Astrid Bedroom Set | Solid Wood Furniture | Black Walnut | American Made in VT
This top quality solid wood furniture set is handmade of real solid American black walnut wood.  To get the best price, shop for Astrid bedroom furniture as a set and save on white glove shipping and delivery.

I’ve been looking for a widely accepted definition of “solid wood furniture“.  I’m finding the same thing as when I looked for a definition of “American made furniture”.  Anything goes.  Here’s an example of what I found on a popular reference website (About.com),

”Solid walnut wood furniture means that all exposed parts of the piece are walnut. But the frame and inner parts may be of other, less-costly wood.  Thin layers of fine, decorative wood can be bonded to the face of low cost wood pieces. This is called veneering.”

Now does that sound like solid wood furniture to you?  I don’t think so.  If you’re shopping for high quality furniture and solid wood construction is important to you, try asking your salesperson these 5 questions to help clarify things:

Is This Real Solid Wood Furniture or Veneered?

When you take a look at the edge of a solid wood tabletop you can see if the graining on the top carries through on the edge – the way marbling does in a piece of steak.  If this is not the case, you are looking at the “banding” on a veneered piece.  Another way to tell solid wood is to look at the underside of the piece.  Does the grain look like the same as the wood on the table top? If not, then it’s probably veneered.

Is this Furniture Made Of Hardwood of Softwood?

In North America, typically the best quality solid wood furniture is made of native hardwoods, such as cherry, walnut, maple, oak, ash and birch.  Although hardwood is more expensive than softwood, it has a higher density and is therefore usually harder and heavier.  Hardwood grain is closed, tight and non-resinous as opposed to softwood grain that’s loose and resinous, thus it splits easy.

Is the Craftsmanship Top Quality?

You can buy plenty of solid wood furniture that’s of poor quality.  For example, I just searched for “solid hardwood furniture high quality” and Google shopper’s first result was a solid wood bed for $68.98.  What good does it do to have solid wood construction when poor workmanship is going to limit the life of a piece to a couple years?  Check for solid craftsmanship, top quality joinery and meticulous finishes in your furniture.  A salesperson should be able to show and tell you about construction details such as mortise and tenon joints, dovetails, miter joints, finger joints, splines, biscuits, dowels, butts, dados, rabbets, tongue and groove and more. Durable, robust joinery is critical to the life and usefulness of a piece.

Finish is important too.  Most imported furniture is finished with cheap coatings that contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene) which can cause asthma and allergies especially in young children.  Ask your salesperson to explain what’s in the finish and how many coats have been applied to protect the furniture over time.

Is This American Made or Imported Furniture?

Are you wondering why imported furniture is so much cheaper than American made furniture?  It’s not just that Chinese wages are about 1/10 of American wages.  It’s about where the raw materials come from.  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 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.

Am I Getting The Best Value and Price?

Top quality solid wood furniture is inherently expensive, so you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the best value and price.  Find a local craftsman or retailer you can trust. Try to purchase your furniture as a set, rather than piece by piece if possible.  Purchasing furniture sets not only creates efficiency in the craftsman’s workshop, it also saves money in shipping and delivery.

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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.

wooden dressers

While dressers are usually thought of simply as storage items for your clothes, they can also be beautiful elements of style for your bedroom. Each wooden dresser has the ability to show off the style and character of your space and your home. The selection of wooden dressers presented in this blog are beautiful, eco-friendly, and made with real solid wood. I hope you love them as much as I do.

1. 6 Drawer Chelsea Wooden Dresser chelsea-6drawer-dresser
Our Chelsea dresser is unique in it’s curvaceous shape and light, feminine feeling. It is simplistic and elegant, making it a top choice for any master bedroom suite.  Chelsea’s elegantly bowed shape gives this six drawer dresser a classic and unique style all its own. A perfect match for our Chelsea Bedroom Collection. This 6 drawer double dresser features precision English dovetail drawer construction with 100 lb rated, under-mounted metal drawer guides which ensure quiet and smooth operation.

2. Contemporary Cable 9 Drawer Dresser 
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Our contemporary Cable 9 Drawer dresser is as roomy as it is sleek. It’s the perfect mix between masculine and feminine, making it a great choice for a shared master bedroom. The subtle wood and metal mixture give it a modest industrial feeling without being over the top. Our Contemporary Cable 9-Drawer Dresser features solid hardwood construction and traditional joinery. Dovetail drawers and metal drawer slides ensure durability and smooth operation. Unique cable pulls complement the Contemporary Cable Platform Bed. Low profile offers plenty of storage while still fitting below most window sills.

3. Astrid Maple Wooden Dresser
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Our Astrid dresser by Copeland is an ultra modern, minimalist piece of furniture. It would make a great statement piece in the bedroom alongside more traditional furniture, or a wonderful complementary piece to your already modern bedroom. Astrid’s modern American design features deeply splayed legs producing dramatic, futuristic cantilevers. The Astrid Maple Bedroom Furniture Collection, named after a beautiful Scandinavian goddess, is an engineering feat that defies expectations and inspires a sense of possibility.

