American Made Outdoor Furniture: What’s The Best Wood?

Last updated on June 30th, 2022 at 02:59 pm

Best Wood for Outdoor Furniture?
I think the best wood to use for outdoor furniture isn’t wood at all. It’s POLYWOOD, made out of recycled milk jugs and guaranteed for a lifetime of outdoor use.  Shown here is the new Bayline Dining Furniture Collection.

Tis the season for buying outdoor furniture and prepare for spring and summer!  Even in Vermont we have a couple nice days each year when everyone wants to lounge in the sun with a cold drink and a good book.

Our customers often discover us when they’re searching for American made, eco-friendly furniture.  We’ve worked in collaboration with Vermont furniture makers for many years but have stuck to selling just sustainable indoor furniture for the dining room, bedroom and home office.

So when customers began to ask for outdoor porch, pool and patio furniture we were at a loss.  What type of wood could we make it out of?  The cherry, maple, walnut and oak woods we typically use for indoor furniture won’t hold up to outdoor conditions.  Plus, we offer a lifetime guarantee on our furniture.  How would we do this for an outdoor line?

Adirondack Chairs | Polywood | Recycled Plastic
This POLYWOOD Classic Adirondack chair is made in America of recycled plastic.  We guarantee it for a lifetime of use!

American Made Outdoor Furniture

We considered many options.  Teak and mahogany are about the only types of wood that would meet our standards for weather resistance and longevity but they are both rainforest woods that are often harvested illegally and unsustainably.  Not an option.

So after researching all the alternatives we selected an American made wood-alternative material for our first outdoor furniture line. It’s called poly wood and it’s made in Indiana of recycled plastic milk jugs.  It’s not real wood, but it has the look, thickness, weight, and feel of real wood plus it’s virtually indestructible and maintenance free.  No more scraping, painting, or weatherproofing needed.  POLYWOOD recycled plastic furniture can even be left outside year round eliminating the need for seasonal storage.

So that’s what we chose for our first outdoor furniture line.  We really do feel that POLYWOOD is the best “wood” to use for outdoor furniture.  With summer being so short up here in Vermont, we want to spend it enjoying our all-weather outdoor furniture rather than maintaining it!  How about you?  Check out the POLYWOOD furniture collections we offer.  It’s eco-friendly, Made in America outdoor furniture and it comes with free shipping and a lifetime guarantee.  Pretty tough to beat, I say.

Rec ycled Plastic Chaise Lounge
This POLYWOOD chaise lounge weighs over 50# so it won’t blow away when high winds come in off the ocean.  It’s available in 12 different colors including red, yellow, blue, orange, green, black and white.

 

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All Weather Porch Furniture: Less Maintenance, More Wine!

Last updated on June 30th, 2022 at 03:03 pm

All Weather Porch Furniture
Doesn’t this look like the perfect scene for you and your best friends? Our Tip: Mix & Match colors to create a look that fits with your porch, patio, or yard!

In Vermont, spring and summer slip by all too quickly so when winter finally rolls out of sight, we want to get outside and relax in the sunshine ASAP. And that’s where the beauty of POLYWOOD All Weather Porch Furniture comes in so handy. There’s no longer any need to go schlepping downstairs to the basement and dragging heavy outdoor furniture outside before you can relax on the patio in the warm sunshine.

All Weather Porch Furniture: What is it?

POLYWOOD is new type of American made, recycled plastic furniture that can be left outdoors all winter long! It’s basically impervious to harsh weather such as rain, snow, ice, and salt water. Made from recycled milk jugs, POLYWOOD is a thick, heavy, dense plastic designed to replicate high quality tropical lumber like mahogany and teak. It’s maintenance free and insect, mold and mildew-proof. And POLYWOOD is available in natural colors, plus white, black and a wide variety of vibrant contemporary colors. Best of all, POLYWOOD colors are infused throughout the recycled plastic lumber, rather than just on the surface so there’s no need to ever refinish. Hooray!

Now your Springtime routine of lugging furniture to the patio, scrubbing it clean, scraping old paint and applying new paint pretty much boils down to this: pour wine, sit on your POLYWOOD with a book and relax in the sunshine!

