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Rectangular Turned Leg Dining Table in Cherry

Round, Rectangle, Oval or Square? We have some tips on choosing the table that’s right for you.

A dining table may just be the most important piece of furniture in your home. It sees family meals, celebrations, game nights and homework sessions. It’s where you laugh, bond and share memories. It will probably be the one piece of furniture that doesn’t change when it’s time to renovate.

Knowing that it’s a lasting investment and place that will function in multiple ways, it’s important to understand the different shapes of tabletops you can get, what each shape accomplishes and which one is right for you.

Rectangular- Easily the most popular and frequently chosen design, a rectangular table often symmetrically compliments the shape of a room. It gives a sense of structure and tradition. Long rectangular tables can help break up a large space while still remaining functional. And, knowing that rectangular tables are quite common, (not that it’s a bad thing!) the chairs and decor you choose to place around it are even more important.

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Our Woodland Custom Dining Table in Cherry

Round- Often seen in dinette sets, round dining tables are a nice alternative to a rectangular table. Round tables send a message of openness and inclusion. They can easily accommodate extra guests and as long as the chair size is taken into consideration, they are just as spacious as a rectangular table.

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Our Vermont Modern Pedestal Table in Cherry

Oval- A combination of both round and rectangular tables, an oval table can be both casual and sophisticated. Having rounded corners an oval table gives a sense of inclusion, similar to a round table, but its sleek, straight side edges lend itself to fine dining.

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Our Cherry Blossom Double Pedestal Table in Cherry

Square- A less common shape for a dining table, it can be either a small two person table or large enough to fit a holiday feast. A small square dining table is perfect for limited space or as a breakfast nook. A large square table, while less common, can be used to take up a large space. A square table can make reaching for food complicated at times and with everyone so spread out, can make it hard to hear everyone. But, we like square tables for their symmetry and modern twist on dining spaces.

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Our Hampton Square Pedestal Table in Cherry

Some other important factors to think about are:

-How often will you be using your dining table? Every meal? Only special occasions?

  • If it’s going to see a lot of wear and tear, it’s good to look for high quality and durable tables, whereas if it’s going to used seldomly, like formal events, a more ornate design may be appropriate.

-How many people will be sitting at it regularly? What about for special occasions?

  • This is where the size of your room, the table and the design of your dining chairs come into play. If you’re regularly hosting large gatherings a rectangle or oval shaped table may be more appropriate. If you’re room’s dimensions are more square in shape, a round table may fit in nicely.

-What about extension tops and drop-leaf tops?

  • Short on space? This type of top may be the best fit for you. It will allow you to save space on a regular basis, but will also allow you to host larger parties when you want.

No matter the theme of your dining space, we recommend considering functionality first. Look into what shapes and sizes will fit best in your dining space. Then move to size once you’ve determined how often and how many people will typically be hosted. After landing on the right table, we recommend moving to chairs. You don’t want choose a chair that ends up being too bulky around your table!

If you have any questions or other ideas we’d love to hear them! Add your comment below!

Interested in talking with someone? Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is always here to answer any questions you may have at (888) 390-5571. If  you’re in the Vernon, VT area or passing through, we’d love to see you at our Stonehurst Showroom, open seven days week!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Copeland Wave Collection
The Copeland Wave Collection in Parchment Maple

Riding The Sleep Waves

Picture this: You’re laying out in the sun at a beach. You’re the only person there. All you hear are the waves calmly crashing on the shore and the tall grass behind you shaking in the ocean breeze, maybe a distant sea bird cooing. The sun is warming you like a light blanket as you sway slowly in a hammock. You gently outstretch your fingertips and skim them through the warm, soft sand as you move.

Did you feel relaxed imagining that scene? And, are you someone who has trouble falling asleep at night? If you answered yes to the latter question then you’ve probably tried many different techniques to help get you to sleep. One strategy I use, is a technique in which you build a relaxing place in your mind until you fall asleep. Envisioning the beach scene as I described above always works for me!

Another way to help calm your mind is to create a relaxing bedroom environment. You’ve probably read design blogs that recommend soothing or muted wall colors, bedding free of busy designs and so on.

