Frequently Asked Questions
Lots of useful information to help you place your order
See our FAQs below. We offer a friendly and helpful advice service so if you can't find exactly what you are looking for here, please call us on 01226 766618, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via LiveChat. You can also use the enquiry form to send an enquiry or request a quotation.
ORDERING AND PAYMENT
All of our work is now available to buy online with the exception of some of our largest and most complex chandeliers which are made specifically to order - please contact us for more information about these.
You can place your order online, by telephone, by email or in person at our showroom. If you order online, you will receive an order acknowledgement email. As soon as we receive your order we will check through the details and if anything is unclear we will contact you to clarify the information. We will send a full order confirmation email in response to your order. Please double check this email which will confirm the items ordered, the full price of the order including vat and carriage and and a timescale for delivery.
Please check your junk mail folder in case the automatic order confirmation our website generates has gone in there. This happens very occasionally. If no luck there, please call us on 01226 766618 or email@example.com and we will remedy this matter immediately.
Every order for our handmade ironwork is booked into our work schedule on the day we receive it. An order confirmation email is sent as standard, and if it is necessary to clarify any details, we will personally contact you via email or telephone to amend your order as required and ask you to confirm your revised order details before we proceed. Payment will normally be taken at the point of ordering. For larger orders, we will contact you to arrange a convenient delivery date when your order is nearly ready. Other orders will be despatched to you within our estimated timescales – and you will receive an email alert about delivery the day before. Simple orders for stock items will usually be processed, billed for and delivered straightaway.
Payment will normally be taken securely via your chosen payment method at point of order - and your order will be confirmed via email. If you are unsure or have any concerns at all about this payment process, please just contact us on 01226 766618 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will double check the detail of your online order with you.
We are on the end of the phone on 01226 766618 to answer any queries. You can message us on Livechat or email us on email@example.com.
Our website is also packed with helpful advice on buying our products such as how to measure for new curtain poles, choose your curtain poles and buy our lights.
Please contact us with any queries at all. With more complex orders we will always clarify all of the details in a final email which we’ll ask you to read and confirm prior to manufacture. A deposit may also be requested for large or unusual orders, prior to commencing work.
Please see the estimated timescale on each product listing. The majority of our work is handmade to order and, in most cases, we aim to deliver within 3 - 4 weeks at most. For small items that we make regularly, we can often get your order ready much sooner. We have a small stock of many of our smaller lights and lamps, along with lampshades and curtain rings etc. and these can often be sent out within a day or so of placing your order.
If you are working to a specific deadline, please tell us and we will do our best to fit in with your schedule. We will always try to help and we will always be honest about what we can or can't achieve - as we manufacture everything by hand in our own workshop, we have to set realistic timescales. You can be assured that we will stick to our promises and wherever possible we aim to exceed your expectations!
For large or bespoke orders we will sometimes require a deposit or payment upfront before we can start making your ironwork. This will be discussed at point of ordering.
We accept payment by bank transfer, most standard credit/debit cards or cheques made payable to 'Nigel Tyas'. We do not make any additional charges for standard credit card transactions. We do not accept American Express or Paypal at the moment. If you would like to pay by credit or debit card, you can do securely via our e-commerce website (secured by Globalpayments) or by telephone. We process payments immediately and your card details are destroyed securely. PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR CARD DETAILS INTO AN EMAIL.*
[ *We comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) which exists to protect your card security when you give your card details over the telephone and online ].
If you would like to make payment by cheque, please ensure that your cheque arrives at least 5 working days before your order is due to leave us. Cheques will be processed on receipt and should be made payable to 'Nigel Tyas'. Regrettably we cannot accept payment by cheque on collection of your order.
Yes, all prices listed on our website include VAT at the standard rate.
We have a showroom next to our workshop in South Yorkshire. We’re open to the public 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday mornings by appointment. You can see more about our showroom and how to find us and arrange a visit by clicking here.
I’m afraid not. We only sell direct to customers via our website and showroom. We occasionally exhibit our work at trade shows and publicise these via our website and social media.
We appreciate that it can be difficult to buy items that are unseen. If you are interested in placing an order for wall lights or curtain pole finials in particular and are unsure which design to choose, we're more than happy to send out a single light or finial as a sample so that you can see it first. If you decide that it is not suitable, just send it back to us in its original condition and we will refund it in full, less the carriage costs. If you’d like more of the same, just let us know!
