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Log Furniture Place Blog | Rustic Furniture Information & Tips

  • 5 Solid Wood Storage Solutions You Never Knew You Needed

    We’ve never met anyone that could say they have enough storage in their home. It’s just a fact that regardless of how well you plan your home or how much storage capacity you build in, you always end up needing a little more. It’s because as a species, we are natural hoarders, so instead of replacing items in our home, we simply add to them, thus creating the need for more storage. What a vicious cycle!

    There is hope however, as there are some fabulously clever solid wood rustic storage items that not only give you the extra organization you desperately need, but also double up as other useful installations as well. Let’s take a look at five of our favorites!

    1.  Blanket boxes

    Ah. the humble rustic blanket box. A perfect addition at the end of every bed that can store fresh linens and keep dresser drawers free for more important things. But don’t assume that’s all they can be used for. If linens aren’t your problem, a log blanket box could still be a viable solution. For example, if you are struggling for shoe storage, a blanket box could hold the overspill of your collection, while also providing you a handy seat for putting your shoes on. Let’s also not forget that they don’t have to be placed in a bedroom. A shoe box in a hallway could help keep your entrance clear and tidy.

    2. Covert coffee tables

    A stylish rustic coffee table is a must for any sociable home, but even more so when you can choose a design that has hidden drawers. While the surface is always useful for placing cups, magazines and other personal belongings, drawers let you hide them away, keeping everything clean and uncluttered. This can also be a great way to ensure that remote controls don’t suddenly disappear.

    3. Storage beds

    A great looking rustic bed is a pleasure but one that also has hidden storage? Even better! We’re not talking about standard divans here, though they can be charming, but REALLY hidden storage. Yes, beds with lift-up mattress platforms that reveal a wealth of amazing space just ready to house cumbersome blankets, bedding and anything else you can think of. To the casual observer, your bed will look like a standard design, but you’ll know the secret to your minimalist and super tidy room!

    4. Organizational ottomans

    If you’ve never thought that an ottoman would be the perfect finishing touch to your living room, start considering it now. They double up as extra seating, can easily cope with plenty of belongings inside them and can even become a favorite rustic pet bed as well. There’s nothing they can’t be useful for! Just don’t forget to check them during family games of hide and seek.

    5. Proper entertainment systems

    Don’t get caught up thinking that rustic entertainment centers are just bulky shelving units for your television, as when they are designed and built properly, they are considered solutions to bulky collections of games consoles, blu-ray players and screens, with extra cabinets and drawers as well. You’d never lose and controllers or remotes and tripping over cables is a thing of the past when they are all routed down the back of a clever unit. Maybe it’s time to replace that small table with something more fit for purpose!

    Solid wood storage looks great, works as you’d expect and has the ultimate benefit of a long lifespan. When built using proper craftsmanship there’s no concerns about anything breaking or looking dated, so step away from the flatpack and come over to the real wood side!

  • 2nd Amendment Accessories

    We all know that with proper handling and storage, guns are perfectly safe, but nobody ever said that you had to forgo interior design prowess to lock your barrels away! Or if they did, we clearly didn’t get the memo, because our Aspen Highlands Rustic Log Gun Cabinet looks great and offers you exceptional peace of mind too.

    You think of your gun collection and we know you’d probably love to be able to have it out on display, on an open wall rack, but with kids, pets and all manner of other risks to be considered these days, a lockable cabinet really is the only way to go. We know this can be disappointing, which is why we designed a stylish option that allows you to see your beauties, all lined up, while also keeping them safely locked away.

    When we designed our rustic gun cabinet, we knew we wanted to use Aspen, because of the fantastic aroma it emits. We just know that in a games room or man cave, it will fire up the senses ahead of a day’s shooting. It also allows this cabinet to be placed in any style of home, thanks to the lovely contrast of creamy inner timber and rugged bark. It also looks great next to the crystal-clear glass in the door panel. After all, what’s the point in curating yourself an impressive arsenal if you can’t at least display it? 

