The Quality Fight: Furniture Made in the USA

Manchester Wood - Furniture Made in the USAHow is Furniture Made in the USA still Manchester Wood’s hallmark staple?

Manchester Wood has long since been a solid wood furniture manufacturer strictly producing furniture made in the USA from our mill in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. So when we read the article Made in USA’ means little to furniture buyers on we couldn’t but differ as the little engine that could. “Ken Smith, a furniture analyst with BDO Seidman in High Point… said ‘Made in the USA’ tags don’t have a lot of marketing power, since the vast majority of consumers are mostly interested in price… ‘A lot of people talk about it’ he said. ‘But they vote with their pocketbook… Once in a while we will get someone who comes in asking for something that is made in the USA” [although]… ‘I’d say 90 percent of people don’t know or care where something came from. And very few ask.’”*

If Ken Smith’s analysis is correct then Manchester Wood produces ‘Made in the USA’ furniture for the 10% who has made up 100% of our loyal customer base for the last 38 years. And although this article was published a few years ago, it’s sad to find that “a decade ago, imports made up less than a third of all-wood furniture sales in the U.S. They are now at about 55 percent, and industry analyst Jerry Epperson predicts they will rise again… [to] about 75 percent of all furniture sold in the U.S. was produced overseas.”*

So after thousands of lay-offs in the furniture industry over the last decade we hold true to our values of American workers making quality American products, whether the model is highly profitable or not. And our customers seem to know the price equates with quality, in not only the material and practice we use, but the craftsmanship as well.

Shop our assortment of furniture made in the USA, from our popular TV tray tables, cherry tables, TV stands in wood, narrow end tables, and more at

*‘Made in USA’ means little to furniture buyers – Business – US business | NBC News.

Discovering The Joy of Tables Solid Wood

Quality, affordability, the essential ingredients of what makes Manchester Wood’s American made furniture some of the most popular made in USA products on the market today. To provide our customers the best in quality and affordable pricing for solid wood furniture made in the USA is our tried and true mission, and when it comes to solid wood tables we believe you’ll discover the joy of owning new heirloom quality furniture with an antique mystique.

A couple of our newest solid wood coffee tables, the Multipurpose Coffee Table Nesting Set of 4 and Retro Square Coffee Table (featured this month in Yankee Magazine) are both in a bracket of solid wood home furnishings all their own.

Multipurpose Coffee Table Nesting Set of 4Versatile. Multi-functional. Stylish. Limitlessly catering specifically to the modern needs of daily life. The Multipurpose Coffee Table Nesting Set of 4 can easily store away in its “pie-shape” to a corner of the room, while taking each piece out as you need, or bring them all together to form a full solid wood coffee table. The Retro Square Coffee Table is reimagined vintage. A beautiful handcrafted coffee table with a sleek, minimalist retro-inspired design – a flavor from the California coast. Crafted from solid sustainable Northeast beech hardwood, a rare species we use here at our mill in the Adirondack foothills of New York.

Our new Chairside Nesting Tables, in both sets of 2 and 3, are shaker tables that withstand the test of time as the roots of their design. Stylish. Convenient. Practical. These solid wood stands are the perfect look for function and display. As both, narrow end tables and small end tables, the practicality with the size options and that they neatly nest with beautiful shaker lines provides the sleek, convenient, and practical appeal for space solution living.

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Manchester Wood: American Made Furniture designs and produces quality, affordable, eco-friendly solid wood furniture in the Adirondack foothills of New York.

Classic Furniture Shaker Style: Solid Wood Desks

472.3brandedAt Manchester Wood our solid wood tables and desks are some of the most sought after in American made furniture. As American furniture manufacturers we take pride in the tradition of producing shaker furniture made in the USA entirely, the same as the roots of the timeless tradition began.

Our Shaker Secretary Desk is a solid wood desk that’s handmade for the home office; or  for perhaps as a recipe desk in the kitchen. Customers have also found it to be the perfect laptop computer desk in a small study. The Shaker Secretary Desk is a universal classic shaker desk with great storage design and strong Americana lines.

Here’s what a few customers are saying about it:

Exactly what I wanted
Review by Janice

“The desk is just what I have been looking for. I bought 3 items, my husband put all 3 items together in much less time than he could put together 1 poorly made imported item. The desk is beautiful, solid wood & it was made in AMERICA. Thank you for offering quality furniture.”

Review by picky       

“I am so happy with my little desk. Arrived in perfect condition, easy to assemble, and was surprised by the quality. I can’t believe I was able to get a solid wood, nicely finished product for such a decent price. I have seen particleboard and cheap pine furniture at similar price points. I am also thrilled that it is made in the USA. 100% satisfied.”

Compact Secretary DeskA trimmer version of our Shaker Desk is our Compact Secretary Desk. A shaker table as all our others – handmade and built to last. It’s the perfect size for a work nook in a small living space.

Here’s what a customer says about it:

Review by pj

“This is a high quality piece of furniture. Assembly instructions were easy to follow. The wood is beautiful, and the desk is a great addition to the room where it’s placed. I’m using it for an extra large computer monitor, and there’s enough room to place the speakers on either side. The drawer opens and closes easily. I had hoped that it would be sturdy and as attractive as it appears to be in the photo online. It’s both! If you’re on this fence, I’d strongly recommend that you buy it, and I expect you’ll be as pleased with it as I am. Customer service was outstanding, and the delivery was prompt.”

Take a look at our assortment of Shaker desks, and all our collection of furniture in Shaker style, which combines classic shaker lines with modern Americana flavor to provide a stylish and functional piece of solid wood furniture with a meticulous handcrafted construction.