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Log Furniture Place Blog | Rustic Furniture Information & Tips

  • Timeless Accents That Make Solid Wood Pop

    Solid wood rustic furniture has a charm and grace all of its own, making it work well in any style of home or property, but there are a few additions that can make it shine even more. We’re not talking about colored stains, but rather artisan touches and accompanying accessories that bring out the best in real wood. Here are a few of our favorites:

    Stripped bark

    A tried and tested way to let the inner beauty of various wood varieties shine, bark stripping never fails to raise a smile. From the heavy-hitting aromatic red cedar to the creamy northern white cedar and even herbal-smelling aspen, stripped spindled logs are a stunning addition to any piece of solid wood furniture. We particularly love them as part of a log bed design.

    Forged metal handles

    Imagine going to the trouble of sourcing a fabulous piece of rustic furniture and then finishing it with cheap or mismatched handles. What a travesty! We have a serious affinity for forged metal strap handles and have used them in a number of our designs. They keep the artistry flowing through every facet of our designs but they also have unbeatable longevity and won’t ever date a piece. Timeless and made by talented people, what a combination. 

    Artistic carving

    We are absolutely biased here, because we happen to have some of the best wood carvers in the business as part of our trusted team, but you can’t deny that a stylish and well-conceived design adds a whole new level of ‘wow factor’ to any finished item. Add in some metal inlay, glass or stain and you can take things up another notch too, because there’s no limit to a true artist’s imagination and skill.

    Complementary textiles

    A stunning wooden bed with some gorgeous handcrafted quilts, or a coffee table with a stylish runner. How about a rustic dining table with an antique tablecloth for special occasions? The right textiles really add something different to any piece of solid wood furniture, especially if they are homemade. A few crocheted placemats would look wonderful in a rustic kitchen/diner or how about some grandma-made comforters on the kids’ bunk beds? Beautiful!

    Live edges

    Leaving some live edges not only adds an element of interest and uniqueness to your furniture, it also makes for a very fashionable statement. Choosing to let the flow and shape of the solid wood dictate your finished piece shows a respect for the materials being used and also lets the wood speak for itself. It also lets people know that you didn’t buy something mass produced and a little bragging rights never hurt anybody.

    Mirror polishing

    Finally, a traditional mirror polished finish is a wonderful way to give your solid wood furniture extra oomph. In a world where shabby chic styling has gone crazy and colored stains are on trend, taking things back to a more understated finish is unusual, but beautiful. Any of you out there with walnut pieces will know that a mirror polish makes them look utterly incredible and without any fancy tricks or accessories.

    Solid wood doesn’t need much to look incredible, but when you want it to be the unadulterated star of the show, try using a few of these tips and tricks for added impact.

  • A New Bed to Dream About

    Does your current bed creak when you move about in your sleep? Maybe it is a bit outdated, or simply not comfortable anymore? Or maybe you have an undeniable hankering to finally treat yourself to the solid wood log bed that you’ve always yearned for? Whatever your motivation for bed shopping, the search can stop because our Rustic Aspen Spindled Log Bed is the rustic bedroom furniture centerpiece of your dreams!

    If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, what better way to show that than by initiating a truly rustic theme in your home? Better still, why not treat yourself to a cabin or lodge that has been decked out with some of the finest rustic furniture pieces available? If we’ve got your attention and started your design brain whirring, look no further for your bedroom than this beautiful log bed. 

    Created from stunning and aromatic aspen logs, the head and footboard ooze laid back yet sophisticated charm and woodsy flair. We don’t think any other bed style manages to look as elegant, stylish and yet organic as our hand peeled log options, with subtle features, hidden metal side rails and support slats. What we particularly love about this design is how unfussy it is and how each incarnation is just a little different from the last. That’s the joy of using real wood.

    If you like the idea of furnishing each bedroom with the same rustic bed, we know you’ll love how individual a cluster of these spindled log varieties will look. Thanks to differing bends, tones and a few options that we give you, every bed will look totally unique, yet also connected, leaving you to enjoy playing with different bed linens and wider bedroom accessories for a themed but not matchy-matchy vibe throughout your property.

