November 22nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Shaker beds have been a specialty of Vermont furniture makers for over 200 years and they remain popular today. I was helping a customer work through the process of finding the perfect Shaker bed yesterday and realized it’s not so easy. We have almost 20 different shaker beds in our online furniture store. All are top quality, 100% American made (handcrafted right here in Vermont) using responsibly harvested, real solid wood.
After looking at our Top 10 Shaker beds and all the different variations in design, we came up with a few subcategories that might make shopping easier for those looking for a particular style:
You’ve probably noticed that these beds are all shown in solid cherry wood, which has a rich reddish brown color (once it has “ripened” after exposure to light). Cherry is by far the most popular wood for our customers when ordering Shaker furniture. However all of our Shaker beds are also available in three other woods: maple, walnut and oak. Some customers even like to mix two woods together like the Sarah Shaker beds below (shown in maple and walnut).
Hopefully this makes shopping for your new Shaker bedroom furniture a little easier. Questions? Come visit us at Stonehurst our new fine furniture and art gallery or contact us through our live chat, email, Facebook or phone.
August 28th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Robin's luxurious, natural cherry, American Shaker Furniture Collection was last week's best seller at Vermont Woods Studios. Design features include straight and curved Shaker lines, perfect proportions, carefully-selected extra-wide boards, 2-sided tapered posts and legs, eased edges, beveleled tops and traditional, mushroom-shaped Shaker knobs.
Pieces are available in natural solid cherry, walnut or maple wood and they are 100% USA made, Vermont made actually.
Robin also offers a sister collection to this one called the Vermont Made Shaker Collection. There are a couple subtle differences between the two collections. The American Shaker Furniture has arched curves along the bottom of the bed headboard and foot board and matching arched aprons along the bottom of the dressers and chests, whereas the Vermont Made Shaker Furniture has no curves or arches– all the lines are pure, traditional straight Shaker lines.
Another subtle difference is in the detail on the tops of dressers, chests and tables. The Vermont Made Shaker Collection features straight lines and edges along the tops of these pieces, whereas the tops of American Shaker Furniture pieces have cove moldings.
When shopping, purists will typically choose the straight lines of the Vermont Made Shaker Collection while customers wanting to imbue a slightly modern flair are more apt to go for the American Shaker Style. Last week the modernists came out ahead.
Which Shaker style do you like best: traditional or modern?
January 28th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Remember when you used to clean up your bedroom by hiding everything under the bed? Well now you can do that in style! Luxury solid wood platform beds with underbed storage drawers are best sellers at Vermont Woods Studios this year.
Metropolitan apartment dwellers trying to make the most of furniture for small spaces are finding that underbed storage drawers can elegantly replace the need for chests, dressers and armoires.
Storage beds can also provide space for shoes, seasonal clothing, blankets and linens. This one is the Harbor Island Platform Storage Bed and it's shown here in solid natural maple wood, although you can customize it online with dark wood colors too.
The matching nightstand is designed to let you pull out the storage drawers easily. There's another Harbor Island nightstand with a drawer if you prefer, but you'll have to move it aside to open the storage drawers.
All of our storage beds are 100% made in America (right here in Vermont actually) of sustainably harvested wood with family-friendly non-toxic finishes. Check them out!
October 2nd, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
Manjula rolled out our Fall Bedroom Furniture Sale Friday, just in time for Autumn leaf peepers to enjoy. While you're travelling through the highways and by-ways of Vermont this Fall, save a little time to stop by our small showroom in Vernon, VT. Rebecca and Shannon would love to meet you and show you the best of our bedroom collections of beds, dressers, chests, armoires, mirrors, and night stands.
If you purchase 2 or more bedroom furniture items, you'll save 15%, plus get free shipping and white glove delivery to anywhere in the continental USA. Prefer to shop at home? Our online store is secure and easy to use. You'll probably have lots of questions before purchasing your high end, Vermont made furniture online, so don't hesitate to contact us by phone between 9am-5pm, Monday – Saturday or by email anytime. We'll look forward to helping you select the luxury bedroom furniture set you've always wanted.
November 4th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
All of our American made bedroom furniture is now on sale for 10-15% off. Here's how the sale works:
Take 10% off any single bedroom piece or add another bedroom piece and receive 15% off both pieces. Choose from our natural Cherry, Maple, Walnut, or Oak solid woods.
So now is the time to update your bedroom with the beautiful, long lasting bedroom furniture you have long dreamed of! Every piece in our bedroom collections is skillfully handcrafted one piece at a time right here in Vermont and made just for you. Shop for your new bed, nightstands, chests, dressers, and mirrors securely, easily, and conveniently. Or give us a call at 888-390-5571 to discuss your questions and customizations. The Sale goes through midnight on November 16th.
September 8th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
Manjula just posted our best ever Bedroom Furniture Sale. Check it out, especially if you're looking for a solid wood bedroom set. Beds are on sale for 10% off, but matching pieces are 20% off. This is a big sale for us, as our prices are not inflated to begin with. Twenty percent is the maximum discount we can offer.
Shop online or contact us at 888-390-5571 to find your new handmade bed, nightstands, chests, dressers, and mirrors. This is furniture you'll never have to replace. It's all solid wood and handcrafted right here in Vermont.
Don't wait too long, this sale ends at midnight on September 21.
November 4th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
Isn't this a beautiful bed? Our friend and colleague, Robin came out with this simple, elegant design recently and it's been our best selling bed ever since. The headboard has a subtle incline– just enough to make it comfy for reading or watching TV in bed.
It's shown here in natural cherry, that has had a few months to ripen and reach the rich, reddish brown color cherry is known for. We're calling it (what else?) the Modern Incline Bed.
July 9th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
We have a natural, organic walnut bed to add to our Vermont Woods Studios Jim Andrews Collection. This was a special design requested by a customer, but we liked it so much, we've decided to offer it as part of our Jim Andrews Collection. The bed features elegant curves in the posts and complimentary curves in the headboard and footboard. It's shown here in natural walnut, but can be made in natural cherry, maple or oak as well.
Have you ever thought of designing your own furniture? Maybe you have an existing piece or set you would like to supplement. Or perhaps you have an odd shaped space you need to fit your furniture into. Or maybe you love the look of one of our natural cherry tables, but the dimensions need to be changed. Or you're looking for a different wood.
Custom and customized furniture are our specialty at Vermont Woods Studios. Each piece of our furniture is made to order and can be easily and affordably customized to meet your needs. Why not give us a call today? 1-888-390-5571. We look forward to hearing from you!