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Slanted Headboards: Trending in Comfort and Style

March 3rd, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Beds with slanted headboards are a book lovers dream! They provide maximum comfort as the naturally smooth headboard aligns with the curve of your back (or just gives you enough room to put your pillow against it and really relax)! While most of our Vermont made beds are made with traditional headboards, we have a couple of beautiful pieces that feature this headboard style. If you really love a bed but wish it could have a slanted headboard, contact one of our fine furniture experts and they will let you know your options for a custom furniture piece!

Here are 3 of our favorite beds with Slanted Headboards

1) Custom Incline Storage Bed

Custom Bed with Slanted Headboard

This beautiful cherry storage bed* is a customized version of our Modern Incline Bed and our Cherry Moon Dressers. It’s handcrafted in a small workshop in Montpelier, VT using solid cherry wood with black walnut accents, all coated with a hand-rubbed, natural linseed oil finish. This piece is sold, but you can contact one of our friendly sales members if you’d love one like it!

 2. Modern Incline Bed

Modern Incline Bed

This simple, high-end, solid wood Modern Incline Bed features an inclined headboard for supreme comfort. The subtle angle (10%) of this headboard makes reading or watching TV in bed more comfy and ergonomic. Expert craftsmanship. Built to last for generations. Designed as an ultra comfortable platform bed so there is no need for a box spring.

 3.  Classic Sleigh Bed

Classic Sleigh Bed

The elegance of this solid wood, Classic Sleigh Bed adds sophistication and charm to your upscale bedroom. Expert craftsmanship and Vermont-made quality ensure that you can count on this heirloom for generations to come.


| 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. |



3 Hardwood Filing Cabinets to Help You Organize Your Space

February 25th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Hardwood Filing Cabinets

Store letter and legal files in these solid wood, built to last filing cabinets. Your clients, friends and family will be impressed to see the intricate details and subtleties in the grain and wood of these Hardwood Filing Cabinets.


1. 2 Drawer Lateral Filing Cabinet. This beautiful hardwood filing cabinet is handmade using premium cherry wood and is crafted to last a lifetime. It’s traditional design makes it a great choice for your professional or home office! Shown with a Shaker base, you also have to option for a mission style or contemporary base. The brushed nickle drawer pulls give this office furniture piece a feeling of sophistication & subtlety.

Solid Wood Filing Cabinet

Love this 2 Drawer Wood Filing Cabinet? Check out matching items in our New England Shaker Furniture Collection.


2. Modern Shaker File Credenza. This large, luxurious modern shaker file credenza is handmade using solid hardwood. It features 3 accessory drawers, 2 cupboards, and 2 file drawers giving you lots of storage space for all of your important work documents. This piece also makes an excellent place to store and organize your personal/family records that can sometimes end up lost throughout the home. The eco-friendly, non toxic oil finish protects and enhances the natural beauty of the wood.


If you love this piece and want to see more like it, check out our Modern Shaker furniture collection.

3.  Berkeley Rolling File Cabinet. Our Berkeley Rolling File Cabinet fuses American Arts & Crafts Style with modern Asian design. Customize this piece with wood colors to suit your decor aesthetic– choices include natural cherry, windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smokey cherry. The design shown features natural cherry with black walnut drawer pulls. This piece makes an excellent accent to the well-styled office, giving you the traditional build with eccentric detailing.


See our Copeland Modern Berkeley Collection for complementary furniture pieces.


These three Hardwood Filing Cabinets are great choices for the traditional furniture enthusiast– and those who love simply designed homes. They aren’t over the top with intricate detailing, but find their uniqueness in the natural beauty of the wood & individual customization options.


| 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. |


Hardwood Furniture: Top 5 Style Trends in 2013

October 12th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Wood Furniture | Top Style Trends | American Made in Vermont | Cherry, Maple, Walnut, Oak

Some examples of hardwood furniture style trends in 2013:  from left, a Shaker Library Desk handcrafted of solid walnut hardwood, the Contemporary Cable Bedroom Collection crafted with solid cherry hardwood and stainless steel cable accents, the Vermont Shaker Custom Oval Dining Table in black cherry wood and the Cherry Moon Large TV and Media Console in black cherry with walnut accents.