    In order to cater to as many needs as possible, we offer this rustic bed in four sizes, covering the full range from twin to king and you can make a choice about your footboard too. For taller sleepers, a low profile option offers maximum comfort, though you may simply like the aesthetic of a shorter base and that’s just fine by us. Make your selection and we will do the rest, delivering for free, on a day agreed with you in advance. Leave all the logistics to us and simply look forward to delivery day.

    We have designed our spindled log beds to be a real showpiece and the crowning glory of your bedroom decor. Rustic and naturally beautiful, it can be as subtle and in-keeping with a wider furniture theme as you want, or you can dress it in eye-catching bed linens and ensure all eyes go straight to it. The main thing, however, is that we know you’ll enjoy many happy and comfortable years sleeping on it, reading the Sunday papers under the duvet before springing out, well rested, to tackle the day ahead. If that’s not the ultimate dream, we don’t know what is.

  • Hunker Down in the Highlands Collection

    Not all rustic furniture is created equal and few pieces prove the point as eloquently as our Aspen Highlands Towering Log Bed. Looking as though it has been made with rudimentary tools, deep in the forest, it benefits from genuine charm and character, while also being sturdy enough to offer many years of comfortable sleep. But don't just take our word for it; come and take a closer look for yourself.

    The first things you’ll no doubt notice here are the generously proportioned foot and headboards on the aspen log bed. Designed to stand taller than is usual, they create a snuggly and safe feel that unconsciously feels as though you’re back in your childhood crib. There may not be bars on the sides to keep you in, but the stripped logs at the top and bottom offer organic visual delight and something of an undeniably stoic vibe too. That’s why we think this bed would be just as well placed in a cabin as a cottage, lodge or even a modern home. Plus, no two will ever be identical.

    We can talk all day long about the benefits of solid wood rustic furniture but chief amongst them has to be the natural variation. Yes, a design can be replicated, but no two logs are ever the same or will reveal the same markings once stripped. This guarantees you a unique item, but with one consistent feature; the fabulous aroma of aspen wood. Fresh, a little herbal but not overpowering, the scent of your aspen bed will add to the rustic flavor of your home no end, while also helping to relax and aid you into a blissful night’s sleep. It’s the ultimate aromatherapy furniture!

    Because of the natural beauty of aspen wood, we keep the finish simple and clear. It’s there to protect, not alter your finished rustic bed, so that the eye-catching nature of the logs can be the only thing capturing your attention. You won’t even be distracted by the strong metal side rails, as we’ve tucked them away discreetly, giving strength where you need it without disrupting the gorgeous natural aesthetic. 

    As ever, we wanted to offer you the chance to customize your log bed specifically for your home, which is why there are four sizes, ranging from twin through to king, to select from, as well as two footboard options. If you love the towering headboard but would prefer something low profile by your feet, that’s no problem. We can replace your matching footboard with something shorter and less impactful, but still super stylish and purpose-built.

    With all your choices made, we will ship your head and footboards, side rails and support slats for free, within the contiguous 48 states, leaving you with a little extra spending money to treat yourself to some fresh bed linens. You’re going to enjoy this rustic aspen bed for a lot of years, so it only makes sense to invest in some quality bedding too and if you’re keen to maximize the rustic feel, we heartily recommend something in a plaid pattern! 

  • Adding Flair To Your Yard in 5 Easy Steps

    If you love a rustic aesthetic and your home is a fitting tribute to the style, make sure that you’re not overlooking the potential of your yard to follow suit with outdoor log furniture.

    Rustic homes are always gorgeous and have such a cozy and welcoming vibe but what about the yards that surround them? With just a few simple additions, that timeless and inviting aesthetic can be extended out into open air spaces as well, but which are worth the investment? Read on to find out!

    The ultimate porch swing

    Is your home even rustic if you don’t have a sturdy porch swing in place? You need somewhere to sit and look out over your estate, cocktail in hand, or maybe just a coffee if it’s the morning. Bringing all the southern charm that a rustic home needs, we love porch swings for the dose of nostalgia they bring to literally any home. 

