8 Tips for Buying Solid Wood Dining Furniture

Last updated on November 29th, 2022 at 08:17 am

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Looking for high quality, handcrafted, real solid wood dining furniture at great prices? Here are some tips and advice I’ve collected to make your shopping experience successful and fun.

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Top 5 Dining Table Designs: All About That Base

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Our French Country Dining Table and Round Back Chairs

We always put so much focus on the tabletop, but what about those legs?

I’m a perfectionist by nature and attention to detail has always been something I pride myself on. That being said, it can make doing things, like shopping for a new dining table, a challenge sometimes. I tend to be really indecisive because I like knowing what I’m choosing is the best possible product for me. I take everything from color, material used, shape, size and design into consideration. But what about the base of a table? It can aesthetically make or break a room, so why do the table tops get all of the attention?

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All New! Contemporary Craftsman Dining Set

Last updated on November 6th, 2018 at 10:50 am

Contemporary Craftsman Dining Set | Handcrafted of Solid Cherry Wood
Our new Contemporary Craftsman dining set blends Far East influence with American Arts & Crafts design. Handcrafted in solid natural cherry wood (shown). Also available in maple and walnut. This set has a traditional hand-rubbed natural linseed oil and wax finish. Show with our American Mission Dining Chair.

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Five Modern Dining Tables To Take You Into The New Year

Last updated on March 31st, 2017 at 01:38 pm

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Say Goodbye to 2016 and Out-of-Date Furniture With These Modern Dining Tables

What a year it has been.

If you’re like me, you’re probably reflecting on 2016 and planning on how to make 2017 better. I remember making a goal to declutter my house last year. While the clutter still lingers, I did update a lot of new furniture. I replaced my worn couch, cheap TV console and clunky dinette set.

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Copeland Exeter Collection: Newest in Dining Furniture

Last updated on March 31st, 2017 at 04:01 pm

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Exeter Collection: Out with the old and in with the newest in dining furniture.

Who says a table has to have four straight legs? We don’t. And, we’re happy the craftspeople behind Copeland Furniture agree. Our idea of table design is really put to the test with the new Copeland Exeter Collection.

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Dining Furniture Designs: Which One Is Right For You?

Last updated on November 29th, 2022 at 08:13 am

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Our Andrews Natural Cherry Buffet & Hutch

With so many styles and designs out there today, sometimes it can be hard to keep it straight. We’ve got 4 of the most popular dining furniture designs and we’re breaking each one down.

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4 Dining Room Pieces You Didn’t Realize You Were Missing

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Our Modern Shaker Wall Mirror in Cherry and Walnut

Why let the table and chairs have all the attention? We think what you put around them is just as important!

You’ve just invested a lot of time and money into your new dining table and chairs. The furniture has arrived and is set up in your dining room. Now what? You have the main attraction, so what you choose to decorate the rest of the room with should be selected with care. You wouldn’t buy a nice suit or dress and pair it with low-quality accessories, would you?

I chose four pieces that should be next on your list.


  1. Dining Bench- It’s nice alternative seating and can be multi-functional if you decide down the road you’d like more chairs. What I like the most about benches is that they give the illusion of fitting more people. And I love the idea of having a lot of people around the table enjoying a meal together.
  2. Sideboard or Hunt Board- More than just a storage space, these pieces can complement or accent your dining table and chairs. A sideboard, traditionally has more cabinet space and a hunt board you’ll notice is more table like with longer legs and usually offers less storage space. They’re great for hiding less commonly used china, silverware and other glassware. And, they act as extra surface space for large meals and decorations.
  3. Mirror- I’m not sure where this idea came from, but I love when dining rooms have a large mirror in them. It gives the illusion of more space, it can take up a lot of wall space if needed to complement the size of your furniture and can be used for practical purposes as well.
  4. Statement Chandelier- There’s nothing I like less than a missed opportunity and I think lighting (which is important for the ambiance of a room) is often one of them. A chandelier is like the icing on the cake. It completes the room. You can have one that’s simple or ornate in design but most importantly it should match the style/theme of your room. You don’t want to go overboard and end up with an eye sore.
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Our Classic Shaker Hunt Board and our Modern Shaker Long Sideboard both shown in Cherry.

