Also known as extension tables, butterfly leaf tables are helpful solutions for small kitchens and dining rooms. Traditional dining room tables can take up a lot of space, and if you don’t have the dining space adequate for that size table, tables with self storing leaves are the perfect choice. Rather than settling for a tiny table, where you couldn’t accommodate guests on holidays or special occasions, you can use a  butterfly leaf table to allow for more seating whenever you need it!

Now there’s really no reason to hesitate before extending an open invitation for your friends and relatives to gather around the table at your house.  Just pull out the extra leaf!  Back in the day, we had to store extra leaves for our old oak dining table down in the basement.  But today’s tables with self storing leaves let you neatly and conveniently tuck them away under the table top.  It’s so easy to insert them, and then tuck them away after company has gone home.

So how do tables with self storing leaves work?

For a visual demonstration, take a look at the video above and see how easy it is to use a butterfly leaf table. They have a section in the center that can be self stored when not in use at large gatherings. The tables open easily with a single self equalizing, ball bearing extension leaf. The self storing butterfly leaf mechanism allows for single handed operation to easily expand or close the table in a matter of seconds!

Where can I find butterfly leaf extension tables?

We have several beautiful, solid wood tables with self storing leaves. Browse a selection of our favorites below:

Do you think extension tables might be the solution to your space conundrum? If not, let us know what you do to save space in the dining room by leaving us a comment!

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.

Real Cherry Wood | Bedroom Furniture
This Natural Vermont Spindle Bed is shown in real, natural cherry wood.  It’s pretty new in the photo so it’s light in color.  After a few months of exposure to sunlight, the furniture will darken to a rich reddish brown color.

If you’ve made your way to this post, chance are you’ve spent a considerable amount of time trying to find real cherry wood furniture.  Why do you suppose real cherry is so hard to find?  Well, it’s kind of like trying to find real American made furniture right?  Both are relatively rare in this age of cheap imports and they can easily get obscured by the mass marketing of knock-offs.

Real Cherry Furniture 101

Real honest cherry furniture is still being handcrafted in Vermont and in fact, it is the wood of choice for over half of our customers.  As such we get asked a lot of questions about it.  The curiosity of our customers has made us experts in cherry wood and cherry furniture & we’re happy to share everything we’ve learned.  Here are a few articles you might be interested in:

  1. Natural Cherry Wood Furniture: What Color Is It… Really?
  2. Cherry fundamentals: heartwood, sapwood, color, grain and mineral deposits
  3. Solid Cherry Wood Furniture: Is it Real?
  4. Cherry Wood Furniture: Where Does It come From?
  5. Solid Cherry Wood Furniture: 3 Ways To Tell If It’s Real
  6. Natural Cherry Wood Furniture Characteristics: Grain Variations
  7. Natural Cherry Wood Furniture Characteristics: Color
  8. Natural Cherry Wood Furniture Characteristics: Mineral Deposits
  9. Solid Cherry Furniture: 18 American Made Collections From Vermont

Faux Cherry Furniture 101

What color is real cherry wood?
So you’re not sure what the color of real cherry is? Well, no wonder! When I just googled “real cherry wood” these images are what came up. Quite a variation, isn’t it?  Learn how to tell cherry from it’s imitators here.

Don’t be fooled by the plethora of stores that sell faux cherry knock offs and label them as “real cherry wood”.  What you’re buying at those stores is actually rubber wood, poplar, alder or any number of fast-growing wood alternatives.  They are often illegally clear-cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests, then bleached, texturized and stained to look like cherry.  Why would companies like Wayfair, Crate and Barrel, Amazon, Walmart, Overstock, Macy’s, JC Penny’s risk their reputations by engaging in such false advertising?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Facebook.

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.

Our Modern Shaker Furniture Collection is an ultra customizable collection featuring several different options for your home office. With a handful of desk options, we’ve chosen two of our favorites that we feel define the look of a professional Vermont style office.

Our Modern Shaker Desks are handcrafted to last a lifetime. One is sleek & simple, the other sturdy and grand… which fits your style?

Modern Shaker Campaign Desk Office Set (2)

The Modern Shaker Campaign Desk & Modern Shaker Office Desk. The Modern Shaker Campaign desk is sleek and simple, shown in ultra-modern walnut wood. This desk leaves plenty of open space under the desk for you to move around or to place file cabinets. This solid wood Modern Shaker Style Campaign Writing Desk will impress clients and friends who visit your home or office. Organize everything at your fingertips in its two accessory drawers and built-in pencil drawer.