But have you thought about using your bedroom furniture as a way to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere for yourself?

Our new Copeland Wave Collection can help you do just that. The collection highlights a sleek, minimalist design that showcases innovative three dimensional carved faces on the case pieces and headboard of the beds. The carvings mimic the rippling effects of soft waves in water and are accentuated with metal hairpin legs or round tapered wood legs giving the contemporary design, an essence of mid century modern flair. The collection is handmade from maple hardwood and is available with two finish options.

Copeland Wave Collection
Wave 5-Drawer Chest, Wave Maple 1-Drawer Nightstand, Wave Maple Bed, 3-Drawer Chest and 6-Drawer Dresser all in Parchment Maple

Taking on conventional design, this collection offers you a unique bedroom set, that will not only help create a calming atmosphere but also give you a chance to showcase your creative side. Create the atmosphere you’ve been dreaming of (literally) and wake up feeling rested in our Copeland Wave Collection.

You can shop this bedroom collection securely and conveniently from the comfort of your own home, call us toll free at (888) 390-5571 or stop into our Vernon, VT Showroom. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is always here to help with any questions you may have.


This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Shaker Furniture
New Traditions Round Pedestal Table and Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs

Making Shaker Furniture Your Own

I recently wrote about how Shaker furniture is known for its simplicity…that the design is rooted in the Shaker religion’s founding principles. And while I went into detail about its very traditional design, that doesn’t mean you have to have to stick to that specific style when using Shaker furniture and I’ll show you how!

I decided to choose one of our Shaker dining tables to show how just changing the chairs paired with the table can completely transform the atmosphere in your dining space. I decided to use our New Traditions Round Pedestal Table as a starting point. It’s a simple, sturdy design and beautiful all on its own. From there I chose four of our dining chairs that encompass the majority of our dining collections.

Here are my picks:

Contemporary: So you want the look of Shaker but you don’t want your space to feel out of date and that’s okay. Our Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs instantly update any space they’re in. With its unique full length slat back, this chair takes on conventionally designed chairs. Both the top and the bottom of the back are accented with an angled cut to the frame, giving the chair an avant garde design. It’s available in both side and arm chair designs and can come with or without upholstered seats.

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Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chair

Formal: If you’re looking for something formal and sophisticated with Shaker furniture then you already know you won’t find designs with inlays or carvings. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find a chair that will elevate your space to the level you’re looking for. To dress up the New Traditions table, I chose our Round Back Chair. It’s curved back automatically compliments the round table top but it also adds an element of delicacy and elegance not typically seen in a traditional Shaker dining chair. This chair is available upholstered, with or without arms.

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Round Back Chair in Cherry with Black Upholstery

Country: Looking for a more traditional take on Shaker furniture? Added to the New Traditions table, our Country Windsor Chair will transform your space into that perfect country cabin feel you’ve been longing for. With its high spindle back and scooped seat the Country Windsor Chair offers not only a classic look, but comfort. Its curved top gives it a subtle contemporary flair. It’s available with or without arms and six Finish options.

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Country Windsor Chair in Natural Cherry

Arts & Crafts: Designed with the classic Mission Craftsman style in mind, our Grand Mission Chair offers a modern and simple style of chair. Added to our New Traditions table it will instantly give the room a sense of sophistication. With its almost industrial design, it’s the perfect chair for someone who likes to change the theme of their home decor as its design will compliment almost any style. It comes upholstered and is available with or without arms.

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Grand Mission Cherry Dining Chair in Off-White Fabric Upholstery

If you’re someone who has to stick to a specific style guideline, we do have options for you, as well. But, if like me you like to mix and match furniture to fit your style, I hope these ideas help.

If you have any questions in regards to the styles and designs of our furniture, our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is always here to assist you at (888) 390-5571. You can shop these products and more conveniently and securely from the comfort of your home or stop into our Stonehurst, Showroom in beautiful Vernon, Vermont.

*During our Shaker Furniture Sale going on now through January 28th, save up to 20% off our Shaker Furniture Collection.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Copeland Canto Walnut Bedroom Collection.

