4 Solid Wood Gift Ideas For The Holidays

Shopping for the holidays is a funny thing; you want to get your loved ones a gift they’ll actually use, while still impressing them with a bit of a “wow” factor, and because of this it can be difficult – if not downright impossible-seeming, at times – to figure out what to get them. Clothing can be a real crapshoot, as you have to account not only for their taste (an ever-shifting opinion, if you have teenagers) but also the size and fit, so it’s no wonder December 26th is the busiest day for returns and exchanges.

Why not give them something timeless, something undeniably good looking and useful to boot? You probably guessed it already – why not give them Woodcraft wood furniture this holiday season, a gift that will last decades, appreciating in value while it’s appreciated by its user. Whenever they use it, for decades to come, they’ll think of you – something you can’t quite say for a cell phone, which tends to have a lifespan of about two years. Here, we’ll look at five gift ideas, each made of solid Canadian wood, and who in your family you might give it to.

For the working parent – The Glenn Executive Desk

This desk just oozes class, with its bevelled trim, turned feet, sophisticated array of stain options and robust structure. For the mom or dad in your life who works in an office, or for that matter anyone who likes a good corner of the house where they can think, read, write and manage papers. If this is a tad too “buttoned up” for your tastes, also check out our more modern styles, like the Parkdale Desk, with its hip metal framing and wormy maple, or our Waterfall Desk, which evokes a Mid-Century modern design.

For the kid heading back to college – The Brent Bedroom Collection

Ok, so this one is for more than just your kid heading back to college; it’s one of our all-around amazing solid wood bedroom sets and it comes complete with a bed, nightstand, armoire and more. It is a unified statement that pulls any room together, and comes with a custom choice of wood – maple, pine, oak, to name a few – as well as your choice of stain.

For the fashionista in your family – The Highland Armoire

Most of us likely have someone in our lives that goes gaga for clothes, and while, as mentioned, it’s a little dicey trying to give them clothes as a Christmas gift, you can definitely give them a beautiful place to store those clothes. Our Highland Armoire is the right mixture of rustic and modern, a perfect statement piece for someone who knows what looks good.

For the Gamer – The Brent 84” TV Console With Hutch

This sizeable entertainment unit is perfect for that person in your family, young or old, who enjoys gaming, or just kicking back and watching Netflix. With a great deal of storage capacity, this can be your catch-all entertainment unit, holding your TV, speakers, gaming consoles, books, and whatever else you want to store. It pairs well with any of our solid wood coffee tables, also; if you go online, you can view our live edge coffee tables available in all sorts of stains.

Wood Furniture Helps New Homeowners Start Off On The Right Foot

Picture this: the ink has just dried on the mortgage agreement, and you roll up to your new house, proud and ready to make it your own. As you look around at the empty rooms, each a blank canvas, you begin to imagine all the many possibilities this house holds – that room will be our bedroom, and this room will be our living room; that room will be painted eggshell, while this room will get more of a blue treatment. What you need to consider next is the furniture, the centrepieces around which all the action happens, like the tables, chairs and beds.

You can look at it a couple different ways. There’s always the possibility you’re going to have existing furniture, but, with the new amount of free space, perhaps that furniture either doesn’t make sense or just seems… inadequate. There’s also the possibility that you’re coming in fresh, that you’ve bought your first house and are ready to design its interior from scratch. Either way, you’re going to need more furniture, and as the homeowners here at Woodcraft will tell you, solid wood furniture really is the smartest investment.

Buying wood that’s been handcrafted from Canadian lumber and designed by artisans who imbue each piece they make with precision and uniqueness gives you a product that will appreciate over time. That’s one of the advantages of handcrafted wood: you can buy a piece now, use it your entire life and it will have gone up in value – now, if only cars could do the same! When you buy a rickety piece of furniture from a large company, you get what you pay for, which is a few years use and then the trash compactor.