If you’re unsure of where to start, I’d choose a piece that you know you need. Do you need more storage and surface space, is your dining room small, does it need better lighting, etc. and go from there.

Let us know what you’d get next for your dining space in the comments section below! And remember, now through February 11th you can save up to 20% off your dining furniture purchase during our Winter Dining Furniture Sale.

Questions? Our sales team is always available and eager to answer any questions you may have about our furniture and can be reached at (888) 390-5571 or you can stop in our Vernon, VT Showroom open seven days a week.

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Our Modern Shaker Wall Mirror in Walnut and Hubbardton Forge Flora #2 Chandelier

 

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Keeping It Simple With Shaker Style Furniture

Last updated on July 12th, 2022 at 10:07 am

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(Our Classic Shaker Round Dining Table and Windsor-Style Guest Chair both shown in Cherry)

When Versatility, Functionality and Simplicity Come Together the Result Can Be Beautiful.

Living in what I consider a “Tiny House” (900 sq ft), I’ve come to appreciate furniture that both serves its functional purpose and offers added bonuses (space saving or storage). I like pieces that are simple in design and neutral in style. I use artwork, paint and home decor to tie my personality into each room’s theme.

One space I’ve never really focused on is my dining space. I’m always on the go so when I have time to sit down and eat my meal at the kitchen table, I often have my laptop in front of me and my phone next to me. I don’t take the time to appreciate the space.

As we’ve rolled out our Holiday Dining Furniture Sale, I’ve been thinking more and more about my dining space and how it needs more of my attention. Through my time working on the current sale, I came across our Classic Shaker Dining Tables and found the table I never knew I was missing: the Classic Shaker Square Dining Table.

I love the simplicity of its design. The tapered legs give it an airy feeling and the design allows it to fit into almost any space. I can already imagine myself enjoying meals at it and decorating it with flowers and candle centerpieces.

Not wanting to forfeit more square footage than necessary, I love that it comes with different size options from 30 x 30 (perfect for me) up to 60 x 60 (for someone with more space to host). Offering versatility it comes with either a solid or extension top and comes with an array of Finish options. You can also choose from beveled or eased edges on the table top.

If you’re not as excited about squares as I am, or if you want a little more fluidity from the design, the table comes with round table top options and flared leg options.

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(From left to right: Classic Shaker Flare Leg Round Dining Table, Classic Shaker Flare Leg Square Dining Table, Classic Shaker Round Dining Table and Classic Shaker Square Dining Table)

For a chair pairing, I gravitate towards the traditional Windsor Style chairs. The style is classic and the spindle back gives it an open and light feeling.

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(Windsor-Style Guest Chair)

If you have more space to work with and are not looking for a square or round table, you might be interested in our Classic Shaker Dining Table. It evokes the same sense of style but is rectangular and is available in sizes from 30 x 48 to 48 x 108.

Working with a small space can be tricky, but here at Vermont Woods Studios we do have options for you. You don’t need to compromise your style because of the size of your space.

During our Holiday Dining Room Furniture Sale, you can save on these tables, chairs and more! Save 10% off one piece, 15% off two pieces and 20% off three or more pieces.

Our friendly sales team is always here to assist you with any questions you may have. You can call us toll free at 888-390-5571 or visit us at our Vernon, VT Showroom.

 

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Roundup: Our 5 Favorite Copeland Buffets

Last updated on May 28th, 2019 at 10:38 pm

Copeland Buffets, the unsung hero of the dining room.

While dining tables and chairs get most of the glory–our Copeland Buffets are worthy contenders for most beautiful and functional in the room. The following 5 Copeland Buffets are a handpicked selection of my favorite pieces, ones that I believe will add a sleek, modern touch to any dining room while still being entirely functional. The naturally smooth wood and subtle details will fill your dining area with unmatched beauty and elegance, and they’re sustainable to boot!

