Shaker Desk and Bookcase
Modern Shaker 2-Glass Door Bookcase and Campaign Desk both in Walnut)

Use Bookcases to Showcase More Than Just Your Encyclopedia Collection!

One of the things I love about visiting other people’s homes is seeing what statement they’re making about their personality. Are they sentimental, creative or conservative? Do they like to display a lot of personal items or keep things more uniform? The spaces I enjoy the most are the ones that tell a unique story. From the layout, color and material of the furniture to the number of pictures hanging on the wall, you want your space to represent you.

I like to think of a design space with the same mindset I think of my wardrobe. I dress a certain way to portray an image that is representative of my personality.

As Coco Chanel said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

That saying is true when you’re decorating your home, too. We’ve all been to one of those houses where you walk in and you’re instantly overwhelmed because it’s covered head-to-toe with “stuff”. To avoid doing that (or simply over decorating) you can focus your collection of home goods and keepsakes to designated areas.

Instead of using up precious table and counter space, a unique way to showcase your collectibles is with a bookcase. It’s also a nice way to break up your space and can compliment your other furniture. We have a variety of beautiful, handcrafted bookcases, filing cabinets and occasional tables and during our Home Office & Living Room Furniture Sale*, the time has never been better to shop and save.

I’ve included a sampling of bookcases from our collection to highlight the different ways you can furnish your space to tell your story.

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Cherry Moon Bookcase in Cherry

Cherry Moon Bookcase- This bookcase with its open display, is great for both organizing and showcasing keepsakes and artwork. It features the signature Cherry Moon reverse tapered legs and gentle arching curve on the bottom. It is available in a variety of heights and adjustable shelf options and can be made in Cherry, Maple and Walnut woods.

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Custom Shaker Bookcase with Full Glass Doors in Cherry

Custom Shaker Bookcase Full Glass Doors- If your keepsakes and artifacts are a bit more fragile, this may be the bookcase for you. The double, glass panel doors protect your collection while allowing you and your guests to admire the display. This piece is customized to fit any space and features adjustable shelf options. It is available in Cherry, Maple, Oak and Walnut woods with a variety of Finishes.

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Solid Wood Bookcase with Panel Doors

Solid Wood Bookcase with Panel Doors-This versatile bookcase allows you to display artwork, books and keepsakes as well as serve as a storage space, featuring panel doors on the bottom third of the unit. Show what you want and hide what you don’t! This case is customizable to fit for your space and has adjustable shelf options. It is available in Cherry, Maple, Oak and Walnut woods with a variety of Finishes.

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Ladder Style Bookcase in Cherry

Ladder Style Bookcase- If you’re going for a modern minimalist style, this may be the piece for you. This bookcase offers 5 hand-crafted shelves in an open design allowing you to display your books, artwork and collectables. In addition to the standard case size, this piece can be customized and is available in Cherry, Maple, Oak and Walnut woods.

If you’re not sure where to start or what your looking for, use the wardrobe analogy: When I’m looking to refresh my wardrobe, I often pick a theme or style as a starting point, do the same for your space. Is it organization that you’re in need of, protection for fragile artifacts or storage space? Once you’ve determined your need, pick a bookcase or cabinet and go from there.

Our friendly team is always available for any questions you may have about our solid wood furniture, contact us toll free at 888-390-5571. Shop for your living room and office furniture securely and conveniently from our online store, order by phone or stop into our Vernon, VT Showroom.

*$1,000 minimum order to qualify for sale prices

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.

 

 

Make your bookcase display visually interesting. Express yourself. Mix and match objects and books.

When you do put your books on a shelf, try not to be too uniform. Instinct may tell you to arrange books by size but it’s much more visually interesting if you mix it up a bit – not only by size but by color, texture and age as well. It’s OK to put your faded classic novels next to your book of contemporary art with the bright, shiny dust jacket.

