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Log Furniture Place Blog | Rustic Furniture Information & Tips

  • The Beauty of Imperfection: How Rustic Wood Became Glamorous

    There was a time when solid wood rustic furniture needed to be mirror polished and perfect for it to pass the consumer test but these days, trends have shifted dramatically in the opposite direction. Perhaps it started with ‘shabby chic’, which prizes an imperfect but homey finish on upcycled furniture, before trickling through to new artisan pieces, but whatever the reason for rustic furniture’s revival, we love it.

    Of course, there are some of us who never felt that rustic wood went out of style. Cabin owners and lodge enthusiasts have long understood the appeal of unfussy furniture, crafted from carefully selected timber, but when such pieces are springing up in modern homes, you know a trend has emerged.

    What makes wood rustic? There’s a few elements to look out for, including:

    Knots and gnarled shapes - Perfection is measured by tolerances and rustic wood pays no mind to them. This means that knots, natural bends, twists and curves in timber are left in place and incorporated into a design, to show truth to the material. Particularly beautiful examples can include tree root stump coffee tables, with intricate branch patterns displayed beneath a smooth top.

    Insect tracks and tool marks - Wood is a natural material, it grows, has a history and supports a wider ecosystem than just itself. We enjoy paying homage to this by not looking to erase the life marks or the manufacturing marks, both of which add a charming rustic finish. All those rough sawn touches add character and nail marks can let you know you’ve bought some real reclaimed wood. 

    Bark left intact- The rough bark aesthetic isn’t for everyone, but it certainly lends some dramatic power to wood furniture, especially when the timber has a really striking exterior, like hickory. Stripped logs with a little bark left in place offer a textural and visual diversity that amplifies the finish of any furniture.

    Why is rustic wood the height of interior chic? Because it’s timeless, unpredictable and feels less manmade. For ultra contemporary homes with minimalist furnishings, one statement natural wood piece is all it takes to amp up the glamor. A log dining table, a rustic dresser or a master aspen log bed beautifully constructed from interesting timber that can’t be replicated? Can you get any more exclusive than that?

    Mass-produced furniture, though practical and often cost-effective, holds no unique qualities and often contains cheaper materials. Every piece is the same and any home can contain them. Rustic wood means that you have a genuinely individual investment and rather than being manipulated by a workshop to be unique, Mother Nature has done all the hard work with your chosen artisans simply capturing it and making it functional. There’s also a certain joy that comes from easy-to-maintain pieces, as mirror polished perfect specimens show every age mark, whereas rustic wood? It looks even better for a few little patina spots.

    Gorgeous, full of character and an easy way to pay deference to the great outdoors, rustic wood is more than just fabulous and fashionable; it’s the GOAT

  • Light Up Your Bedroom With Some Rustic Red Cedar

    There’s a lot to love about our Rustic Red Cedar Lit Bookcase Bed, so bear with us while we tell you about some of the most key features that we know will have you ditching an old divan!

    When we sat down to design a new rustic bed with swathes of useful storage and extra features, the first thing we thought of was using red cedar. Why? Because it’s not just a beautiful, naturally warm and inviting timber, it also smells divine. We couldn’t think of anything better than an accidentally-on-purpose aromatherapy log bed frame. Plus, the wood itself is malleable and strong, which we know you’ll appreciate for years to come. Next, we started thinking about useful additions that few other beds seem to include and that is when we really started to create something special.

    Not everybody has the space for log nightstands, but we all have a number of personal effects that we like to keep close as we sleep. From mobile phones to books, contact lenses and a host of other trinkets, having a safe place for them is key and that’s why we’ve included two storage cabinets here. Blending into the overall design seamlessly, thanks to half log slab fronts, they are subtle but so handy. But wait. There’s more!

    Beneath your personal cabinets you’ll find two conveniently lit cubby holes. Ideal for a drink and a favorite book, the cut-outs deftly showcase the exuberant richness that red cedar is famous for, with the low-level lighting shining out with a glorious golden hue. Finally, we added a mirror in the center of the headboard. Not only useful, it also helps to offset the delicious chunkiness of the rustic red cedar bed as a whole, creating the illusion of open space and helping to make a small bedroom still feel generously proportioned. You see what we are so proud of this design now, don’t you?

    Naturally, you still get to choose from a variety of sizes, ranging from comfortable twin to spacious king and you can also decide whether to keep the impressive proportions throughout with a tall footboard. If you’d rather tone things down a little, or simply need more foot space, we also offer a low profile version at no extra cost. Comfort and style in perfect harmony, that’s what we are all about!

    When you’ve made your choices, simply sit back and dream about the best night’s sleep of your life that will soon be a reality. We ship your frame, side rails and support slats free of charge, within the contiguous 48 states, and complete with a full year’s warranty in place. It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting a domestic company, while also demonstrating our faith in our artisans.

    The only thing left to think about is scatter cushions, comforters and bed linens, but we’ll leave you to enjoy that at your leisure. Though we will say that a traditional patchwork quilt always looks stunning on our red cedar log beds, so it might be time to dig out some heirlooms from Grandma!

  • Look Forward To Bedtime With a Backwoods Frame

    Who amongst us doesn’t already look forward to hunkering down under a duvet for some restful sleep? Maybe people who haven’t yet discovered their perfect rustic bed, in which case, please allow us to introduce you to the ultimate rustic bedroom centerpiece, in the form of our Backwoods Rustic Pine Double Rail Log Bed.

