Our Handpicked Bedroom Sets Are Now 25% Off-ALWAYS!
The other day as I was driving home, I decided to listen to the regular old FM radio instead of my usual selection of Pandora, Spotify and NPR Podcasts. Something I noticed after a little while was how often I was hearing furniture store commercials. And it wasn’t just the usual big box stores I was hearing the ads from–they were coming from locally owned stores, too. I heard everything from win tickets to see the Red Sox to visit our new IMAX screen. I wondered to myself, what are they actually selling?
Vermont made furniture is simple, elegant and well made. Minimalist is the popular term for this trend nation-wide, but in Vermont we’ve always been “minimalist”. Nina captured the style nicely in photos for our sale on hardwood bedroom sets. Here are a couple of her recent shots, inspired by Vermont’s beautiful Spring colors.
In case you haven’t visited us yet, our fine furniture showroom is in a restored farmhouse, located on 100 acres of meadows and woodlands in Southeastern Vermont. The view of the Connecticut River is gorgeous and right now it’s full of Spring’s greens and blues that inspire our decor. Like these robin’s eggs…
Here’s another of Nina’s Spring-inspired bedroom furniture photos. This one is our Vermont Shaker furniture set dressed in the colors on the other side of that window.
More of Spring’s inspiration– this time from the tree swallows in our backyard at Stonehurst. It seems they’re getting their own bedroom ready for Spring.
Looking for springtime inspiration for your bedroom? Visit us today! Bring your camera and a pair of binoculars if you’re up for a little birdwatching. Sometimes customers even bring a bottle of wine and a picnic lunch.
If you’re shopping for high quality solid wood bedroom sets, I bet you’ve done a lot of research. Bedroom furniture is a big investment and one that need only be made once in a lifetime. So you want to do it right. We’ve put together a few tips to help make your shopping easier and ensure you get the best value for your investment dollars.
Choose an Enduring Style
You’ve narrowed your search to a bedroom set that’s made of real solid wood, so you’re looking for a quality product you’ll have forever, right? Be sure to pick a style that’s simple and enduring. That way you can change out your linens, curtains and other textiles when you want to indulge in design trends– with no need to re-invest in furniture. Consider classic American bedroom furniture styles that have stood the test of time, like Shaker style, mission style, craftsman style and arts & crafts.
Go with Hardwood over Softwood
Hardwood wears better than softwood (like pine or hemlock) which typically has lots of knots and sap pockets. If you’re investing in high quality bedroom furniture, make sure it’s made of hardwood. We like black cherry, black walnut, hard maple and oak best. They’re top quality North American hardwoods that we can track to make sure they’re harvested sustainably. Here are some photos and descriptions of the hardwoods we recommend.
American Made Furniture Will Long Outlast Imports
The bottom line here is that American made wood furniture is solidly manufactured by American workers with great attention to quality and durability. Not so with imports. Sure, imports are much cheaper than American made furniture in the short run. That’s because Chinese wages are often less than 1/10 of American wages. And the wood used in imports is often illegal. 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 hardwoods like 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. If you want to feel good about your furniture, make sure it’s American made.
Get the Best Value and Price
Top quality solid wood furniture is inherently expensive. It’s not just the wood… it’s the value of American craftsmanship you’re paying for. Transforming a tree into a dresser, a bed or a dining table takes time and talent. Many people are involved in bringing you a finished piece of furniture, from the land owner where that tree grew to the professional forester who selected the tree for harvest, to the logger to the sawyer to the timber salesperson to the craftsman who builds your bed and the shipper who delivers it to you.
We’re always working on adding value to this supply chain and I can tell you that the best way to save money is to purchase your furniture as a set. It enables an economy of scale in all those links in the chain between the forest and your home.
We’re hoping this savings will help you make the decision to purchase American made furniture that your family will enjoy with pride for generations. Check out the many new solid wood bedroom sets Tristan has just posted online. They’re priced with our best discounts & lowest prices ever. Enjoy great values on best selling, high quality handcrafted, real solid wood dressers, chests, armoires, night stands and mirrors arranged in fine furniture sets to save you money. Each set is carefully handcrafted in Vermont & guaranteed for a lifetime of service.
Make Sure it’s Sustainable for Your Wallet, the Planet, and the Local Economy
Our solid wood bedroom sets are built with eco-friendly timber, making them the smart choice for your home and for the environment. An additional benefit is that by purchasing furniture from us, you are supporting the national economy and supporting American workers rather than sending your dollars overseas. Our furniture is truly all American, as it’s not only built in the United States, but it is also made with timber from sustainably harvested North American hardwoods! You’ll be keeping the money at home, while you fill your home with furniture you’ll love.
Ready to bring a beautiful set of American made bedroom furniture into your home? Shop now, or call us at (888) 390-5571 with any questions!
Hardwood bedroom furniture is one of Vermont’s specialties. The Green Mountain State has been famous for high quality, handcrafted wooden furniture for over 200 years and the tradition remains alive and well today. Our most popular hardwood is black cherry but Vermont craftspeople often work with sugar maple, black walnut, oak, ash and a number of other hardwoods as well.
The styles of Vermont made bedroom furniture are even more varied than the woods our craftspeople work with. Above you’ll see a couple examples of Shaker, Arts and Crafts, Modern, Contemporary and Mid-Century Modern (MCM) style furniture. From top left they are:
This is a traditional, handmade bedroom set crafted out of solid black cherry wood. It features straight lines that are clean, simple and elegant. Perfect proportions, carefully-selected extra-wide boards, tapered posts and legs, straight aprons with top and bottom cove moldings and traditional, chamfered edges, round button Shaker knobs yield a delicate appearance that belies their sturdy construction.
Fusing Arts & Crafts and Asian design, Copeland’s Berkeley Bedroom is both sophisticated and practical with under bed storage design that elegantly saves space in the upscale urban home. Crafted in natural cherry hardwood with American black walnut accents.
This high end, ultra-modern, Astrid Bedroom Furniture Collection by Copeland is always on sale at our Vermont Fine Furniture Store. Crafted in maple, cherry or walnut hardwood and made to order, you may customize it with your choice of five finishes and a variety of knob or pull options.
Mid century, modern, 1950s American design is what the Copeland Catalina bedroom and home office furniture collection is all about. Handcrafted in Vermont and made to order, in natural solid black walnut or maple hardwood. Customize with your choice of finish and a variety of knob or pull options.
Our Contemporary Cable Collection blends elegant craftsmanship and contemporary, industrial flair to create a distinctive design that will transform any bedroom. Pieces in this modern craftsman style collection feature solid hardwood construction, traditional joinery and unique cable style drawer pulls. An eco-friendly, non-toxic, handrubbed oil finish tops off the artistry of this design.
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.