Hairpin Legs Never Looked So Good

I think it’s safe to say every generation is influenced by its predecessor one way or another. I like to think that it’s always for the better, because each generation learns how to improve upon the work of those before them. And with that in mind, I’ve noticed that now more than ever we’re seeing a strong desire for retro inspired products.

Unless you never go out, you can’t avoid running into vintage style ads, soda cans, game boards, fashion trends and furniture designs. There’s hardly an industry that hasn’t been impacted by this demand for retro inspired products. Our newest furniture, Copeland’s Canto Collection is just that, a retro inspired modern take on a classic 1940’s design: hairpin style legs.

Hairpin legs, originally designed by Henry P. Glass in 1941 as part of an outdoor furniture collection used less metal (you can assume to accommodate metal rationing during WWII) all while keeping the strength of traditional legs. Once released, the design quickly rose to popularity and influenced furniture inside the home, from dining chairs to ottomans.

Today you’ll see this back in style design everywhere from Target to One Kings Lane, West Elm and everywhere in-between. If you love the retro look of the hairpin legs and you want it attached to high-quality solid wood bedroom furniture, look no further. Our Copeland Canto Collection, handmade in Vermont, combines the captivating leg design with solid walnut wood for a look that is truly unique.

The Canto Bed is designed with two hairpin legs at the foot of the bed and two solid walnut tapered legs at the head of the bed. The headboard is framed in walnut wood and comes upholstered in a variety of Microsuede and colorful fabrics. The bed is available in Queen and both King and California King sizes.

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Pair the Canto Bed with the Canto Walnut 3, 4 or 5-Drawer Chests, 1-Drawer Nightstand and Canto 6 or 8-Drawer Dressers.

Relax in mid century modern style with this one-of-a-kind collection now available at Vermont Woods Studios.

If you have any questions about this new collection or any of our other furniture, don’t hesitate to live chat or call (888-390-5571) our friendly sales team! Shop safely and conveniently from the comfort of your home with our easy to use website and online store.



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Modern Legs



This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Shaker Furniture
Our Classic Shaker Office Furniture in Cherry

Honest, Utilitarian and Simple all come to mind when thinking of Classic Shaker Furniture.

Guided by religious principles, Shaker style furniture was originally made with the belief that all manufactured goods should be constructed with honesty. Shaker furniture, much like the Shaker lifestyle, is simple in design and free of frivolities. While the religious population that founded Shaker style furniture started to steadily decline after the Civil War (with only three practicing members today) their influence on furniture is unwavering.

Known for its minimalist design, Shaker furniture is free of veneers, inlays and carvings with a focus on the furnitures’ overall form and proportions. One of the most popular facets of Shaker furniture is chairmaking. Shaker chairs are known for their turned posts, slats or ladder backs and often times woven seats.

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Windsor Style Guest Chair and Modern Shaker Dining Chair #2 both in Cherry

There have been many modernizations on Shaker style furniture, but one thing has always remained the same: simplicity.

At Vermont Woods Studios you’ll find a variety of Shaker style furniture from traditional designs to a more contemporary take on the style. And while some pieces may stray from the traditional designs, they are still rooted in the belief of honesty and simplicity.

During our Shaker Furniture Sale starting Friday, January 8th and running through Thursday, January 28th you can save 10% off one piece of furniture, 15% off two pieces and 20% off three pieces. You’ll be able to choose from hundreds of pieces for your bedroom, dining room, living room, office and more!

Shaker Furniture
Vermont Shaker Moon Bed, New Traditions Round Pedestal Table and Incline Sleigh Bed all in Cherry.

And as the Shakers used the wood from their lands and demanded integrity with each piece of furniture they made, here at Vermont Woods Studios we believe that, too. All of our furniture comes from wood that is sustainably harvested from the Northeast and is handmade in Cherry, Maple, Oak and Walnut woods by local craftsmen.

If you have any questions or would like to order over the phone, our friendly sales team is always here to help at 888-390-5571. Shop conveniently and securely online or stop into our Vernon, Vermont showroom, open seven days a week.




This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.