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Log Furniture Place Blog | Rustic Furniture Information & Tips

  • Built To Last a Lifetime

    There are plenty of things to love about genuine reclaimed barn wood, but the price is rarely one of them. The ease with which it transforms an everyday piece of furniture into a show stopping focal point is chief amongst the benefits and we have captured that essence, but without the heavy cost. 

    Before we start talking about the gorgeous Sawmill Barnwood Dining Table, let’s address the issue of non-authentic barn wood. We are completely transparent when we create designs inspired by reclaimed timber, telling you all about our faux patina and ageing techniques that masterfully mimic the real thing. We never try to pass off our replica timber as antique though. We can’t say the same for every furniture maker out there, but our actual reclaimed barn wood all has at least a century of domestic history and pride running through it and we select every piece to ensure strength, character and charm.

    Right now that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at our barn wood style dining table that on the face of it, is so simple in style. While we often love to come up with unusual, striking and bold designs, with this particular piece we were thinking about classic lines and a style that would let the timber itself do the talking. We wanted to retain the rustic vibe, which is why chunky proportions have been included but just look at the rough sawn finish that gives the feel of reclaimed wood! You’d never be able to guess that this is specially finished pine, would you? Nor will your guests!

    Though we adore using genuine barn wood, it limits the scope of customization significantly, just because we can’t always guarantee the sizes or amounts that we can source. With aged-effect pine, we can build a staggering number of options. This table alone allows for more than 30 incarnations, with eight standard sizes to choose from, four lacquers and that’s before we even mention bespoke possibilities.

    What we love most about this rustic dining table is the chunky base. The thick, strong legs and truss brace make for a design that not only looks classic, but will also stand the test of time and any stresses put upon it. Finished with a rustic top that begs to be eaten, studied and played on, we can picture this being the centerpiece in any cabin or lodge home, not to mention a contemporary space that needs some contrast. The top is finished to prevent staining, so all you have to worry about is finding the right comfortable rustic chairs to pair with it!

    Designed and built in the USA, this rustic barnwood table is the embodiment of domestic craftsmanship. It can weather any storm and keeps family at the center of everything and if that’s not American, we don’t know what is! Supplied with a limited lifetime warranty and delivered via free shipping, within the contiguous 48 states, we know that you’re going to love making memories around this fabulous piece of furniture. 

  • Contemporary Chic With a Rustic Twist

    There’s something about bookcases isn’t there? Keepers of precious items and escapes for our imaginations, they need to be protective and sturdy but those with added design prowess just finish a room like nothing else.

    When we designed our Cedar Lake Log Bookcase we had a specific notion in mind: to make a large piece of rustic storage furniture that both blended into the background and could hold its own in terms of gorgeous design. That’s not an easy balancing act to get right, but by dialing down the overarching rustic aesthetic and staying true to a more streamlined and simple style, we think we’ve mastered it. 

    We take aged northern white cedar logs, hand picked for their shape and character and we carefully peel them, all by hand. Machines might be great for some tasks, but when it comes to preserving the unique character of aged timber, they don’t have the precision or delicate touch needed. We entrust this to our team of artisans instead. By doing things a little slower and with more human processes, we can guarantee that every single log bookcase is totally unique, thanks to the natural age marks on every log.

    Standing at 72” tall and offered in a range of widths, this is no shrinking violet and it comes with five adjustable shelves as standard. We do this to give you the best chance of storing and displaying absolutely everything that you need to, regardless of how things change in your home. We also ask for your input, regarding the finish color that will work best in your home. 

    Don’t be swayed by our affinity for natural logs, though the northern white cedar is incredible as is! If you want something a little more rich than our clear lacquer, we also offer a warm honey or deep vintage whiskey. Both protect the timber and add a dimension of design flair that allows a new addition to blend seamlessly with everything you already own. 

