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Furniture by Design

Chris Thompson is a Stroud based traditional craftsman who creates bespoke furniture to individual commission.

I’ve been creative all my life.  I discovered timber which became a hobby. Then  as a profession it became a passion.

Slimbridge restaurant management...

For the past two years or more we have been using Chris to carry out carpentry work on various aspects of WWT restaurant Slimbridge. Chris always gave valid contributions as to the planning and devising of work to be carried out, which reassured us that we could trust his expertise. Not only was he competitive with his rates, he kept to deadlines and worked with great clarity and above all, precision.

Cirencester Meeting House...

“Chris took immense care to match details of the early 19th century Pine paneling and the colour of the original, whilst adding his own craftsmanship to the whole. Anyone looking for a fine piece of furniture need look no further

Bernard C

Chris has been designing and constructing projects for us for many years. These include tables for our lounge, one of which is illustrated above, a sideboard, a dining room table, the fitting out of our study, bathroom cabinets and a computer desk. He is a craftsman with a flair for innovative designs and he is meticulous in carrying out a project. He is happy to incorporate any of the client’s ideas.

Lynne & Allan P

" We have to compliment you on the superb quality of your workmanship, from concept to completion your insistence on presentation and finish is a credit to you”.

J.A.J.Whitfield - Adlestrop

“Chris Thompson has achieved for us, the maximum in quality cabinet work. His attention to detail, scrupulous craftsmanship and reliability combined with instinctive good taste has enabled us to complete both vital renovations and an excellent library, at our period country house in the Cotswolds”


Margaret Bacon (Writer) - Highworth.

“Chris Thompson has made several beautiful pieces of furniture for me. He has a great feeling for wood. Combining the eye of an artist with the painstaking skill of the craftsman. He is a very pleasant and helpful person to have dealings with.”


Dr B.W.Codling MD., FRCPath.

“We were very impressed by Chris's care to detail, his designs and love of wood, The finished work exceeded our expectations.”

Naomi Jensen

Chris has done a range of projects for me in my 300 year-old cottage. He started with a full consultation and understanding of what I was looking for, and made sure I was happy at all stages throughout. On every one he has more than exceeded my expectations: Chris has created a beautiful window seat in ash, two bespoke sets of kitchen and book shelving, some shelving in my main bedroom, and a stunning shelf of waney-edge wood inspired by the vision of an African savanna tree. This is the most stunning piece of work that has drawn comments from everyone - it is the stuff of legend. Chris puts his heart and soul into every job, and that is reflected in his creations. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone, and I am SO glad I found him!! Thank you Chris, you have helped transform my house into my home! I have had several carpenters do work in my house over the past few years, but none has produced work like Chris. Please note that the photos do not do Chris' work justice!


"Having searched in vain, for two years, to find someone to make us a display cabinet for a treasured collection of seashells, we finally stumbled upon Chris. A visit to his workshop quickly convinced us of his genuine knowledge and love of wood. He produced a cabinet precisely as we described it to him. Convinced that he was the right person, we then had him design and install a full suite of built-in furniture in an awkwardly shaped, attic bedroom, in a Georgian listed building. The task was far from easy, but the finished product was of high quality; practical, innovative and greatly enhancing the appearance and functionality of the room. We asked for something in the Art Nouveau style and that is exactly what we got. The work has been repeatedly admired by family, friends and neighbours. We felt entirely happy for Chris to have his own set of keys to the property, so that he could come and go as required. His communications were impeccable and he was always tidy and careful. Provided he has recovered from banging his head on the low oak beams in our attic, we’d love to have him back to tackle future projects."

Best wishes,


Tom & Dympna, Stroud

Chris has crafted several pieces of furniture for us over the last couple of years.   WE really like his latest addition:  a space to hide our television when not in use with drawers and doors below and shelves above.  The shelves are slices of elm tree glossed up to perfection with the bark on the outer side facing the room.  He made our mantle above the fireplace with the same type of wood (elm) but kept the gnarled bark on which he applied a lacquer which gives it a protective gloss and highlights the swirling grain of the wood.  Just beautiful. He is meticulous in everything he does:   wardrobes, cupboards, shoe storage and shelving - all of them elegantly crafted.  His knowledge of wood is excellent.  His love of wood is obvious.

Furniture by Design

Furniture by Design – Chris Thompson is a Stroud based traditional craftsman who creates bespoke furniture to individual commission.

High quality workmanship, bespoke design, and an appreciation for the natural beauty of wood ensure that each piece produced is stunning and unique.

"You the customer" are consulted at all stages – from the selection of the appropriate wood to the bespoke finished masterpiece.

Furniture by Design has worked on many internal and external commissions.  Varying, from beautiful bespoke bookshelves, media units, and office furniture, interior and exterior doors to impressive individually crafted showpieces.

Furniture by Design uses a full range of natural woods to create a wide variety of door styles that personalise the home and office.

All rooms, both modern and traditional, in some form, can benefit from the warm natural feel of wood. Including functional kitchen cabinet door replacements, (MDF or wood), work surfaces and recessing bespoke cupboards and bedroom wardrobes in those inaccessible awkward corners. Each piece receives the same care and detailed attention to compliment and accentuate its surroundings.


Understanding the furniture’s surroundings and the customer’s requirements allows Christopher to capture the essence of your needs and translate that into exceptional bespoke finished pieces of a high standard. The furniture we create will blend perfectly into your home and compliment your existing furniture. We offer a professional individual service which we believe will exceed your expectations.

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