Modern Shaker Office (3)
The Modern Shaker Executive Desk is a bold but transitional piece perfect for your executive office. It’s sturdy design makes it the ideal piece for an office that gets a lot of foot traffic and a lot of use! Shown in cherry wood, this classic American made desk is a great choice for a simplistic & stylish professional office. This fine luxury furniture is crafted using premium solid wood and is designed and built to last a lifetime. Organize everything at your fingertips in its two accessory drawers and 2 file drawers (standard or legal size). Choose between a rounded or straight edge profile. This solidly built Shaker desk is handcrafted to order in Vermont in your choice of solid cherry, maple, or walnut woods with a natural, eco-friendly non-toxic oil finish that not only protects, but enhances the natural beauty of the wood.

Let us know which one of these Modern Shaker Desks you love in the comments, or check out more of our hardwood desks online!

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 End TablesShaker end tables have worldwide appeal, both as valued collectibles and as beautiful, unfussy pieces of furniture that go with anything in the home. 

Introduced over 200 years ago by the Shaker religious sect, this unfrilly furniture style has a truly timeless quality that makes sense for any style of home. Shaker end tables can accent your couch or other living room furniture with chic simplicity, and while they are not bold furniture designs, they make the perfect complementary pieces for your rustic or modern living room. Place your books, artwork, and most prized family photos atop your Shaker end table for a stylish, comfortable look. Mix and match your shaker end tables for a more eclectic aesthetic.

Shaker End Tables

Shaker end tables are light and airy, evoking a warm, country feel in any space they occupy. Traditionally, “country” style decor and furniture is sometimes seen as overly cluttered. The modern minimalism of Shaker end tables, however, is far from cluttered! Shaker style furniture is charactarized by its clean build, unassuming lines, and tapered leg shape. It’s beautiful in its simplicity and in its rich centuries old heritage.

Shaker end tables are some of the most versatile styles for your living room. So if you don’t feel comfortable committing to a certain style, this is the perfect type for you. Switch your styles around as much as you like and your Shaker end table will still look just as wonderful beside your couch or comfy living room chair.

What do you think, would you add a Shaker end table to your living room space? If not, what style do you like better?

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.

Eco Friendly Wood Furniture | Handmade in VT, USA
This Woodland Table and Modern Mission Dining Chairs are made from solid cherry wood, that was sustainably harvested in North America.

We started Vermont Woods Studios out of a passion for forest conservation.  It was this one astounding statistic that really lit a fire under me:

Every second an acre of rainforest is lost forever

Along with trees, some of my favorite iconic wildlife species that live in the rainforest are being lost.  For example, all the great cats (lions, tigers, leopards, cheetas, etc) are critically endangered as are all the great apes (gorillas, chimps, orangutans, etc).  Our planet is actually losing over 100 species/day.  The cause is habitat destruction.  Rainforest trees are being clearcut for timber to make cheap furniture and flooring.

Eco Friendly Wood Furniture: What It Is

So to me, eco friendly wood furniture is first and foremost, furniture that’s made from sustainably harvested wood.  More specifically, North American wood (recycled or newly milled) that’s been obtained through legitimate local partners, thus minimizing transport distances and helping regional economies (and greatly reducing fuel usage and carbon emissions).

Other aspects of eco friendly furniture relate to how a tree is transformed into, say… a table or a bed.  Vermont furniture makers use both traditional and modern methods to maximize the yield from each tree and minimize (or eliminate) wood waste. All wood processing by-products are put to some type of use here in Vermont. For example: sawdust is used by local farmers for animal bedding and wood chips are used for heating.

Non-toxic furniture finishes are also characteristic of eco friendly furniture.

Eco Friendly Wood Furniture: What It Is NOT

Unlike many large American furniture companies, we do not consider imported wood furniture eco friendly.  The global timber trade has been infiltrated by organized crime to the point where illegal wood (often clear cut from the rainforest) is pervasive throughout the imported wood furniture and flooring industry.  Much of it is accompanied by counterfeit documents labeling it as green certified by the Forest Stewardship Council FSC (here are a couple articles reporting on this: Liquidating the Forests and Corruption Stains the Global Timber Trade).

National Geographic recently reported on a UN study showing that the global environmental crime industry (with illegal logging being the primary component) has now surpassed the global drug trade in terms of estimated annual revenue.  “We have regulations, but we need to inform consumers,” said Indonesian official Budi Susanti, “if buyers won’t buy the products that aren’t sustainable, there won’t be demand.”

How to Know the Difference

A google search for “eco friendly wood furniture” turns up all sorts of  questionable results from big, multinational companies that pledge to use green certified wood.  Of course your best bet would be to find something made locally from local wood.  But if that’s not possible or practical for you, any furniture that’s truly 100% Made in America is likely to be an environmentally friendly choice.

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.