggly sleepwear for my newly born niece. I wanted something for Abbigail that would be well loved and used, but also reflecting my own values: great quality, eco friendliness and west country heritage.  

Sleepy Doe founder Sophie grew up in Dorset, so shares a love of the rolling hills, wild hedgerows and influence of nature in her work. All products are organic or eco with subtle design details, bringing comfort and an effortless style to the mini bedtime wardrobe. Our collaboration was a natural step for two independent businesses with overlapping ethics and brand values.

The solid beech children's bed embodies all of these elements, designed to sit comfortably in your child’s bedroom.

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The bed is made from solid beech wood. Beech is a fantastic material to use for painted furniture due to its straight and even grain, with minimal amount of knots. This ensures a lovely even finish to every bed that we make. 

We hand pick our wood from our local timber suppliers to be sure of its provenance. The planks are then thicknessed, planed and cut to length with various glueing and clamping stages for the head board and foot board.  

For the assembly we wanted the structure of the bed to be as strong and reliable as possible, but also be able to dismantle and assemble with ease. We have used one of the latest innovative connection systems due to it's reliability and ease for the end user to assemble the bed themselves with minimal tools. In fact all you need to assemble this bed is the trusted hex key which we supply. 

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Finishing Touches

We wanted to soften the design of the bed by the use of curves and small wooden knobs on top of the bed posts - with the addition of a hand cut crescent moon, inspiring dreams and a good night's sleep. 

The bed is then sanded through various grits of sand paper so that the wood is smooth to the touch. The bed is then undercoated, rubbed down and hand painted with three coats of paint. We lightly sand between each coat to ensure a lovely smooth even finish.