Standard mainland UK carriage is £5 for orders with a value below £100 and £10 for orders with a value between £100 and £500. Standard carriage for orders with a value exceeding £500 is free of charge to mainland UK addresses. Smaller items that can be sent by Royal Mail will be charged at cost using 'Royal Mail First Class Recorded' or 'Special Delivery'. We will confirm the carriage price when you place your order. We aim to keep postage and packing costs as low as possible and charge these at or below the cost price to us.
Standard UK carriage for weekday deliveries is normally by next day carrier - usually Parcelforce or TNT. TNT always request a signature on delivery. With larger orders, we will check the best delivery date and address with you, on completion of your order. Please advise us of any special instructions for delivery to your property and we will pass these on. We also recommend you leave a note on your door for the delivery agent with any extra instructions, such as what to do if you are in the garden or popping out etc.
Yes. The email we send you confirming delivery of your order will include a shipping consignment number which you can use to track the progress of your parcel through our carrier’s website. We also keep an eye on this website to monitor all of our deliveries.
Saturday deliveries and 'before 9:30am' or 'before 12 noon' services can sometimes be arranged at an additional cost - please ask for details on 01226 766618.
Yes, but please note that delivery to some remote areas may incur a surcharge to cover the additional costs charged to us. These will be advised at the time of ordering. For deliveries to islands outside of mainland UK, we use a number of different parcel carriers. In these cases we will talk to you about your order and contact them to find the most cost-effective way to deliver your parcel.
We often deliver within the EU - please contact us to discuss arrangements and cost. For international deliveries beyond the EU, we are happy to talk to customers and explore whether this is cost-effective on a case by case basis.
Due to their value, most of our parcels normally require a signature, especially if delivered by TNT. If it helps we can deliver to a work address or to a neighbour’s by arrangement - just let us know what is easiest for you.
*Important note - Please check your parcel for any signs of damage on delivery, and if there is, accept the parcel but make a note ‘delivered with damaged packaging’ beside your signature. (this will help us to sort out any issues with the delivery company). Take a photograph of the parcel, inspect your goods inside and let us know as soon as possible if there is a problem.
We use next day delivery as standard and do our best to ensure that your parcel arrives on the stated day but, occasionally, there may be factors beyond our control which prevent this. As a small company we are reliant on third party carriers and, whilst we're very selective about who we entrust our work to, occasionally things don't go according to plan. In these rare instances, we will chase delayed or rearranged deliveries and keep in touch with you. We recommend that you do not employ specialist installers until delivery has been made. Regrettably we cannot take responsibility for third party contractor costs if our delivery is late.
In the unlikely event that your products are damaged in transit, please let us know as soon as possible. Ideally, if damage to the parcel is evident at point of delivery, please accept the parcel, but make a note ‘delivered with damaged packaging’ beside your signature. Take a photograph of the packaging and the damaged goods, then notify us as soon as possible and within 5 days of receipt. Our customer services team will then contact the company we commissioned to deliver your goods to remedy this matter. We will make sure you get a replacement product delivered as soon as possible, as required.
*Important note - Always open and take a look at your ironwork as soon as possible on delivery and ensure that you are happy with your products before disposing of their packaging.
RETURNS AND REFUNDS
We hope that you will love your ironwork, but should you wish to return anything, we are happy to refund or exchange a standard product provided it is returned to us in perfect, unused condition; in its original packaging; and within a reasonable time period – up to a maximum of 30 days. Returned items in these circumstances must be returned at your own cost. We regret that we cannot refund or exchange made to measure items including cut curtain poles, our larger chandeliers and bespoke items unless they are faulty.*
Please ensure that any return package you send is insured to the value of its contents as we cannot take responsibility for any items that are lost or damaged in the post.
All return items should be sent to: Nigel Tyas Ironwork, Bullhouse Mill, Lee Lane, Millhouse Green, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. S36 9NN.
Please ensure that you contact us as soon as possible on 01226 766618 if you feel that an item is faulty or incorrect / ‘not as ordered’. Please give us the opportunity to discuss and resolve any concern you have with your order before you return it. In cases where an item needs to be returned, we will cover the costs of its return but this must be arranged directly with us to ensure the best means of return is used. Once returned, we will inspect the product and arrange replacement, repair or refund, as appropriate, as soon as possible.* Please note that we cannot take responsibility for the cost of consultations with third party contractors.
