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How To Care For Your Solid Wood Furniture This Winter

Apparently, the winter here in Ontario is supposed to be pretty bleak this year, if the Farmer’s Almanac is anything to go by. It’s a bit of a let-down, given last years fairly mild winter, but we’ll press on as normal, bundling up in our big coats, scarves, toques and gloves. What we can’t dress up for winter, however, is our furniture (though how cool would a buffet hutch look in a big down jacket and hat!). Solid wood furniture, as the name suggests, is pretty solid stuff – it’s durable and long lasting, but it does like a little TLC every now and then.

A lot of these care tips can absolutely be followed year-round, but a couple are specific to winter, as its temperature changes can be bad for furniture if left unchecked. Your solid wood furniture from Woodcraft is an investment that will last you a lifetime, but it helps to protect that investment from time to time by showing it some love, and it’s with that in mind that we run down a few of the ways you can ensure your furniture makes it through the winter as new and beautiful as the day you bought it.

A big thing during the winter is, ironically, heat – we have our radiators blasting, our heating vents and fireplaces and ovens, all giving off a very direct heat. Try, if you can, to position your solid wood furniture away from these heat sources, Wood contains some moisture in it, and preserving that level of moisture is key to keeping it looking new. At the same time, avoid placing hot object on your furniture as well; in other words, when you buy wood coffee tables for your home it’s also wise to invest in some coasters! And when you’re sitting down to a holiday meal, and you want to put that roasting pan right on the oak dining table you bought, make sure there’s ample padding underneath (could even be a folded cloth or a wood cutting board) for the heat to diffuse.

Winter is also a particularly bright time of year, and the sun’s rays, if not all that hot, are quite strong. For that reason, try and avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight. If you happen to like your solid wood furniture in a place that’s near a window, that’s fine, just make sure that during the day the blinds are closed, so as to limit the wood’s exposure to the sun.

And another thing in the winter is humidity, or the lack thereof. The winter dryness is probably something you most commonly associate with your skin, but it can be bothersome for furniture as well. At Woodcraft, we recommend you use a humidifier and control the humidity to around 40-45%, which will defend your furniture against the possibility of cracks or joint splits. For this same reason, it’s not advisable to store your solid wood furniture in the basement or attic, because the humidity can fluctuate quite a bit over the course of a year.

When you go to clean your new piece of furniture (which by the way, you can get at a great price if you check out our current promotions on our website!) we advise you use a soft cloth and follow the wood’s natural grain; and if you’re looking to pick up for than dust, use a damp cloth, but then dry it immediately. Wood furniture is a great investment, and it really isn’t all that finicky. Just like a plant, it thrives when you pay it a little bit of attention. Unlike a plant, it will be in your family for decades to come!

A Guide To Wood: The Best Types For Hand Made Furniture

Pretty much universally, people love the look of solid wood furniture, with its sturdy, striking, eye-catching qualities that remind us of nature and of the value of craftsmanship. But “wood” is not a catch-all material, and in fact the type of wood chosen for a particular piece of furniture will have a great impact on the way it looks, feels and ages. A wood can either be hardwood (meaning that they come from deciduous, angiosperm trees), or softwood (meaning they come from coniferous, cone bearing trees), and within those two categories exist even more variation.

In this post, we’ll look at we think are some of the best types of wood for hand made wood furniture and give you a rundown of some of their individual quirks and characteristics.  To say that there’s a hierarchy of woods – that some are just all around better than others – is a misleading way of thinking about wood as a material. Different types of wood certainly have different qualities, but someone might prefer the look of, say, pine, rather than oak; while another person might value oak for its solidness over pine. There are a lot of different ways of looking at wood, and it all boils down to what you want, the person who will be enjoying this piece of furniture for a lifetime.

Oak

Oak is a hardwood in the truest sense of the term: prized for its strength and hardness, this awesome wood has a long history of use in barrels, to keep precious whiskey and wine from pouring out while imparting a unique taste to the libation. But we’re not here to talk about whiskey and wine – oak is also a terrific and traditional choice for making furniture, dating back to the Vikings (and if it was good enough for Vikings, it’s good enough for us!). It often has a pleasing, wavy grain, and is very durable, able to withstand warping over time.

Pine

Pine is lovely and light, with distinctive, rustic knots and a sharp, light colour. Generally less expensive than oak, pine is nevertheless a great option for solid wood furniture, especially if your house is humid or you plan on exposing the furniture to the elements a bit. Because it’s a softwood, its closed cell structure makes it better at resisting water, which is one of the most common ways a piece of wood deteriorates. If you want to take a look at some stunning pine furniture, like our deluxe bookcase, you can visit our Mississauga location or whichever location is closest and ask one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members for an example.

Maple

The most Canadian of all the woods, eh? Maple, a heavy-duty hardwood with a light, creamy colour that takes well to stains, is surprisingly affordable given its supreme durability and good looks. At Woodcraft, we also use Wormy Maple, which is a type of maple that has been artfully, naturally affected by Ambrosia beetles, nature’s artisans; this unique wood features cool streaks and great structural integrity.

Those are just a few woods to choose from, but of course there’s also reclaimed wood furniture as well as numerous other types of solid wood. At Woodcraft, we’re all about delivering what the customer wants, which means we offer a great range of materials and stains for you to customize your dream furniture. In the end, not all solid woods are the same, but one thing does remain the same: we put the same passion and integrity into every single piece of wood we come across to create a piece of furniture both modern and timeless.

