Vermont Dining Furniture Styles

Vermont Dining Furniture Styles
Vermont Shaker is one of our most popular dining furniture styles.  This table is shown in solid cherry wood, with a clear natural, hand-rubbed linseed oil finish.  It’s representative of Vermont’s reputation for simple, elegant craftsmanship.

We work with fine furniture makers from all across the state of Vermont, representing their work for sale in our online furniture store as well as in our small Vernon, Vermont showroom.  In getting to know these craftspeople and their work we’ve seen a unique “Vermont Style Furniture” emerge which is quite different from furniture made in North Carolina, Pennsylvania or any other furniture region of America.

I’ll take Vermont dining furniture for example, since it’s on sale this week.  I think most furniture aficionados would categorize our dining furniture as belonging to one of these styles:  Shaker, Mission, Arts and Crafts, Craftsman, Modern, Contemporary, Traditional or Transitional.  In spite of the diversity of designs and the personalization that each craftsperson adds to their furniture, there are some commonalities that add up to the unique “Vermont style” that’s become so iconic.

First and foremost is the natural, wood character of the furniture.  Vermont craftspeople tend to eschew the dark stains often seen on trendy furniture, preferring instead to focus on the natural beauty of the wood.  Second is the embracement of simple, elegant styles such as the Shaker, craftsman and mission styles.

Vermont Style Dining Furniture | Modern, Contemporary | All Natural Solid Cherry Wood
Although this Modern American Dining Furniture is very different in design from the Shaker furniture shown above, the both share a high level of craftsmanship, solid cherry wood construction and a hand-rubbed oil finish.  Both dining sets  represent the “Vermont style” and are guaranteed for a lifetime.

Whereas once fine Vermont made furniture was embellished with intricate hand-carvings, now the trend has been reversed.  I think the advent of CNC routers was the main driver of this reversal.  It became so inexpensive to produce carved detail with CNC machines in China that– in many customers’ minds– those details became less representative of fine craftsmanship and more indicative of mass production.

Vermont has always been about authentic craftsmanship and what we see here in the Green Mountain State is a consistent focus on quality, integrity and natural beauty.  That’s what continues to set Vermont style furniture apart from products coming from other states and countries.  What do you think of Vermont style furniture?  We’d love to know.  Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook.

 

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New Dining Furniture: Which “Wood” You Choose?

Hardwood Dining Table

Making The Hard-Wood Decision

Your first attraction to a hardwood dining table is the color of the wood. When shopping for a new dining or kitchen table, you probably have a color or wood type in mind before you have thought about a size or a style- and that’s okay! When it comes to tables looks matter. Our online gallery mostly shows our furniture in natural cherry wood, but our tables are available in 4 types of wood: cherry, walnut, maple, and oak.  Below you will find a little bit of information about each of our wood types and how they look.

Cherry

Cherry wood is commonly identified by it’s beautiful reddish color that improves with age. Natural cherry wood starts out as a light red tone, and darkens to a richer tone over time. Cherry is one of the most sought after furniture hardwoods in the United States.

Walnut

Walnut wood is easily recognized because of it’s dark chocolate brown color. Black walnut wood is the only dark North American wood, which adds to it’s appeal as a rare, luxury type of wood. Walnut wood has become one of the most popular wood species for organic live edge tables.

Maple

Maple wood is much lighter than cherry or walnut wood. It is a white looking wood with a slight reddish-beige undertone. Maple wood  typically has an understated straight grain, giving maple furniture a smooth finish. Maple is a perfect wood for a table because of it’s strength and resistance to shock.

Oak

Oak wood is very classic. People have been making furniture out of oak wood since the beginning of time, and is most often used for craftsman-style furniture. Oak is a lighter wood, similar to maple, but has a more pronounced grain. It is common to find contrasting grain on a piece of real oak furniture. This rugged wood has very subtle color change over time.

Hardwood Dining Tables

All of these woods are very strong and make durable tables, so you can’t go wrong. Our hardwood dining tables are skillfully crafted for style, function, and generations of use. Each piece is made with sustainably harvested hardwoods. Once you decide which type of wood best fits your home and your aesthetics, use the drop down menus in our online gallery to choose between natural cherry, walnut, maple or oak wood.

During our Winter Dining Room Furniture Sale, you can big on a new dining furniture. Save 10% on one piece, 15% on two pieces, or 20% on three or more pieces of furniture. Plus, each piece is backed by a lifetime guarantee and we will ship it for free!