Hardwood furniture is experiencing a renaissance this year. It’s always been a classic, but over the years modern materials (metal, plastics, glass, wicker, rattan, bamboo, concrete) have become popular furniture components.  Looking at today’s online home decor authorities such as Houzz and Apartment Therapy however, it seems real solid hardwood furniture is making a comeback!  Here’s a run-down of the Top 5 Hardwood Furniture Style Trends we’ve seen at Vermont Woods Studios this year:

Mission Furniture

Mission Style Sofa Table | Hardwood Furniture Made in America

This Mission Style Sofa Table that Douglas uses to display hardware is one of our top sellers this year.  Straight, simple lines and solid hardwood construction characterize Mission style furniture.  Similarly styled mission dining room and bedroom furniture, built by the same furniture maker has also experienced renewed popularity.  Instead of the traditional oak wood, many customers are customizing their mission furniture in cherry and even walnut wood.

Shaker Furniture

Shaker Furniture Trends in Home Decor

This Classic Shaker Huntboard is another customer favorite at Stonehurst.  Cherry is the wood of choice for  Shaker style furniture in 2013.


Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Furniture

Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Furniture

This Cherry Moon 7 Drawer Dresser shows off it’s Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style roots in our showroom at Stonehurst.  Made in a small workshop just north of Montpelier, the Cherry Moon collection is so popular this year that the craftsman now has a lead time of 4 months!

Modern Hardwood Furniture

Modern Hardwood Furniture by Copeland

Copeland’s new Kyoto Dining Collection is a modern version of 20th century, mid-century modern MCM design.  It’s minimalist, uncluttered look with clean, straight lines is highly sought after by our interior design friends in Boston and New York.

Looking for more inspiration?  Check out additional hardwood furniture style trends on House Beautiful and Houzz.


New Vermont Tavern Bench

July 19th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Farmhouse Bench | Vermont Tavern Style | Cherry Wood Top | Black Painted Base

Part of our new signature collection, the Vermont Tavern Bench has a solid cherry wood top and a black painted base with turned legs.  Handcrafted as a companion to the Vermont Tavern Table, the style is a classic English tavern table with William and Mary design elements.  Shown in our recently renovated Stonehurst fine furniture gallery.

This farmhouse style Vermont Tavern Bench is part of a new line of furniture we’re making.  It’s a unique signature collection, available only at Vermont Woods Studios.   Traditionally crafted, this 2-tone bench features a 1 inch thick solid cherry wood seat, with a durable maple wood base painted with black lacquer.

Vermont farmhouse furniture is adapted from William and Mary style furniture that was popular in England around 1700 after the reign of King William and Queen Mary.  These pieces are reproductions of the classic English tavern table and bench you’ll see in inns throughout the UK and New England (a few of Southern Vermont’s favorites are the Grafton Inn, Ye Olde Tavern, The Hermitage Inn).


Tavern Style Farmhouse Bench

Our Farmhouse Style Vermont Tavern Bench features a 2-tone design with a 1 inch thick solid cherry wood seat, and a durable maple wood, turned leg base painted with black lacquer. 

Besides being a durable, heirloom piece– the Vermont Tavern Bench is sleek and stylish.  The contrast between the traditional Cherry wood and the deep black lacquer base creates a truly unique piece that would make a great furniture addition for anyone looking to add a little flair to their dining area.  Stop by our fine furniture showroom at Stonehurst and check it out!



Hardwood Bedroom Furniture: What’s Your Style?

June 29th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Solid Wood Bedroom Furniture | American Made in Vermont | Handcrafted

Vermont Made hardwood bedroom furniture comes in many different styles from Shaker to Mid Century Modern and everything in between.  Which style would look best in your bedroom?

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:

Vermont Made Shaker Bedroom Furniture

Vermont Made Shaker Bedroom Furniture

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.


Berkeley Hardwood Bedroom Furniture

Berkeley Arts and Crafts Bedroom Furniture

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.

Astrid Mid Century Modern Bedroom Furniture by Copeland

Astrid Mid Century Modern Bedroom Furniture

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.

And on the bottom row from left:

Catalina Hardwood Bedroom Furniture by Copeland

Catalina Mid Century Modern Bedroom Furniture

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.


Contemporary Cable Hardwood Bedroom Furniture

Contemporary Cable Collection

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.

American Shaker Hardwood Bedroom Furniture  American Shaker Bedroom Furniture

Our Vermont Shaker furniture (above) is a sister collection to this one, with the main difference being a straight apron in contrast to the arched apron of the American Shaker Collection.



Which hardwood furniture style best fits your taste?  Let us know in the comments section below or on our Vermont Furniture Facebook.