    Swingsets for the kids

    It’s one thing to have a design style for your home, but if it’s a family house, you have to think about what the younger members need too. Luckily, you can pick up a range of beautiful garden play sets, with swings, slides and lookouts built-in, while staying true to a more organic and rustic aesthetic. And an added bonus, the more a playset is used, the more it will weather, patina and blend into the wider rustic feel too. 

    Picnic tables for family fun

    There’s a lot of talk about creating outdoor seating and eating spaces that feel like a living room, but for us? Nothing beats a rustic picnic table with bench. That’s real family eating and communing, not to mention that during an unforgettable cookout, everyone loves hitting the picnic benches for salads, rolls and all the good stuff that doesn’t come off the grill. 

    You can have some fun with your benches too, by staining them a fun color and adding a little modern rustic chic into the mix. We’ve been really enjoying the trend for pastel outdoor benches that has sprung up in recent years.

    Loungers with character

    Catch those rays but in a rustic way, with wooden loungers that are designed to feel as good as they look. Adirondack chair styles maximize your back support and viewing pleasure and they certainly look better than cheap plastic versions, or worse yet, tacky deck chairs! Always try to display your loungers in pairs, as they look more chic and deliberate that way, not to mention being more sociable.

    Small decorative touches

    Finally, don’t forget all those charming little trinkets and additions that you can find in thrift shops, at antique fairs or in our shop! Things like forged metal weather vanes, house signs, hanging basket brackets, garden sculptures and of course, gorgeous mailboxes. It’s those small touches that will bring an entire theme together. We’ve always been partial to the odd cart wheel as well, but that might be our love of reclaimed barns manifesting in home decor accessories.

    Don’t simply close your door and forget about your yard. When it comes to inclusive and well-conceived design, it pays to draw your interior inspiration out into your external space too and with rustic homes, it couldn’t be easier. That’s the joy of solid wood and it’s timeless appeal!

  • Dreaming of Luxury Log Bunk Beds? Look No Further

    If you’ve never thought of log bunk beds as being particularly upmarket sleeping solutions before, you’re about to change your mind. Very quickly too.

    We understand that rustic bunk beds have hardly been the last word in chic bedroom furniture choices in recent years. In fact, they have always been more of a perfunctory choice, giving you maximum accommodation for minimal space sacrifice, but there is a way to bring looks and functionality together into one gorgeous and long-lasting package. Let us tell you how.

    Style and solid construction

    We prioritize the look and build quality of our log bunk beds equally. After all, what’s the point in having a stunning bed if it falls apart at the first mattress flop, or a solid unit that looks awful? Our Backwoods Deluxe Log bunk bed takes our regular aesthetic and adds a little something extra with more intricate side rails, turned log detailing and a more stoic rustic finish. 

    Still built from pine, you get all the benefits of a timber that doesn’t shrink, creates a solid build and yet allows itself to age and patina gracefully. Us? We like pine because although it’s referred to as a soft wood, it has strength where you need it and the ability to accept a few marks, dents and scratches from cherished use. We think this is just character and when you own a piece of furniture for years, you want to see little reminders of the good times, right?

    We’ve kept the options the same as our non-deluxe version, with twin-over-twin or twin-over-full size options. The benefits of a full-size bottom bunk are numerous and mean that in a kids room, the bed can grow as your youngsters do too, because no teen wants a twin bed, do they? But in a small guest space or a young child’s room, the smaller version will be handy and unobtrusive.

    We finish your rustic bunk bed with a simple clear coat, because the pine is gorgeous enough as it is, but if you want to discuss something different or a specific color finish, you are most welcome to get in touch with us to talk about it. We are always happy to advise and accommodate custom requests, where we can.

    The pride of the USA

    We know that there are other bunk bed options out there, but most will be flat-pack styles that can’t endure heavy use. There’s also an added benefit to buying from us and that’s the fact that you’ll be getting a real piece of American pride. Designed and built entirely in our home-grown workshop, you’ll be supporting a fully domestic product and company when you buy a Backwoods Log bunk bed from Log Furniture Place and that’s why we offer free shipping within the contiguous 48 states, to say a big thank you to our fellow patriots. All you need to do is choose your size and side rail styles, then wait for us to deliver, not only your new bunk bed, but also on our promise to supply the best quality solid wood bedroom furniture.