    Perfect as a single installation or in multiples, the Cedar Lake bookcase is a perfect example of simple design being so strikingly beautiful. We love them so much that we like to use them as focal points rather than just storage, with a well placed lamp and some family pictures drawing the eye.

    So, what would make you decide to take the plunge and invest in the most sturdy and stunning bookcase for your home? A limited lifetime warranty? It’s yours! Free shipping? Of course, as long as you are in the contiguous 48 states. A bespoke build using your own dimensions? Why not! Just get in touch and we can start the ordering process for you.

    A rustic bookcase isn’t just for one season, it’s for life, so why not let us help you make the best choice? Our team is always here and ready to help with impartial advice and industry expertise that will help you become a member of the Log Furniture Place family.

  • Beauty Built In

    When you use the best materials and seek to amplify their organic beauty, instead of overshadowing, even the most perfunctory of furniture items can become a work of art.

    You know by now that we don’t like to brag without good reason, so today we are going to unabashedly congratulate ourselves for creating a rustic bookcase that stands out from the wall instead of simply melting into it. 

    Our Beaver Creek Franklin Style Rustic Bookcase is a testament to a few of our defining and driving principles. Firstly, we have sought to highlight the natural beauty of the aspen logs used throughout, because why wouldn’t we? We even give you the choice of light or dark logs and an opportunity to embrace the most characterful examples in our wood store. This allows you to enjoy the perfect level of rustic for your home. We also ask you whether you’d like your logs left natural, with just a protective clear lacquer or if added warmth would be the ultimate finishing touch. If it would be, our honey lacquer is the way to go and the hand-peeled logs will soak up the golden hue in an instant. 

    We want you to buy with confidence, which is why we always seek to offer you plenty of personalization opportunities, as well as adaptive furniture. What our competitors often fail to account for is evolving home needs and design, but we always take this into consideration. For example, in this particular design. All of the shelves are adjustable, because what you need to store today in your log bookcase might be very different in a year or so. We also give you a limited lifetime warranty, because if our furniture can’t stand the test of time and your changing needs, can we really call ourselves master craftspeople? We don’t think so.

    Naturally, you’ll trust our eye for great design, but every piece that we make is destined for a home, not a dusty showroom, so we WANT you to tell us how to make everything perfect for you. Here, we not only give you creative input in terms of the style and color of logs that we build with, we also ask you to choose your drawer front style. Are you going for all-out rustic? Then the half log finish is ideal. For a more contemporary and understated take on the aesthetic, select a flat front. 

    With logs, finish and drawer design all decided, it’s time to wrap things up, in a perfectly proportional bow. We offer a choice of three standard widths, but who has a ‘normal’ home? We are delighted to be able to offer custom builds, with your exact specifications, location and needs all accounted for. Think of this design — with its four shelves and single drawer — as the ideal jumping off point for something that caters to your every storage need. Or, if one of our regular sizes will work for you, simply click, buy and wait for your free delivery of the last rustic bookcase you’ll ever need!

  • A Chair Fit For a Captain of Industry

    You might think that the most important piece of furniture in your office is the desk and yes, it’s certainly the centerpiece. It’s where you sit to make all of your big decisions and progress your business ventures, but don’t forget that while you’re there, you need to be comfortable and supported. Really, we think the — formerly — humble desk chair might be the most important office investment you can make.

    Our Cedar Lake Comfort Log Office Chair is something else and is described by a verified buyer as:

    “Nice quality and perfect fit with our desk which was purchased early! Very comfortable and excellent finish.”

    Notice that the chair doesn’t just look good or felt ok, it is comfortable AND good looking. That’s a hard balance to get right, especially with rustic office chairs, that need to be sat in for long days. It’s all very well creating a rustic take on the classic office swivel chair but if your body tells you to get up and move about after a few minutes, what’s the point? All looks and no substance is not what we are about.