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Sink Into a Quilted Rocking Chair

Visitors to our new showroom often remark how wonderful it must be to come here every day for work. The beautiful views and hiking trails paired with the cozy interior and friendly faces of the VWS staff are true tonics for the hard work we put in from nine to five.  And let’s not forget how nice it is to gather around after work, open a bottle of wine and sink into a Custom Quilted Vermont Rocking Chair.

Ahh… the quilted rocker.

Handmade Vermont Rocking Chair

The understated simplicity of design only makes this rocking chair more ingenious.  Everyone from new mothers to grandfathers can appreciate the comfort of a rocking chair from time to time, but these handmade rockers are undoubtedly the best seat in the house. The wood panels comprising the back and seat are held together with a durable, yet flexible, rope which enables them to conform to the user’s body.  The feeling is more akin to a cloud than a piece of wood.

Quilted Walnut Rocking Chair
Quilted Rocking Chair in Black Walnut

The quilted rockers are a main attraction in the Vermont Woods Studios showroom—this is mainly because our sales staff can’t help but direct visitors to them.  Whether coming to look at beds or explore the forestry at Stonehurst, a visitor is almost always stopped and asked, “Have you sat in our quilted rocking chairs?”.  A picture of the Vermont-made rocking chair or simply admiring it in person does not convey the associated experience.  We even created this video in hopes of bringing our distant viewers a bit closer to the real thing:

The rocker comes in several lovely woods—Cherry, Oak, Birdseye Maple and Walnut—and in two different sizes.  Whatever the look, there is no more unique or comfortable rocking chair out there.

 

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Shaker Furniture: Timeless Appeal & Style

Last updated on June 30th, 2022 at 03:05 pm

The Humble Beginnings of Shaker Furniture

Shaker furniture has humble beginnings in a 19th century religious community, but has since become one of the most notable furniture styles in the world. Ironic, as the Shakers crafted their furniture with God in mind, and detested glamour or fame. The Shakers were serious about crafting for usability, rather than crafting for style, making their furniture totally functional and unadorned.

Many furniture styles have come and gone since Shaker furniture’s beginnings–but Shaker style remains largely unchanged, and still adored.

Shaker Furniture

What is the appeal to this timeless furniture style?

  • Shaker style furniture is built with minimal or no ornamentation. Their forms were basic, and followed function. Their buildings and their furniture were designed for a certain task or purpose and each piece of furniture was designed with symmetry in mind.
  • Shaker style furniture is plain, utilitarian, and uniform. Most of it was movable or built in to the walls.
  • Shaker furniture is simplistic and versatile enough to blend in with a variety of home decor styles. It can easily be mixed and matched with any style, or used on its own for a minimalist Shaker replication aesthetic.
  • Shaker style furniture is  built to last, and people love the solid craftsmanship associated with this style.

Perhaps it’s the cluttered and busy nature of our daily routines that urge us to seek simplicity in our home decor, or the comfortable, nostalgic feeling that Shaker furniture gives you that makes it such a popular style. Whatever the reason, we’re happy to provide 6 expertly crafted collections of Shaker style furniture, reminiscent of authentic Shaker pieces:

Shaker Furniture Style

Shaker Style Furniture on Sale at Vermont Woods Studios

From May 29th to June 18th, Shaker furniture is on sale! You have the opportunity to buy beautiful Shaker style furniture at a fraction of typical costs. Buy 1 piece and save 10%, buy 2 pieces and save 15%, or buy 3+ pieces and save 20%! See more details about the sale here!

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Five 10-Drawer Dressers to Maximize Your Bedroom Storage

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 02:28 pm

If you share your bedroom with your spouse, space can get tight quite easily. Especially when it comes to dresser space. While one option is to get separate dressers all together (although that might end up taking up more of your bedroom space) there are several dresser options that can accommodate your storage needs! We’ve hand picked five 10-Drawer dressers that are ideal for sharing, or if you’re anything like me, perfect for storing your never ending collection of clothes. These solid wood 10-drawer dressers are all expertly handcrafted in Vermont, from sustainably harvested wood.