And then there’s aesthetics to take into account. You’ve just made the biggest purchase of your life, buying this wonderful house; you need to do it the service of giving it a little character. Bring a bit of the outdoors inside with our live edge table or live edge dresser, which incorporate the natural edge of the wood into the piece’s design, giving the pieces a unique, woodsy charm. Or for a more polished look, take a peak at our Ottawa Valley Coffee Table or Ottawa Valley Double Dresser, both featuring a restrained, elegant trim that would look awesome alongside some vintage lamps or clocks.

So, we’ve got a good investment that’ll last a long time and look great, but will it look good with your existing furniture? Let’s take the dining room as an example: you want a wood table that can be a statement but not stick out like a sore thumb. Our Chrome X and Modern X-Base dining tables capitalize of a simple, minimalist design that pairs with pretty much everything, and, in the bedroom, our classic Brent Panel Bed’s low footboard and customizable stain allow it to blend into the décor. For a sleek, contemporary look that won’t overpower your dining room, we’ve got the Sterling Sideboard, which we absolute love (maybe we’re a bit bias, but we think you’ll love it too), which, as an added bonus, comes with a lot of storage space, making it both stylish and functional. Since we handcraft everything, you can customize the size on the Sterling Sideboard as well, allowing it to fit your space.

There’s also just something awesome about wood furniture that’s tough to describe – it has more soul than plastic or metal, and solid Canadian lumber especially has this sturdy quality, like you know you’re looking at a well-built piece of furniture. We’re as proud of the furniture we make as we were proud of the first homes we bought, and that’s saying a lot. Let wood furniture make your new home a unique, solid expression of your good taste – it’s an investment as solid as the wood itself.

A Fall Guide To The Finest Solid Wood Tables

Four legs and a top, but with so many amazing possibilities – the humble table may be the simplest piece of furniture you’ll buy, but that doesn’t make it any less special. The type of wood that’s used, the style and finish of the edges, the way the legs interact with the table top, all make a table unique, and whereas some furniture companies are happy to slap a few low-quality pieces of wood together to last you a few years, at Woodcraft we dedicate ourselves to quality. Woodcraft solid wood furniture is handcrafted from Canadian lumber and we pay that lumber the attention and respect it deserves.

Fall is the sweet spot for buying a wooden table. The al fresco (read: outside) dining that we do in the summer is not really an option any longer, so we move back in to eat dinner, but we still want to eat in a nice atmosphere. Fall dining is all about ambience; with the bold, natural colours and comforting food, you want a table that’s equally as warm and inviting. And you don’t want to leave it until winter to buy a table, when there’s so much else to worry about, like Christmas presents and whatnot. With that in mind, we’ve put together a fall guide to the finest tables, whether it’s a wood coffee table you’re after, or a dining table.

We’ll start in the dining room – depending on your personal style, you’re either going to want something a little more rustic, or something maybe more stylish and contemporary. Luckily, at Woodcraft, we have craftsmen with diverse tastes that are able to make either style. For a more rustic look, we recommend you check out our “live edge” tables, which refers to the way the natural surface of the wood, with all its beautiful knots and gnarls, is left intact as a edge. The raw outer edges of our Arcadia Live Edge Dining Table, for example, perfectly compliment things like hardwood flooring, brick walls and industrial style pieces; or, with a lighter stain, it can sit comfortably and elegantly in a minimally designed white dining room – possibilities are numerous.

For that more stylish and contemporary look, our Metropolitan Dining Table is hard to beat. Its sharp-lined tabletop and arced pedestal cut an impressive figure, and with the option of customizing the finish on the top – smooth, rough-sawn, random plane or rough cut – you can ensure that it fits in with your décor. And to go along with more of a vintage, sort of mid-century look (which is quite popular right now) we created the Loft Table, a solid Canadian maple table which is classic, simple and, if we do say so ourselves, pretty darn sexy. Décor-wise, nothing really says fall quite like the natural look of wooden tables and chairs; it’s yet another reason to reconsider replacing your old table with one our solid, handcrafted works of art.

