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How to Tell the Difference Between Quality Furniture and the Cheap Stuff

May 2, 2018

You just ordered a beautiful coffee table and you’ve wanted this piece for your living room since you bought your house. It took a little while to purchase it because you had to wait until the absolute right cherry wood coffee table came into your life. You finally found it during an Internet search and finally it’s been ordered. You are now tracking it every day and eagerly await its arrival, believing that once it comes, your living room will finally feel complete.

Finally it arrives and when you put it together, you notice that there’s a huge scratch on the side and it doesn’t look anything like it did in the picture. The wood isn’t wood at all but garish laminate or particleboard, nothing like the image you saw online. When it comes to furniture, online shopping can be our best and worst enemy. Sometimes, even pieces that you buy in person may look great on the surface but are carelessly made underneath.

The number one sign that a piece of furniture is made cheaply is its finish. Whether it’s the color or sheen of a wood stain, the touch or feel of a fabric, or the polish on a piece of metal, this is the first and biggest red flag. Most of the time, there is something inherently ‘fake’ looking and feeling about inexpensive furniture.

Wood Finishes | Manchester Wood

At Manchester Wood we make sure that our finishes are the highest quality possible. Our indoor and outdoor furniture finish styles are designed to keep your furniture looking good through spills and outdoor weather. Durable and lasting, our protective wood finishes will resist almost any normal spill, from water or wine to hot coffee, while enhancing the natural beauty and grain of our select American hardwoods. We’ve perfected a five-step finishing process that includes carefully applied layers of stain, hand sanding, protective sealer, and a final coating of satin lacquer for a rich, smooth, easy-to-wipe-off stain resistant finish. For more information and to view the full selection of finishes check out our website here.

Sometimes you strike the lottery when it comes to high-quality, inexpensive furniture, but more often than not, cheap means cheap. Having a knowledge bank of which materials are cheap and which are high-quality can help you make the right choice. Quality furniture is generally made from hard and solid woods and that is where our specialty lies.

Handcrafted furnishings are generally made with more care and attention to detail than their mass-produced counterparts. Both can be durable and last a long time, but handcrafted pieces will be more refined, unique, and special. Whether you’re looking for solid wood TV trays, a chairside magazine rack, shaker end table, or a shaker style desk – you know you’re getting the most quality furniture that is guaranteed or we will replace the defective part or the entire product if necessary. Plus, free shipping!

Our furniture is also eco-friendly so you can feel good about your purchase. The hardwood lumber that we use to manufacture our furniture grows in sustainably managed forests in the Northeast by suppliers that meet strict State and National standards for forest management. These “best management practices” have been developed by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Our goal is to create top quality furniture from beautiful American hardwoods for our customers’ homes and offices with minimal impact on the environment. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Plus, it’s a family owned and operated company so you can have satisfaction in knowing that there are family roots, on top of the most quality craftsmanship and highest grade hardwoods, to be enjoyed for years to come!

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How to Choose the Right Furniture for Your Living Room Space

March 17, 2018

When getting ready to buy new furniture for your house or apartment it may be a daunting task. Some people aren’t made with the interior designer gene so we’ve come up with a couple of tips and suggestions to help make the process a little smoother for you. If you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for and you need a little inspiration and guidance, then you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Your living room is most likely one of the most important spaces in your home. In most houses, it’s often one of the first rooms guests come across upon entering, and it maybe where you and your family spend a lot of time whether it be holidays, birthdays, dinner parties, etc. For all of these reasons mentioned, it’s crucial to feel proud of this space and have it feel and look inviting for everyone who enters.

When picking out the right furniture for your space, it should also relatively match the rest of your houses’ over-all style as well as reflect your spirit and warmth. Therefore, it definitely takes a little planning and some extra time for some tender loving care and décor.

When choosing the main, larger pieces for your living room: sofas, love seats, entertainment system, etc. Make sure you measure the furniture-to-wall clearance so you have plenty of room to move around and you don’t end up with pieces that don’t fit well in your space. Also, remember to step back and take note of the whole size of the room. You don’t want furniture to look huge and overbearing. You also don’t want small chairs and other small items to look strange either, in a big room.

