The Humble Beginnings of Shaker Furniture

Shaker furniture has humble beginnings in a 19th century religious community, but has since become one of the most notable furniture styles in the world. Ironic, as the Shakers crafted their furniture with God in mind, and detested glamour or fame. The Shakers were serious about crafting for usability, rather than crafting for style, making their furniture totally functional and unadorned.

Many furniture styles have come and gone since Shaker furniture’s beginnings–but Shaker style remains largely unchanged, and still adored.

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What is the appeal to this timeless furniture style?

  • Shaker style furniture is built with minimal or no ornamentation. Their forms were basic, and followed function. Their buildings and their furniture were designed for a certain task or purpose and each piece of furniture was designed with symmetry in mind.
  • Shaker style furniture is plain, utilitarian, and uniform. Most of it was movable or built in to the walls.
  • Shaker furniture is simplistic and versatile enough to blend in with a variety of home decor styles. It can easily be mixed and matched with any style, or used on its own for a minimalist Shaker replication aesthetic.
  • Shaker style furniture is  built to last, and people love the solid craftsmanship associated with this style.

Perhaps it’s the cluttered and busy nature of our daily routines that urge us to seek simplicity in our home decor, or the comfortable, nostalgic feeling that Shaker furniture gives you that makes it such a popular style. Whatever the reason, we’re happy to provide 6 expertly crafted collections of Shaker style furniture, reminiscent of authentic Shaker pieces:

Shaker Furniture Style

Shaker Style Furniture on Sale at Vermont Woods Studios

From May 29th to June 18th, Shaker furniture is on sale! You have the opportunity to buy beautiful Shaker style furniture at a fraction of typical costs. Buy 1 piece and save 10%, buy 2 pieces and save 15%, or buy 3+ pieces and save 20%! See more details about the sale here!

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This craftsman style solid wood bedroom set has a modern flair
This craftsman style solid wood bedroom set has a modern, contemporary flair. It’s shown here in solid, natural cherry wood (with contrasting walnut wood drawer and door pulls) but it can also be crafted in maple or walnut.

If you’re shopping for high quality solid wood bedroom sets, I bet you’ve done a lot of research.  Bedroom furniture is a big investment and one that need only be made once in a lifetime.  So you want to do it right.  We’ve put together a few tips to help make your shopping easier and ensure you get the best value for your investment dollars.

Choose an Enduring Style

You’ve narrowed your search to a bedroom set that’s made of real solid wood, so you’re looking for a quality product you’ll have forever, right? Be sure to pick a style that’s simple and enduring.  That way you can change out your linens, curtains and other textiles when you want to indulge in design trends– with no need to re-invest in furniture.  Consider classic American bedroom furniture styles that have stood the test of time, like Shaker style, mission style, craftsman style and arts & crafts.

Solid Wood Bedroom Sets | American Handmade in Vermont
This is an American Shaker bedroom set. Shown in natural cherry wood here, it’s also available in natural walnut and maple. Construction is all solid wood except for the sides of the dresser and nightstand. Learn why this craftsman has chosen veneer for that particular application.

Go with Hardwood over Softwood

Hardwood wears better than softwood (like pine or hemlock) which typically has lots of knots and sap pockets.  If you’re investing in high quality bedroom furniture, make sure it’s made of hardwood.  We like black cherry, black walnut, hard maple and oak best.  They’re top quality North American hardwoods that we can track to make sure they’re harvested sustainably. Here are some photos and descriptions of the hardwoods we recommend.

American Made Furniture Will Long Outlast Imports

The bottom line here is that American made wood furniture is solidly manufactured by American workers with great attention to quality and durability. Not so with imports.  Sure, imports are much cheaper than American made furniture in the short run.  That’s because Chinese wages are often less than 1/10 of American wages.  And the wood used in imports is often illegal.  In the USA, wood furniture is made from sustainably harvested wood that comes from well managed American forests.  With imported furniture, the wood is typically clear cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests.   Although imported furniture often carries labels that it’s made of American hardwoods like cherry, walnut, oak or maple woods, that is rarely the case.  These labels are trade names used to describe woods of suspicious origin that are stained to look like familiar American woods such as cherry and walnut.  If you want to feel good about your furniture, make sure it’s American made.

Get the Best Value and Price

Top quality solid wood furniture is inherently expensive.  It’s not just the wood… it’s the value of American craftsmanship you’re paying for.  Transforming a tree into a dresser, a bed or a dining table takes time and talent. Many people are involved in bringing you a finished piece of furniture, from the land owner where that tree grew to the professional forester who selected the tree for harvest, to the logger to the sawyer to the timber salesperson to the craftsman who builds your bed and the shipper who delivers it to you.

We’re always working on adding value to this supply chain and I can tell you that the best way to save money is to purchase your furniture as a set.  It enables an economy of scale in all those links in the chain between the forest and your home.

We’re hoping this savings will help you make the decision to purchase American made furniture that your family will enjoy with pride for generations.  Check out the many new solid wood bedroom sets Tristan has just posted online.  They’re priced with our best discounts & lowest prices ever.   Enjoy great values on best selling, high quality handcrafted, real solid wood dressers, chests, armoires, night stands and mirrors arranged in fine furniture sets to save you money. Each set is carefully handcrafted in Vermont & guaranteed for a lifetime of service.

Make Sure it’s Sustainable for Your Wallet, the Planet, and the Local Economy

Our solid wood bedroom sets are built with eco-friendly timber, making them the smart choice for your home and for the environment. An additional benefit is that by purchasing furniture from us, you are supporting the national economy and supporting American workers rather than sending your dollars overseas. Our furniture is truly all American, as it’s not only built in the United States, but it is also made with timber from sustainably harvested North American hardwoods!  You’ll be keeping the money at home, while you fill your home with furniture you’ll love.

