Rustic Log Furniture, How to Find Quality Furniture and a Trust Worthy Seller

The great thing about looking for a retailer or manufacturer of rustic log furniture is there are plenty of sellers out there these days, especially with the age of the world wide web. Since the birth of the internet everyone and there brother seem to have tried to start making and selling all types of rustic furniture online, but what I am sure that they found out is that making log furniture the right way is a hard task to achieve. Now don’t take me the wrong way there are some great builders of this style of furniture and you will notice they are the craftsmen that have been around for a while. So knowing this let me tell you how to make the right decision on choosing your rustic furniture.

One of the first things you need to decide is the species of wood you would like to go with, there are dozens of them out there, but only a couple of good species that will stand up to the elements outside. There is hickory, cypress , pine(not recommended), aromatic cedar, eastern white cedar, Northern white cedar etc. As for the species I mentioned I can tell a little about each, hickory is a nice species but I noticed the furniture I see made is that the diameter of the wood is always small and I get a little suspicious of the strength of it. Cypress, has hardly no grain that I see compared to the rest. Pine is absolutely not for me, it is sappy and soft and it is not very durable. Aromatic cedar is a beautiful wood but when it weathers if turns dark in the elements untreated. Eastern white cedar people will say it is the same as Northern white cedar, but let me tell you its not, I know from working with it. The wood is really knotty and hairy compared to Northern white cedar. The looks are similar in color and the aging process is the same. As for Northern white cedar it weathers to a beautiful silvery gray if untreated and exposed to the elements. Northern white cedar can with stand the elements for years, some say that it will last for 50 years outside untreated, but I can tell you by experience that it really only last for 20 years. White cedar is not sappy at all, making it easier to stain or varnish unlike other species, like pine that will actually have the sap come out years later, right through the paint or varnish that was on there.

Once you decided the species the next thing to do is find the retailer out there selling the log furniture with that wood. When you locate this seller, keep in mind that if that seller is just a middleman, you will not get the service you will get from the actual manufacturer. More than likely, if that person is not the manufacturer and is just a website owner or guru, it is probably just a drop ship situation and they will surely tell you they can get you the furniture right away, when they have no idea of the inventory or how busy the manufacturer really is (don’t be fooled with factory direct, sales pitches). Second, just how much can that person really know about rustic log furniture if they are just an order taker. Dealing with the person who is actually handcrafting your furniture and can tell you exactly when it will be done, is by far a more reliable way to purchase your furniture. Trust me, there are more websites out there selling log furniture then there are manufacturers of it.

Now we can get to the construction of the log furniture. Some log furniture is sanded smooth, some are skipped peeled, some have the bark on and some are completely peeled. As for which one is better, I can only tell you what I think. The sanded log furniture definitely takes away from the rustic feel, skipped peel is a nice look, but I wonder about the smoothness of the wood with just a peel on parts of the log. The furniture with the bark left on definitely has to have some sort of finish on it to keep the bark on, and sometimes I have seen where the bark will peel off over time. Completely peeled log furniture is smooth with out splinters and can easily be treated and has the true rustic look and feel. Getting past that you should then take note of how the log furniture is actually connected together. Some furniture is just butted up together and is nailed, I do not recommend that style of construction. Most have a mortise and tenon connection, which is extremely durable. Things to watch out for with this is the size of the dowels, some out there will go with a smaller diameter dowel meaning their logs are usually smaller too. I recommend asking the diameter and make sure it is at least 1.25″, since that is the weakest point of the furniture. The diameter of the logs should be no less than 3″ as far as I am concerned. Most of the rustic log furniture I see on the internet does not meet that size on a good percentage of there lines of furniture, even though it looks large in the pictures I would definitely ask the sizes of the logs to get a good comparison from one builder to the next. The hardware that is used on the log furniture is a big factor also, because if you are going to have your furniture exposed to the rain and snow or what ever you don’t want the hardware starting to bleed or rust, all the hardware should be zinc coated on all parts of the furniture. This is one of the many ways that some of the manufacturers and garage builders cheapen the quality of the furniture. Another thing to look for in the hardware part of it is whether they nail or screw the furniture together, screws are the better way to go than nails, but nails that are hot dipped in glue are just as good as screws. The nails without the glue coating will actually start to back out over time due to the fibers of the wood pushing on them. If you take a closer look at the pictures and ask some of these questions you will get two things out of it, 1. You will find the better quality log furniture and 2. You will find out if that person who is selling you the furniture really truly knows anything about rustic furniture.