As for coffee tables – the dining table’s little cousin, if you will – we’ve got an array of choices. We like the idea of having a coffee table that’s simple enough to stand on its own as a part of the room, but which you can also adorn with stuff like centrepieces or a flower vase. And a coffee table needs to be able to be solidly built – if it’s going to hold a hot coffee, you don’t want the flimsy legs of an assemble-it-yourself table propping it up. Our Brent, Newport and Shaker coffee tables stand out as being a great marriage of style and functionality, each containing drawers where you can stow magazines or even cutlery (if, like us, you eat in front of the TV every once and a while).

The table may be a simple, humble piece of furniture, but it’s where the family gathers. This fall, give us a ring or send us a message and inquire about our tables – you can have it in time for Thanksgiving!

 

3 Ways To Redecorate Your Cottage This Autumn

It is a truth acknowledged all over Ontario that a weekend at the cottage is the finest way to relax and recharge your batteries. Toronto, especially, can be a rat race, and so it’s vitally important that we have these sorts of sanctuaries where we can go and enjoy the finer things in life, whatever that means to you – family, a BBQ dinner with a few beverages, or just relaxing next to a good book. To that end, everything in your cottage should be carefully curated to maximize enjoyment and minimize frustration. Your cell phone should be on mute, your pantry should be stocked with your favourite foods, and your furniture should be sturdy, beautiful and functional. In this post, we’re going to look at three ways you can redecorate your cottage this Autumn to get the most out of it, with an emphasis on our passion, solid wood furniture.

Make Your Bedroom A Sanctuary

Whatever games and raucous conversations you get up to in the kitchen and living room, you want to know that when you hit the hay, things will be serene and comfortable. At Woodcraft, we make solid wood bedroom furniture with an eye toward comfort, crafting each piece to work alone or as part of a bedroom set. What you don’t want is to crawl into a ramshackle bed at the end of a long day driving and swimming, with its one leg that creaks back and forth as you toss and turn. There’s something so satisfying hopping into a solid, well-built bed, and the choice we give you to pick your stain means that you can tailor it to your cottage walls. We like the Simply  Country Sleigh Bed as a cottage choice, because of its country-style design and high footboard; you should see it in a red cherry stain – it’s really something to behold.  However you fashion your bedroom, one this is for certain: make sure your window screens are intact and your door is shut, because every year those mosquitoes seem to double their efforts.

Make Your Living Room Into An Activities Space

If the bedroom is the quiet space, the living room is its opposite. You want the space to be conducive to fun and leisure, which usually means not overcrowding it – just a simple couch and rustic, live edge coffee table on one side, a fireplace (ideally) on the other side, and a nice open space in between. If you wanted somewhere to stow your TV and board games, our Brent 74” Console w/ Hutch is a classic entertainment unit with lots of storage that would fit in perfectly to a cottage. Or for something a little smaller, our Turnbuckle TV Unit combines that salvaged look of an old workbench with a contemporary design and practical storage space.

Make Your Kitchen/Dining Room The Social Centre

There’s something uniquely comforting about sitting around a table with friends or family at the cottage, catching up on everyone’s life over a meal and a few drinks, or playing an intense round of crib or euchre. Whether your table in the kitchen (as in some smaller cottages we’ve seen) or a dining room, the social centre of the cottage needs a piece of furniture befitting its importance, and an oak dining table offers that, with elegance and space enough to fit everyone. Oh, and oak is pretty forgiving, meaning that if someone doesn’t use a coaster, you won’t have too much trouble getting rid of the water ring! With a tasteful centrepiece in the middle of the table, and a few copper pots hanging on the wall, you’ve got yourself one rustic kitchen or dining room.

Other than that, really, it’s all about making sure the deck has some comfortable lounge chairs, and the BBQ has enough fuel. Autumn is a great time at the cottage, with the weather cooling off just enough that you can spend all day outdoors and all evening inside, and redecorating with solid wood makes it just that much better.