Holiday Entertaining Starts With Solid Wood Furniture

There’s really nothing finer, in the middle of winter when the weather’s crummy and the ground is covered in sleet or snow, than huddling together with friends over the dining table or in the living room. That cozy atmosphere, encouraged by good conversation, good food and drink, is the kind of stuff that makes the winter great… or, at least tolerable. But entertaining isn’t always a cakewalk.

When you’re running around trying to make sure the turkey cooks on time, the gravy reduces properly, the yams cook through, the Brussels sprouts are seasoned well enough that they somewhat mask the flavour (which one of the kids in attendance doesn’t like!), when all of the work of entertaining starts piling up, the last thing you want to worry about is whether you’ve done enough to make your place look good. That’s why at Woodcraft we believe that holiday entertaining ought to start with high quality solid wood furniture in your dining room and living room – you want your house to be cozy, warm and inviting, after all.

For the living room, you’ll want a couple different “centres of attention”, spaces around which people can congregate and sit their drinks down on, chat and eat appies. These are most often going to be a coffee table or an entertainment unit. For a piece of furniture that screams cozy as well as good taste, you should be looking for live edge coffee tables made from solid wood with a natural edge, which will make your guests feel like they’re eating hors d’oeuvres off a piece of art.

Or check out our Turbuckle TV Unit, which you can see on our website in rough sawn wormy maple with a hazelnut stain, which gives it an industrial chic look. It’s a great addition to any holiday party that involves gathering around the TV (like, say, if you have young ones around who are getting bored of all the grown-ups talking), or if you want to show slides from your summer vacation and relive a bit of the warm weather! For something bigger, with just as much charm but in a more contemporary, simple design, check out our Newport 65” TV console w/ side Towers – it doesn’t have the same kid of top surface as the Turnbuckle, but it makes up for it with tons of storage space, which is good when you need to stash away knick-knacks before your guests arrive.

In the dining room, the centre of attention is and always will be the table. It’s where you eat, share stories, play footsies – an elegant wood table is the single most important piece of furniture during the holidays. For a timelessly elegant design and superior build, we suggest you take a look at our “Woodcraft Classic” Dining Table, which comes customizable according to what size you need and what type of wood and finish you want, so you can tailor it to your dining room’s pre-existing motif. Or if you’re more of a “round table” type of person, and want something more modern, you can’t go wrong with our Jackson Reclaimed Single Pedestal table, which makes use of reclaimed solid wood and a metal base – it will serve as both a table and a topic of conversation.

There’s so much great wood furniture to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start, but when we think of the holidays, we think of natural-looking solid wood and dark finishes. Not that you necessarily have to travel down that path, but it certainly does foster an atmosphere of comfort and warmth. All you have to do, once the furniture is in order and ready to impress, is turn your attention to those 15 side dishes you chose to make.

Getting A Head Start On Your New Year’s Renovations

Every year, there’s lots of talk about New Years resolutions, those wishful, aspirational goals we set for ourselves – every new year is a new chance to become a better, happier person, which is pretty awesome. In this post, however, we’ll be discussing New Year’s renovations, which you can think of as like New Year’s resolutions for your home. To renovate something literally means to “restore it to a good state of repair”, and here we’ll look at a few ways you maximize your home’s potential, whether you live in an apartment, condo, house or houseboat (ok, you probably don’t live in a houseboat), and how you make effective use of your newly renovated space with solid wood furniture.

Renovations can be quite an undertaking, so it helps to start thinking about things early, plotting out what you’d like to do differently in your home, and budgeting for the time and materials it will take to see your vision come into fruition. And because renovations are an undertaking, that budgeting should take into account longevity; if you’re going to renovate this year, you want to choose features and furniture that will last a long time, both physically and aesthetically.

A popular place to start is the kitchen. Instead of the bog-standard stainless steel kitchen sink, go for something that will add charm, like porcelain, or something that looks old-fashioned and rustic, like copper. Wood paneling around the kitchen, as well as “butcher block” countertops further this bespoke theme and make your kitchen appear more relaxed and welcoming. Pair it with matching furniture that’s been lovingly made like one of our Woodcraft dining room tables  (if you’re living in an apartment where the kitchen and dining rooms are adjoined) or rustic buffets or sideboards to store napkins and silverware.

If you have stairs in your home, a good, practical renovation is to make the most out of the space underneath it. Adding sliding drawers underneath, or a solid wood cabinet like our Riverdale 5 Drawer Hiboy, boosts the efficiency of your storage space, while adding charm and decoration to a corner of the house traditionally without. The same can be said for any space in your house that is a “dead space” – a space that is not functional, or is just wall. People have taken to installing built-in wine racks where there’s dead space, proving that there’s no limit to the ingenuity of a wine-lover.

But why be constrained to renovating existing space? Why not make your own room? A popular renovation idea is the addition of a mudroom, a room that serves as a transition between outside and inside. This space often includes mats for stomping away any excess dirt your shoes may have dragged in, a shoe rack for easy organization, and plenty of hooks to hang jackets, coats, hats and baseball gloves. For a mudroom, it goes without saying that you’ll want a surface that is easy to clean (i.e. not carpet), like tile or hardwood, and ample lighting.

As for the rest of your place, there are plenty of personal touches you can make, like a new entertainment unit in the living room, or a new statement sideboard in the dining room; check out our latest promotions to find deals on all of these items in handcrafted, solid Canadian wood. Before you start your personal resolutions, celebrate this New Year by improving your surroundings, starting with solid wood furniture and practical design choices.

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!