In the case of furniture that’s shared by more then one user, it’s also important to place these pieces in accessible spots to ensure all the family can use them. For instance, placing the coffee table in the center of the room is far better than placing it beside a chair that’s only used by one individual. However, end tables can also be a great fit. Listed below are just some suggestions of customer favorites for your room (please note: different color finishes are available in most of our products):

Expressions Coffee Table

  • Expressions Coffee Table: A beautifully crafted solid wood coffee table that’s narrow, and fit for practical use in-and-around the living room or den. 100% Made in the USA at our factory in Upstate New York. Quality Guarantee. For more information on this particular piece, or to purchase, you can visit it here.Rectangular Cherry Coffee Table

 

  • Rectangular Solid Cherry Coffee Table: Our Rectangular Cherry Coffee Table with a modern look adds character to a wide variety of rooms. It features a solid American cherry hardwood construction and a shelf for convenient storage. 100% Made in USA and built to last. For more information on this particular piece, or to purchase, you can visit it here.

Expressions Square End Table

  • Expressions Square End Table: A strong, simple solid wood end table with elegantly curved moldings on the legs and surfaces. A finely crafted, time-tested piece made of solid ash hardwood. Plenty of shelving height below leaves storage of books and decorative items easy. For more information on this particular piece, or to purchase, you can visit it here.

 

 

 

 

Adding some storage units is a wonderful way to keep your room from being full of clutter as well as helping to make the space look bigger. It’s very important to find the balance between making the room feel as spacious as possible, and ensuring it’s full functionality. For this reason, utilizing bookcases and shelving is crucial, and so is adding in furniture that has storage potential. For example, a table with shelves can make an excellent replacement for a regular end piece. Some great examples of customer favorites that Manchester Wood has to offer are listed below:

Chairside Magazine Rack

  • Chairside Magazine Rack: This Chairside Magazine Rack is based on the best-selling Chairside Storage Table. It offers similar convenience in a narrower design that doesn’t compromise on storage. This is the perfect end table for the reader seeking quick, convenient access to their current literature, all in a stylish and sturdy package. Made from solid American hardwood; built to last. For more information on this particular piece, or to purchase, you can visit it here.

 

  • Mission 3-Shelf End Table: This stylish Mission 3-Shelf Table is a classic pieceMission 3-Shelf End Table of solid wood furniture that offers ample storage space with three shelves. Crafted at our mill in the Adirondack foothills of New York; built to last generations. For more information on this particular piece, or to purchase, you can visit it here.

Chairside Storage Table

  • Chairside Storage Table: Space-saving.. practical.. a uniquely designed item. At just 11″ wide with its hidden storage for stashing all those necessary but cluttering items around the chairs, this ideal narrow end table along with a lower shelf for additional storage more than delivers the namesake. The Chairside Storage Table is an attractive, functional piece that won’t crowd your home. A customer favorite. Built to last. For more information on this particular piece, or to purchase, you can visit it here.

Manchester Wood specializes in natural solid wood furniture made in the USA and can provide your living room (or any other room in your house for that matter) with everything from: solid cherry end tables, chair side magazine racks, glass display coffee tables, wood tv trays, and much more! Plus, it’s a family owned and operated company so you can have satisfaction in knowing that there are family roots, on top of the most quality craftsmanship and highest grade hardwoods to be enjoyed for years to come.

For more ideas on furniture for your living room or other spaces in your house you can visit here.

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Youth Adirondack Chair Giveaway: March into Spring!

March 1, 2018

Adirondack Chair Youth GiveawayThis Month’s FREE Raffle Giveaway…

Youth Adirondack Chair

How do you plan on spending spring with your kids (or the kids in your life)?

As springtime comes closer we take a look towards the outdoors and the furniture we’ll use in the joy of the warmer seasons ahead. For our month of March Giveaway we’re offering our Youth Adirondack Chair FREE. The Youth Adirondack Chair is a kid’s variation (ideal for ages 3 to 8) of Manchester Wood’s Adirondack Chairs.

Our Adirondack Chairs are made from solid hardwood and have a very durable exterior acrylic finish. Handcrafted and entirely made in the USA in the Adirondack foothills of New York.

To enter the raffle drawing for a FREE Youth Adirondack Chair email us (newsletter@manchesterwood.com), mention us on Twitter (@manchesterwood), or write on our Facebook wall (facebook.com/ManchesterWood) how you plan on spending spring with your kids (or the kids in your life).

The winner will be drawn at the end of the month!

 

NormaMillArt1Happy Spring!

Ed & Priscilla Eriksen

Manchester Wood: American Made Furniture

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