Why Fine Furniture Is An Investment In The Future

Have you ever come across a beautiful antique, or has someone ever passed an heirloom down to you, and you’ve thought about its history, all its many owners, and the craftsman who made it? It’s sad to think, but this day and age isn’t really producing heirlooms. More people are buying cheap, disposable furniture and accessories, meant to break down with a few years’ use. At Woodcraft we still believe in the value of fine furniture, the kind of furniture you can keep your whole life and pass down to your children. The kind of furniture that might one day wind up in an antique shop, praised by the coming generations as an example of good, 21st Century craftsmanship. It’s a funny thought, but it underscores the way we think about furniture – it isn’t just another purchase, it’s an investment in the future.

Let’s look at it as a short-term investment first. When you buy cheaply made furniture, you’re thinking about the immediate cost benefit, but what you don’t really take into account is that in a few years time you’ll have to spend that amount all over again, then again a few years after that, etc. A solid wood dining room table like our Turnbuckle Dining Table, which can be customized to feature maple, wormy maple, pine or oak, each with a salvaged, industrial look, is built to last. We don’t mess around – we pour our hearts and souls into these projects, and the construction we pass on to you is solid enough to withstand the wear and tear of family time (we know how tough a child can be on a table!). You buy a piece of furniture with us, and it will move with you wherever you go.

But why just think of your investment in the short-term? It’s been a human tradition dating back millennia to pass things down to our children or other loved ones, but what do we really own that we can pass down – a first generation iPhone? Products like our Ottawa Valley Armoire, on the other hand, are classic, expertly built and functional pieces that won’t go out of style, no matter how much time has elapsed. Check our desks and bookcases as well, which come in a variety of custom styles, woods and finishes; investing in a home office or study can greatly improve your work life, and if you pass the items on to your children or loved ones later on, they become a literal investment in the future.

But you’re not just investing in the future by saving money or giving the younger generation some finely built furniture. When you think about the amount of cheap furniture people throw away, there’s no denying that it has an impact on the environment. Our Canadian sourced lumber will last you a lifetime, whereas furniture from those big box stores (one of which was recently under fire for ancient tree logging) will deteriorate and need to be repurchased. We at Woodcraft have always subscribed to the “quality over quantity” adage, which is why we’ve been around for decades. With some sturdy entertainment units, or solid bedroom furniture you won’t need to buy, and rebuy a handful of times – your investment is a one-time thing (aside from giving your furniture a little TLC on occasion) that you’ll enjoy forever.

Wise investors know that you don’t want to sink money into something that’s just going to fall apart; after all, who would buy a house if they knew it was going to collapse in five years’ time, even if it was dirt cheap? Fine furniture is an investment in your wellbeing, your family’s wellbeing and the environment’s wellbeing – think of it, not just as a piece of furniture, but a future heirloom.

Spruce Up Your Apartment With Custom Furniture

Maybe you’re living in downtown Toronto, in a Liberty Village high rise or the main floor of a cute row house in Leslieville, but it just doesn’t feel… homey. We’re pretty firm believers that nothing screams hominess more than artisanal, custom-made items, because they add uniqueness and panache to an otherwise cookie-cutter apartment. And as far as custom-made items go, wood furniture is, to us, the supreme expression of hominess, able to fit in with the décor of any place and lending a natural, cozy element to the space. In this blog, we’ll look at a few different ways you can spruce up (we know, it’s a pretty cheap pun!) your apartment with custom-made wood furniture.

Space it a key factor in any apartment, so it’s good to have a piece of furniture that’s able to act as both an expression of style as well as a functional storage spot. Our custom sideboard that we make with Canadian speckled cherry wood is a striking, minimalist accent to any white wall in your apartment, and with its many cabinet doors and drawers you can fit things like cutlery, linens, writing utensils and papers. Its long, flat top can be used to seat a television and speakers as well; position it across from your couch and you have an entertainment unit, a storage space and a piece of art all rolled into one!

