Several years ago we developed a new contemporary series of tables to fill that need in our product assortment. Since our main hardwood species is Ash, we came up with a round, rectangle, and oval shaped coffee table line to solve the look for more contemporary styled room settings. This new design was well received and since we introduced a Solid Cherry collection, we felt this new look would work nicely in cherry too.
Since we have been using hardwoods for over 35 years now, it was a natural progression to start making solid cherry furniture since this hardwood is found near our mill, and it is a well known wood in higher quality furniture pieces. We believed a line of solid cherry occasional tables would be a natural fit to our existing product line. We have been working with cherry for 5 years now and really enjoy using it.
Our Solid Cherry collection is made from American Black Cherry and the wood is harvested mainly from the New England area which is right in our backyard. Cherry is a very rich wood in that it has unique tight grain patterns, natural pitch pockets, and strong red-brownish coloring. It is very strong and workable. Our natural cherry items will actually darken in color with a very rich dark amber-brown patina coloring. We also offer the table in our heritage cherry finish which is a common reddish color that much of cherry furniture is finished with today. Either finish will give you a very unique piece of furniture that you will enjoy for many years to come.
Smaller spaces means space-saving furniture. Manchester Wood’s President writes about the popular Chairside Drawer Table, which is apart of our Small Space Solutions category. Featured item in this month’s Holiday Gift Guide.
We are finding most homes today have smaller rooms and tighter spaces in which to live. Having a narrow table to fit into these tight spaces has become very important for the homeowner, apartment dweller, or condominium resident. Our first ‘Chairside’ table was our Chairside Storage Table which has hidden storage under half of the top. Based on the success of this item, we realized that another option would be to have a drawer under the top to allow for even more storage space. At the same time we also came up with making the drawer accessible from both ends of the table, so if you had it next to a chair that was out in an open space, the drawer could be opened from either end. Having it only 11” wide makes for a perfect table to put between a chair and couch or other narrow spaces in your living area. It also has plenty of room to hold a lamp or reading materials on the bottom shelf.
At Manchester Wood we strive to bring you products that are not only attractive but useful, practical, and provide a solution to your current home furnishing needs. The Compact Workstation Table is a perfect example of that. My wife and I peruse the local antique fairs in Vermont and Upstate New York seeking any items made years ago that could be transformed to a useful product of today.
We found a variation of this item at a recent antique fair. It was very ornate and structurally weak but we thought it could be developed into a unique and very useful product. The first thing we did was create it with a Shaker design. We believe Shaker fits well in both traditional, as well as contemporary room settings. We then wanted to look at the size so it could serve as an end table, while also able to swing out with a nested seat for practical use as a small working desk. It is functional, compact, serves several needs, as well as an attractive addition to your home. It takes up the same footprint as a basic end table but transforms into another item altogether. It even has a shelf under the top to give you more storage space for papers, laptops, or tablets.