    Inside the log gun cabinet itself, you’ll find storage for six of your favorite specimens. Butt grooves have been carved into the floor, for extra stability and slotted racking in the middle offers support for your barrels. Wondering where to put your ammunition, license paperwork and other small bits and pieces? We’ve included a smooth-gliding drawer at the bottom, for your convenience. The cabinet itself locks and if you’re concerned about the drawer being easily opened, just speak to us about lock options for that too. We’re never too busy for a semi-custom project that will get you the absolutely perfect piece of wood furniture for your home.

    We give your new gun cabinet a clear finish, as that’s all Aspen ever really needs, and we ship for free, complete with a one-year warranty. It’s our way of giving you reassurance that you’ve invested in a quality piece of furniture that will bring you joy for years to come and it’s also a way of saying thank you for supporting domestic craftsmanship. 

    When you buy from us, you are supporting not only US-designed but also US-made furniture. We are a family business that has gone from strength to strength thanks to our customers and their continued belief in our skills and vision and for that, we thank you all.

  • Space for the Whole Family

    The dream of having a big family rustic dining table, where everybody gathers to break bread and share time is fantastic, but in reality, seating often falls a little flat. Whether that’s because chairs are an afterthought or nobody remembered how many people would be coming over at Christmas, it’s an element that appears to be hard to get right. Until now! Our Aspen Highlands Rustic Double Stump Footrest Dining Bench is the answer to every dining room woe. Don’t believe us? Let’s talk a little more about it and find out why we can claim that!

    First of all, it looks incredible. Regardless of the style of your home, this rustic log bench will fit right in and make a statement. A fabulous organic contrast to contemporary surroundings or a complementary rustic piece within a cabin-style property, it’s hard to ignore the stoic good looks of Aspen wood. With two stumps acting as the bench legs, you can be guaranteed a level seat and don’t you just love the way they make the bench look as if it has grown out of the ground? A clear finish is all this piece needs, as Aspen is so aesthetically pleasing, why would you want to cover up any of the grain?

    Now, to the size. Here’s where this bench really steps up and caters to everyone’s needs. You think we don’t make a version of this that will fit in your home? Maybe you need something supersized instead? Well, we offer this bench in six standard sizes. Yes, SIX. And that’s just what we consider to be regular options. If you need something entirely bespoke, that’s no problem. In fact, it’s a challenge that we always relish. You’ll get the exact same aesthetic that you’ve fallen in love with, complete with footrest detailing, just within dimensions that are perfect for your property.

    About that footrest. Isn’t it a great idea? We don’t think enough log dining benches have them, but once you experience the benefit, you’ll never want to go back. Great for taking some pressure off your sit bones during a long meal, the footrest also helps smaller diners sit comfortably. And it’s not simply stuck on and forgotten about either. Securely mounted to your bench, you can trust the strength thanks to the full year’s warranty that comes with this piece, as standard.

    The thing we can’t supply is the food and all the good times you’re sure to have around your dining table. But we think you’ve probably got that covered, right?

  • Finishing Touches that Guarantee an Unforgettable Lodge

    It’s those little clever touches that make all the difference in interior design and take a space from nice to incredible and Pinterest worthy! When it comes to rustic lodges, there’s a fine line to tread. Go too far and you’ll create something that feels like a gimmicky Airbnb designed to lure naive out-of-towners, but fail to add enough subtle design features and your lodge will fall a bit flat.

    We’ve come up with our list of 10 must-have lodge inclusions for the ultimate rustic vibe, so let’s get to it!

    1. Log bunk beds for the kids

    They’re fun, built to last and look the part, not to mention the fact that you can get more people into one room than normal! Log bunk beds are the perfect way to maximize your lodge’s accommodation potential while not straying from the wider aesthetic mandate. 

    2. Locally made rugs

    Few things look or feel as good underfoot as a handmade rug and selecting one from a local maker means you can support a domestic US cottage industry, while also ensuring the imagery and patterns are authentic. Perfection!