Ready to bring a beautiful set of American made bedroom furniture into your home? Shop now, or call us at (888) 390-5571 with any questions!

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Arts and Crafts bedroom furniture from Vermont
This Arts and Crafts bedroom furniture set is part of our Vermont made Cherry Moon collection.  It’s in stock (along with this similar bedroom set) and on sale for 25% off!  Ready to ship or pick up today.

What is Arts & Crafts Furniture?

Simple, graceful, and handmade: that’s the essence of the American Arts & Crafts furniture style.  The Arts & Crafts (or Craftsman) philosophy, which became popular over a century ago, grew out of a rejection of complicated Victorian era designs produced by industrial processes.  People were rediscovering an appreciation for simpler, functional, handmade wooden furniture crafted by skilled artisans.

Brandon arts and crafts style bedroom set
This Brandon arts and crafts style bedroom set is on display (and on sale) at our Stonehurst showroom today. We love it’s clean lines, gentle curves and timeless elegance.

Today’s Craftsman Community in Vermont

Although the Arts & Crafts movement began at the turn of the 20th century, it’s still going strong today in Vermont!  The Green Mountain State (Fine Furniture Capital of America) is increasingly recognized as our country’s leader in high quality, handmade wooden furniture, boasting over 1000 small furniture companies plus 2000 independent woodworkers operating out of studios, barns and garages.

Contemporary Craftsman bedroom set
Another arts and crafts bedroom set in our showroom is this Contemporary Craftsman set.  Skillfully crafted of natural cherry wood, it features clean, smooth lines with just a hint of curve.

Psst… It’s on Sale for 25% Off at Stonehurst!

Vermont craftsmen produce a diverse collection of high quality wooden furniture which has earned them a world-wide reputation for integrity, authenticity and green design.  Stop by our quintessential Vermont furniture and home decor showroom at Stonehurst and save 25% on these arts & crafts bedroom furniture sets today.  We’re in a 200 year old, lovingly restored farmhouse, perched atop a lost ski area in Vernon, Vermont.  See photos of our unique destination shopping experience on Facebook and come celebrate natural, handmade arts & crafts furniture with us at Stonehurst.

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We’ve never done this before…but we’re excited about it! Copeland Bedroom Furniture is going on sale! 

Our President’s Day furniture sale will start this Friday and I have some good news for Copeland Furniture fans. For the first time (and possible the only time) we are able to offer a discount on Copeland bedroom furniture! The Copeland President’s Day sale starts Feb 13 and continues for over 2 weeks until March 1, 2015.

Copeland Berkeley bedroom furniture sale
Our Copeland bedroom furniture sale includes FREE shipping plus a 10% discount on this beautiful Berkeley collection (and all your other favorite bedroom pieces from this iconic Vermont furniture brand).

If you’re looking to purchase Copeland furniture, like all shoppers you’re looking for the best price, right?  You’ve noticed that all retailers are charging essentially the same price for Copeland.  What’s up with that?  Well as the Internet becomes a larger venue for shopping, more and more furniture manufacturers are setting a minimum price that we retailers must abide by.  In Copeland’s case it’s a fair price that’s commensurate with the value of their furniture.  It’s meant to help keep Copeland’s retailers from going out of business, declaring bankruptcy and damaging the Vermont furniture industry.  Thus in the past, you haven’t seen lower Copeland prices unless they were for a floor model or a scratch and ding sample.

Copeland Dominion bedroom furniture
Copeland’s Dominion bedroom furniture is also on sale with a 10% discount from Feb 13 – Mar 1, 2015.

But now, for President’s Day Copeland has announced their first ever bedroom furniture sale.  All your favorite Copeland bedroom collections will be discounted by 10%.  That’s huge because Copeland’s everyday pricing is a great value and very competitive with similar high end brands.  This sale is a true bargain!

Love mid century modern design?  This Copeland bedroom furniture sale features the Catalina collection, a beautiful expression of MCM style.
Love mid century modern furniture design? This Copeland bedroom furniture sale features the Catalina collection, a beautiful expression of MCM style.

Here’s a run down on what our President’s Day sale includes for Copeland bedroom furniture collections:

Check out our website for details and give us a call, visit us at our beautiful Stonehurst showroom or order online at your convenience.  We’ll look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Our summer bedroom furniture sale is in full swing now.  If you’re finally ready to treat yourself to the bedroom of your dreams, stop by and check out the discounts and savings. You deserve a great bed! 

Furnish your bedroom with our 100% American Made, real wood furniture. Save big when shopping for bedroom furniture online–with our buy more, save more sale you’ll save 10% off any single piece, 15% off two pieces or 20% off 3 or more pieces (plus Free Shipping)*.

Choose from over 40 styles of beds in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Walnut, or Oak solid woods. Create your own bedroom set with dozens of nightstand and dresser options!

Classic and timeless Vermont styling, handmade with uncompromised craftsmanship, and solidly built for generations of use. This is bedroom furniture you will appreciate and enjoy forever. Shopping for bedroom furniture online can seem scary, as you don’t get the opportunity to see and touch it up close before you purchase…but you can sleep tight knowing your new bedroom furniture investment is backed by a lifetime guarantee. Our fine furniture experts are here full time and are eager to help you out before, during, and after your purchase.

Every piece in our bedroom collections is skillfully handcrafted one piece at a time right here in Vermont and made just for you. Shop for your new bed, nightstands, chests, dressers, and mirrors securely, easily, and conveniently directly from our online store. Or, if you prefer, contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or to discuss your questions about our Vermont Made, solid wood bedroom furniture. Hurry! This sale ends at midnight on July 24th!

*Excludes Copeland, Barnwood, Artisan, and Clearance Furniture

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