Best Selling Style: Shaker Furniture

March 8th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Shaker Furniture Best Sellers

For every room in the house, our best selling furniture pieces are shaker style. Top: Vermont Shaker Moon Bed. Bottom: Vermont Made Shaker Custom Dining Table, Vermont Shaker Bookcase, Classic Shaker Writing Desk

What do our best selling pieces have in common? They’re all Shaker style! For every room in the house, our Shaker furniture pieces always come out on top. Our Shaker style furniture ranges from traditional styles featuring elegant straight lines to more modern shaker furniture that incorporate contemporary round lines into the design. Shaker furniture has been made since the 1700′s, and our craftsmen have dedicated themselves to keep the same simplistic, functional, and sturdy design in every piece of Shaker furniture they craft.

Shaker Bedroom Furniture

Our online gallery features almost 100 pieces of Shaker style bedroom pieces. Although it’s a close tie between pieces that are most popular, the Vermont Shaker Moon Bed is our best selling bed. The Vermont Shaker Moon Bed features traditional tapered legs and gorgeous arching curves in the headboard and footboard. Like most pieces of Shaker furniture, this bed is most popular in natural cherry wood.

Shaker Dining Furniture

It’s easy to see why the Vermont Made Shaker Custom Dining Table is most popular among our customers. It is simple in design, sturdily built for years of use, and is built to order so it can perfectly match your kitchen or dining room. Like it says in it’s name, this dining table is customizable. What does that mean? Customize your table size in 12 solid top sizes and 18 extension table sizes. Customize your table top shape to be rectangular, oval or boat shaped. Customize your table in natural cherry, maple or walnut wood.

Shaker Living Room Furniture

Shaker furniture, renowned for it’s sturdy design, is a perfect style for living room furniture. When putting your life collection of books or antique display plates on a bookshelf, it’s important to feel confident that it will remain sturdy. Our Shaker style hardwood bookcases are crafted to last a lifetime (guaranteed). They will remain strong for years to come, so you can feel certain that your precious belongings will be safe. Our most popular bookcase is the Vermont Shaker Bookcase. It is crafted in a small workshop near Vermont’s state capital, Montpelier, using sustainably harvested hardwoods with a non-toxic finish.

Shaker Home Office Furniture

The Classic Shaker Writing Desk is our most popular piece of home office furniture. It is available in three distinct leg styles: flair (shown as the product’s main image), tapered or mission style. You can see these three styles by clicking the gray question mark next to the leg style option. Further customize this piece by choosing from three sizes, and three drawer options. This shaker style desk is a great option for a home office or business.

Good News For You

All of our Shaker style furniture is on sale! You can buy our best selling pieces at a great price. The more you buy, the more you save. Take 10% off one piece, 15% off two pieces, or 20% off three pieces. It’s the perfect excuse to buy a bed and nightstands; dining table and chairs; bookcase and end tables; or a desk with a few file cabinets. All of our furniture is handcrafted in Vermont with natural wood. Receive free shipping and a lifetime guarantee during this sale! Copeland Furniture is an exception to this Shaker furniture sale; however, the Copeland Sarah Shaker Collection is always priced with a low price guarantee.

Start browsing our online gallery today. If you have any questions our fine furniture specialists are available by phone, live chat, or email.


Solid Wood Furniture Buying Guide

November 16th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Astrid Bedroom Set | Solid Wood Furniture | Black Walnut | American Made in VT

This top quality solid wood furniture set is handmade of real solid American black walnut wood.  To get the best price, shop for Astrid bedroom furniture as a set and save on white glove shipping and delivery.

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 (,

”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.


Hardwood Furniture

October 29th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Hardwood Furniture | High Quality | American Made in Vermont

High quality, real solid hardwood furniture is expensive, no doubt about it.   But customers are still buying this cherry and walnut bedroom furniture set and other hardwood furniture pieces.  Their reasons have to do with longevity, value and beauty.

Top 3 Reasons To Buy Hardwood Furniture

High quality, real solid hardwood furniture is expensive, no doubt about it.  It’s not for everyone.  College students are more likely to find suitable furniture at IKEA- that’s for sure.  But if you landed on this blog post, you’re probably a homeowner looking to feather your nest for the long term, right?  Well we talk to people like you everyday and so we’ve learned a few things about why our customers are looking to buy hardwood furniture.

First – It’s Beautiful

Check out our cherry and walnut hardwood bedroom furniture set.  You just don’t get this kind of smooth, refined patina on pine, spruce or other soft wood furniture.  When hardwoods are sanded properly and finished with a clear, non-toxic lacquer or hand-rubbed natural oil, you can run your hands over the wood and it almost feels like skin.  No softwood, metal or plastic furniture can give the same tactile sensation that high quality, handmade hardwood furniture does.

