Bespoke wood & metal furniture handmade in Yorkshire

Wakefield, England On Etsy since 2014


Bespoke wood & metal furniture handmade in Yorkshire

Wakefield, England | 14 Sales


Vanessa Johnson

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Vanessa Johnson


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

About UrbanMetalworksUK

Sales 14
On Etsy since 2014

Lee & Vanessa Johnson, the husband and wife team behind Urban Metalworks, explain how and why they got started in furniture making...


“Well, I’ve run a metal fabrication firm for many years – in fact the business was operated by my father before me and has been in the family for over 40 years. We have always specialised in making bespoke industrial products for factories, workshops, warehouses - real heavy duty stuff which takes a pounding every day over a working life of many years.”

“Urban Metalworks evolved out of that background. I started to make some smaller furniture items for my own home and it just grew from there.”


“I asked Lee if he could make me a coffee table for home – I had been looking for ages for something a bit different…..maybe something a bit industrial looking. Everything was either a cheap, foreign-made rip-off of an existing design, or such poor quality that it would end up as landfill within a year.”

“So I decided to put pencil to paper and see if I could come up with my own design and have Lee build it. After a few attempts (tweaked a bit, naturally), I had some designs I was happy with. Lee made them for me, using the same heavy gauge steel he uses for genuine industrial stuff. It wasn’t long before friends & family saw them and asked if we could make something similar for them – maybe something the same design but a bit longer, or taller…you get the idea. Because Lee can make them to order, that’s no problem – he can make them to any size within reason. For me, the first time a friend asked me to make a table for them was a real “light bulb” moment – I realised we could make a business out of this.”


“Yeah, but the quality of the piece is only half the story – nobody will buy something if it’s poorly designed, no matter how well it’s made. I think that’s where we are such a good team – Vanessa has discovered a real flair for designing useful and attractive furniture & décor pieces, while I can make them to a unique customer specification – best of both worlds really.”


“I personally find all the wood for our table tops from sustainable sources, and being a qualified wood furniture maker ensures that I know exactly what to look for in each piece. I find selecting the wood, machining it, applying a finish and then seeing it married to a steel base as a finished product, immensely satisfying.”


“It’s all done by Vanessa and I – we don’t subcontract work to others. If we can’t do it ourselves, then we won’t do it. It’s really the only way to control the design and quality of each piece. This really is genuinely hand-made furniture, built to last a lifetime (and beyond, in all likelihood…)


“We hope you like our designs. And don’t forget, because we design and build all pieces ourselves, we are able to create one-off bespoke items to your own specifications. Call me to discuss what you need – you might find that you’re a design genius!"

Contact Us today...

For further details why not contact us today on:

07967 697224
info [!at] urbanmetalworks.co.uk

Shop members

  • Lee & Vanessa Johnson

    Owner, Designer

Production partners

  • Ali Appleby Fabric Designs

    Wakefield, England

    Ali is a fabric designer maker who supplies Urban Metalworks with bespoke bench cushions. Her designs are have both a contemporary and quirky feel.

Shop policies

Last updated on 30 June, 2014

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Returns and exchanges
You have the right to cancel an order up to 7 days after delivery of goods. Cancellation must be made in writing by email to urbanmetalworks.co.uk

We will refund the amount paid excluding the delivery charge once undamaged items are back in our possession.

Returned good must be undamaged and in their original packaging. We will not accept returns of goods which have been damaged due to negligence on the part of the customer. Customers are required to pay for return delivery to us.

All custom or bespoke sales are final – no returns will be accepted.

In the unlikely event that goods are faulty or damaged upon delivery to you, we will work to fix the problem or replace the goods. In such cases we will pay for goods to be returned to us.

Please be aware that our products are made from steel and wood. The wood may have variations in colour which occurs naturally. As a natural product it is subject to expansion, contraction, splitting and cracking due to changes in humidity. We will not accept returns on the basis of natural processes such as these. Our steel finishes are tough and hardwearing, but care should be taken to avoid scratches and abrasions to the finish, which may lead to rusting or discolouration. We cannot guarantee that rust will not develop at some point in the product’s life.
Upon ordering one of our products you will be sent a final quotation which includes delivery charges. Should you accept this quotation we will send you a sales invoice.

All standard items are to be paid for in full upon acceptance of our final quotation.

Payment can be made by bank transfer (BACS or Faster Payments), by cheque (payable to Urban Metalworks) or by PayPal.

All goods remain the property of Urban Metalworks until an order has been paid for in full. Payment in full is required before goods will be despatched – once we have received cleared payment for goods we will confirm delivery date.
We work closely with a few select furniture delivery specialists to ensure your products are delivered, unpackaged and (where necessary) assembled for you.

Goods are delivered by one-man specialist furniture couriers who cover the majority of England, Wales and Scotland. Couriers are obliged to deliver goods to the ground floor of properties only. You will find our delivery partners helpful and courteous, and in most cases they will be happy to assist you with moving goods to first floor level, however there may be occasions when this is not possible due to potential damage to property or possible injury.

Drivers may require assistance from you in moving heavy and bulky items from vehicle to your property. If this is not possible please advise us of this upon order and we can arrange for a two-man team to deliver.

It is your responsibility to ensure that delivery to your property is possible – we will not accept liability for non-delivery due to factors you have failed to inform us about such as doorways being too small, road parking restrictions, etc. Please make us aware of any special or unusual delivery conditions at time of order.

Should we attempt to deliver on an agreed date and no-one is present at the premises to take delivery of the goods, you will incur a repeat delivery charge.

Should you cancel delivery with less than 48 hours notice to the agreed date, you will incur a repeat delivery charge.

Although our delivery partners take every reasonable care when delivering your goods, we cannot be held liable for any damages which occur during delivery.

All our products are checked for quality prior to leaving our premises and are only despatched if found to be in perfect condition. It is vital that you inspect any goods upon arrival and sign for them only if you find them to be undamaged.

Should you be unable to inspect the actual goods upon arrival, then please specify that this is the case - inform the delivery driver that you have been able to inspect the packaging only and make any comments about the condition of the packaging clear at this time.

If you sign for goods without checking them, and subsequently find them to have been damaged in transit, the delivery supplier will not assume liability.

You must fully inspect all good within 48 hours of arrival and inform Urban Metalworks of any defects or damage. You will be deemed to have accepted goods if you do not inform Urban Metalworks in writing of any defect or damage within this 48 hour period.

We aim to provide great products and service to our valued customers – if you have any dissatisfaction with any of our goods delivered to you, let us know and we will work to fix or replace such goods at no cost to you.

All goods leaving our workshop are carefully packed in appropriate materials to avoid damage during transit. Wherever possible we use recycled packaging materials. Please retain all original packaging until goods have been inspected – in case of damage in transit the delivery company will wish to examine or inspect the original packaging.
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Product Description & Visual Representation

All pictures on this website should be regarded as representative of the final product you will receive, however slight differences between the items pictured and items actually supplied to you may occur due to variations in the natural materials used.

Privacy and Data Protection

In accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 we keep all customer details only for the purpose of fulfilling your order and for our mailing list. All reasonable steps are taken to ensure your personal information is kept confidential. Your personal information is not shared with third parties, unless this is necessary for the fulfilment of your order (such as delivery companies) and is never sold to any third parties.