We are in the midst of winter here in Vermont– the ground is covered in a thick layer of snow and the air is crisp and clean. Despite the chilly weather, we have still enjoyed having guests stop by Stonehurst, warm up with us, and shop for new Vermont made wood furniture.
We believe that there is no better place to shop for Vermont wood furniture than in our showroom, nestled in the woods of Vernon, Vermont. All of our furniture comes from sustainably harvested forests, much like the one right in our backyard. Shopping at Stonehurst brings you closer to where your furniture really comes from. Visit us, and experience the beauty of Vermont wood, inside and out.
Unlike your traditional furniture shopping experience, at Stonehurst there is no need to rush. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine and a picnic lunch, and enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere while you get to know our furniture. Each member of our sales staff is an expert in Vermont wood, so even if you aren’t ready to purchase, we’d love for you to stop by and have a conversation with one of our friendly staff members and get to know more about Vermont Woods Studios.
At Stonehurst, we don’t have aisle after aisle of furniture. The pieces we carry at Stonehurst are just a representative sampling of the hundreds of pieces we offer on our online store. The pieces that we have in the showroom are a true reflection of the quality and craftsmanship that you can expect with all of our furniture.
So stop by, warm up, and browse our beautiful selection of wood furniture and Vermont made art and decor. We can’t wait to meet you!
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:
Style 1- Contemporary Windsor: Comfortable, 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.
Mission 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 .
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.
Our 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.
Our 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!
Vermont Fine Furniture Photography: We Want Your Photos!
One of the best parts 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.
Some of us like to say that our customers are the best interior designers, because of the warm and unique looks that are created when they arrange our furniture in their homes. From sunny mountaintop porches to cozy New England living spaces, there is no shortage of places and ways to arrange our beautiful wood furniture.
We frequently feature fine furniture photography from our wonderful customers on Facebook and on Pinterest, and we’d love to have a photo of yours! If you have a piece of Vermont Woods Studios furniture in your home, we’d love for you to send us a snapshot of your new furniture arranged just as you live with it. Submit your fine furniture photography to email@example.com
To get inspiration and see other examples of Vermont fine furniture photography, visit our Pinterest board!
Simple is beautiful, and for Shaker furniture– this is true down to the very last detail. Shaker furnishings are world renowned for their timeless simplicity and practicality. While only a few “real” Shakers remain today, their legacy for handcrafted furniture will live on forever. Their simplistic handiwork has become a standard for high quality American furniture craftsmanship and styling, making it a wonderful furniture choice for your bedroom.
Shaker bedroom furniture is elegant and understated, giving you the ability to change your decor throughout the years without having to buy new furniture. You can keep your room minimalist and uncluttered, keeping with traditional Shaker styling, or use your Shaker furniture to create a balance between your luxurious decor and your wood furniture.
Created for usability, Shaker bedroom furniture is exceptionally useful when it comes to storage. Beds are roomy and minimalist, dressers are spacious, and nightstands are solidly built for years of use and enjoyment. This furniture type is beautiful and totally practical.
The following 5 Shaker bedroom furniture pieces are staples of the Shaker styled bedroom. Solidly handcrafted by local Vermont woodworkers, these pieces are beautiful, usable, and built with the same integrity and quality of original Shaker furniture:
1. Vermont Shaker Moon Bed
The Vermont Shaker Moon Bed is one of our most popular beds, and it’s easy to understand why. Crafted with smooth, sweeping arches on the head and footboard, traditionally styled taper legs, and an overall simplistic look… this bed exemplifies the Shaker style bedroom. Keeping with Shaker tradition, this bed has a sturdy platform and there is no need for a box spring. It’s sleek, subtle, and built to last generations.
2. Modern Shaker Large Storage Chest
The Modern Shaker Storage Chest is a classicly styled piece, crafted with time honored design that captures the essence of authentic Shaker furniture styling. Clean lines, square corners, simple and graceful build…this chest exemplifies popular Shaker style. It’s a grand, sturdy piece created to give you maximum storage ability. With both large and small drawers, this piece gives you a variety of organization options. Crafted with real solid wood, this piece is one that you can proudly cherish forever.
3. New England Shaker 8/10-Drawer Dresser
Our solid Cherry, 10-Drawer New England Shaker Dresser is an elegant and subtle Shaker furniture piece. Featuring clean lines and simplistic drawer pulls, it could fit into any bedroom with ease. 10 spacious drawers give you maximum storage capabilities, to use on your own or if you are feeling generous, to share with your spouse. Finely handcrafted by Vermont woodworkers, this piece is a true must have for the Shaker bedroom furniture lover.
4. Shaker Tapered Leg Night Stand
The Shaker Tapered Leg Nightstand is another quintessentially Shaker styled piece. It’s ultra simplistic, featuring traditional tapered Shaker legs and a modest single drawer. It’s subtle design makes it a beautifully versatile piece for your Shaker inspired bedroom.
5. New England Shaker Armoire – Wardrobe
This New England Shaker Armoire is an elegant Shaker inspired wardrobe, crafted to be the perfect blend of beauty and utility. This piece features a traditional Shaker design that incorporates simple lines and elegant molding around the top and base of the piece. Perfect for adding extra storage space to any bedroom.
All of the Shaker bedroom pieces featured above are beautiful and highly functional, crafted with care in the Green Mountains of Vermont. All five pieces are beautiful representations of authentic Shaker furniture and would make a great addition to your home. Which piece would you love to add to your collection the most? Let us know in the comments section!
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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