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.
BEEC is a member-based non-profit organization founded in 1991 with the mission to develop a more ecologically informed citizenry through education and action in order to enhance and sustain the vitality of southern Vermont’s bioregion. BEEC organizes and leads many community-based environmental research and conservation programs, including watershed stewardship, reptile and amphibian conservation initiatives, and biodiversity planning and protection.
Patti Smith, Director of Conservation Initiatives and Public Programs for BEEC, organizes volunteers to brave cold, rainy nights every Spring in a passionate effort to protect, preserve and guide Vermont amphibians as they cross busy roads on their annual migration. In honor of her efforts, we named our Smith Natural Vermont Furniture Collection after her.
For tomorrow only, 10% of our overall sales will go to benefit the programs of the Bonnyvale Environmental Educational Center. By purchasing any of our handcrafted bedroom, dining room, living room and home office furniture, you will help to secure the future of BEEC initiatives for years to come. You can also rest assured that all of the furniture pieces you buy from us are crafted from sustainably harvested hardwoods right here in Vermont. We’ll even make the deal better by offering you our lifetime guarantee and free shipping.
Don’t forget, our American-made Bedroom Furniture Sale is still going on. Save up to 20% on all beds, nightstands, dressers, chests, armoires and mirrors. Buy as an American-made bedroom set and save even more. Or you can save big on our Patti Smith Natural Collection and support one of our favorite Vermont naturalists.
We just finished adding a new contemporary bedroom furniture collection to our website! It’s called the Contemporary Cable Collection. This beautiful contemporary bedroom furniture is paving the way for a brand new trend to break through the furniture industry: wood and metal. We have already begun to see this trend with tables (see our furniture fashion blog post about it), but this bedroom collection is the very first of it’s kind.
The Contemporary Cable Collection blends traditional Vermont style craftsmanship with an industrial flair to create an elegant, distinctive design. This collection includes five dressers, four chests, a night stand and a bed. Look at the drop down menu for the Contemporary Cable 10-Drawer Dresser #2, because we offer it in two different drawer configurations. The case pieces in this contemporary collection feature solid hardwood construction, traditional joinery and unique cable style drawer pulls. Each drawer also features recessed aluminum accent bars adding a sleek, modern look to the traditional wood case.
The Contemporary Cable Platform Bed uses stainless steel cable accents to add a contemporary touch. The stainless steel cable accents perfectly match the drawer pulls on the case pieces in this collection. Available in two headboard sizes, you can customize this bed to match your aesthetics. This bed is the best of both modern styling and traditional craftsmanship.
All of the bedroom pieces in the Contemporary Cable Collection are made in America and available in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, and Walnut woods. An eco-friendly, non-toxic, handrubbed oil finish tops off the artistry of this design. All of the pieces in this collection are backed by our lifetime guarantee, and will be delivered with White Glove Shipping.