    We took our time with this design. We knew what we wanted to achieve and it took a few incarnations. Why lie? We are perfectionists and coming close wasn’t an option. That’s how we have ended up with a rustic office chair with a contoured seat, designed to hug your legs and back for maximum support. We wanted you to be able to enjoy the freedom of as much adjustment as possible too, which is why you can swivel, roll, tilt and even raise and lower, through the easy-to-operate pneumatics. Don’t go thinking that we forgot our roots though! We might have focused a lot of time and energy on getting the operation and comfort right, but wow. We REALLY went to town with the aesthetics.

    You see those cedar logs? Carefully selected and hand-peeled, to capture the perfect rustic essence that also increases the class of your office. So smooth to the touch, you’ll think they have been finished by machinery, but no, all by our talented craftspeople that respect the traditional ways of working. There’s just enough character in the logs to be interesting, but not overpowering, because if you want something outrageously rustic, you will enjoy our selection of rustic cedar and Aspen desks. Just be sure to check the ‘extra character’ box. You could choose an eye-catching finish though.

    We offer clear, honey or ‘vintage whiskey’ lacquers. Each protects your chair, but the two letter choices add some color as well.

    Shipped for free*, as soon as you click to buy, you don’t need to worry about anything else. And we really mean that, because your chair will arrive, not only packaged safely and for your convenience, but also with a limited lifetime warranty in place. That’s how sure we are that you’ll love this seat and have no problems with it whatsoever. It’s an American-made dream!

  • Make a Big Impression

    Certain things can define the perception of an executive before any words are exchanged. A snappy suit, a chic haircut and of course, an incredible desk. The control center for their entire empire, an executive desk needs to be powerful, memorable and as practical as possible as well, which is why we brought our Beaver Creek Aspen Executive Log Desk into being.

    No hiding the rustic charm

    The absolute first thing anybody will notice about this desk is how unapologetically rustic it is. Regardless of the material and finish choices you make (more on these in a moment!), the end result will be a stoic, sturdy and tactile rustic desk that means business. You’ll find knots, track marks from insects and even elk rub marks, but that all adds to the character. Perfection comes in many forms and if you want something genuinely plucked from the woodland, you’ve found it!

    Our wood is harvested from dead standing trees, because we know that sustainability is on the minds of many an executive now. From these heroic trunks, we gain stunning logs that are turned into strong frames and thick slab tops, by our team of master craftspeople. Though we give you plenty of input, in order to build you the most tailored rustic desk for your needs, certain features remain the same throughout, including:

    • Full extension drawer glides, rated up to 75lbs
    • Deep bottom drawers, designed to work with suspension file systems
    • A pull our keyboard tray, for a neater and more streamlined look

    Make some executive decisions

    So, you love the log desk. Of course you do, but you want to make it for with the rest of your rustic office and you’ve got particular tastes. We understand that and have built plenty of provisions into our design, to help you customize as much as you want to. Have your say on the following, safe in the knowledge that you’ll still be able to enjoy free shipping*:

    Your choice of Aspen – Did you know that Aspen comes in two very different but equally beautiful colors? The light logs have a pale and creamy look, while the dark take on a more dramatic vibe. Only you know which will be best for your office, so why would we give you just one choice? You can also opt for logs with extra character, which will be even more rustic and gnarled.

    Finish style – We think that the Aspen looks incredible with either a clear or honey-toned lacquer. The honey adds a warm feel, whereas the clear plays on the natural beauty of the logs.

    Desk top – Thick, solid and made from pure Aspen? Sounds good, right? What about adding a walnut inlay, for the ultimate finishing touch? It breaks up the large surface area and ads some luxurious contrast, but it’s by no means essential.

    We want to build you your ultimate work station, so if you have some other ideas or even want to discuss this exact desk, but in a custom size, we are ready to help.

  • The Student Becomes the Master

    We may have called this the Hidden Lake Log Student Desk, but it is anything but inexperienced, in terms of being a design-forward and beautiful addition to any home.