  • Two's Company for a Rustic Bunk Bed Sleepover

    You can’t ever have too much guest accommodation but when space is tight or closeness is key, there’s just one option: stylish rustic bunk beds, built to last.

    Bunk beds have gotten a bit of a bad reputation over the last few years but we need to think about why. Their usefulness and adaptability isn’t in question, so it must be a quality concern and where does the blame lie for that? With cheap flat-pack furniture manufacturers who prize aesthetics over function. There’s an easy way to overcome the issue of worrying about a bed being built solidly enough and that’s to come directly to a quality workshop, manned by the best craftspeople in the business. Of course, we are talking about ourselves!

    We know there’s a time and a place for a flat-pack, but children’s bedrooms, guest suites or holiday homes are not the right destinations. Here, you need to know that you’ve invested in furniture that’s up to the task, while looking beautiful and encouraging people to stay a little longer. And that is where our stunning ‘Backwoods Rustic Pine’ log bunk bed comes into its own.

    To look at, the bunk bed is timeless rustic chic itself. So understated yet striking and unapologetically organic, real and tactile. The wood just screams out to be stroked and with some pretty bed linens, the whole thing comes together like a dream. But it’s the construction that really matters, right? Well you won’t be disappointed!

    Made from steadfast pine, selected for the most attractive lengths, the craftsmanship here is second to none, with strong joints, unfussy decorative touches that double as safety features (those handy side rails) and some options to choose from. Prefer your pine natural? We can build your log bunk beds with no rustic touches added, or we can add some character to the wood for you. We can also build you a standard twin-over-twin or a twin-over-full arrangement. The choice is yours and the perks are the same: a full year’s warranty and free shipping within the contiguous 48 states. In a guest room, a twin-over-full design would give you maximum adaptability, with small families being able to stay in one room together, so we highly recommend considering the small surcharge for a larger bottom bunk.

    If you think your kids will tell you they’re too old for a rustic bunk bed, show them this design and see what they say. We are willing to bet that they didn’t know they could be so cool and rugged. We’d be tempted to finish the look with matching plaid bedding top and bottom too, plus some coordinating curtains, for a real country lodge look. 

    Simple, timeless and made to last. Our log bunk beds are the standard by which all should be judged, so before you dismiss the idea of traditionally flimsy or uninspiring stacked bed designs, come and see what we can do for you, your family and your guest room. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  • 7 Design Details That Wood Artisans Look For

    What makes a nice piece of solid wood rustic furniture a truly inspired item? It’s the little finishing touches and small details that, to an untrained eye, could be easily overlooked. 

    We never forget about the special touches that guarantee our customers the very best and here are just a few that we showcase. 

    The right handles

    We know that handles might seem insignificant to some, but we think they can make or break a perfectly beautiful rustic design. That’s why we usually seek to offer a choice of log or forged metal strap handles, to maintain a truly rustic and appropriate aesthetic, while also keeping quality craftsmanship as our top priority. No cheap finishing touches here, thank you very much!

    Ornate carvings

    Wood carving is an art and few people are able to master it to such a degree that they can be trusted to adorn a finished piece of rustic furniture. It takes precision, patience and a keen eye for material inconsistencies, which is why you have to work with only the best artists. A bad carving will instantly ruin an otherwise gorgeous item but beautifully executed carvings? Well they will just take things to a whole extra level.

    Seamless joints

    Solid wood rustic and log furniture appeals because it is timeless, has natural heritage and assumed longevity. That’s why choosing and executing the perfect joints is crucial. Lazy joinery relies on glue and fixings but real craftsmanship can be seen in the expertly cut dovetails and tenons that offer the perfect amount of strength and beauty combined. 

    Liquid glass finishes

    Not every rustic furniture piece works with a liquid glass finish but for those few, such as stunning Black walnut tables, the perfectly smooth and glossy end finish is an immaculate way to present something extra special. It takes more time and requires a practiced hand, but you deserve nothing less for your home. 

