Furniture made in Craven Arms for tough times
Beds that can be bounced on for hours and fish tanks which are frequently banged without breaking are among products made by a specialist furniture firm in Shropshire.
Tough Furniture makes tables, chairs and other items which it said can withstand "challenging behaviour" in specialist schools, centres, bail hostels and young offenders' institutions.
Nigel Reaney, commercial director for the Craven Arms firm, said: "Safety is an important factor.
"And by producing furniture that can withstand being attacked it means the person doing the attack doesn't end up with something they can hurt themselves or someone else with."
He added several other companies make strong furniture but he believed his was the only firm which dedicated itself solely to its production.
A two-year partnership between Tough Furniture and Wolverhampton University received national recognition earlier this month.
Through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), product design graduate Rhys Thomas worked for the firm and has been given a job there.
The partnership, which won the Special Recognition category at The Impact Awards, also gave the company access to the university's facilities and helped with its marketing and production.
James Allen, from Wolverhampton University, said it helped the manufacturer produce 3D imagery portraying its products.
The KTP initiative has helped the university build links with businesses and find employment for its graduates, with about 26 currently working with firms.
David Vesty, managing director of Tough Furniture, said the award had been "inspirational" for his team.
He set up the firm about 20 years ago after law changes required private children's homes to have more homely furniture.
Mr Vesty switched his furniture-making skills to meet the realisation that such items needed to be more durable. The firm now has nearly 30 employees.
Tough Furniture also makes bespoke items, such as for families with children with special needs.
Mr Reaney said: "A lot of young people with autism like to bounce on beds, maybe for three or four hours a day, and an ordinary bed simply can't withstand that."
In one case the firm made a bed for a boy who had been sleeping on a mattress on the floor after breaking beds so frequently.Encased disco balls
On another occasion, the company was asked to make a bed which could withstand weight up to 40 stone (254kg), following a new directive at a hospital.
Ten workers stood on one bed to check its durability
Ten employees at the furniture makers tested the strength of their work by standing on the bed and jumping up and down.
Designers have also covered lava lamps and disco balls in special polycarbonate cabinets to create a relaxing children's bedroom, which was still safe, he added.
Polycarbonate, which is a strong plastic, is also used for fish tanks and to protect television screens.
Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and solid beech are also common materials used.
Mr Reaney said strong items were needed because furniture in specialist schools or units saw a level of "passive abuse", such as someone kicking a chair out of frustration.
During the KTP scheme, Mr Thomas worked on a lounge range, which included cupboards and units made from oak and TVs with polycarbonate protection.
Mr Thomas, 26, said although he graduated during a difficult economic climate he felt the skills he had learnt made him "quite highly employable".
He added: "But one thing about the job is our client base. Not many jobs have such a positive impact on people's lives. It's a big plus."