Vermont Furniture: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Vermont Furniture Encyclopedia
The Vermont Furniture Encyclopedia is full of fun facts about the history of Vermont woodworking, craftsmanship, contemporary Vermont furniture makers, the Vermont Fine Furniture Festival and more.

Vermont Made Furniture Is Thriving

Vermont furniture seems to be getting famous these days.  During a down economy when housing sales (traditionally the driver for furniture sales) are in the ditch, Vermont made furniture continues to increase in popularity.  As a company that sells exclusively Vermont made furniture, we chat daily with customers who inquire about all the details of our state’s signature craft.

So I’ve begun to compile the essence of these conversations into what we’re loosely calling a Vermont Furniture Encyclopedia.  It’s posted on our website and includes topics like the History of Vermont Made Furniture, Vermont Furniture Makers, Vermont Furniture Styles, Sustainability and Vermont Made Furniture, Woods Used in Vermont Furniture Making, Education and Training, Vermont Furniture Quality and Craftsmanship, and How to Find and Purchase Vermont Made Furniture.

Some Vermont Furniture History

Check it out.  You may be surprised to learn that Vermonters have been crafting wood furniture for over 250 years.  Back in the 18th century, wood furniture, cutting boards, bowls, bowling pins, baskets, drumsticks, toys, musical instruments, golf tees, cheese boxes, dolls, gun racks, Scrabble tiles, snowshoes, clothes pins, and wooden shipping boxes were (and continue to be) all products of a thriving Vermont woodworking industry.

And in modern times, during the last half century, when furniture companies from across America began outsourcing top American brands (including Ethan Allen, Bassett, Broyhill, Thomasville, La-Z-Boy and Lane) to Asia, Vermont companies  stayed home, remaining true to their values of quality, community and local economies. You’ll find a list of notable contemporary Vermont furniture makers, sorted by size and specialty in the encyclopedia.  Plus learn fun facts like which state ranks #1 in furniture makers per capita.

We’ll consider the encyclopedia a work in progress and I invite others in the Vermont Furniture World to contribute.  Send comments in the section below, on our Facebook or by emailing me at peggy@VermontWoodsStudios.com.

 

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Copeland Furniture Update

Copeland Furniture
Copeland Furniture Update.  If you’re looking to shop online for Vermont made furniture and can’t find what you need, give us a call.

A number of customers have phoned and emailed us recently asking what happened to Copeland Furniture in our online shopping store.  Not to worry, it’s still here.  We apologize.  We’ve had a couple issues with the Copeland section of our website and we’re working as fast as we can to get them corrected.  If you’re looking to shop online for Vermont made furniture and can’t find what you need on our website, please give us a call.

Thanks for your continued support of our work at Vermont Woods Studios.

 

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Moduluxe Collection? Can You Define That, Please?

Copeland Moduluxe Collection
Copeland 29″ Moduluxe Collection shown in natural cherry wood with upholstered headboard.

We recently added a large bedroom collection to our online gallery called the Moduluxe Collection. This collection is made by Copeland Furniture of Bradford, Vermont. The Moduluxe Collection is comprised of almost 40 pieces of bedroom furniture that is highly customizable. The pieces within this collection can be paired together as stand alone pieces, or can be configured as sectional bedroom furniture for a semi-built in look. Every piece of furniture in this collection is available in your choice of natural maple, walnut, or cherry hardwood, and can be customized with 12 stain options.

The Moduluxe Collection is broken down into three series on our website: Copeland 29″ Moduluxe Collection, Copeland 35″ Moduluxe Collection, and Copeland Moduluxe Storage Bed Collection. The reason they are broken down into three different series is because of their configurability. In order to join the pieces together, they must be the same height (either 29″ or 35″), and therefore, in the same series.

 

Bed with Storage - Moduluxe Collection
Beds are available in 3 headboard options: panel (shown), clapboard, or upholstered. Available as a platform bed or bed with storage (as shown).

Moduluxe Beds

The 29″ and 35″ Series each have 3 modern platform beds. These beds feature a deeply set plinth base for a dramatic floating motif. The beds are available in three headboard types: a panel headboard, a clapboard headboard, and an upholstered headboard (available in leather or microfiber). The height of the headboard depends on the series, it will either be 29″ high or 35″ high.

If you’re looking for a bed with storage, the Moduluxe Storage Bed Collection has storage beds available in 3 different headboards. The headboard choices are the same as the 29″ and 35″ series: panel, clapboard, or upholstered headboards. The storage bed is always 35″ high to accommodate the under bed storage. The storage beds feature 4, eight inch deep, sub-mounted drawers. This provides inconspicuous storage, freeing up extra space in your bedroom. The storage bed is a perfect option for a small bedroom or studio apartment.

Copeland Moduluxe Collection with platform bed & integrated nightstands
35″ platform bed with clapboard headboard shown with integrated nightstands.

Moduluxe Nightstands

There are two types of integrated nightstands that are compatible with the beds in each of the Moduluxe series. Each of the nightstand types are classified as “integrated nightstands” because they must be connected to a bed and cannot stand alone. Nightstands are available with one drawer or with a shelf, and available in two width sizes: 18″w or 24″w.

Moduluxe Case Goods

Within each series, you will find a large variety of wood chests and dressers that will fit any storage needs. A unique thing about the Moduluxe Collection is that it has corner cabinets and chests, which allow you to wrap your furniture around your bedroom, saving space. The corner bedroom pieces are intended to be configured with other dressers and chests within the series for a semi-built in feel. The rest of the chests and dressers can also be configured with other pieces in the collection; however, they also look stylish standing alone.

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Extension Tables: Tips For Accommodating Unexpected Guests Over The holidays

Solid Wood Extension Tables
Solid Wood Extension Tables with self-storing leaves make holiday entertaining easy, convenient and comfortable.

Make Room For Company!

Grab an extra leaf or two for the extension table and add another cup of water to the soup.  The holidays are here!  I remember when we were kids it seemed like every night at least one of us would be having a friend over for dinner.  In our big family, my mother barely noticed it.  But today, families are smaller, dining rooms are smaller (or non-existent) and dining room tables are smaller.

That’s no reason to hesitate before extending an open invitation for your friends and relatives to gather around the table at your house.  Enter the extra leaf!  Back in the day, we had to store extra leaves for our old oak dining table down in the basement.  But today’s extension tables have self storing leaves that are neatly and conveniently tucked away under the table top.  It’s so easy to insert them, and then tuck them away after company has gone home.

Extension Tables by Size, Shape and Style

Check out these American made, solid wood extension tables that are handcrafted in Vermont.  Last week Loryn posted some tips about how to select the right shape for your table and we’ve tried to make it easy to find special categories for Round & Oval Extension Tables as well as Square & Rectangular Extending Tables.  If you’re shopping by style it might be faster to browse through categories like our Shaker Dining Tables, Pedestal Dining Tables or Trestle Dining Tables.  Copeland Furniture fans will want to head straight to the Copeland Audrey, Sarah, Catalina and Dana Thomas dining tables.

So how many extra people can you fit with each leaf in your extending table?  Well, just 2 per leaf but you can customize most of our tables with your choice of 1, 2 or 3 leaves (with some designs a fifth leg is added to support 3 extending leaves– it’s also hidden underneath the table top when not in use).

Have questions?  Give us a call or connect with us on Facebook.  Then start planning your next dinner party!

 

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