American Shaker Bedroom Set with Panel Bed (3)

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

Vermont Shaker Moon Bed: Shaker Bedroom FurnitureThe 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

032a697153f3d3e7d92b0f234d99a982.image.550x550The 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

new-england-shaker-dresserOur 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

Shaker Tapered Leg Nightstand

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

Shaker Wardrobe | Shaker Bedroom Furniture

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!

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.

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.

Bedroom Furniture Sale

Update Your Space Affordably with our Bedroom Furniture Sale

Our January bedroom furniture sale starts now! If you’re finally ready to treat yourself to the bedroom of your dreams, stop by and check out the discounts and savings. You deserve a great bed!

Furnish or update your bedroom with our 100% American Made, real wood furniture. With our buy more, save more sale you’ll save 10% off any single piece, 15% off two pieces or 20% off 3 or more pieces (plus Free Shipping and Delivery)*.

Choose from over 40 styles of beds in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Walnut, or Oak solid woods. Create your own bedroom set with dozens of nightstand and dresser options!

Handmade, natural solid cherry wood bedroom furniture sets help create a feeling of serenity and relaxation. All of our USA made, real solid wood bedroom furniture pieces are individually handcrafted in Vermont by skilled furniture makers.  This high quality hardwood bedroom furniture can be customized online in solid cherrywalnutmaple or oak woods.  Many 2 tone combinations of these hardwoods are also available for your bedroom set.

Beautiful wood bedroom furniture built to last for generations and 100% American Made! You really can’t go wrong with this bedroom furniture sale.  Each piece of our eco-friendly natural wood furniture is made to order in Vermont so customization is easy and affordable!

You have one week to browse, shop and compare, but don’t wait! This bedroom furniture sale ends at midnight on January 29th!  Check it out and give us a call with your questions!

* Excludes Artisan, Barnwood, Copeland, and Clearance furniture.

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.

Mission Style Bedroom Furniture

Mission Style Bedroom Furniture

Clean lines, simple ornamentation, and sturdy wooden frames are the primary distinguishable features of Mission Style Bedroom Furniture. This furniture style focuses on the inherent quality of the design, the natural  beauty of the materials, and a build that is made to last for generations.

In the early 1900s, Mission style furniture was created as a reaction to the industrial revolution and the ways in which it devalued the individual worker. The bold lines and sturdy, unadorned wooden base contrasted greatly against the frilly, ornate aesthetic of the  mass produced designs of the Victorian era.

Mission Style emphasizes simple horizontal and vertical lines and flat panels that accentuate the wood grain, and is most commonly crafted in Oak with a stain finish. There is little or no decoration, though the joinery is often given a darker stain to emphasize the expert construction.

While Mission Style furniture was created as a design movement that rejected low quality, mass produced pieces, eventually Mission style was mass produced just like its predecessors, and low-quality Mission furniture was soon found everywhere.

At Vermont Woods Studios, however, our Mission Style furniture is still built with the quality and integrity that Mission Style has long represented. A focus on real quality craftmanship, built by real expert Vermont artisans.

Mission Style Bedroom Furniture

Why bring Mission Style Bedroom Furniture into your home?

As mentioned previously, Mission Style bedroom furniture is masterfully crafted to be sturdy, simple, and inherently striking. It’s perfect for a bedroom because (like all of our furniture) it’s built for a lifetime of use and if you like sleeping as much as I do, your bed gets a ton of wear over the years. You’re going to want something functional, simplistic, and built for real use.

Is Mission Style furniture bedroom furniture right for you? Check out our collections of mission furniture or contact one of our friendly fine furniture specialists to talk about crafting a custom mission style bedroom furniture piece just for 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.

So you’re interested in finishing up the bedroom of your dreams… Perhaps you have your brand new bed, new dressers, chests, and armoire but something seems to be missing. The beauty of your new wood furniture isn’t translating to the walls, making the space seem a little unfinished. This is where our beautiful, Vermont crafted wood framed mirrors come in. We have a great selection of hardwood mirrors, built with the same quality and integrity that you can expect in the rest of our furniture. Each of them is versatile, chic, and made from sustainably harvested wood. They are great complementary pieces to the rest of your wood furniture and make great accessories for practically every room in your home. If you aren’t sure what to choose, take a look at our handpicked selection of mirrors that you’re sure to love!

Our 5 Favorite Wood Framed Mirrors:

cherry moon wood framed mirror

1. The Cherry Moon Wood Framed Mirror: This handcrafted large Cherry Moon Mirror Horizontal features a beautiful arched hardwood frame. Makes a great dresser mirror, or accent mirror over your hutch or console table. All of our premium fine furniture is made in Vermont using sustainably harvested solid wood. It’s simplistic, beautiful, and versatile enough to switch around to any room. This wood framed mirror is a classic piece and a true must have! 

 

wood framed mirror

2.  The Contemporary Craftsman Wood Framed Mirror: Our Contemporary Craftsman Large Accent Mirror features a beautiful solid wood frame with a gentle arch and fine detailing.  It’s elegant and versatile, bringing a touch of Craftsman flare to your home. This unique mirror is built with sustainably harvested natural cherry and a walnut top.

 

wood framed mirrors

3. The Modern Shaker Full Length Mirror:  This Modern Shaker Full Length Mirror is handcrafted from solid wood in beautiful Vermont. Hang either vertically or horizontally to complement your furniture. The rectangular frame is solid wood with a bevel mirror. This piece is classic and contemporary, and could fit any home whether it is ultra modern or comfortable and traditional. It’s solidly crafted in Vermont, making it a durable and long lasting piece.

 

wood framed mirrors

4. Modern Framed Cherry Wall Mirror: Our Modern Copeland Cherry Framed Wall Mirror is handmade in Vermont of solid cherry wood. The artistic contemporary design can be customized online with your choice of 5 shades of cherry.  This piece has a sleek geometric look and would look great in any modern styled home.

 

wood framed mirror

5. Modern Shaker Wall Mirror: This Modern Shaker Wall Mirror is handcrafted from solid wood in beautiful Vermont. The rectangular frame is solid wood with a bevel mirror, perfect to hang over a dresser, buffet or accent table. Hang vertically or horizontally. Choose between a rounded or straight edge profile. For styling, hang the mirror on the wall or keep it leaned up on it for a more laid back, “Wabi Sabi” look!

Love the mirrors I mentioned in this blog? Visit our online store to see the rest of our Vermont crafted wood framed mirror collection!

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.