American Shaker Bedroom Set with Panel Bed (3)

Simple is beautiful, and for Shaker furniture– this is true down to the very last detail. Shaker furnishings are world renowned for their timeless simplicity and practicality. While only a few “real” Shakers remain today, their legacy for handcrafted furniture will live on forever. Their simplistic handiwork has become a standard for high quality American furniture craftsmanship and styling, making it a wonderful furniture choice for your bedroom.

Shaker bedroom furniture is elegant and understated, giving you the ability to change your decor throughout the years without having to buy new furniture. You can keep your room minimalist and uncluttered, keeping with traditional Shaker styling, or use your Shaker furniture to create a balance between your luxurious decor and your wood furniture.

Created for usability, Shaker bedroom furniture is exceptionally useful when it comes to storage. Beds are roomy and minimalist, dressers are spacious, and nightstands are solidly built for years of use and enjoyment. This furniture type is beautiful and totally practical.

The following 5 Shaker bedroom furniture pieces are staples of the Shaker styled bedroom. Solidly handcrafted by local Vermont woodworkers, these pieces are beautiful, usable, and built with the same integrity and quality of original Shaker furniture:

1. Vermont Shaker Moon Bed

Vermont Shaker Moon Bed: Shaker Bedroom FurnitureThe Vermont Shaker Moon Bed is one of our most popular beds, and it’s easy to understand why. Crafted with smooth, sweeping arches on the head and footboard, traditionally styled taper legs, and an overall simplistic look… this bed exemplifies the Shaker style bedroom. Keeping with Shaker tradition, this bed has a sturdy platform and there is no need for a box spring. It’s sleek, subtle, and built to last generations.

2.  Modern Shaker Large Storage Chest

032a697153f3d3e7d92b0f234d99a982.image.550x550The Modern Shaker Storage Chest is a classicly styled piece, crafted with time honored design that captures the essence of authentic Shaker furniture styling. Clean lines, square corners, simple and graceful build…this chest exemplifies popular Shaker style. It’s a grand, sturdy piece created to give you maximum storage ability. With both large and small drawers, this piece gives you a variety of organization options. Crafted with real solid wood, this piece is one that you can proudly cherish forever.

3. New England Shaker 8/10-Drawer Dresser

new-england-shaker-dresserOur solid Cherry, 10-Drawer New England Shaker Dresser is an elegant and subtle Shaker furniture piece. Featuring clean lines and simplistic drawer pulls, it could fit into any bedroom with ease. 10 spacious drawers give you maximum storage capabilities, to use on your own or if you are feeling generous, to share with your spouse. Finely handcrafted by Vermont woodworkers, this piece is a true must have for the Shaker bedroom furniture lover.

4. Shaker Tapered Leg Night Stand

Shaker Tapered Leg Nightstand

The Shaker Tapered Leg Nightstand is another quintessentially Shaker styled piece. It’s ultra simplistic, featuring traditional tapered Shaker legs and a modest single drawer. It’s subtle design makes it a beautifully versatile piece for your Shaker inspired bedroom.

5. New England Shaker Armoire – Wardrobe

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This New England Shaker Armoire is an elegant Shaker inspired wardrobe, crafted to be the perfect blend of beauty and utility. This piece features a traditional Shaker design that incorporates simple lines and elegant molding around the top and base of the piece. Perfect for adding extra storage space to any bedroom.

All of the Shaker bedroom pieces featured above are beautiful and highly functional, crafted with care in the Green Mountains of Vermont. All five pieces are beautiful representations of authentic Shaker furniture and would make a great addition to your home. Which piece would you love to add to your collection the most? Let us know in the comments section!

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.

American Shaker Panel Bed

Admiring the American Shaker Panel Bed

We’d like to extend our appreciation to Linda T., for sending us this lovely appreciation photo. The photo shows her new American Shaker Panel Bed in Natural Cherry. It’s a classic bed for the contemporary bedroom, as it is elegant, simple, and very pretty. This handcrafted bed features sleek panels in the headboard and footboard that add a modern feel to this traditionally inspired Shaker bed. It also showcases gentle arches and simple tapered legs, a hallmark of Shaker furniture.

The American Shaker Panel Bed is handmade in Vermont using sustainably harvested wood. Each piece is custom crafted, made just for you. Beds ordered with the optional under-bed storage unit will include a vanity footboard that extends close to the floor to conceal the storage unit!

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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.

The title of “American Made” typically ensures that what you are buying is top quality and built to last a lifetime. Our American Made Shaker Desks are just that, giving you beautiful, high quality desks that anyone would love to work around. Handcrafted in Vermont, these solid wood desks are made with the same honesty and integrity that the original Shakers were known for many years ago. This roundup includes 5 solid wood, American Made Shaker Desks that we believe would make a great base for your home office.

 

1. Classic Shaker Writing Desk

american made shaker deskThe Classic Shaker Writing Desk is as beautiful as it is elegant, bringing natural, eco-friendly solid wood to your office. It’s quite versatile as it can be crafted as a small, medium, large and custom table size. Choose a pencil drawer or a pull out keyboard shelf depending on your needs. Customize it with tapered legs to match the rest of our New England Shaker Office Furniture pieces. This cherry Shaker desk is simplistic, versatile, and traditionally crafted. We are sure you will love it as much as we do.