    3. Brushed cotton bedding

    The feeling of brushed cotton rustic bedding is hard to beat, especially when the temperature drops. Choose a plaid for the ultimate in rustic pattern commitment and maybe accessorize further with some similar scatter cushions. 

    4. A family dining table

    The bigger the table, the more love you can fit around it and you don’t need to worry about it being perfect either. The odd scratch or nick makes for character and let’s be honest; you’d rather everyone was fighting over your yams than worrying about spills, right?

    5. Mood lighting

    Good lighting is essential for any beautiful home, but when it comes to an unforgettable lodge, you need to be tapping into the romantic and cozy vibe. Side lamps are absolutely the best way to achieve this, with copper bases for radiated warm hues and hide shades for extra rustic flair

    6. A little whimsy

    Lodges are magical places. Santa lives in one and everyone hopes to holiday in them, which is why they can easily house some funny little touches. Cute little critter taxidermy mounts make charming displays and put the fun back into your holiday home.

    7. An all-wood bathroom

    They still scare some folks, but wood and bathrooms really can work harmoniously, especially if you use red cedar! Antibacterial, gorgeous smelling and perfectly suitable for wet bathrooms, red cedar cabinets, armoires and linen closets really help you to commit to the woodland lodge vibe.

    8. Plenty of throw blankets

    If you think you have enough throw blankets scattered around, add a couple more and you are probably just about there. Anywhere you can sit, you want a blanket to cozy up and we don't think you can ever go wrong with classic wool or organic cotton.

    9. A log fire

    Whether it’s real or electric, a log fire is the ultimate selling point for any lodge. Is it even a lodge without one? The perfect focal point for a living room, we highly recommend a striking hearth and mantel, to make the most of it.

    10. Somewhere cozy for the pets

    Finally, don’t forget about your furry friends! They need somewhere to hunker down too and a rogue plastic bed just won’t do. Invest in a rustic wooden pet bed with a sumptuous pillow, so they know that they are right at home as well. 

    Follow these tips to create the perfect lodge for you and your family and let us know if you come up with any extra must-have additions!

  • The First Step to a More Stylish Office

    OK, so office furniture isn’t traditionally very exciting, attractive or anything to get too hyped up about, but why not? Because it’s functional? So are dining tables and master beds, but we make them unforgettable! That’s why we decided to turn our hand to your work station, with a gorgeous rustic filing cabinet.

    Our Aspen Highlands Rustic Log 2 Drawer File Cabinet blends traditional rustic aesthetics seamlessly with contemporary functionality, thanks to smooth gliding inners, deep drawers and log finishes that you’ll barely be able to take your eyes off. You might even WANT to do some work!

    The perfect diminutive addition to any home office, we know that this would work in a small cabin, holiday home or lodge, for storing important documents that you need to keep close to hand, but all you homeworkers could make great use of it in your permanent offices too, because it’s built to last. Dovetail joints keep the drawers locked and loaded, soft close technology ensures quiet operation and the scent that you’ll enjoy when you work next to the cabinet? Heavenly. It’ll clear your mind, help you focus and make you forget the drudge of your work day!

    As we use Aspen for this design, we stayed as true to the wood as possible, utilizing log handles and gorgeous contrasting shades. The log details really make the design pop and stand out, while also being a perfect addition to existing rustic aesthetics. No stain, just a clear finish, to emphasize but not overshadow the grain and organic markings and that’s it! A solid, beautiful piece of functional rustic office furniture that looks as though it has been plucked from the forest floor.

    We thought long and hard about how to make this rustic file cabinet even more of a satisfying purchase, so we added a year’s warranty and free shipping, within the contiguous 48 states. Essentially, we want you to be able to click, buy and then just wait for it to arrive. No hassle and no need for a personal assistant. This is for your cabin, home or lodge don’t forget! But we should advise you that we are looking at longer lead times than usual right now. We may be able to suggest pieces of a similar nature that will be ready to ship sooner, but as all of our items are designed and made in-house, right here in the USA, there’s no instantly available flatpack to plump for instead. But then again, it never hurt to wait a little longer for something extra special and perfect for the job, did it?