Always contact us on 01226 766618 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the best way to return your item - this enables us to advise on the most cost-effective way for large or heavy items to be collected and returned. Please also ensure that any package you send is insured to the value of its contents as we cannot take responsibility for any items that are lost or damaged in the post. When we have received your returned item, we will arrange your exchange or refund as appropriate.*
From the Anvil products may be affected by additional factors depending on whether we have your chosen items in stock, whether they are ordered in, made-to-measure and so on. We will advise you of the exact return and refund policy details relating to each order in your confirmation email. Please call 01226 766618 or email@example.com with any queries.*
[ * None of the above affects your statutory rights if goods are ‘faulty or not as described’. For your rights of cancellation under the Consumer Protection Distance Selling Regulations, please see our full Terms and Conditions here. ]
If you are buying in advance of installation, please store our products indoors in suitable conditions. Our wrought iron pieces are designed for interior use and we cannot be held responsible for items which have deteriorated due to storage in excessively cold, wet or humid conditions.
All of our products are designed and 'made to last' in our own workshop by skilled craftspeople and come fully guaranteed against defectiveness of materials or workmanship. Our guarantee, however, does not cover wear and tear, poor maintenance or misuse. Please note that our wrought iron products are for interior use only and should not be exposed to excessively cold and damp or humid conditions. Our lighting, as with all electrical fittings, should be installed by a qualified electrician. All of our products are individually handcrafted using traditional methods and as such size, form and finish may vary slightly. For more information please read our full Terms and Conditions of ordering and Returns Policy here.
We price our handmade ironwork with care and believe that our work should be produced fairly and honestly. We use quality materials and components and, as far as possible, source our supplies locally. It is important to us to support local manufacturing businesses and we are proud to be associated with Sheffield’s metalworking heritage. It is also very important to us as a business to keep traditional skills alive in the UK - we make all of our ironwork in our own workshop in Yorkshire using skilled craftspeople. We are sometimes asked about discounting our work. When we created the business it was always an important consideration that we should treat all of our customers and our employees with fairness and integrity. We believe that we cost our work fairly and for this reason we do not discount our work. We choose to manufacture in the UK and therefore don't have comparable margins on our work as companies who outsource their manufacturing overseas. The response that we get from our customers confirms that our handmade ironwork represents good value for money.
We supply our ironwork with quality screws, plugs and fixings suitable for general fitting, plus instructions; however you may find that there are some situations which require more specialist fixings.
Natural black is our most popular traditional beeswax finish. It brings out the beauty of the metalwork really well. Our light burnished steel alternative is a lighter, lacquered option with a mid-pewter appearance for a more modern appearance. You can read all about our metalwork finishes here.
We try to show our products as accurately as possible on our website, but web image colours can vary slightly for a variety of reasons including screen differences, the type of bulbs and the lighting and décor used in the shoot. Please do call us on 01226 766618 to clarify any particular product image and for the best representations of our finishes, refer to our finishes guide here
The 'fittings' of a light refers to the essential electrical component parts which hold the light together, in other words, the lampholder (or more accurately light bulb holder) on a wall light, lamp or pendant light and the cable grip at the top of a pendant light. If your light design has a glass shade with a wider neck, it will require a gallery fitting to hold it in place. We can provide all these fittings in a nickel, antique bronze or brass finish to complement your choice of metalwork finish for the body of your light.
Our lights all take standard bulb fittings. Each light specification details whether the product has a standard or small screw or bayonet fitting. We recommend LED bulbs for our lighting, but any type of bulb will work. LEDs have a very low wattage, but please check the maximum wattage for each light if using other bulbs.
Our lighting is well-made with quality electrical fittings and easy to install. See our light fitting instructions here. Regulations require all lighting is installed by a qualified electrician.
Our handmade lighting is suitable for SOME areas in bathrooms – specifically areas classed as ‘outside’ regulated Zones 0, 1 and 2. Our IP20-rated lights are well-made to high safety standards, but do not have the necessary IP rating to be fitted close to water sources such as the bath, shower and basin. These zones are restricted to lighting which has extra, certified protection against moisture. Please consult a qualified electrician about fitting bathroom lighting.