    Just a bit of word play there, because we know we have put our own stamp on a classic rustic student desk here, but don’t you think the real wood and solid logs add something really special to a recognizable piece of log furniture?

    Imagine you have a cabin. You’re taking the family away for a few days but one of the youngsters needs to do some studying. You want to encourage that, obviously, but you also want to make sure your rustic furniture is carefully selected. Here’s the answer! Our rustic desk has all the elements you need, with a smooth top, comfortable leg opening and three useful drawers, but it also happens to look like the perfect cabin addition.  We could see this in a lodge, chalet or even a rustic-inspired modern home too. Anywhere that amazing quality and timeless design would be appreciated, in fact.

    Built to your specifications

    Here’s where things get a little more exciting! We give you some options that help you make the log student desk your own:

    Finish – Made from white pine, your new desk can easily soak up a sumptuous stain, if you so wish. Of course, the light natural wood is stunning in its own right, so you’ll have to decide whether to choose a clear lacquer or something more exotic. We offer honey and vintage whiskey, but also, unfinished natural wood, just in case you have other plans.

    Layout – Hey left-handed customers, we see you. Not only that, we appreciate you and want to offer you a more bespoke service, which is why you can specify which side you’d rather have your drawers on, for no additional cost. A functional piece of furniture such as a real wood desk needs to actually work in a way that supports the user, not just look pretty, after all.

    When it comes to the drawers, we’ve included two standard and one deep, so you can have suspended files, if you so wish. The full extension glides give you quiet and quick opening and dovetail construction gives you plenty of strength. Peeled northern white cedar completes the look, in the form of those fabulous log handles.

    Deceptively understated, this is a functional piece of rustic home office furniture designed to be comfortable, reliable and above all else, a stylish addition to your home. We’ve also taken the time to design a host of complementary pieces, such as a desk chair and cabinets, if you are looking to makeover your whole space.

    The desk ships for free and we recommend treating yourself to a chair at the same time, to avoid small item shipping costs. If you’ve been thinking about the practicalities of a home office, there’s never been a better time to invest in a solid wood desk that will take you from home work to working for yourself.

  • Somewhere to Gather Your Thoughts

    Writing desks. There might be a temptation to believe that fancier is better, but in reality, the simpler more rustic touch can be more effective. Just take a look at our real hickory log writing desk option, if you don’t believe us!

    We will get to the design nuances shortly, but let’s focus on the refreshingly understated composition first. A smooth, level top sits above two useful drawers on this rustic desk and that’s it folks! But what else do you really need? The drawers have been designed to elegantly house stationery and the top offers the perfect surface for either hand-writing or placing a laptop and getting down to some keen penmanship.  Anything extra would have been unnecessary. We did, however, add in our unique flair with materials.

    The difference real hickory makes

    We know a lot of competitors get by very well with their veneer furniture pieces, but we have always been a solid wood furniture company. When it comes to making the ultimate writing desk for a rustic cabin, lodge or even a modern home though, we know how to go all-out.  Who wants a veneered piece made to look rustic anyway?

    Combining hickory wood and logs, we leave enough of the pieces unpeeled, to give you the authentic woodland look that you love, while also focusing on the smooth operation of the individual facets. The drawers, for example, all feature full extension glides, for seamless and silent use. To look at it, you’d be forgiven for assuming this desk is a heritage piece, with quirks of its own, but it works as a contemporary build should, without losing any genuine rustic charm. The balancing act was hard to get right nut we are the experts!

     Choose your style

    Let’s say that you love the look of this rustic writing desk, but there are just a couple of small changes you’d make, if you could. Who says you can’t? We’ve built in a couple of choices for you:

    Finish – Whether you love the natural hue of the hickory and simply want a clear lacquer or fancy something colored, such as our honey or vintage whiskey hues, we are happy to apply this for you, by hand, for the perfect finish. Protection can be beautiful too.