    Take a look at our other office furniture designs and see if it might be time for a full restyle. Don’t forget that you will save with free shipping, so why not treat yourself to a new desk or set of bookshelves too?

  • Gather Round, One and All

    What is it about a log fire that makes us feel like the holidays are here, all year round? We love the look of a log fire, but not always the clean up, plus, in a busy living room, every inch of space counts, which is why we dreamt up this incredible piece of furniture. Our Aspen Highlands Rustic Log Fireplace TV Cabinet brings all the storage and display potential you want with the added bonus of an earthy rustic scent and a striking log fire insert too, but guess what? It’s an electric addition!

    We know it’s a little sneaky to include an electric fire, but with the capacity to heat up to 500sq ft, it’s no compromise. You get the look, the warmth and the ambiance of a real log fire, just with none of the mess or upkeep. It’s a dream come true! But then, you realize that this rustic fireplace unit can do so much more than keep you toasty. It’s a state-of-the-art TV display unit as well. 

    Why did we use Aspen for our rustic entertainment center? Because it’s strong, striking to look at and emits a glorious rustic scent that makes you feel as though you’re deep in the woods. A smooth and level top surface is ideal for standing a large screen on, with a discreet cut-out alcove below that is made for smaller tech, such as games consoles and blu ray players.  With all cables trailing to the back, the finished look is clean and modern, but everything is exactly where you need it. No compromising function for style here!

    Flanking the very realistic fire insert you’ll see two cabinets, complete with log handles and clear glazing. Each has a shelf inside for your storage convenience, but can you spot the surprise? That’s right, the solid wood above the fire? That’s a super smooth-gliding drawer complete with dovetail joints. Ideal for remotes and controllers that always disappear when you need them the most! 

    Now to the nitty gritty. We need some time to build a unit of this size and quality,  we’ll say a huge thank you by shipping to you at our own cost and with a full year’s warranty in place. Your new unit will arrive protected with an undetectable clear finish, in pristine condition, ready to be the worthy new focal point in your most relaxing and sociable space.

    Love the style but need something a different size, with more drawers or different shelves? We are no strangers to custom commissions, so please see this particular unit as your potential springboard to creativity and get in touch to tell us more.

  • The Best Fabrics for Accessorizing Rustic Furniture

    The great thing about natural rustic furniture is that it’s so easy to complement with other materials and textures, especially when you’re looking to capture a rustic or cozy aesthetic. While the final colors and patterns you choose will come down to personal taste, there are certain fabrics that are undeniably perfect for pairing with real wood, so let’s find out what they are!

    Leather

    Few things look as good next to natural wood as a soft and buttery leather. Whether it’s used as seat covers for rustic dining chairs or as decadent sofa cushions, there’s just something undeniably upmarket and elegant about a neutral tone hide. It ages similarly to wood as well in that a few wear and tear marks simply add to the rustic and well-loved vibe. Perfect!

    Wool

    Warm, snuggly and easy to color, wool is one of those fabrics that every household needs, especially in the form of heavy rugs and comforting throws etc. Admit it: you love the look of a stunning wool rug atop carefully stripped floorboards don’t you? Or how a perfectly-placed rustic throw looks amazing on the wooden arm of a chair?

    Linen

    Simple, unfussy and so tactile, linen is a fabric that was made to pair with rustic wood furniture. If you’re not a huge leather fan, we are willing to bet that you could be tempted by linen seat pad covers, with matching napkins or cloth placemats maybe? The look of unbleached linen on a large table top will never not make us think of thanksgiving and Christmas. 