 

2. Modern Shaker Campaign Desk

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Our Modern Shaker Campaign Writing desk is made in top quality using premium solid hardwoods. This piece is crafted to last a lifetime. It’s sleek look will impress your clients, and it’s simplicity makes it easy to keep everything you need right at your fingertips.  Each desk is unique, handmade in Vermont using sustainably harvested woods by local furniture makers. Choose between a rounded or straight edge profile. All our Modern Shaker Style collection is handcrafted to order in Vermont in your choice of solid cherry, maple, or walnut woods with a eco-friendly non-toxic oil finish that not only protects, but enhances the natural beauty of the wood.

 

3. Sarah Secretary Desk

american made shaker deskOur Sarah Shaker Solid Wood Secretary Desk (or laptop work-station) features a full extension pull out keyboard tray and a classic American Shaker design. This American Made Shaker Desk can be customized online in your choice of small or large tabletop sizes and with your choice of woods. This piece is simplistic, truly Shaker inspired, and built to last a lifetime. Customize the look of your new desk in either natural cherry (no stain) or windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry.

 

4. Modern Shaker Library Desk

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Our Modern Shaker Writing Desk is sturdy and simplistic, taking a modern spin on traditional Shaker style. All of our Modern Shaker Style collection is handcrafted to order in Vermont in your choice of solid cherry, maple, or walnut woods with a eco-friendly non-toxic oil finish that protects and enhances the natural characteristics of the wood. Traditionally crafted for generations of use and enjoyment.

5. Vermont-Made Shaker Writing Desk

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Simple, beautiful, and traditionally made; our Vermont Made Shaker Writing Desk features elegant tapered legs and high end, solid wood construction that will endure for years! All our wood is sustainably harvested in America, so it’s an eco-friendly writing table that you can feel good about. Customize it to be uniquely yours, perfect to get all of your work done around!

 

Which of these 5 American Made Shaker Desks do you like best? Let us know in the comments section!

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.

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Which dining chair is best for your space? This is usually one of the first questions a person asks when re-furnishing and redesigning their dining room. While there are literally hundreds of different chair styles to choose from, the Windsor Style Chair and Modern Shaker Style are some of our favorites. Both of them are simplistic and stylish in their own right, and they are both staples of American history!

Lets start with the history behind the classic Windsor Chair:

According to ‘Past and Present: Windsor Chair History’ by Design*Sponge, “In North America, the Windsor chair form was first used in Philadelphia where the chair became hugely popular around the time of the Revolution. The chairs were such an important part of the life in the new country that Thomas Jefferson was said to have written the Declaration of Independence in one of these chairs and Martha Washington had needlework cushions made for her bow-back Windsor chairs.”

Wow, who knew? Even better, here’s some historical photos of these classic American chairs:

 

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“Images above, from top: This ca. 1739 drawing by Jacques Rigaud shows a lord and lady being wheeled through the garden in Windsor chairs (from The Metropolitan Museum of Art). The presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress by Edward Savage (from the Library of Congress).” (Photos retrieved from Design*Sponge)

What about Shaker Chairs in history?

According to ArtComplex.org, “The common New England slat-back chair, fashioned by the hands of a Shaker woodworker, has become an icon of American furniture design. Shaker craftsman were familiar with that furniture form. It was found in almost every eighteenth and nineteenth century rural New england home. Converts brought these chairs with them as they joined shaker communities. Shaker craftsmen produced these chairs, refining that vernacular form and creating a distinctive , well-built chair that ultimately earned them considerable renown. Chairs were made in nearly every Shaker village for use within their shops and dwellings. Some chairs were sold to outsiders. Mount Lebanon, New York, the only community to mass produce chairs for sale, sold tens of thousands to individuals, families and businesses”

Traditionally, Shaker Chairs would be hung on the walls to maximize utility and save space.  Photo retrieved from: Blue Ribbons Design.
Traditionally, Shaker Chairs would be hung on the walls to maximize utility and save space. Photo retrieved from: Blue Ribbons Design.

While chair B isn’t a traditional slat back as mentioned and pictured, it still represents the simplicity of design and exquisite craftsmanship represented in Shaker style!

So, have you made up your mind yet? Both chairs have an impressive history and even more impressive design. If you don’t want to have to chose one or the other, why not both? Mix & Match for a look that is not only stylish, but has a great story.

Let us know which chair you love in the comments section of this blog, or send us a tweet!

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.

cherry shaker furniture

Cherry Shaker Furniture is a Staple of the Traditional New England Home

In any traditionally inspired New England home you are sure to find handcrafted Cherry wood furniture. Shaker furniture in particular has been a favorite style for decades, and there’s no end to this trend in sight. The elegant look of Cherry wood combined with the simplicity of Shaker furniture creates a truly timeless match.  Cherry Shaker furniture is versatile, elegant, and the perfect addition to any traditional home. No matter where you live, this furniture style will give your space the feeling of a classic New England home.

Cherry Shaker Furniture for the living roomCherry Shaker furniture will work with any color scheme, and as seen in the photo above, looks marvelous with shades of green. No matter the color of your room, Shaker furniture in Cherry wood will help you create a look that is comfortable yet polished. Built for function but never lacking in chic Shaker style.

Cherry Shaker Bedroom FurnitureYour master bedroom will look charming and New England inspired with our finely crafted Cherry Shaker furniture. Unadorned and subtle, you could live in the city and still feel like you are waking up in a rural Vermont farmhouse.

reclaimed-barnwood-table-country-windsor-lifeShare meals with your closest friends and family around Vermont crafted Shaker tables and chairs that are inspired by a 200+ year heritage of Yankee woodworking. Cherry Shaker furniture is durable and makes the perfect base for your traditionally inspired dining space.

What do you think of Cherry Shaker furniture? Would you add it to your home? Let us know in the comments section!

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.