Second – It’s Durable and Lasts a Lifetime

Hardwoods like cherry, walnut, maple and oak wood are from deciduous trees that grow slower than coniferous softwood trees like pine, spruce, larch and fir.  Thus hardwoods are typically more dense, heavy, durable and, well… hard.  They also are fairly non – resinous and close grained so they don’t leak sap and split like pine does.  If you take care of your hardwood furniture it will hold up beautifully for many years, even many generations.  We are confident enough in our hardwood furniture to back it with a lifetime guarantee.

Third – It’s a Natural, Organic Part of a Healthy Home

Many people, especially those with young children are looking for natural, organic furniture to be a part of their healthy homes.  They often talk to us about where their furniture comes from too.  Hardwood furniture that’s made in America is typically built with wood that’s sustainably harvested from well-managed American forests.  Families enjoy breaking bread over a dinner table that’s made in harmony with nature.

Bonus Reason!  It’s Economical in the Long Run

OK, I said Top 3 Reasons, but here’s a fourth that I just can’t walk away from.  In the long run, high quality hardwood furniture is cheaper to buy than other types of furniture– even IKEA’s.  Consider how many times you’ll have to buy a bedroom set or dining furniture over your lifetime if you’re always buying something cheap.  We’ve had lots of customers who tell us they’ve been sleeping on a mattress on the floor for a few years while they save up to buy a high quality hardwood bed.  I can relate to that.

What are your reasons for searching for hardwood furniture?  Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook!


Hardwood Furniture: Cherry, Maple, Oak or Walnut?

October 12th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Hardwood Furniture:  Real Solid Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Oak Wood

Which Type of Hardwood Furniture Is Best For Your Bedroom, Dining Room or Home Office?

If you’re looking for hardwood furniture, there’s a good chance you’re narrowing your wood choices down to the most popular and plentiful species grown here in America such as cherry, maple, oak and walnut.  These prized hardwoods are grown sustainably here in the USA with Vermont and New England being a favorite source for many woods.

We like these species because they are well suited to fine furniture making by virtue of their color, strength, hardness, grain patterns and workability.  They are also readily obtainable in our local and regional area, making them a sustainable choice.  Often our furniture makers will offer two-tone combinations of these hardwoods creating a custom, artisan look and feel to your furniture.

The photo above shows Copeland Furniture’s SoHo Bedroom Set in solid maple and walnut hardwoods.  This striking two-tone wood combination has become a best seller in our metropolitan markets, particularly Manhattan, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Homeowners appreciate the modern, contemporary sensibilities of the SoHo solid hardwood design as well as the fine detail and craftsmanship that goes into every custom, made to order piece.

SoHo furniture is also offered in a two-tone walnut and cherry design.  Which of these hardwood combinations would look best for your bedroom furniture?


Labor Day Weekend Furniture Sale With 5 Days of Savings!

August 31st, 2012 by Kelsey Eaton




Vermont Woods Studios is having a 5 day sale for Labor Day! Save 15% plus free shipping on new, fine wood furniture!


Labor Day was created to honor the achievements of American
workers.  This national holiday is a
perfect time to celebrate the hard work that Americans do every day.

At Vermont Woods Studios, we are constantly amazed at the
dedication and hard work that goes into handcrafting fine wood furniture.  It is a skill that has been handed down to
Vermonter's for over 200 years, and for many of our craftsmen, the technique is virtually unchanged.  The furniture
at Vermont Woods Studios is 100% American made furniture with sustainably
harvested American hardwoods. Our furniture makers carefully select only the
finest solid cherry, maple, walnut, and oak woods to ensure that they make the
highest quality furniture that is intended to last for many generations.  It is even backed by a lifetime guarantee.

For Labor Day we are putting our gifted furniture maker's
pieces on sale, so that you can honor these American craftsmen, too. With a lot
of Labor Day events, we know that this is a busy weekend. So, we're having our
Labor Day furniture sale run five days, from Friday, August 31st until Tuesday,
September 4th. This allows you the time to fit in fun and relaxation, plus take
advantage of our holiday sale. During our Labor Day furniture sale, you can
save 15% storewide (plus free shipping), and conveniently shop 24 hours a day on our
online gallery.

Whether you're traveling, socializing, shopping or relaxing we hope
that you have a wonderful weekend!