  Here are just a few ideas for making your bookcase into a statement:

  • You can also use small stacks of books as bookends for other books or as display stands for small artistic pieces.
  • If you use your shelves to display collectibles, don’t put out your entire collection. Think of your bookcase as your own personal art gallery. Galleries don’t put out their entire inventory on display at once. They rotate pieces out periodically. You want items to have space around them so they can be appreciated. Otherwise they may look cluttered and can overwhelm.
  • Rather than putting another hole in the wall to display pictures, place it on a shelf. Make it interesting and group different sizes, shapes and colors of frames.
  • Another way to have your own gallery feel is to consider a bookcase that has glass doors and shelves and LED lights inside.

Don’t skimp on your bookcase. It should be as much a show piece as the items it displays. Our solid wood bookcases are on sale until Thursday during our Home Office and Living Room Sale. Find the bookcase that’s perfect for you. You can go traditional with a Shaker or Cherry Moon style or something more contemporary like the ladder or New York styles. Most of our bookcases can be customized to your exact dimensions or you can add doors, lighting or extra shelves.

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.

Bookcases | Real Solid Walnut Wood | Shaker Style | USA Made
Bookcases | Real Solid Walnut Wood | Shaker Style | USA Made

Getting Organized with Custom Bookcases

Custom bookcases might not be on the top of your Christmas list, but think about it.  Whether you have a home office or you’re trying to tidy up and organize your books and media, custom bookcases could make your life easier and more efficient in 2013.  Not to mention more beautiful.

At Vermont Woods Studios our biggest month for crafting bookcases and other organizers is January.  Could it have to do with New Year’s resolutions?  Must be, but we’re getting inquiries almost every day lately.  I think customers are realizing that there is a 1-3 month lead time for ordering custom bookcases.  So if you’re one of those people I thought I’d offer up some tips and advice about how to choose the right set of bookshelves for your home or office.

Glass Doors, Wooden Doors or No Doors

Are you really going to use those books or movies or vases?  Or will they just sit in the bookcase and collect dust?  Are they beautiful?  Part of your decor?  Or just obligatory (someone gave them to you and you can’t seem to throw them away) and you don’t necessarily want to see them?  Do you put things back neatly?  Or are you always in a hurry?  These are the kinds of weighty issues you’ll need to unravel before you decide whether or not to add doors to your custom bookcases.  Oh… and should the doors be glass to show off your chotskies or wooden to hide the mess?

Custom Bookcases, Bookshelves, Glass Doors, Wood Doors, No Doors

Custom bookcases might not be on the top of your Christmas list. But whether you have a home office or you’re trying to tidy up and organize your books and media, custom bookcases could make your life easier and more efficient in 2013. Learn more and shop for solid wood bookcases with full length glass doors, half length glass doors, full length wooden doors, half length wooden doors or no doors on our website.

One Big Bookshelf or a Couple Small Ones?

Once you’ve decided what kind of doors are best for your bookshelves, you’ll want to measure your space and get the cabinets to fit perfectly into it.  Some people love the integrated design of one big bookcase unit like the Modern Shaker Home Office Center Cabinet above (make sure you can fit something this big up the stairs and into your room!).  Other people like the versatility of combining several small bookcases in different ways.  One thing we always mention to customers is: if you’re getting a series of bookcases that you may want to place flush up next to each other, be sure you specify “no overhang”.  That means any molding along the top will be eliminated either on one or both sides, depending on how you want to configure the bookcases.

Measure Twice and Cut Once

We try to make it easy to customize your bookcase online, but it really is a good idea to give us a call or stop by the showroom to order custom bookcases, especially if they’re over-sized or designed to sit flush against each other.  We’ll help you get all the measurements right for your space so they’ll be no surprises when your furniture arrives.

Learn more and shop for solid wood bookcases with full length glass doors, half length glass doors, full length wooden doors, half length wooden doors or no doors on our website.

 

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.

Open Ladder Bookcases | Real Solid Wood | Custom Made in America
What kind of bookcase would make your Spring cleaning easier?  If you’ve got nothing to hide maybe an open shelf workstation or ladder bookcase is perfect for you (if only I could be so neat and tidy).

Get excited about Spring cleaning!  It’s time to tear open the shutters and throw up the sash (as Clement Clarke Moore would say).  Somehow inhaling all that fresh Spring air must get people thinking about re-organizing their living rooms because we always have a high demand for custom bookcases during this season.