4. Modern Shaker 3-Drawer Dresserwooden dresser
Our Modern Shaker 3-Drawer dresser is simplistic and absolutely beautiful. The walnut wood gives it a sleek, modern feel while the Shaker construction keeps it nice and simple. This exceptional piece could fit with almost any decor style and is sturdily constructed to last for generations. Choose between a rounded or straight edge profile. All our Modern Shaker dressers are handcrafted to order in Vermont in your choice of solid cherry, maple, or walnut woods with a eco-friendly non-toxic oil finish that not only protects, but enhances the natural beauty of the wood.

5.  Contemporary Craftsman 10 Drawer Dresser 
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Spacious, sturdy, and solidly crafted are words you could use to describe this beautiful Craftsman style dresser. Made in Cherry wood, this piece features unique walnut drawer pulls giving it an Asian-Craftsman fusion look. This solid wood Contemporary Craftsman 10-Drawer Dresser features floating panel sides with gentle arches. 10 roomy drawers make it the ultimate storage unit for your contemporary bedroom, on top of being a modestly stylish piece.

Which piece do you like the best? Let us know in the comments section or on 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.

 

Affordable Solid Wood Bedroom Furniture

Looking for affordable solid wood furniture? Meet ‘Brandon’!

With our Brandon bedroom furniture suite, you have access to beautiful, high quality solid wood bedroom furniture at a great price. Starting at just below $2,000 our Brandon bed is one of the least expensive beds we offer, with case pieces starting at $549.00. This collection is truly a steal. It’s affordable price doesn’t detract from it’s fine, Vermont crafted quality either. This collection is solidly crafted in a family-run Vermont workshop that has been in the woodcraft industry for over 40 years.

Defined by its gentle curves and soft arches the Brandon collection takes a modern approach via traditional designs. Brandon’s clean lines, gentle curves and timeless elegance are best described as transitional styling. Tried and true joinery in the form of mortise & tenon and dovetails are skillfully crafted in hand selected American cherry hardwood to achieve a look that is eternally stylish.

Simplistic styling and elegant Cherry wood make this piece a must have for the contemporary home. With this sleek collection, buying affordable solid wood furniture has never been easier. You can easily shop directly online, or if you have questions, feel free to contact one of our friendly sales team members and they would love to help you.

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.

American Shaker Panel Bed

Admiring the American Shaker Panel Bed

We’d like to extend our appreciation to Linda T., for sending us this lovely appreciation photo. The photo shows her new American Shaker Panel Bed in Natural Cherry. It’s a classic bed for the contemporary bedroom, as it is elegant, simple, and very pretty. This handcrafted bed features sleek panels in the headboard and footboard that add a modern feel to this traditionally inspired Shaker bed. It also showcases gentle arches and simple tapered legs, a hallmark of Shaker furniture.

The American Shaker Panel Bed is handmade in Vermont using sustainably harvested wood. Each piece is custom crafted, made just for you. Beds ordered with the optional under-bed storage unit will include a vanity footboard that extends close to the floor to conceal the storage unit!

Do you have a photo of Vermont Woods Studios furniture in your home? We’d love to see it! Send your customer appreciation photos to info@vermontwoodsstudios.com and we will feature it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+!

 

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.

nesting tables

The Beauty and Simplicity of Wooden Nesting Tables

Nesting tables are one of those unique furniture pieces that don’t get a lot of attention. Which is a shame, because they are quite versatile and chic. Nesting tables are wonderful not only because of their unique look, but they are great for homes with limited space. They allow you the versatility of having three separate tables while only taking up the space of one! You can bring them out during parties as floating tables for drinks, or even as a tray for food. Use them as bedside tables or end tables in your living room. The possibilities are endless with these magic little tables.

Some key characteristics of nesting tables that make them must have’s for the modern home:

1. Simplicity. No gratuitous embellishments will be found here! Emphasis is on the natural beauty of the wood.

2.  Modern Styling. Especially in walnut, these tables are sleek and modern looking.

3.  Versatility. Use them to complement your existing modern furniture collection or use them as accent pieces alongside vintage styled decor.

4. Functionality.  They are sturdy and solidly built for everyday use!

5. Unique arrangement. Made in 3 stacks, you can use them in a ladder arrangement or use them all separately.

Here at Vermont Woods Studios, you can find nesting tables that do their job as convenient space-savers and, as an added bonus, they are environmentally friendly and made right here in Vermont.

Our New England Shaker Nesting Tables are beautiful and simple, designed to match any home decor. With clean lines and dovetail joinery, these tables are meant to be displayed. With your purchase, you’ll receive 3 nesting tables in your choice of cherry. maple, oak or walnut woods. I’ll also point out that with our current sale (ending soon!), you’ll be able to save up to 20%*.

What do you think of nesting tables? Could they fit into the decor of your home?

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.