    Perfectly bookmatched pieces

    Bookmatching slabs of wood for larger items, such as striking dining tables, might sound simple on the face of it but getting it right is a lot more difficult in practice. There needs to be an appreciation of the grain and flow of the wood and pieces need to be properly prepared and brought together, to form one stunning slice of timber. Just one imperfection and the whole top could be ruined.

    Respect for the materials

    You can’t work with wood every day and not respect the material itself. We certainly do and are thankful for everything it gives us, including a creative outlet, a way to contribute to our local economy and a meaningful living. With that in mind, we relish the opportunity to demonstrate this with some understated and more raw designs. Using organic roots, we let the beauty of the material that we depend on shine through and take center stage. No gimmicks, no fancy finishes, just mother nature and her finest work.

    Complimentary additions

    Finally, if other materials are to be used, they need to work well with natural wood, without overshadowing it. Forged metal, finished in neutral black is a great option, as is copper with a little patina. Anything that is too at odds with the wood itself will simply cheapen the overall aesthetic and disrupt the furniture. 

    These are just a few features that wood aficionados will look for when inspecting potential furniture purchases. Why not try keeping your eyes peeled for some of them in the future too?

  • A Linen Closet But Also So Much More

    When is a rustic linen closet not just a linen closet? When it is so beautiful that it dictates the entire bathroom design scheme, while being made from the most stunning and aromatic wood around. Sound like a dream or maybe a fantasy? Come with us as we show you how we brought it to life!

    Do you know how we know that we are different from most other solid rustic wood furniture makers? Because what most would find boring or uninspiring, we take pride in making exceptional. Take functional storage items as a key example. Are linen closets traditionally the most enthralling pieces of furniture in the world? No, of course not. But should they be given the luxury treatment and designed with timeless style, easy functionality and envy-inducing aesthetics in mind? We believe they should, which is why our Rustic Red Cedar Log Linen Closet is anything but an afterthought. 

    Why rustic red cedar? Well, just look at it! Exuding a warm and decadent ambience, it’s impossible to not admire what an impact it would have in a bathroom of any size. Add in the natural perfume that it emits and you will be left in no doubt as to why this is the king of woods for rustic bathroom furniture

    We know that not all bathrooms are generous in stature and that’s why we give you plenty of sizes to choose from, while always maintaining the slim yet tall appeal of the overall design. We think it adds a little gravitas to a typically under utilized room. We ask you to choose the height, width and depth of your closet, along with your hinge orientation. From there we ask if you’d prefer mini log handles or metal ones and finally, if you need extra shelves inside. Don’t forget that this log linen closet needs to work for you, so don’t be shy about adding more organization potential. With your preferences in place, we then finish your handmade rustic linen closet with a protective clear coat and ship to you, totally free of charge. But that’s not all, because we have one last surprise.

    Is it industry standard to supply a gratis lifetime warranty on solid wood bathroom furniture? No. Are we doing it anyway? ABSOLUTELY. We know that not everybody will feel immediately confident investing in a piece of exquisite craftsmanship for the wettest space in the home, but we know that our design and construction is the best there is, which is why we have no qualms offering a lifetime warranty with our red cedar linen closet. Interior design trends may come and go but your linens can always be housed in your favorite purchase. American-made and built on a legacy of real wood furniture expertise, this is one item you’ll never have to buy again, but if you need extra reassurance, simply get in touch. We’d love to tell you more about this fabulous item and the pieces that coordinate with it.

  • All That's Missing are the Stars

    Few things beat sleeping in the great outdoors, but we think we might have created one of them. The only thing you’ll miss is the stars, but we know it’s a sacrifice you’ll be willing to make on this aspen log bed.

    When we first started thinking about creating a four-poster bed with a definitively rustic edge, we knew that the end result would be special but even we couldn’t have predicted the glorious vision that is our Aspen Highlands Log Poster Bed. Why? Because combining natural wood in its purest form with romantic ideals isn’t a science. 