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1) Our large his and hers Modern American 10-Drawer Dresser #2 features smooth clean contemporary lines. This dresser shown has a two-tone look with natural cherry hardwood with black walnut accents. It’s a perfect piece for sharing, with enough storage space for everyone! The unique styling of the drawer pulls gives this 10-drawer dresser a chic, zen style look– a must have for the asian furniture lover. What’s even better about this piece is that it can fit both a masculine or feminine space, keeping everyone happy.

 

10-Drawer Dressers2) Our Contemporary Cable 10-Drawer Dresser features solid hardwood construction and traditional joinery. Unique cable pulls complement the Contemporary Cable Platform Bed. It’s unique styling makes it the perfect dresser for the modern or contemporary designed bedroom. The 4 smaller drawers at the top are large enough to store your socks & undergarments, while the remaining 8 drawers provide an ample amount of storage for your clothes!

 

10-Drawer Dressers

3) Our high quality solid wood Modern Shaker 10-Drawer Dresser is the ultimate in bedroom storage. This shaker dresser features a modern twist on shaker style, and is versatile enough to match the decor of any bedroom.

 

10-Drawer Dressers4) Copeland’s large, luxurious, cherry wood, Monterey 10 Drawer Dresser fuses American Art’s & Crafts style with modern Japanese and Asian design. Handmade with natural cherry wood, this large, high end dresser can be customized online with your choice of 5 shades of cherry. It’s sleek styling makes it a must have for those looking to save bedroom space.

 

10-Drawer Dressers

5) This solid wood Contemporary Craftsman 10-Drawer Dresser features floating panel sides with gentle arches. It’s sturdy, handcrafted, and absolutely stunning. The 10 large drawers make it a great choice for the clothes collector who can never get enough space! 

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Red, White, & Blue Furniture: Is Your Porch Ready for Memorial Day?

 

Red, White, & Blue Furniture
Blue, White, and Red Adirondack Chairs. Stylish, Eco-Friendly, and 100% Made in the USA. Arrange them around your yard or pool for a look that is both chic & patriotic.

It’s easy to add a pop of Patriotic style to your outdoor space with our colorful POLYWOOD furniture.  Most pieces can be ordered in red, white, and blue; making them the perfect centerpieces for your summer BBQs, like this weekend for Memorial Day! From lounge furniture ideal for relaxing in the sun with your friends to dining furniture made for your big summer BBQ– our Red, White, & Blue Furniture can be mixed and matched to create a truly inspiring Patriotic look.

 Lounge in Americana Style

Red, White, & Blue Furniture
South Beach Ultimate Adirondack with Hideaway Ottoman

Red, White, & Blue Furniture
The Long Island Adirondack Style Chaise Lounge in White.

Red, White, & Blue Furniture
The Long Island Adirondack Style Chaise Lounge in Pacific Blue

Casually Patriotic Dining with Red, White, & Blue Furniture

Red, White, & Blue Furniture
Captain Counter Height Arm Chair with Logo Red cushion.  Add some blue flowers & American Flag accents  and your are porch party ready! 
Red, White, & Blue Furniture
La Casa Cafe Outdoor Dining Set with Navy Seats. Subtle & Beautiful. The strawberries alone make a chic red, white, and blue look. 

The United States of Relaxation

Red, White, & Blue Furniture
Classic Adirondack Chairs in red with with a white table. Mix and Match between Red, White & Blue or Navy!
Red, White, & Blue Furniture
Even your pets will want in on the action… choose white outdoor furniture & enjoy the versatility and simplicity. Stylize with dining accessories or cushions as seasons change.

Getting your home ready for a Memorial Day Barbecue or gathering doesn’t have to consist of over the top, throwaway decorations. Use Red, White, & Blue Furniture as the base for your decor, and use minimal colorful accessories to complement it. This way, you won’t have much waste and you’ll get to enjoy these patriotic colored furniture pieces for years and years to come!

