Solid Wood Side Tables

When it comes to decorating your living room, there are so many options to consider! Do you want your home to have an elegant, traditional feeling or are you looking for a more organic flare? Maybe a mix of both? With our Classic Shaker End Table, you get the best of classic furniture styling, and with our Live Edge Accent Table, you get a unique fusion of wood and metal making a eclectically stylish space. Here’s a brief rundown on both so you can make the best decision for your living room:

A)  Classic Shaker End Table

Our handcrafted, solid wood Classic Shaker Side Table will add luxury and functionality to your shaker style living room, den, library or bedroom. It’s simplistic look makes it a great table to decorate around, and while it certainly has a presence, it won’t demand the attention of the room.

B) Tapped Vermont Maple Accent Table

If you love one-of-a-kind furniture then you will love our Tapped Vermont Maple Accent Side Table. Carefully selected and hand-made from Vermont Sugar Maples, these tables are crafted to preserve the natural beauty of the wood. The color varitations appearing in the center of the table top and radiate out showing decades of maple sap tapping. These details are further highlighted by the natural steel hairpin legs, which offer a beautiful contrast to the rustic appearance of the wood itself. With its smooth finish, live-edge style and unique imperfections, this accent side table provides a great conversation starter to any home, as well as a sliver of vermont history.

Both of these pieces are finely handcrafted in Vermont and made to order. Which of them is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Enjoy the Game in American Made Style with  a Hardwood Media Center

Today’s the big day, the Super Bowl! While it might be too late to get a new hardwood media center for today’s game, browse our selection of beautiful Vermont made entertainment centers and find something perfect for your next big party or sports event. We have media centers in a variety of different styles, and you’re sure to find something to fit the aesthetic of your space. Whether you’re renovating your current family room or den, or planning out the living room of your new home–we’d love to help you find a style you can proudly show to your friends.

The 6 picks shown above are great media center choices, all made from local Vermont woodworkers! So grab an ice cold heady topper and have fun browsing this selection of real hardwood entertainment furniture:

1)   Berkeley 8 Drawer Dresser with TV Organizer

Berkeley Hardwood Media Center
Enjoy the big game from bed with the Berkeley 8 Drawer dresser & TV organizer! This handmade TV stand has an American Craftsman style fused with modern Asian design. Customize online in your choice of wood color. Use the drop-down menu to see the choices for either natural cherry (no stain) or windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry. 

 

2)  Modern Rounded Entertainment Center

Modern Rounded Wood Entertainment Center
The solid cherry Vermont Modern Entertainment Console adds designer style to the modern living room. It features a unique curved shape and plenty of space to store all your DVD’s, media equipment and more! This beautiful, solid cherry wood media cabinet will be the topic of many conversations.

 

3) New York Contemporary TV Stand 

Hardwood Media Centers
Our New York Contemporary TV Stand #3 is perfect for housing flat screen TV’s and all your other media equipment. It has a simple, modern design that will blend in perfectly in any contemporary living room.

4) Contemporary Craftsman 3-Drawer Media Console

Contemporary Craftsmen Solid Wood Media Center
Styled for the contemporary living space, the Contemporary Craftsman 3-Drawer Media Center features versatility as well as flair and elegance. Constructed from eco-friendly maple, cherry or maple hardwoods, our luxury room furniture is built to last for generations. This pieces is completely customizable to fit your furnishing needs.

5) Retractable Pop-Up TV Media Center

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Our Retractable, Flat Screen Pop-Up Media Center is the perfect storage solution for any room. Attach a Flat Screen TV up to 42″W to the hardware inside the media center and watch it rise automatically out of the entertainment center when you want to watch TV and then slowly descend back into it when you’re done! Your friends and family will be amazed!

6) Catalina Walnut TV and Media Center

Catalina Walnut TV & Media Center
The Catalina Walnut TV & Media Wall Unit is 3 piece set (1 center media unit and 2 tall narrow tower bookcases) handmade in Vermont of solid natural walnut wood. Customize online in large or small size and in natural walnut. Designed with versatile wire management openings in the back for easy access and configuration of your home entertainment equipment. Made to order using solid black walnut wood, this high end, TV & Media Wall Unit features modern, mid-century American design.

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Hardwood barstools can bring sleekness and elegance to your dining space. Whether it’s to complement your bistro table or dining bar, our luxurious barstools are heirloom quality and guaranteed for life. Our selection of eco-friendly barstools includes:

 

Screenshot_1Style 1- Contemporary WindsorComfortable, durable and stylish, these high-end Contemporary Windsor Swivel Bar Stools will add charm and beauty to your counter height table, cafe table, breakfast bar or cocktail bar. Rugged and sturdily built by experienced craftsman from fine, natural hardwoods, customize them today to match your home! Available only in natural cherry hardwood.

Style 2- Country Windsor:   With a streamlined design, this high end, handcrafted Country Windsor Barstool will add charm and class to your counter height, cafe or bistro table setting.

 

Screenshot_5Mission Style Barstools in Style 1 & Style #2: Our high-end, handcrafted American Mission Bar Stool’s are perfect for your breakfast bar, counter-height table, or cocktail bar. Order today and enjoy the comfort and natural beauty of solid hardwood barstools in your home! Available only in natural cherry hardwood .

 

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A unique lattice design on the backs of these high-end Natural Cherry Lattice Back Barstools gives them a delicate appearance of understated elegance. Available in natural cherry or oak hardwoods.

 

Screenshot_4Our luxury Classic Shaker Barstools will add sophistication and charm to your breakfast bar, counter-height table or cocktail bar. Natural hardwood and your choice of fabric allow you to customize these high-end barstools to match your home.

 

Screenshot_6Our cherry wood Sheaf Back Barstools feature and simple, sheaf back and traditional windsor style. Each barstool is crafted using sustainably harvested solid wood, very eco-friendly and perfect for any bar height table or counter! Available only in natural cherry hardwood.

 

Which style is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section or send us a tweet!

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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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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.