Turning our attention to the dining room, what we really find that makes an apartment feel like home are the solid wooden tables from Woodcraft that we make the old fashioned way. We at Woodcraft understand the importance of meeting around a table: it’s where vacations get planned, where friends tell stories – and, yes, where we eat takeout Thai food occasionally because we’re too lazy to cook. If you’re looking to accentuate some already existing earth tones in your kitchen or dining room – like, for instance, exposed brick – our Upcycled Industrial Leg Live Edge Table is perfect. Its natural wooden edge gives it a rough, sophisticated look, and its legs, salvaged from an industrial site, have a gorgeous, timeworn patina.

Pair that with any our handcrafted chairs, like the simple and straightforward Edward Chair, the Slat Back Arm & Side Chair, or even sidle up a turnbuckle bench to give it that “Bavarian Beer Hall” feel. We give you your choice of stain, so you can easily customize the appearance of your kitchen.

And if the kitchen and dining room is where the important decisions are made, the bedroom is where you go to unwind and not make decisions. To that end, everything in a bedroom needs to be comfortable. Very comfortable. Our solid wood bedroom furniture sets pair comfort and usability, giving your bedroom a cohesive, modern look that you can’t get by assembling your furniture in piecemeal fashion. Check out the Riverdale Bedroom Set: a very cool, rustic collection of pieces produced with Canadian hardwood, with plenty of storage space (there are even drawers at the bottom of the bed) to help reduce the clutter in your room. O if you’re going for less of a rustic aesthetic – maybe something more sleek and modern – check out the New Yorker Bedroom Collection, which takes the vogue lines and black stained surfaces of Midtown Manhattan lofts and transplants them in your apartment.

Comfort, usability and beauty – it’s not too much to ask for all three, even if you live in a small apartment. At Woodcraft, we’re here to make your decorating ideas become a reality, working with you to choose the best assortment of solid wood furniture for your apartment. We even offer a white glove delivery service, meaning that you’re not on your own to lug some furniture up into your apartment; we’ll move in, place and set up your furniture for you! Call us if you have any questions, and we’ll start turning your apartment into a bona fide home!

Family Dinners Become Special Occasions With A Custom Wood Table

Some things from our past may get a little foggy over time, and we can’t quite recall every little detail about the house we grew up in, but there is one object that’s pretty firmly lodged in most people’s memories: the dinner table. At its best, the dinner table was a congregation of family sharing stories about the day they’d had, or telling jokes; on other days it was a hectic ordeal, with everyone shoving food in their face so they could head out the door in time for hockey practice or piano lessons. However we remember, one thing is for certain: a dinner table is the bedrock of family time together.

At Woodcraft, we understand the importance of the dinner table. Throughout history, dating back to the first civilizations – all across the world and regardless of culture – families have come together over a table to eat food together. We carry on that tradition by ensuring that any table we make, whether it’s a wood coffee table or dining table, is made with superior quality and uniqueness.

Special rituals require equally special objects (after all, you wouldn’t go to a chain store to buy the altar for your wedding!) and with us, you know you’re getting a dinner table that’s part of the family – solid and everlasting. Buying a dining table from one of those big, assemble-it-yourself box stores will get you a table that will last you two or three years tops. It won’t fit your particular dining room and it certainly won’t feel like the important centre of family life that it is.

In order to explain its importance, maybe it’s best to start by looking at what makes a new solid wood table so special: how it’s made. The old world craftsmanship and attention to detail we at Woodcraft pour into each of our pieces starts with sourcing the best, local Canadian lumber. From there our job is to treat that wood with respect, allowing its natural beauty and hardiness to take centre stage as we sculpt it into something functional and fashionable.

You’ll be able to customize your dinner table to fit your pre-existing décor. Choose what size you’d like (do you have a family of three or a small army of seven?), what style best suits your family, what type of wood (oak, maple, cherry and many more!) and what kind of finish you want. There are endless options to choose from, ensuring that your table will come out as unique as the family that sits around it.