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1) Copeland  Audrey Buffet

Our Copeland Audrey Walnut buffet features 2-doors and 3-drawers. It’s handcrafted in Vermont with real solid American Black Walnut wood.  It’s sleek styling and  dramatic geometric lines makes it the perfect piece for a modern dining room, and it’s spacious design is perfectly practical for everyday use.

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2. Sarah Shaker Copeland Buffet

Our Sarah Shaker buffet is ideal for the contemporary dining room. The cherry wood makes it practical and beautiful for almost any decor style, and it’s hefty build gives it an unsurpassed durability. This piece is traditional and stylish, perfect for storing your favorite dishes, silverware, or linen! Handcrafted in the Green Mountains, this solidly stylish piece is built to last for generations.

 

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3) Catalina 2 Door Cherry Copeland Buffet

Chic and compact, the Catalina Cherry buffet features an open interior and adjustable shelving. It’s custom handmade with American Cherry wood in a natural finish or one of 5 stains! This piece combines the clean, unadorned lines of the international modernists with organic and geometrical forms. It’s subtle, unassuming, and absolutely beautiful!

 

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4) Catalina 2 Door, 5 Drawer Buffet

This Copeland Buffet is a true show stopper. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with American Black Walnut wood and daring geometric lines.  Showcase your collection of fine wines and open the solid wood doors to reveal your finest linens and china. This piece is 100% American made and is crafted from sustainable wood. So while you impress your friends with it’s incredible style and build, feel good knowing that it’s also helping the environment!

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5)  Kyoto Walnut 4-Door Buffet

The Kyoto buffet is a minimalists dream. Featuring two doors and a solid construction, this piece could fit in any dining room. It’s Walnut Wood gives it a sophisticated feel. This piece perfectly matches the Kyoto dining table and chairs, a set that is as stylish as it is versatile.

Which of these beautifully handcrafted Copeland buffets do you love the most? Let us know in the comments section or send us a tweet!

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Table Setting 101: Casual to Fine Dining

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 02:55 pm

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Our Modern American Dining Table and Benches set for dinner.

Table Setting Still Sends a Message To Guests

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I’m about to out myself as an old-timer. When I was in Junior High most girls took a class called Home Economics. We learned cooking and sewing skills and actually got tested on the proper way to set a table. I have never forgotten the basics of casual dining place setting: Fork on the napkin to the left of the plate, knife and spoon to the right of the plate, with the knife closest and its blade facing the plate. A drinking glass would be above and to the right of the dinner plate. I admit I don’t often practice these skills. In our house we pretty much grab a handful of knives and forks and divvy them up at the table. I picture the Vermont Tavern Table as the perfect place for the family to gather and talk about their day.

If you want to invite a couple of friends to join you for dinner, you may want to kick it up a notch. That brings us to the informal place setting. In addition to the items found in casual dining place setting you may find a bread plate, an additional glass, a salad fork, and possibly a soup spoon. I think the Cherry Moon dining table would be the just the thing for a gathering of close friends.

For a more formal gathering, place setting can be much more involved. There are water and wine glasses and, for truly elegant dinner parties, enough silverware to ready a small army. These can include fish, dinner, salad, cake and cocktail forks, dinner and butter knives, teaspoon, soup and dessert spoons. Add to all of that a charger (a decorative plate slightly larger than a dinner plate), dinner, salad and bread plates and you’re going to need a lot of real estate to hold it all. My choice would be the Vermont-Made Shaker with a boat top. It just gives a vibe of elegance to me.

Place setting has become a bit of an art form. While there are “standard” placements for items, these days you can be much more creative. Add a favor for each guest, create your own napkin rings and place cards or learn napkin folding techniques. Add different levels of candles and some flowers, gourds, or other seasonal items to make an aesthetically pleasing centerpiece. Your table should be a reflection of your own style.

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