    Solid Wood Desk top – We can either finish your top in our standard gorgeous way or, we can liquid glass-finish. This gives you a deep shine that begs you to reach out and touch it.

    You can also choose to upgrade your drawers to dovetail construction and, if you’re feeling really fancy, you can add a matching rustic desk chair too. This is actually a cost-effective idea, as it will let you enjoy free shipping on the chair itself and you can choose from a wealth of beautiful upholstery fabrics.

    Built from solid hickory, using mortise and tenon construction, we know this log writing desk is made to last, which is why we give you a 20-year warranty, with our compliments and our full confidence.

    Who knows, in years to come, your grandkids might be writing their first novels on this very same rustic desk!

  • The Perfect Life/Work Balance

    Can a desk ever look pretty enough to be a focal point in your home? It can when you choose our Cedar Lake Cabin file desk!

    While we are exceptionally proud of the large eye-catching rustic executive desks that we have designed, amazing things can come in smaller packages too, as our compact but stunning log desk here proves. Equipped with everything you need, chock-full of customizable options and small enough to be utilized in a home office setting, we know you’re going to see the wealth of potential that this fabulous office furniture offers, so let’s find out more.

    We start with carefully selected northern white cedar logs, which we peel by hand and finish, ready for construction. This allows us to choose the most characterful timber and allows for the preservation of all the natural patination that has occurred through age. Machine-processing strips all of the rustic nature from timber and that’s not what you’re here for! We then use traditional construction methods, including tenon joints, to create solid structures that are unique, created with attention to detail and respect for the materials being used. The result is beautiful furniture that you have a personal connection to, especially when you can add your input and make some key decisions as to the final product.

    Your desk will be supplied with a sturdy top, complete with log edging, but there is plenty to get involved with. For example, do you want us to finish your new desk with a clear, honey or vintage whiskey lacquer? We can do any of these, depending on the wider design scheme in your home. We can also supply your desk with a standard finish to the top, or we can glass-polish, giving you a luxe shine. Choose which side you’d like your drawers and we will take all of the hard work out for you, for no extra cost and then let’s talk about the small but important details.

    As standard, your drawers will have half-log handles, but we can use real antler pulls, for the ultimate in rustic commitment. Also, the small drawer that you can see in the center? Choose whether you’d like to have that as a pull-out keyboard tray or pencil drawer. Whatever works best for you and will guarantee your productivity, we can do for you.

    A desk is more than just a fancy table, it’s a potential setting for the future of your career. It can be the spot where your children ace their revision and go on to achieve academic excellence. It’s a space where people convene when they need to focus, so what’s the harm in making it even more magnetic and appealing? Function and beauty can work together and this desk proves it!

    Shipped for free and supplied with a limited lifetime warranty, we know that you’ll enjoy many happy hours sat at this beautiful piece of real wood rustic office furniture, so don’t forget to check out our range of comfortable and ergonomic rustic desk chairs too!

  • One Desk to Rule Them All

    If you’ve been looking for a rustic executive desk that aptly manages to combine your seniority with your love of rustic design and traditional craftsmanship, look no further. We understand that it might have taken you some time to find it, but you’ll never want another desk, regardless of how long your career is, once you’ve sat behind our stunning Beaver Creek Aspen Rustic Executive masterpiece! Don’t believe us? Just come and see for yourself.

    The first thing you’ll notice here is the sheer size and stature of this gorgeous piece of executive furniture. Designed to offer you the maximum amount of usable work surface, the ‘L’ shape creates not only an incredible visual impact but is also eminently practical for garnering as much practicality from your office as possible. Housing two or more screens will be no trouble for this rustic office desk and never again will you have to bear the ignominy of a boring, uninspiring workspace.

    We know that a desk, even a modern rustic desk designed with inherent beauty in mind, is the hardest working piece of furniture you’ll ever buy. It supports your family, it fulfils your dreams and ambitions and now, it can be comfortable, beautiful and built to last. It can also be tailored to your exact specifications, when you join the Log Furniture Place family.