    One thing we knew for certain was that aspen logs were the way to go. Strong, sturdy and blessed with an aroma that fills any room with an organic perfume that brings to mind fond memories of camping and living outdoors, there was no other choice. Plus, aspen logs are some of the most naturally beautiful, being as rustic as they are eye-catching and impressive. Every mark, every bend and every nuance simply adds to the overall charm and layers yet more genuine rustic aesthetic into the otherwise stunningly simple design of your log bed.

    Could we have been more over the top? Of course, but for this particular four-poster rustic bed we wanted to let the wood do all the talking. That's why we have used as much as possible, with a log-filled head and footboards. But just look at the four main posts! Chunky, rigid and reaching for the ceiling, they look as though they have been plucked from the earth that morning, just for you to sleep in amongst them. It’s like being cradled by the forest itself, as you drift off.

    We’ve kept the options for the log beds simple here. Choose from a twin, full, queen or king size log bed frame, safe in the knowledge that your purchase includes not only the head  and footboards, but also all your side rails and support slats, not to mention shipping as well! We finish the frame with a protective clear coat and pack for transport with as much care as we would a treasured family heirloom, and with a full year’s warranty in place, you needn’t worry about our craftsmanship. 

    We know that you’ll be passing this rustic bed down to other generations of your family, with the aspen logs getting better with every year that passes. What looks extraordinary when you first place it in your bedroom will quickly become the star item in your home and as it ages and ‘beds in’ it will simply belong. We know that this depends on us giving you the best artisan construction possible and there, we have no concerns. Designed, made and shipped from within our USA workshop, every one of our four-poster beds is guaranteed to delight visually and help you get a great night’s sleep, even if it’s not under the stars.

  • 5 Key Tips to Care for Solid Wood Furniture

    With the right care and attention, solid wood rustic furniture will last a lifetime and beyond. The question is, what do you need to do on a daily basis to ensure this impressive lifespan?

    It’s tough, durable and ageless but solid wood furniture, stoic as it is, needs a little love and care, just like the rest of us. Use the following five tips to make sure your timber investments are looked after.

    1. Deal with spills immediately

    Let’s say you’ve invested in a beautiful live edge coffee table. You don’t want to be dealing with water marks the day after you’ve set it in place, so let’s start with a quick note about prevention always being better than cure. Coasters are solid wood furniture’s friends. Best friends in fact! Always use them and try to avoid spills where possible.

    If the worst happens and you do get a spill, speed is the key. Soak up the bulk of a spill with paper towels, before moving to a soft but damp cloth and finally, buffing dry with a totally dry and buttery soft piece of fabric. You can see why we said prevention is better now, can’t you? 

    2. Be careful with hot items

    If you place a hot vessel on top of a piece of solid wood furniture you run the risk of either a stain or a scorch mark. Both can be incredibly tough to remove, but a fine gauge wire wool can help or if that sounds a little too scary, start with trying to disguise the mark with a color-matched wood crayon. 

    We recommend using cork placemats when you know that a hot item needs to be placed on solid wood, as these are soft on the underside and will block direct heat transfer.

    3. Dust as regularly as you can

    The more love you give wood furniture the better it looks, so try to at least commit to a weekly dusting of all your items. Even the things you normally forget, like a master bed! Always use a soft polishing cloth to avoid leaving scratches and use a polish that you like the finish and smell of. Silicone-free versions seem to react less with existing wax finishes, so are proving popular, though beeswax versions have always produced beautiful results. 

    4. Consider placement from the start

    Being a natural material, wood is prone to temperature change effects, either swelling or contracting throughout the year. You can try to counter this as much as possible by thinking about where you are going to position pieces. Avoid direct sunlight where possible, as well as heat sources such as wood burners and when it comes to bathrooms, make sure that your furniture has been designed and made with humid conditions in mind. Not all vanity units and linen closets are!

    5. Treat any damage

    Accidents happen but negligence is inexcusable! If you notice a bad scratch, a chip or a gouge in any of your pieces, treat the damage as soon as you can. Appropriate fillers and liquid polishes are great for this, but if in doubt, get back in touch with your manufacturer. If they have a good customer service ethos, they should be only too happy to give you some advice.

    A little care for a lifetime of functional beauty. That sounds like a fair exchange to us and hopefully you feel the same!

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