Maybe you’re a “round table” family, like knights of a bygone era? We have the thick, elegant Queen’s Table, the modern and stylish Bedford Single Pedestal Table, or the boldly arched St. George Dining Table, to name just a few. Or maybe you prefer the more standard long table? Choose from the mid-century inspired Loft Table, the French-style, minimalist Savoy Table, or the classic and handsome Long Island Dining Table, among many, many others. Match your table to other pieces in your home, like perhaps a maple entertainment unit in the family room, or solid oak bedroom furniture in the bedroom, and give your home a bold, uniform design.

Finally, don’t worry too much about spills. A family around the dinner table is bound to spill a thing or two, and besides, solid wood is very forgiving. The most important thing is that everyone gets together around a table that allows you talk and laugh and share; a table that will stand the test of time; a table that you’ll be able to pass on to your children one day, so that their children will know the joy of those three magical words: “It’s dinner time!”

Wood Furniture For An Autumn At The Cottage

Is there anything more luxurious than spending cool autumn evenings away from the city and up at the cottage? While many wrap up their cottage weekends after Labour Day, you can appreciate quiet on the lake while the leaves turn bright red and orange in a spectacular display. Cozy up when the nights get cool with a board game or a book and you can really appreciate the pleasures of an autumn weekend spent in cottage country. It’s also a great season for hosting guests, especially with the traffic coming to the city dying down and holidays like Thanksgiving on the horizon.

One thing you may want to consider to prepare your cottage for a relaxing autumn out of town is new furniture. Solid wood furniture is a great addition to cottages and wood cabins; it fits the décor of wooden walls, beams, and decks, and it’s durable. Once you bring solid wood furniture from Woodcraft into your cottage, you won’t have to think about replacing it for decades. Another advantage of solid wood is that it stands up to abuse; whether you’re carving pumpkins or inviting guests for dinner, a solid wood dining table will hold up to dents and scratches. Inevitably, they will accumulate, but solid wood is sturdy enough to be refinished, and Woodcraft craftsmen also refinish furniture by hand, never soaking pieces, a process that can degrade glue joints.

You may also want to consider checking out wood bedroom sets to add warmth, comfort, and romance to the master bedroom. Wood in your environment is known to reduce stress and lower blood pressure, which is why it’s so popular in the design of cottages and cabins where people come to relax and forget about the daily stress of the city and their work. Help yourself relax by improving your surroundings with wood furniture, especially where you sleep.

One of the major obstacles to replacing furniture at the cottage is getting it up there; that’s why Woodcraft delivers all across Ontario and North America. Dock-to-dock delivery makes delivery an affordable option, while we also offer white glove delivery, which includes assembly in your home. We strive to make your custom wood furniture order easy by taking the stress out of delivery.

Once you have your new dining table and wood furniture, there are so many different ways you can decorate it with rustic centrepieces and classic autumn motifs like pumpkins and oakleaf hydrangeas to make your cottage feel like a fairy tale in the woods. With so much to celebrate in the autumn, from Oktoberfest and Halloween to Thanksgiving, you won’t find any shortage of ideas for great meals or decorations.

If thinking about autumn has got you considering wood furniture for the cottage, you can visit any one of our showrooms in the Greater Toronto Area, or, if you’re ordering from us from another province or state, get in touch via phone or email. We can make the wood furniture that will make your summer home feel cozy and warm for autumn and winter use.

Why Redecorate With Custom Wood Furniture

There are plenty of reasons solid wood furniture has remained popular throughout the centuries, even while cheaper alternatives flood the market. It has a unique, natural look that can’t be replicated, no matter how hard mass-manufactured furniture companies try. It’s easy to maintain – something like a wood dining table usually needs little more than a damp cloth once it’s finished drying out. Furniture made out of wood like pine can also be used outdoors, as pine in particular is resistant to changes in temperature and wood rot. It’s resilient, lasting longer than cheaply made substitutes. Woodcraft master woodworkers craft each piece by hand, and they last for decades.