Other than construction or species the only thing I can tell you about looking for a quality piece of rustic furniture is that you should take a closer look at the company you are dealing with. Building rustic furniture is not like building a square table that can be pre cut to length and then put together on an assembly line. Rustic furniture needs plenty of design work, custom fitting, lots of judgmental decisions being made do to the differences of the sizes of stock, and craftsmanship that you do not get from the builders that have 75 employees, there is now way that all the employees have these kind of skills or patience or pride, they are on an assembly line slapping the pieces together and getting the furniture out the door to you, plus they have the big money to market the product and get the exposure to be seen by the public. Notice while your looking on the Internet or anywhere else that there are plenty of sites or stores with the same manufacturers, these are the big companies. Getting your rustic furniture from a small company that has been in business for at least 10 years and takes pride in every hand fitted piece, will give you all the things you need to get a quality piece of rustic furniture that will last for a long time to come.

Bedroom Furniture Hardware and Your Home Remodeled

Remodeling your home will need you to make a lot of choices, especially in the furniture you decide to have. And everything’s going to matter right down to the furniture hardware. If you’re not an expert on this, there’s a good chance you won’t know what to do. You probably won’t even know what make good and bad choices, but it’s important to realize that getting a good amount of knowledge on this can save you from unnecessary cost. Furniture hardware can be relatively expensive, so you’ll always want to get something you actually want and need as you give your home that promising makeover.

If you only want the best furniture plan, you have to do just that. Plan. That means don’t go out and be buying anything that catches your eye. Unless you get too lucky, you’ll end up regretting all those impulse purchases. Do plan the direction you want to go with your design. Remember that a good one doesn’t only look good. It also has to be comfortable to you and everyone else you’ll be sharing your home with.

Of course, part of any good design plan will be furniture hardware. There isn’t exactly a shortage of these materials right now so, again, there’s no reason to shop hurriedly. If you think you’re ready to let go of that thirty-year-old canopied mahogany bedroom furniture, then take your time looking for a suitable replacement. And do not forget to measure what you have to measure to ensure that the furniture hardware you get actually looks good and fits well with the piece to which you’ll be attaching it.

When you talk about redesigning your home, you’ll definitely want it to be changing for the better and one way to ensure that is not only to get better furniture. Space is always a primary consideration. No matter how expensive your furniture set is, from the dining room to your guest room, poor arrangement won’t make it work. If you simply have a home too small to accommodate your furniture, that’s another problem. In both cases, you probably won’t be happy with the result.

A very important consideration in home design then is furniture hardware because they can change the way your room looks as a whole. If your home is too cramped, imagine the scratches and bumps that those pieces will have to endure. Imagine how this ultimately affects their longevity. Besides that, a home is supposed to be its dwellers’ sanctuary and that is something impossible when space is not even available for them to move around freely. That means for any type of ornament, furniture hardware or accessory, you have to think of the way they’ll blend in with your other furniture. Otherwise, you could be defeating the whole purpose of giving your home a whole new look.

Loving Life Outside – Outdoor Furniture Sets

When the weather is nice outside, we want to be out there and enjoy the sun, the gentle breezes, and the sounds and smells of summer. While we can sit out on our front steps, or lean on the fence and talk to your neighbor. But when we want to spend the entire day or even an entire weekend outside, it’s time to start thinking about investing in outdoor furniture sets.

One of the most popular activities we do outside is to eat meals and enjoy a morning beverage or an evening cocktail. If you’ve got a small space-a balcony in an apartment, a terrace, or a front porch-take a look at bistro sets. These outdoor furniture sets are perfect for giving you a place to sit when you’ve got a small outdoor space to furnish. A classic bistro set is made up of a small round table and a pair of chairs. It’s the perfect size for the small outdoor spaces that those of us who live in condos and apartments have at our disposal, or to outfit our front porch or a corner of our garden, if we live in a larger house.

Many of us who live in the suburbs or the country have more outdoor space at our disposal. We can treat those spaces like an outdoor living room or dining room. If you want to eat family meals outdoors during the nice weather months, you might want to look at outdoor furniture sets that include a large dining set. If you have a rustic setting, a long, camp-style picnic table might be just the dining table that appeals to you. The long benches let you squeeze in an extra kid or two during an outdoor birthday party.

Maybe you are looking for an elegant dining set for your patio, something that is perfect for serving Thanksgiving dinner in a warm climate, or for hosting the neighborhood Independence Day celebration. You can buy outdoor furniture sets for dining that seat up to a dozen people. These come with armchairs and side chairs, with cushions or not, in a variety of materials to suit your outdoor décor. Many outdoor furniture sets come with umbrellas and other accessories that help make your dining comfortable.

A recent trend in outdoor entertaining is to create outdoor living rooms and outdoor kitchens. To outfit these spaces, we have a wealth of outdoor furniture sets to choose from. You can fill your patio with furniture just like the kind you have inside your house-rambling sectionals, sofas and club chairs, chaise lounges, ottomans, coffee tables and end tables, lamps and fans. These outdoor furniture sets are fitted with cushions that resist fading and mildew, and that repel water. You can select synthetic wicker furniture over aluminum frames in many different styles and colors, and you can choose seat cushions in a range of designer fabrics.

