August 19th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
How long would you be willing to wait to have solid wood, made to order furniture created just for you? Four weeks? Eight weeks? Three months? Four months?
Lead time is something we struggle with in the world of Vermont’s handmade furniture. It used to be the typical lead time for a piece like the Modern American Buffet-Sideboard (shown above) was 5-8 weeks. But, alas with the Internet– Vermont made furniture has been re-discovered! It’s popularity is growing and rightly so– it’s beautiful, affordable, American made and sustainable.
The downside of this popularity rebirth, however is that customers sometimes have to wait longer to receive their custom made treasures. They ask us: WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG?
Well I guess it all goes back to the laws of supply and demand. A growing awareness of Vermont made to order furniture is keeping our independent woodworkers busy around the clock. Many of them are growing their businesses in response to demand but it’s going to take a little time. As they say… quality can’t be rushed.
In response to our steady growth, we recently allied with a furniture maker from across the river in New Hampshire, to design a couple new lines of furniture for us. Quite a shocking move for a company that’s all about Vermont made furniture, but fortunately, the skills and aesthetics of local woodworkers doesn’t stop at the Connecticut River. More on that move next week.
For now, I just want to assure you that we are doing our very best to keep lead times to a minimum. Neville has placed a “Lead Time” tab on every product page to let you know the current estimated ETA for that piece, including shipping and delivery (the average lead time is about 9 weeks but, depending on the piece and the craftsman it could be anywhere between 5 and 18 weeks).
Although, occasionally a craftsman will get sick or a delivery truck will be detained by weather, we do our very best to ensure deliveries are made within those time frames. If you have questions about an existing order, or are thinking of placing a new order– give our crackerjack sales and customer service staff (Liz, Sean, Michelle and Loryn) a call to discuss further specifics. And let us know on Facebook: how much time would you consider “reasonable” to wait for your made to order furniture?
March 7th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Copeland’s Dominion bedroom furniture set was our best seller last week. I love this picture, but the cool thing about Dominion is that you can customize it online to look exactly like this (above) or give it a totally different style. The photo above shows this high end bedroom set in natural cherry wood, although you can change the color online and add one of 3 stains: cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry. For example, here’s a photo of the same Dominion bedroom in saddle cherry, which is darker than natural cherry and looks similar to walnut wood.
You can also customize the Dominion bedroom set by changing the shape of the top of each chest or dresser. In the photo above the chest on the left has a top that’s flush with the sides of the case, whereas the chest on the right has an over-hanging top. It creates a whole different look!
Furthermore, if you choose small, round mushroom shaped drawer pulls along with the flush top (shown left), you’ve got a variation of traditional Shaker style furniture. But by selecting brushed nickle bars for drawer pulls and pairing them with the over-hanging top, you’ve created a much different, modern contemporary look for the same chest.
Dominion beds are also highly customizable. Copeland offers 4 main bed styles: the regular Dominion Bed (with choice of 4 different headboards), a storage bed version of it, the Dominion Bed with Leather Headboard (choose ebony, coffee or white colored leather) and a storage bed version of it.
Check it out! This is your chance to design your own bedroom furniture and have it handcrafted especially for you, by Vermont craftsmen. Copeland furniture is affordable too and offers a great value for your money, plus we guarantee it for a lifetime. So what are you waiting for?
October 20th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
I was just walking a customer through Arrange-A-Room, the software I blogged about in the last post when we realized how helpful it is in customizing your furniture to fit into your space. Kelly is furnishing her bedroom with a bed, 2 night stands, and some combination of: a chest of drawers, a dresser, a TV armoire, a gent's chest and a sweater chest.
She's now having fun playing with Arrange-A-Room and is happy to be able to size our furniture up or down to fit perfectly into her layout.
October 10th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
April 4th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
Of course, your height is just one of many reasons to choose customized furniture. Maybe you have a narrow space between two windows, and you can't find the right size chest of drawers to fit. Or perhaps your kitchen is long and narrow and you need a table that's 7 feet long and only 2 feet wide.
Whatever the reason, you can have your furniture customized to your exact specifications, so it fits perfectly into your home and your family's lifestyle. And why not?
At Vermont Woods Studios, we build each piece of our fine, handcrafted furniture to order, especially for you. So it's easy for us to shorten the height of your dresser, or widen the width of your table or make any number of other customizations you might need. Often alterations can be made for little or no charge. Give us a call (888-390-5571) and let's get started now!