Shop for your new dining room furniture securely, easily, and conveniently from our online gallery. If you prefer, contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or discuss your questions about our Vermont made, fine wood furniture. Our fine furniture specialists are also available through our live chat option or by email.

 

Copeland Furniture and POLYWOOD Furniture are not included in the Presidents Day Furniture Sale as they are always priced with a low price guarantee.

 

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Handmade Dining Tables: Online Customization

Custom Handmade Dining Tables | American Made in Vermont | All Real Solid Cherry Wood
This Vermont Modern Pedestal Table can be customized online in solid cherry, walnut, maple or oak wood.  It’s one of our many handmade dining tables, shown here with a round solid-top.  Need more room sometimes?  Use our drop-down menus to select an oval extension table instead.

We have a couple new handmade dining tables that have been getting great reviews lately.  This one’s the Vermont Modern Pedestal Table and it’s shown here in solid cherry wood.  I love it!  Such a simple design, but you’d be surprised how hard it is to pull this off with elegance.  The proportions have to be just perfect and the curves (as they say) have to be in all the right places.

All of our dining tables are built to order and can be easily customized online or in the showroom, but for some reason this Vermont Modern Pedestal Table is becoming a favorite for customization.  We’ve built it in solid cherry as well as solid maple, walnut and oak.  You can easily customize the wood online using the drop down menus and many people do, although we are always at the ready if questions or concerns come up.  Monday, a customer decided to choose cherry wood for the legs and maple wood for the top.  That’s something we have to do by phone or in person but it’s no trouble at all.

Now about size. You can select from 5 standard solid top table sizes (36″ diameter, 42″diameter, 48″diameter, 54″diameter, and 60″diameter) online.  For extension tables, we offer the same 5 diameter sizes, each with an 18″ leaf.  If you still can’t find the right size, give us a call and we’ll customize your dining table to fit exactly into your space.

Custom Handmade Dining Tables | Rectangular Extension Table or Solid Top | Solid Cherry Wood
Here’s the same Vermont Modern dining table in a rectangular shape.  Customize it with a solid top or as an extension table in solid cherry wood (as shown) maple, walnut or oak wood.  You can even create a custom 2-tone dining table like the customer who specified a maple top and cherrywood legs.

One last thing.  Most of our handmade dining tables can be customized in the shape you need as well.  The Rectangular Vermont Modern Trestle Dining Table is customizable online with the same four solid wood choices (cherry, maple, walnut and oak), 13 different solid top table sizes and 11 different choices for extension table size.

Not enough choices?  Check out our other customizable handmade dining tables too!

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Extension Tables

Solid Wood Extension Tables
This eco-friendly Solid Wood Extension Table is handmade in Vermont using sustainably harvested wood.  Have you ever wondered who thought up extension tables in the first place?   “Let’s saw this table top in two.  Then we can stick a couple boards in between the 2 halves and extend the table when company comes.”  Just saying…  it might have sounded a little crazy at first.

January is a popular month to shop for dining tables.  I guess every year, around the holidays people decide “this is going to be my last year entertaining around this old table!  It’s too small, it’s too old, it’s not the right shape…”  So we build a lot of dining tables in January and this year, they are almost all extension tables.

Who ever thought up the idea of extension tables in the first place?  I mean… “let’s saw this table top in two.  Then we can stick a couple boards in between the 2 halves and extend the table when company comes.”  Pretty innovative, but it must have sounded a little crazy at first– don’t you think?

Extension tables have come a long way since some creative person designed the first one.  Now you can get extension tables with 1, 2, 3 or more leaves (our furniture makers have been known to build custom tables with as many as 5 leaves).  The leaves can be self-storing, with butterfly mechanisms or little cubbies under the table for convenient storage.  With 3 or more leaves there is usually an extra leg tucked under the table top for extra support.

At Vermont Woods Studios, our extension tables are handcrafted of real solid wood and 100% American made by Vermont craftspeople.  They can be customized in Cherry, Maple, Black Walnut, or Oak wood.  And you can choose from different designs to suit the shape and style of your dining room: drop leaf, trestle, split pedestal, single pedestal and double pedestal.

Looking for a particular style or shape?  Browse through Shaker, modern, mission, French country, traditional, craftsman and mid-century modern styles in round to oval and square to rectangular shapes.

 

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