    Built from aspen, we give you so much creative freedom in terms of what you include or leave out, all in the name of creating the ultimate piece of office furniture that works exactly as you need it to, without compromise. Choose the following:

    Drawer faces – Do you prefer a flat front on for your drawers or are you looking to maximize the rustic design influences? Our half-log upgrade will give you an unapologetically organic look and feel.

    Desk top – Choose from either a solid aspen work surface, or add in a decorative walnut inlay for an extra special finish. Either way, you’ll get a smooth and sleek top that’s ready to work on.

    Timber style - Aspen comes in dark and light varieties, which is great for customizing. Choose your preferred look and then your ideal finish, with either a clear or warm honey lacquer. Both will protect your precious investment, so this is simply a personal aesthetic preference.

    Drawer layouts – Do you prefer standard drawers, file options or a mixture of both? You can pick and choose and decide where they will be placed in your ‘L’ shaped desk. Flexibility is important and only you know how much you need of each style, so why would we decide that for you with a standard design?

    Keyboard tray and pencil drawer – If you like your workspace sleek and tidy, we can add keyboard drawers and pencil trays for you, to keep everything out of sight but within easy reach.

    Shipped for free and supplied with an industry-leading lifetime warranty, we are as committed to your success as you are. Beautiful, functional and designed with your ambition in mind, we know that you’ll love this log executive desk and the difference it will make to your productivity.

  • Beauty in the Bathroom

    Not always a natural partnership – the bathroom and beautiful imagery, but after we’ve introduced you to our Rustic Aspen log vanity unit, we think you’ll see the potential for things to get a whole lot more stunning in your most private space!

    If there’s one thing that every bathroom can use it is more storage. Making the most of every nook and cranny in a bathroom is essential, especially in a family home, where everybody has multiple toiletries and personal effects that need to be contained, which is why we created our rustic Aspen vanity that can be tailored in multiple ways. Essentially, we give you an overarching design aesthetic to admire, then a myriad of ways in which to make it utterly perfect for your one-off home.

    First off, we take carefully selected Aspen logs and hand peel them, to reveal the glorious wood beneath. This introduces an instant injection of rustic character and charm to your bathroom storage, but don’t forget to have your input on the following:

    Size – We offer 9 standard sizes to choose from, ranging from 24 to 72” wide. That’s a lot of variation, in order to give you the best chance of a perfect fit.

    Top – Would you like to add a vanity top? We can do that for you. We seal your top with a clear or honey lacquer to protect the wood from water splashes.

    Sink position – Tell us where you are planning to put your sink and we will make the entire process simpler for you.

    Vanity location – This is an important question and one that so many competitors negate to ask! We want to know where your vanity will be placed. Will it be between walls, or freestanding? Perhaps it will sit up next to a closet on one side? This will affect overhangs and as you want a perfect fit, it cannot be ignored! To get things absolutely right, we ask for the measurement between two walls, if that is applicable.

    Log style and finish – Now for some fun! Would you rather have light or dark Aspen logs? With clear or honey lacquer? Now’s the time to tell us so we can build to your exact specifications and deliver to you, free of charge, in ready to use condition.

    Optional extras include a matching mirror and a sink and faucet package, but we only draw your attention to them in case we can make your entire design process simpler. They are not in any way mandatory! You can also get in touch with us to discuss more custom options, such as back and side splashes, accounting for vessel sinks and upgrading individual elements, such as drawer and door handles. None of these items will affect your limited lifetime warranty on your rustic vanity either.

    Designed and made from scratch, right here in the USA, we never ship-in inferior quality rustic furniture. When you order a new rustic or log bathroom vanity from Log Furniture Place, you can rest assured that it has been made in an American workshop, by talented artisans and for your specific requirements.

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