Most products on our website have several options so that you can customise each Nigel Tyas light to make it as you want it. You can often choose the metalwork finish, fittings finish, cable colour and so on. Shades and bulbs are sold separately too so you can make your own choice on these. We hope you’ll be able to customise your Nigel Tyas light order to suit your own preferred style and taste. Generally, we don't make one-off, bespoke lights due to time contraints in our busy workshop (please see below for more details). However as much of our work is handmade to order we can sometimes alter our designs alittle to suit your requirements. This may incur an additional fee. All decisions about non-standard order requests are made at Nigel's discretion. Contact us on 01226 766618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to discuss larger lighting design projects and Nigel is experienced at designing bespoke lighting and interior ironwork solutions for customers in these cases. Please contact us to discuss. As a rule, we do not take on commissions for smaller, indiviual, bespoke items due to time constraints in our busy workshop. It is simply not viable for us to design and make smaller one-off pieces. However, as much of our work is handmade to order, we can sometimes alter our designs to suit your requirements. This may incur an additional fee. All decisions about bespoke and non-standard order requests are made at Nigel’s discretion. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and we'll let you know if we can help. Contact us on 01226 766618 or email email@example.com.
Currently all of our work is designed for interior use only. We hope to develop a range of outdoor lighting in the future.
We provide a step-by-step guide to ordering a Nigel Tyas curtain pole to help you get the exact length that you need, with brackets, rings and accessories as required. Please see here.
We provide a step-by-step guide to help you measure your window for a Nigel Tyas curtain pole. We will use your measurement to make a pole which fits your window perfectly. Please see here.
Millimetres, or mm, are the measurement of choice for our precision blacksmiths. 1cm = 10mm. If you prefer to work in centimetres, take your measurements in cms and then times by 10 – ie simply add a zero! For example, a 120cm pole will be 1,200mm pole. An 80cm pole will be 800mm. A 20cm finial will be 200mm. Any problems at all please do give us a call on 01226 766618.
We strongly recommend you don't do this as our traditional poles and finials are made to fit together perfectly and if you saw off the end of your pole you may damage its aperture in some way and affect this smooth fit. You may also damage the metalwork finish. Please measure your window before ordering your made-to-measure curtain pole, following our guide here, to ensure our skilled blacksmiths make the perfect length pole for your window. If ordering one of our six standard length curtain pole packs, again please measure your window before ordering to ensure you purchase the best length to suit. Give us a call with any queries on 01226 766618.
Unfortunately, due to the challenges of measuring and making curtain poles to fit bay windows, as well as shipping difficulties, we no longer make curtain poles for bay windows.
Any curtain poles we make over 2.2metres (2,200mm) in length are made in two parts to allow for shipping. These curtain poles are joined with a neat internal spigot and the discreet join-line is covered by the central bracket we recommend for all poles over two metres long. If for any reason you would prefer a long pole in one piece, this can be arranged but will incur a surcharge to cover specialist shipping costs.
This can depend on personal preference, but as a guide for smaller and medium sized rooms, we suggest that you choose a chandelier no wider than a third of the length of the shortest wall of your room. This simple rule of thumb can be a helpful way to ensure the light isn’t ‘too big’ and is in good proportion to the space.
For larger rooms and big open plan spaces, this measuring guidance does not apply. You have the freedom to choose an impactful chandelier of any size to suit your interior scheme.
In either case, we also suggest a good way to help you decide on size is to mock-up a cardboard dummy of the size of chandelier you are considering, hold this in position and see what you think! This simple task can really help to visualise the scale and ensure you choose the size of chandelier you prefer.
Generally, we advise if you get the right size chandelier for your room – ie one that is in good proportion to the space – it follows that the number of candle lights and the lighting level they provide will work well.
If you are concerned it may be too bright to provide the ambient lighting you require at different times, it is a good idea to ask your electrician to install the chandelier on to a circuit with a dimmable light switch and use dimmable candle bulbs to allow you extra control.
For further advice, you may consult a lighting designer who may calculate the optimum number of lumens your light fitting should provide by taking into account the purpose of the room and its required brightness; room size, height and wall colour; plus, your personal preferences.
DATA AND LEGAL PROTECTIONS
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We want to make sure that we treat our customers well. These FAQs and other information sections of our website aim to summarise our terms and conditions in a user-friendly format. Our more formal and detailed terms and conditions, which govern both our website and the terms by which we supply our work to you, are designed to protect both you and us and can be read in full here - click here to read our full Terms and Conditions of ordering