If you prefer the look of wood in outdoor furniture sets, you can find furniture in teak and other weather-friendly wood frames. And if you want to expand the features of your patio, you can add an outdoor bar, a set of barstools, or a serving cart. Some of us can create an outdoor environment that is comfortable enough to sleep in. If that appeals to you, think about indulging in an outdoor daybed. You can nap in the sun or under a covered porch and enjoy the breezes…

However you imagine relaxing in your open spaces, you can find outdoor furniture sets that make it easy to love your life outside.

Tips on Placing Furniture in Your Bedroom

If your bedroom isn’t exactly the oasis of relaxation you want it to be, it could just be that your furniture needs to be rearranged a bit. Placing the furniture in your bedroom is not a haphazard undertaking. It takes a bit of planning and some basic interior design principles to transform your bedroom into a place you look forward to being in, even when you’re not sound asleep.

While it may be tempting to just go out and buy a new bedroom set, you may want to take a look at what you already have now and then add new pieces to the room once you have everything rearranged to your liking.

Moving a lot of bedroom furniture can be a real painful undertaking. It’s best to do the initial planning on a piece of paper before you ever move a single stick of furniture. This will not only save you a lot of time, but a lot of pain as well.

Begin your planning by measuring your room. Then plot the measurements on a piece of paper, letting ¾” on the piece of paper represent 1′ in the room. That means a 10′ wide room will be 7.5″ on the piece of paper. Once you have the shape of the room drawn out, mark in where the windows and door are as well as the closet. If you want to be really detailed, add arrows around the outside of the room where the wall sockets are so you won’t block them with a bulky piece of furniture, at least before you’re able to plug in an extension cord.

Now, measure all the furniture. Draw each piece onto a piece of paper and cut it out. Once they are cut out it’s time to start placing furniture in your bedroom, on paper that is. Start with the largest pieces first, which is usually the bed, followed by dressers, chairs and finally, chests and nightstands.

Don’t be tempted to simply live with your first idea. Try different approaches until the room looks good to you. This will serve as the base of your rearranging project.

The goal is to create a room that feels spacious, uncrowded, inviting and uncluttered while still having personality. Start adding furniture to the room one piece at a time. Before you do, you may want to repaint to save you some work later.

The bed is the focal point of any bedroom. When placing furniture in the bedroom, it should be in the dominant place, the first place a person would look when entering the room. Ideally it shouldn’t be crammed into a corner or backed against a wall. There should be breathing room all around the bed so that in the middle of the night you don’t have to stumble over other pieces of furniture or stub your toe on the dresser.

Dressers are next in importance. If space is tight you may want to see if you can purchase highboy dressers instead of chest dressers. This will allow you to make use of the wall space, since these dressers are vertical instead of horizontal. If you have a horizontal dresser, add it first before adding the dressers with the smaller footprint.

If your room is big enough, you may want to consider adding a blanket/storage chest at the foot of the bed. This is a great place to store additional pillows and blankets for those cold winter nights. Storage always seems to be at a premium in homes and the foot of a bed is a great place to add storage easily.

A well-designed room doesn’t happen by accident. Even if you do a layout on a piece of paper you may have to make adjustments on the fly as you’re placing furniture in your bedroom. That’s because you can’t see how the height of different furnishings affects the look of the room. In other words, several tall dressers grouped closely together can make an otherwise spacious room look crowded.

When placing furniture in your bedroom, ask yourself if a piece that just doesn’t look right is really necessary. In smaller bedrooms a chair may just not fit. Don’t force it. It’s better to leave the room a little open than cram it to the brim with furniture.

As you arrange the room, it’s important to vary the height of furniture. Go from high to low or high to medium in height as you place furniture around the room. Also, you may want to put a tall dresser on a small wall in your bedroom rather than place it on a longer wall where it wastes valuable space.

Another decision to make is to have one nightstand, two nightstands or no nightstands in the room. If you don’t read at night you may want to forego a nightstand all together and free up some room. A floor lamp can add light without the need of a table.

If you watch TV in bed you may want to wall mount it, which frees up space on your dressers. Today’s plasma televisions have such small footprints that adding them to the wall is akin to adding a work of art in terms of visual impact.

Speaking of art, don’t overload the walls with paintings or photos. This can make the room look crowded, especially if you have a large headboard, a four-poster or several tall dressers. You want the walls to have some breathing room as well so the room doesn’t look too crowded. However, that doesn’t mean that your room should be void of personality. Add knickknacks and photos as you see fit. Just don’t overload it to the point that it looks cluttered again.

Placing furniture in your bedroom can be a really fun weekend project, if you do a little initial planning and take the time to consider the space you have, the types of furnishings that are available to add to it and the mood you’re trying to set. Remember, the room needs to be a place you look forward to being in, so design with that purpose in mind and you should end up with the bedroom of your dreams.

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