Natural cherry beds are our most popular item at Vermont Woods Studios so I guess it’s no surprise that our Best Seller last week was the Cherry Moon Bed. Actually this bed is a frequent flyer on the Best Seller list. I think that’s because it’s such a good example of what’s best about Vermont style furniture.
The Cherry Moon Bed is handmade in Montpelier of solid natural cherry wood. It has simple elegant lines like Vermont’s iconic Shaker furniture. But it’s refined curves and reverse-tapered legs add a modern Asian flair. The finish on this bed is a hand-rubbed natural oil that brings out the beauty of the cherrywood grain. If you re-oil the bed every year it develops a rich patina that gives it even more depth and character over time.
At Vermont Woods Studios you can always save 20% buying cherry beds or most any other furniture as a set. We save on shipping when we ship multiple pieces so we pass that on to our customers. Shop for discount sets on these pages:
If you don’t see the exact combination of furniture pieces you’re looking for in one of our sets, give Liz, Sean or Heather a call. They’ll take your order over the phone or in person and make sure you get the set discount if it’s available.
If you’re shopping for top quality bedroom furniture sets, I’m sure you’ve noticed they’re priced considerably higher than the run of the mill sets you’ll find at Jordan’s or Bernie and Phyls. But if you want timeless, real hardwood furniture you’ll have for a lifetime, (something you’ll never have to replace) then what you’re really interested in is getting the best value, not the lowest price, right? My suggestion: first find the best quality furniture you can afford (here’s a solid wood furniture buying guide to help with that) in the style and wood species you love.
American Made or Imported?
Second, check to see where it’s made. If it’s imported furniture, you probably want to keep shopping. Honestly, I rarely hear complaints about the quality of virtually any American made, solid hardwood furniture (and the more local you buy, the better chance you have of getting the craftsperson or manufacturer to stand behind the product over it’s lifetime). On the other hand, there are dozens of consumer review sites filled with complaints about the imported furniture products found at big box stores like Ikea, Ashley and Bob’s. Quality can be quite poor and there’s little chance of getting satisfactory customer service.
How to Get the Best Furniture Value
Once you’ve found your favorite top quality, American made bedroom furniture, crafted of real solid hardwood, then start to work with the craftsman or retailer to get their best discount price. Remember however that American furniture involves using real, legal, sustainably harvested wood and American craftsmanship. Furthermore, US furniture makers don’t typically “mark up to mark down” so you’re unlikely to find “discounts up to 80%”. But often there is room for some negotiation.
Buy Top Quality Furniture in Sets to Get a Volume Discount
At Vermont Woods Studios for instance, we have a standing discount of 20% on bedroom sets* plus we offer a discount on full service white glove shipping and delivery when customers are buying 3 or more pieces. Like many online retailers, we offer a coupon code (BEDROOMSET20) for customers who prefer to purchase fine furniture online (be sure to “update cart” to get the discount). Otherwise customers can give us a call or stop by our showroom to receive the discount.
So my advice, if you’re shopping for the best price on high quality, real solid wood beds, chests, dressers, armoires, night stands, mirrors, blanket boxes and such is to focus on quality and style first. Find the American made bedroom furniture you love that will last a lifetime and then negotiate on price afterwards. My sense is that in doing the research you’ll find most USA made fine furniture is honestly priced and retailers are looking to give both you and the craftsman a fair deal.
Custom, built in beds have been a popular trend in high end furniture over the last couple years. It used to be you had to have an architect or interior designer put together a sophisticated built in like the Modulux Bed above. But with so many HGTV shows and interior design websites, people often prefer to craft together their own designs now. We like Houzz, an interior design website that shows thousands of ideas when you search for “custom built in beds with integrated nightstands“. Our friends at Birdseye Builders in Richmond, Vermont have some of the most popular luxury bedroom built ins on this site.
If you’re looking for high end custom built ins for your home, check out our new Vermont made Moduluxe Built in Bedroom Furniture Collection by Copeland. This is a brand new, top quality, solid wood collection of modern, contemporary bedroom furniture. It’s designed to provide the clean, organized look of built in furniture at an affordable price. Moduluxe is, well… modular and sectional. You can choose from over 30 matching solid wood pieces: platform beds, chests, dressers, desks, mirrors and integral night stands. The furniture pieces are designed to attach to (or sit flush against) adjacent pieces.
Moduluxe is highly customizable online or in our showroom. There are many different chest, dresser and night stand sizes to fit your space. Storage beds are also available with four 8″ inch deep, sub-mounted drawers, providing plenty of inconspicuous storage. Customize Moduluxe in your favorite color too! There are 3 different natural woods (American black cherry, sugar maple, and American black walnut) and 12 different stains including black and white.
If a sophisticated, clean, organized bedroom is in your future check out what Moduluxe has to offer!
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.
For more tips on purchasing top quality solid wood furniture with the best value and price, visit our Facebook and join the conversation.
Are you bummed that you missed out on our Fall Bedroom Furniture Sale? It just ended this week. It happens to us all when we’re making big purchases- we keep telling ourselves, “I’ll buy it tomorrow.” Then, when it’s finally “tomorrow” the sale is over. This time you’re in luck; we’ve extended your “tomorrow” so that you can still get a great deal on new solid wood bedroom furniture. We have decided to add a bonus bedroom sale for the next two weeks! This special bedroom furniture promotion will run concurrent with our American Made Dining Furniture Sale.
Until November 13th when you purchase one of our hardwood beds, you will save 20% on two high end nightstands to go with it! Copeland Furniture pieces are excluded from this promotion; however, we have the lowest prices guaranteed on their furniture!
With this special bedroom furniture promotion, over half of the items in our online gallery are on sale! This is not the time to tell yourself, “I’ll buy tomorrow.” Start shopping for your new fine wood bedroom furniture today. Our heirloom quality furniture features timeless styling and sturdy construction, so you will enjoy your hardwood furniture for years to come (lifetime guaranteed). Every piece is crafted right here in Vermont with sustainably harvested woods, and made just for you! Your new bedroom furniture can be made in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Walnut, or Oak woods. With a wide range of bedroom furniture styles, from shaker style to modern, you will find pieces to perfectly compliment your home.
This bedroom furniture promotional sale ends at midnight on November 13th. Conveniently, securely, and easily shop from your home by visiting our online gallery. Feel free to speak to our furniture specialists through our Live Chat option if you have questions about our furniture, the styles, or the woods. You can find the Live Chat option in the top right corner of our online gallery. Or, if you prefer, give us a call at 802-275-5174* to order by phone or to discuss your questions about our Vermont Made, solid wood furniture.
*Please note that this not our toll free number. Our toll free number is currently out of service due to Hurricane Sandy. We are working to correct this issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.