 

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5 Wood Framed Mirrors to Complete Your Space

So you’re interested in finishing up the bedroom of your dreams… Perhaps you have your brand new bed, new dressers, chests, and armoire but something seems to be missing. The beauty of your new wood furniture isn’t translating to the walls, making the space seem a little unfinished. This is where our beautiful, Vermont crafted wood framed mirrors come in. We have a great selection of hardwood mirrors, built with the same quality and integrity that you can expect in the rest of our furniture. Each of them is versatile, chic, and made from sustainably harvested wood. They are great complementary pieces to the rest of your wood furniture and make great accessories for practically every room in your home. If you aren’t sure what to choose, take a look at our handpicked selection of mirrors that you’re sure to love!

Our 5 Favorite Wood Framed Mirrors:

cherry moon wood framed mirror

1. The Cherry Moon Wood Framed Mirror: This handcrafted large Cherry Moon Mirror Horizontal features a beautiful arched hardwood frame. Makes a great dresser mirror, or accent mirror over your hutch or console table. All of our premium fine furniture is made in Vermont using sustainably harvested solid wood. It’s simplistic, beautiful, and versatile enough to switch around to any room. This wood framed mirror is a classic piece and a true must have! 

 

wood framed mirror

2.  The Contemporary Craftsman Wood Framed Mirror: Our Contemporary Craftsman Large Accent Mirror features a beautiful solid wood frame with a gentle arch and fine detailing.  It’s elegant and versatile, bringing a touch of Craftsman flare to your home. This unique mirror is built with sustainably harvested natural cherry and a walnut top.

 

wood framed mirrors

3. The Modern Shaker Full Length Mirror:  This Modern Shaker Full Length Mirror is handcrafted from solid wood in beautiful Vermont. Hang either vertically or horizontally to complement your furniture. The rectangular frame is solid wood with a bevel mirror. This piece is classic and contemporary, and could fit any home whether it is ultra modern or comfortable and traditional. It’s solidly crafted in Vermont, making it a durable and long lasting piece.

 

wood framed mirrors

4. Modern Framed Cherry Wall Mirror: Our Modern Copeland Cherry Framed Wall Mirror is handmade in Vermont of solid cherry wood. The artistic contemporary design can be customized online with your choice of 5 shades of cherry.  This piece has a sleek geometric look and would look great in any modern styled home.

 

wood framed mirror

5. Modern Shaker Wall Mirror: This Modern Shaker Wall Mirror is handcrafted from solid wood in beautiful Vermont. The rectangular frame is solid wood with a bevel mirror, perfect to hang over a dresser, buffet or accent table. Hang vertically or horizontally. Choose between a rounded or straight edge profile. For styling, hang the mirror on the wall or keep it leaned up on it for a more laid back, “Wabi Sabi” look!

Love the mirrors I mentioned in this blog? Visit our online store to see the rest of our Vermont crafted wood framed mirror collection!

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Minimalist Bedrooms Inspired by Spring

Last updated on November 15th, 2017 at 03:11 pm

Vermont made furniture is simple, elegant and well made. Minimalist is the popular term for this trend nation-wide, but in Vermont we’ve always been “minimalist”. Nina captured the style nicely in photos for our sale on hardwood bedroom sets. Here are a couple of her recent shots, inspired by Vermont’s beautiful Spring colors.

Bedroom Sets for Spring | Handmade in Vermont | American Made
This is our Raised Panel Carriage Bed shown as part of the Roz Renfrew Shaker furniture collection. Nina has it all dressed up for Spring in this “minimalist” setting at Vernon’s historic Governor Hunt House.

In case you haven’t visited us yet, our fine furniture showroom is in a restored farmhouse, located on 100 acres of meadows and woodlands in Southeastern Vermont. The view of the Connecticut River is gorgeous and right now it’s full of Spring’s greens and blues that inspire our decor. Like these robin’s eggs…

Blue bird eggs in a nest at Stonehurst | Vermont Fine Furniture Store
Nina, Dennis and Kelsey were out in the back yard of Stonehurst last week, doing annual Spring cleaning chores in the bluebird houses when they took this shot. As a furniture company that depends on sustainably grown wood, we feel connected to our land & it’s inhabitants. They’re always a source of inspiration.