    Organic cotton

    Here’s one for the trend-watchers amongst you! As the fashion industry continues to come under scrutiny for it’s staggeringly unethical approach to waste, talk of a circular economy has started swirling. What this means is that we are being encouraged to use less, wear longer and not buy products constructed from virgin fibers as these require harmful processing finishes. Organic cotton has become the poster child for ethical fabrics and as such, is being used for everything from tablecloths to bed linens and everything in between. Personally? We love organic cotton bedding that amplifies the beauty of a natural wood bed. But we might be biased.

    Bonus mention: plaid

    Not a fabric, but the king of patterns, plaid is a perfect partner for rustic wood anything. Naturally bringing the rustic and cabin retreat vibes, it’s a mix of Christmas, coziness and unapologetic woodland gorgeousness that brings out the warm tones of any variety of timber and makes for a snuggly haven.

    Have we missed out your favorite fabric for accessorizing wood? Get in touch to tell us!

  • Out of Sight But Never Out of Mind

    Great storage needs to do two things: provide ample space for stowing personal belongings and know how to blend in with a wider design aesthetic. It’s that second mandate that so many designs seem to struggle with, but not our Aspen Highlands Rustic Log Small Corner Cabinet

    Discreet, demure and built to last, our Highlands rustic corner display unit is the perfect combination of striking to look at yet not overpowering in an already decorated space. It’s just a little bonus nuance to add to the dead space in a forgotten corner and one that can help you display treasured collectables that have been languishing in a cabinet. That’s not to say that it can’t hide away a little mess too though!

    We went with open shelves to give you easy access to your display pieces, but then finished with a door-fronted cabinet. We keep the inherent rustic majesty of the Aspen alive by using log front detailing on the door and would you just look at that bark edging throughout? We think it’s the perfect amount of natural and organic, without pushing the rustic theme into gimmicky, making it ideal for any cabin, lodge or home. But the burning question is, what can it store?

    We don’t want to assume how you’ll use your new favorite storage item, but could we suggest a few options? Oh go on. Indulge us!

    • A small home bar set-up. All your cut crystal and beautiful glasses can go on the shelves with favorite tipples safely and securely shut away in the base cabinet.
    • A rustic trophy display. Got a budding athlete in the family or some trophies from your college days you’d like to show off? This is the perfect space for doing so, without being too ostentatious about it.
    • Family photo nook. One of our favorite ideas is to use this corner display as a special homage to your family. Framed pictures can be nestled on the shelves, making a charming and sentimental space.

    Whatever you choose to do with your rustic aspen corner cabinet, it will be shipped to you, free of charge within the contiguous states, complete with a protective but subtle clear finish. It will also have a full year’s warranty, for your continued peace of mind. 

    We ask you to be patient once your order is placed. We handcraft all of our pieces to your specifications and with timber specifically selected by our craftspeople. This all takes time. You won’t find any flatpack or pre-made pieces in our showrooms or workshops, but what you’ll have delivered is a strong, USA designed and made piece of furniture that you can treasure for many years to come. Isn’t that worth waiting a little longer for? And seeing as you’ll need to wait a few weeks for your delivery, why not take an extra minute to think if there are any special adjustments or dimensions you would like us to work with? You know we never shy away from a custom adaptation!

  • Turning the romance up to 10

    Is there anything more romantic than a four poster master rustic bed? Well, maybe. We set out to create the ultimate rustic bedroom centerpiece and think we may have accidentally set the standard for four posters to an all new high. Why? Because our Aspen Highlands Rustic Log Canopy Bed is out of this world! We aren’t in the habit of telling you how to furnish your cabin, cottage or main home, but honestly, you need this bed, for a multitude of reasons. Let’s understand them all, starting with the practicalities at hand.

    Starting with the Aspen used, you can’t deny that there’s a strong rustic vibe happening here. No perfect linear design here, just Mother Nature’s hard work used to make a unique and comfortable bed that exhibits strength and charm in equal measure. Aspen works well for furniture and accepts stains and paints beautifully too, though we think it’s stunning enough to only warrant a clear finish, which is what we supply here. Being a light wood, you can afford to go a little more daring with the actual stance and design of your master bed, as it won’t ever feel too imposing in a bedroom, which is why we added some extra flair!

