Why Choose Solid Wood Furniture?

Solid Wood FurnitureSolid Wood Furniture: What does that mean? How do I know it’s solid wood? Why should I pay extra for it?

There’s a lot of unknowns for most shoppers around solid wood furniture. Why should I buy it? What exactly is it? And what are its benefits… At Manchester Wood, we make and sell exclusively solid wood furniture. And here’s why:

  • It brings a feel of quality décor to your home.
  • If it’s well built, solid wood furniture is incredibly durable and can last for generations.
  • There is a sustainability and ethical factor. We believe in Eco-friendly sourcing practices.
  • A common cheaper alternative is “veneer furniture,” and this is what works and what doesn’t:
    • It’s a lower investment, and an easier expense on a tighter budget
    • It gives the appearance of a larger selection of wood finishes and designs
    • It can be easier to match sometimes with a uniformed finish, because of its manufactured “fake” look
    • Commonly used with MDF, particleboard and other materials… BIG problem:
      • These materials are mixed with chemicals and glues to provide “strength”
      • They are lighter, makes it easier to manage, but doesn’t last long with major susceptibilities to damage that cannot be repaired

A lot of furniture retailers want you to buy without really looking at the materials. Be sure to check what the material is, and Google the name if you’re confused by it. As sometimes they put “dressed up” names on furniture materials to make it sound like solid wood. We truly love solid wood furniture at Manchester Wood, and not only do we enjoy making it and selling it to our customers for the last 40 years, but we love it in our own homes too.


Wood Furniture Care: Spring Cleaning

Wood Furniture Care - Manchester Wood

Dealing with dust bunnies on your Manchester Wood furniture?

Here is a wood furniture care solution:

When approaching wood furniture care, use a damp cloth and high-quality wood cleaner. Check out Seventh Generation’s Wood Cleaner using USDA Certified Biobased Product fragranced with essential oils and botanical extracts from lemon and chamomile. You could also try Method’s Wood for Good Cleaner, another non-toxic, plant-based cleaner that smells like almond.

Apply monthly, or as you see fit, to a clean cloth, and polish in the direction of the grain, then buff. For regular maintenance, a damp cloth does the trick.

Something to avoid: Don’t use household polishes with products that contain petroleum distillates or silicone, common ingredients that can leave residue.

Wood furniture is beautiful, and something we majorly enjoy in our house, as well as design and build for our customers across the country. With a little bit of maintenance, you’ll have your wood furniture looking brand new for years to come.

Manchester Wood 2016 Catalog

 


39 Years in Business: Three 25-year; Two 10-year Employee Milestones Celebrated

Manchester Wood celebrates 39 years in business. But more importantly, it’s employee milestones.

President Ed Eriksen started off today’s luncheon celebration with reviewing basics: safety news, facility questions, and the current and future sales outlook. He then promptly moved into employee milestones with what he called, “a full house.” Three 25-year employees and two 10-year employees “making a helluva hand.”

Day one, 39-year employees Bev H. and Mike H. took their honorable seats at the front as we welcomed 25-year employees Jim D., Laurie B., and Judy C., along with 10-year, Jose F. and Bill T. to the milestone club.

25 year employees (left to right); Jim D., Laurie B., Judy C.
10 year employees (left to right); Bill T., Jose F.

Manchester Wood designs and produces quality, affordable, eco-friendly solid wood furniture in the Adirondack foothills of New York for nearly 40 years.