Shaker furniture is known for being practical and simple down to the very last detail. Originally made by followers of a religious group, the furniture was designed entirely for its functionality and practicality. Fast forward a few hundred years and Shaker furniture has become an increasingly popular style for the home. This might leave some people asking, “why?”
With how rushed, cluttered, and busy our lives can get– when we go home, we are looking for simplicity too. And simplicity doesn’t mean a lack of style… its quite the opposite. Simplicity is style, and Shaker furniture does it right. Shaker furniture is made using the traditional techniques of the past, creating simple, chic pieces that are timeless and won’t “go out of style” in the future.
Starting today, Vermont Woods Studios is running our Summer Shaker Sale where you can save up to 20% on our Shaker furniture. Our Shaker furniture is available for every room in the home, in cherry, maple, and walnut woods. Enjoy savings of 10% on 1 piece, 15% on 2 pieces, and 20% on 3 or more pieces. Plus free shipping and lifetime guarantee!
The best part of our work at Vermont Woods Studios is seeing photos of our handmade furniture after it’s been installed in a customer’s home. I’m happy to say that we’ve put Vermont’s handmade furniture into homes in every state in America (including Alaska and Hawaii) as well as a handful of other countries. But the drawback to serving such a wide-spread customer base is that we rarely get to install the furniture ourselves and see how it looks. That makes our customer testimonials and reviews all the more important.
Last week we received this note from Mallory and Craig of Fort Worth, Texas:
Vermont Woods Folks– I wanted to let you know (at last!) how much we’re enjoying our stereo cabinet, coffee table, and console table. They’re gorgeous pieces and they’re perfect for our living room. I’ve attached a few photos, so you can see for yourselves. We’ve been getting constant compliments and questions from friends and family members–so we’re hoping to send some new customers your way! Many thanks, Mallory and Craig
It’s summer, the sun is finally out and you’re ready to lounge by the pool in style. Need a new chaise lounge this year? We’ve rounded up the Top 4 POLYWOOD chaise lounges for your relaxing pleasure. What makes them the best choice for outdoor pool, patio and beach lounges? Well, as POLYWOOD products they all have a few things in common:
This high end, all weather outdoor furniture is beautiful, strong, durable and Maintenance-free
There’s no mold, mildew, weathering, cracking or warping as with wooden outdoor furniture
There’s no need for winter storage. You may leave your POLYWOOD furniture outside all winter
These chaises are heavy (about 50# each)! They won’t blow away in strong coastal winds
POLYWOOD is a great value. It’s furniture you will never have to replace
POLYWOOD is available in many vibrant colors like red, yellow, blue, green and tangerine as well as traditional browns, white and black
You can order optional matching all weather Sunbrella cushions for extra comfort
But each chaise lounge has it’s own unique features as well. Here’s what we like best about the:
Nautical Chaise Lounge – this chaise has wheels and is stackable so it’s a must-have for patios or beaches that have to be rearranged at night
Long Island Chaise Lounge – this is the true blue Adirondack design, similar to the South Beach chaise and also available in modern vibrant colors
Euro Chaise – I have to admit the Euro chaise is my favorite with it’s sleek, modern design. So many choices for color combinations too! Choose from 3 different frame colors and 14 different slat colors for a total of 42 distinct color customization possibilities.
In celebration of Independence day, enjoy enormous savings on our Vermont made hardwood furniture, from the comfort of your own home! Leave the traveling for the parades, barbeques, and fireworks while you save 20% storewide* and receive free shipping plus a lifetime guarantee! All of our furniture is traditionally handcrafted in Vermont by highly skilled craftspeople, and is available in Cherry, Walnut, Maple and Oak. Our 4th of July furniture sale is one of our best and biggest sales of the year, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to save on those pieces you’ve been daydreaming about.
Fourth of July week has become a popular time to shop for furniture. With the Made in America movement if full swing, many customers are confining their search to furniture made in the USA. Patriotism isn’t the only reason for this trend but it’s a big one. Here’s a list of what our customers tell us are their Top 5 reasons for buying American Made Furniture rather than imports.
Top 5 Reasons to Buy American Made Furniture
Quality and Craftsmanship – American made furniture is well known for it’s high quality and craftsmanship. States like Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Pennsylvania and Ohio have a long tradition of making heirloom quality furniture from local wood. In Vermont, fine furniture making has been a part of our heritage for over 200 years and that translates to superior quality, sophisticated style and great values in handmade furniture.
Local Jobs and Local Economies – The American furniture maker has suffered over the past 5 decades as most large, quintessentially American furniture companies moved to China, Vietnam and other third world countries. Consumers are weary of seeing their communities struggle to recover from the loss of skilled jobs. Small manufacturers like Vermont’s Lyndon Furniture, Copeland Furniture and Pompanoosuc Mills remained in the USA during the age of outsourcing and maintained their commitment to local communities. Their loyalty and integrity has not gone unnoticed by consumers.
Reliable Customer Service – Ever try getting a piece of furniture fixed after purchasing it from IKEA or Pottery Barn? Not. That furniture is more than likely going to head out to the curbside rather than get repaired. American made furniture companies stand behind their quality, with many companies offering a lifetime guarantee.
Sustainable Furniture from Well Managed American Forests – Where does your furniture come from anyway? Americans have become more aware of where their food comes from over the past couple decades. Now it’s time to learn where other things come from, including wood furniture and flooring. Kendall recently posted information about how the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests are being converted into curbside furniture. As consumers become more aware, they are seeing the value of acquiring sustainable furniture for their homes.
Healthy, Natural Furniture with Non-Toxic Finishes – American furniture companies are subject to strict laws and regulations governing product safety as well as safety and health for the craftspeople making furniture. Consumers don’t want to worry about lead based paint or formaldehyde in the coatings of the furniture. American companies are leading the way in the area of safe, non-toxic furniture finishes. Vermont Natural Coatings is one of our favorites– their furniture finish is made from a by-product of our dairy industry–whey (as in curds and…).
I hope this gives you food for thought when shopping for furniture this Fourth of July. Stop back on Monday and enjoy a 6th reason: our Fourth of July Furniture sale offers storewide savings of 20%!
A cautionary note: most furniture sold in the USA is still imported. Many manufacturers will bring imported furniture to a factory in the USA to have a final step (for example application of the finish) completed so they can label the furniture Made in America. Don’t be fooled– ask your furniture sales person exactly how much of the furniture was actually made in the USA.