Here’s another of Nina’s Spring-inspired bedroom furniture photos. This one is our Vermont Shaker furniture set dressed in the colors on the other side of that window.

Minimalist Bedroom Sets Inspired by Spring
The Vermont Shaker bed is handmade of all solid hardwood. It’s shown here in cherry wood, but it’s also available in solid maple or walnut wood. Bedroom furniture sets offer great value plus free shipping.

Tree Swallows | Stonehurst Fine Furniture Showroom | Vermont

More of Spring’s inspiration– this time from the tree swallows in our backyard at Stonehurst. It seems they’re getting their own bedroom ready for Spring.

Looking for springtime inspiration for your bedroom? Visit us today! Bring your camera and a pair of binoculars if you’re up for a little birdwatching. Sometimes customers even bring a bottle of wine and a picnic lunch.

Because we’re not your typical furniture store.

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The Rustic Charm of Reclaimed Wood Dining Benches

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 04:33 pm

Use Reclaimed Wood Dining Benches as a way to make your home naturally beautiful & sustainable.

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 What is Reclaimed Wood?

 Reclaimed wood dining benches are made from re-purposed, leftover lumber. Most reclaimed lumber comes from timber and decking rescued from old barns, warehouses, factories, and the like. Reclaimed wood is considered a premium material for furniture building because it is very strong, durable, and plentiful! The salvaged lumber is cleaned and handcrafted into a new, workable material–then finely crafted into unique rustic looking furniture!

 

reclaimed wood dining bench

Why Are Reclaimed Wood Dining Benches Great?

1. Reclaimed wood dining benches are eco-friendly. By re-purposing old lumber, they give this natural material a second life, renewing it and making it usable again. With the mass deforestation of our rainforests, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of the lifespan of your furniture and where it comes from. Buying a reclaimed wood bench isn’t going to save the planet, but buying a reclaimed bench over a bench that has been mass produced from rainforest wood, it’s an important contribution! (Note: None of our furniture comes from rainforest wood. Our craftsmen use as much wood as possible from North American forests)

2. Natural Character: Reclaimed wood dining benches are wonderful because they are unlike most pieces of dining furniture. The natural “flaws” in the wood stand out, making them unique pieces of furniture with lots of character.

3. Rustic Look: Reclaimed wood benches have a naturally rustic or antiqued look. This makes them perfect for passing down from generation to generation as they will never go out of style.

4. Versatility: These beautiful benches can be used in so many different ways. If you are tired of it in the kitchen, use it at the bottom of your bed to store books or blankets. Add a piece to your already rustic/farmhouse styled home to complete the look, or add this single rustic piece into your modern home for a chic fusion of styles.

Overall, reclaimed wood dining benches are wonderful additions to any home, no matter the style. They are easy solutions for a home looking to add some rustic charm to an unfinished space. What do you think of them? Let us know in the comments section!

The piece shown in this blog  is handcrafted in Vermont. The bench seat is made from high quality white pine or chestnut woods from reclaimed and recycled antique doors, floor boards, siding and other original components of historical New England Barns.

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Getting Beachy with the Berkeley Platform Bed

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 04:33 pm

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 Admiring The Berkeley Platform Bed

We are always fans of the unique ways customers use our furniture in their homes. The photo above shows the beautiful Berkeley Platform Bed, likely set up in a guest bedroom or beach home of our customer, Bari B! The Berkeley Bed fuses Craftsman and Asian design styles, making it a sophisticated yet casual piece of furniture. This piece was crafted in natural cherry hardwood with American black walnut spindles, the bed features a low footboard designed for use with a mattress only!

This bed style focuses on clean lines and distinctive angles. It’s sleek, natural, and versatile–as it would easily suit many different decor styles.

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Complement your Berkeley Bed with Open Shelf Nightstands

Next to the bed is our ‘Open 3 Shelf Cherry Nightstand‘ that features 3 shelves and is specifically designed to allow for opening of optional under bed storage drawers with Copeland cherry storage beds. They are sleek and airy, giving the illusion of space while still being appropriate for storage of books and other things.

What do you think of the Berkeley platform bed? Let us know in the comments!

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