 

You can tell a great deal about the quality of a piece furniture by looking at two things: the composition and the construction. We use several different types of wood to build all of our pieces, including cherry, oak, pine, maple, and wormy maple, but we always use solid wood. Something like a solid wood dining table should be difficult to scratch or dent, whereas pressed wood or particle board will be much easier to dent and scratch. Construction is another key element to consider, namely, the joints, as this is what keeps a wood dining table or any piece of furniture standing. Staples and nails are flimsy and you will soon see the furniture wobbling and falling apart, while dovetail or mortise-and-tenon joints are the best for durability. Dowels and screws fall somewhere in the middle, and while glue can hold up, if the glue’s visible, it’s a sign of poor work.

Our master woodworkers are committed to building superior pieces of furniture, which is why we build them made-to-order. You get to choose everything about the piece, from its dimensions and material selection to the stain. We can even accommodate odd angles or cuts to uniquely fit your home, such as a supporting pillar in the middle of a room.

If one brand new piece of custom wood furniture isn’t enough, consider redoing your entire home with solid wood furniture from Woodcraft. There’s never been a better time to redecorate your entire home, thanks to the Woodcraft summer sale. Our latest promotion gives big discounts when you buy more:

  • 10% off purchases up to $1,999
  • 20% off purchase from $2,000 to $4,999
  • 25% off purchases rom $5,000 to $9,999
  • and 30% off all purchases over $10,000

With incentives like that, we hope you consider refurnishing your entire home this summer. Matching wood furniture throughout your home will create a unity that you won’t be able to recreate with just individual pieces. In addition to classics like wood dining tables and chairs, we also make wooden bedroom furniture, office desks, bookcases, entertainment units, sofas, wall units, cabinets, buffet hutches, and more. Wood furniture won’t fall apart on you, it’s an investment in a beautiful home that will save you money replacing and repairing furniture down the line. Refurnish your home with nothing but quality.

Wood Furniture In The Modern Office

The Woodcraft team of master woodworkers and craftspeople is probably best known for designs we make for the home. In addition to a wood bedroom set, dining table, bookcase, or cabinet, you can also get custom-designed office furniture from us. We specialize in solid wood furniture of all types – if it’s made out of wood, we can make it and we make it to last.

Wood furniture doesn’t have to look traditional or antique-y; at Woodcraft, some of our favourite designs are contemporary and sleek. From long wooden tables that serve as co-working spaces in open concept offices to individual X-base desks, we have no shortage of contemporary designs that will fit in a modern office space. We also regularly work with clients who want custom wood furniture made; from bookcases to desks to conference tables, we can make something that will make your office truly memorable for your clients and a creative space for your employees to work.

Studies have shown that wood in a room has both physiological and psychological benefits, whether it’s in the home or in the office. Two out of three office workers expressed a preference for wood office furniture, including chairs and desks, to plastic furniture. There is also evidence now that suggests wood in your environment can lower your blood pressure and heart rate by reducing stress and calming anxiety. The modern office can be a fast-paced, demanding environment. Over-stressed workers are proven to be less productive, and that hurts your bottom line. It’s worth investing in the environment you create in your workplace, not just through employee relations, but the physical environment as well.

Wood creates a warm and comfortable environment that puts stressed office workers at ease, allowing them to focus on the task at hand. Workplace productivity improves with comfortable conditions – you don’t have to go to the excesses of Silicon Valley to make your employees feel comfortable in the office, but better design decisions can make a big difference in your business. Wood can even moderate humidity, improving the air quality of the room.

We build wood furniture by hand that’s custom-made for our clients and built to last. When you buy solid wood furniture from us, it will last for decades. Too many companies buy plastic, cheap furniture that quickly falls apart and they regularly have to replace it. Wood is a smarter investment that will reduce your expenses in the long run.

If you’re still not convinced about the psychological and creative impact wood can have in a contemporary office setting, look no further than the Galleria Italia of Frank Gehry’s AGO redesign. A long, airy hallway that looks down at busy Dundas Street in Toronto is lined with wood; the effect is a tranquility that inspires creativity. Wood creates an inspiring environment when paired with natural light and contemporary spaces, including the modern office. Consider asking us at Woodcraft about custom wood office furniture that can add peace and creativity to your workplace.