Gift Guide Spotlight: Compact Workstation Table

Compact Workstation Table: Holiday Gift Guide

Transforming an antique invention into a modern, space-saving innovation. Manchester Wood’s President talks about the Compact Workstation Table, featured item in our Holiday Gift Guide.

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.

Ed Eriksen - Manchester Wood  by Ed Eriksen, President of Manchester Wood

Our Mail Order Furniture Catalog Is Here!

Mail Order Furniture Catalog - Manchester Wood

Our debut mail order furniture catalog has arrived! For the first time we will be sending our very own catalog to customers new and seasoned who have owned and purchased our solid wood furniture products for years!

The catalog is at the Post Office today and headed to your door this Thanksgiving season! If you haven’t requested one, or haven’t ordered from us in the last year, you might not receive one. If you’d like to, email with your mailing address!

Thank you all, Happy Holidays!

Gift Guide Spotlight: Nesting Shaker Tables

Gift Guide Product: Nesting Shaker TablesStylish…Convenient…Practical… The perfect look for function and display, our Nesting Shaker Tables offer an array of uses around the home. Ideal for small space solutions and built to last from American solid hardwood.

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s we made TV tray tables, sets of 3 stacking tables and basic nesting tables. Each of these items allowed people to be able to quickly expand their living space to accommodate friends and extended family to enjoy visits while creating extra serving/table space for dining, cocktail parties, games, and snacks.

The nesting sets come with 3 different sized tables to slide under each other to take as little space as possible while being able to quickly pull out and move around the room or home to give you more serving/usable tabletop space.  They were basically designed to take the place of an end table in a room and have the 2 additional tables hidden underneath the largest table.

Shaker has been a tried and true design that fits in with all decors, contemporary, as well as traditional settings. Our newly designed nesting set is based on the success of the chairside tables we developed to fit in narrow, tight spaces in your room and allow you to have usable tabletop space.  We decided to offer another chairside option, but this time bring back the nesting table design and make it to fit narrow spaces since our chairside tables have been so popular.  These tables not only are used as expanded table space but are designed even to be used as extra seating space, or to be used as stools based on the sturdy design with heavy metal corner brackets and 6/4” solid ash legs. We also decided to offer the traditional set of 3 as well as add a set of 2 for people who wanted the extra table but didn’t find the need for a third.

Nesting tables have been used as plant stands, stools, end tables, game tables, serving snack tables, party tables, stack your magazines or books on them, and now your electronic devices – all while using very little floor space in your rooms.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we’ve enjoyed making them for you.

Ed Eriksen - Manchester Wood  by Ed Eriksen, President of Manchester Wood