    We could have simply created a four-poster and left it at that, but we wanted to give our artisans a chance to shine, which is why you’ll find turned spindle head and footboard detailing and that lovely canopy top. Drape some fabric over the apex for an amplified romance haven or simply leave bare, for a more woodsy feeling. Either way, the aesthetic won’t suffer.

    You want to know about sizing, don’t you? Canopy and four-poster beds can look as though they’d never fit in an average-sized bedroom, but that’s all just perspective. Don’t let the height here fool you, as we have a full range of four sizes to choose from, ranging from twin all the way to king. And as ever, if you have something very specific in mind, why not ask if we can accommodate? We supply our Highlands bed design with a full year’s warranty, as our gift to you, but you’ll have it for decades more, so don’t compromise. You don’t need to with us, as your dream is our daily work sheet.

    As well as a year’s warranty, we also give you free shipping. It’s the least we can do when you’re committing to a big purchase such as a brand new rustic bed. When you support domestic companies like ours, we want to thank you in return, with high quality, fair pricing and bonus perks that you might not expect, so free curbside shipping is yours to enjoy. 

    Whether you want to treat yourself to the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had or are keen to make your bedroom a whole lot more romantic, our Highlands canopy bed won’t disappoint, but be warned. With the right mattress, you might never want to get out of bed again, and we can’t take responsibility for any missed social events or work days!

  • Cabin Must Haves For a Rustic Vibe

    You might think that by their very nature, cabins are always rustic but plenty of people choose to decorate in a more contemporary way. If, however, you’re determined to capture that authentic rustic essence of the great outdoors, there are a few statement rustic furniture pieces and accessories that you simply can’t go without. Curious as to what they are? Then read on!

    Snuggly textiles

    First up, we have cozy textiles. Think about wool blankets and throws, plaid brushed cotton bed linens and hide rugs. The layered look makes for the most rustic vibe and the more natural the materials used, the better. Pattern clashing is a real look, especially within the rustic arena, so don’t be afraid to mix and match your checks, stripes and patchwork.

    Log beds

    Is it even a cabin if it doesn't have log beds? We don’t think so. From rugged bunk beds to gnarled four posters, turned log beds make for some of the most interesting and comfortable sleeping options around and we particularly like to use fragrant woods for ours, to ensure a fresh and relaxing bedroom.

    Charcuterie boards

    Nothing says ‘weekend away at the cabin’ like a fully stacked charcuterie platter, but ditch the china for something more fitting. Solid wood paddles, boards and platters are a great way to showcase your delicious ingredients in an unfussy way and they encourage everyone to dig in, family style. They also happen to look very stylish when casually out on display in your kitchen.

    Game furniture

    For days when the weather is less than perfect, some well-placed rustic game furniture is a must. From snooker and card tables to simple dart boards, everything looks a little more stylish and rustic when made from solid wood. We’d be tempted to add in a little home bar as well, fully stocked with delicious tipples for when the younger campers go to bed.

    Critter ornaments

    A little bit of fun, stuffed animal taxidermy make for cute decorative pieces and excellent conversation starters too. Especially ours, which have all been designed and created by taxidermy artisans at the very top of their game. We like to make both beautiful and whimsical pieces, so be sure to check out our full range.

    Pet beds

    The devil’s in the details, so for a really cohesive rustic aesthetic, don’t forget the smaller and furrier members of your family. Log pet beds and bowl holders are such an easy but thoughtful way to include everybody in the interior design and they just look fun too. Nothing like a brace of faithful companions sprawled in their very own solid wood bed to bring a smile to your face!

    Consistency and restraint is the ultimate key to a great rustic cabin. A few fun little touches and some key solid wood pieces are all you need to bring the great outdoors into your favorite retreat.

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