Big Huge Bookcases with Glass Doors

Real Solid Wood Bookcases | Big Huge Large Sizes | Cherry, Walnut Hardwood
The large Modern Shaker 2-Glass Door Bookcase (left), shown in walnut is hand made in Vermont of real solid hardwood.  Not big enough?  Up-size to our 3 piece Modern Shaker Wall Unit for the ultimate in high end storage and display furniture (our bookcases are available in cherry, walnut and maple wood and they’re on sale for up to 20% off!).

Livin large? Then you need a huge bookcase to safely store your books, media, artwork and other valuables.  The cases shown above are made in America (right here in Vermont) of real solid wood and finished with a hand-rubbed oil and wax.   You can customize them online with your choice of hardwood and edge profile (straight edge for a mission furniture style or rounded as shown above).  Or visit us at Stonehurst, our beautiful southern Vermont showroom for help with customization.

Shaker, Mission, Craftsman and Contemporary Bookcases

Tall Shaker Bookcases | Real Solid Hardwood | American Made
For me… when it comes to Spring cleaning I’ll take the shaker bookcase on the far right — with lots of shelves and a wooden door to hide the clutter & keep the dust out.  How about you?  Hop over to our Facebook page and tell us what kind of storage furniture you need to make Spring cleaning a snap.

Shaker bookcases typically have a tapered leg. Mission style: straight legs.  Craftsman and arts and crafts style legs vary in edge profile.  Modern contemporary styles often have a straight kick-board between the legs.  The tops of these bookcases have standard edge profiles consistent with the leg styles but tops can also be customized online, by phone or in the showroom.

 

Short, Tall, Glass Doors, Wooden Doors, No Doors…

What do you need to store in your new bookcase?  Books, movies, CDs?  Fragile collectibles?  Artwork?  Junk that you can’t bear to get rid of?  Some of each?  Depending on your needs you might want glass or wooden doors, or maybe doors on just the bottom half of the bookcase.  Customize to your heart’s content!  Our bookcases are all made to order (from natural hardwoods: cherry, walnut, maple or oak) and you can modify them to meet the needs and decor of your home.

  • Contemporary, Shaker, Mission, Craftsman, Mid Century Modern and transitional styles
  • Short, medium and tall sizes
  • Cherry, walnut, maple and oak hardwoods
  • Open ladder style or with sides and backs
  • Glass doors, no doors, wood doors, half-size doors
  • Standard dimensions or custom dimension

Over the years we’ve become the go-to-guys for real solid hardwood bookcases of all sorts.  You name it – we’ve got it.  And it’s all on sale for up to 20% off!  So what kind of bookcase would make your Spring cleaning a snap?

 

 

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.

Solid Wood Bookcases | Custom Handcrafted in Vermont | American Made
I know everyone thinks all customer reviews are phoney — and for good reason:  most of them are.  But ours are real and below are the verbatim thoughts of our new friends in Austin, Texas who are oh so happy with their new solid wood bookcases, custom crafted here in Vermont.

Michelle just forwarded me this customer review on our solid wood bookcases:

Hi Michelle,   We just wanted you to know how pleased we are with our bookshelf!  It is just beautiful, and exactly what we hoped it would be.  The construction and craftsmanship is first class, and we could not be happier with it.  Please extend our thanks to your outstanding craftsmen/craftswomen for a job well done!   We plan to post some very favorable comments about the work you did for us on your website.  Is there any other way we could help “spread the word” about the great products and service you are providing, that would be helpful to your business?  We want to do all we can to encourage and support builders of fine, American-made, furniture like Vermont Woods Studios.   Best regards,   Raymond and Bobbie S, Austin, Texas

What a great way to start the day, right?  We’re sending our sincere thanks out to Raymond and Bobbie and also beginning to work on a webpage for them and other Vermont Woods Studios fans to publicly gush about Vermont’s fine furniture.  Have any other feedback or suggestions for how we can make the most of your testimonials?  Post your comments on our Furniture Testimonials page, in the space below, or better yet on our Facebook.

Looking for more detail about how customers like their Vermont made furniture?  Check out these other blog posts:

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.