    It only takes one glance to see that this is a special design. Knotty, just the right amount of gnarly and so outdoorsy, we love the way this log bed frame commands attention and yet exudes a peaceful elegance as well. That’s everything you want from a rustic bedroom furniture focal point, after all. If you’re thinking that pine isn’t as elegant as some other woods and that you’d be compromising to choose it, let us sing the praises of this fantastic wood variety for a moment.

    Pine is easy to work with, strong and reliable. There is a plentiful and sustainable supply of it and maintaining or changing it up at a later date with, say, a stain, isn’t difficult. It’s a fantastic all-rounder that is cost-effective, aesthetically-pleasing and has no drawbacks, so we are pleased to put it to such great use in this design. We actually think you might be surprised at just how beautiful it can look, when handled by a master craftsman and used for high quality log furniture, rather than disposable, cheap pieces. So beautiful in fact, that we only add a clear finish to it. That really tells you something!

    We’ve kept the overall look simple here, with a double headboard rail for a little added interest, without taking the rustic theme to extremes. You can, of course, have input into how your own frame looks, by choosing between a matching taller footboard or a discreet low profile style. For a cozy feel, we highly recommend the higher design, but the low profile makes for comforter draping potential, so it will come down to your preference. Maybe your height too!

    Like this log bed design but fancy it in a twin? No problem. We offer the Backwoods bed in a range of sizes, from twin all the way through to luxurious king and whichever you need, the build quality and finish will be consistently stellar. We know you value strength and reliability in your beds, which is why we use metal side rails, but keep them discreetly tucked out of sight, to leave the rustic look unadulterated.

    We supply your rustic bed frame complete with side rails and support slats, all via a carefully choreographed and free logistics service. This leaves you free to think about important issues such as a new mattress and gorgeous bed linens. You won’t even need to be concerned about any warranty issues, as we have a no-quibble one year guarantee in place, specifically for your peace of mind.

    The time has come to say no to squeaky, tired old beds and yes to a rustic centerpiece built to last. You deserve it.

  • Simple Ways to Preserve the Lifespan of Solid Wood Furniture

    Solid wood rustic furniture can require a significant up front financial investment, especially if you are buying a lot of it, which is why it’s in your best interest to learn how best to take care of it. When looked after properly, real wood pieces can last a lifetime, evolving with time to be a showcase of your history and experiences (and will save you money in the long term). We love the romance involved with owning solid wood rustic furniture and encourage you to read on and find out how you can make your treasured items last forever.

    Coasters are not optional

    We cannot stress enough how important it is to use coasters. Any drink, hot or cold, can leave a mark on your solid wood furniture, as well as helping moisture ingress. If you don’t want to ruin your perfectly curated rustic aesthetic, why not choose some wooden coasters that blend in with your furniture, so that you can protect while you maintain your look.

    Ask your maker for advice

    Any reputable log furniture maker should be delighted to advise you how best to look after your item. We recommend asking about this before you commit to a purchase, because if you encounter resistance, you might find that any warranty claims will also be a struggle. Here at Log Furniture Place, we are always delighted to help our customers to look after their investments and are happy to talk about how we finish items and what cleaning products can be used with our topcoats.

    Decide whether to repair or retain 

    Scratches, marks and nicks happen, especially when you own something for a long amount of time, so make sure you have a plan. Will you keep the marks and see them as a natural evolution that’s occurred through use and time or will you want to repair them and try to maintain the original visage? Be aware that repairs might not always restore something to its full glory, but even the most annoying and avoidable scratches can become loved, over time, because of the story behind them.  With rustic furniture scratches, nicks and marks can add to the look of the piece also.

    Be consistent

    The key to maintaining is to be consistent, so have ground rules in place for use and commit to a regular schedule of cleaning/oiling is appropriate. This is where coasters and placemats will come in, as well as strict guidelines for things like candles and oil diffusers.

    Don’t DIY if you’re not confident

    If you’re not confident carrying out a repair or some maintenance, leave it to an expert. It will cost you less to have them do it initially, rather than fixing your mistake and then carrying out the original task, plus they should offer a warranty for their work as well. Even something as simple as using the wrong grade of sandpaper on a rustic dining table top could have a devastating effect on a beautiful item, so when in doubt, call the professionals out!

    Solid wood furniture is stoic, sturdy and made to be used and loved, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let it get tattered or neglected. Some simple care duties will keep it in tip top condition and let you reap the rewards of a one-in-a-lifetime purchase.

    Restore Your Rustic Furniture with our Restore Video

    Find it here: https://youtu.be/Omdh0tBCqfU

  • Double Down on Your Sensory Pleasure

    A log bed that feels good is a must, but what if you could have one that smells dreamy as well? No, we’re not talking about your fabric conditioner choices, but rather, the wood your frame is made from and how it can fill your bedroom with a beautiful, natural aroma guaranteed to help you drift off to sleep.

    We know it sounds like a tall order, to get a log bed that does what it’s supposed to but also has an added bonus of smelling really damn good, but we’ve managed it with our Aspen Highlands Double Rail Log Bed, simply by using one of our favorite woods. Aspen has a naturally herbal, fresh and almost meditative scent to it that lingers but doesn’t overpower and brings a soothing energy to any space it is placed in. It makes perfect sense, therefore, that it should be put to great use as a stunning, not to mention sleep-inducing bed.

    We’ve kept our signature spindled logs design detailing in place and added a double headboard rail, for some added glamor and interest, without going overboard. If you like your bedroom furniture simple rustic and stylish then this is the bed for you, complete with hidden metal side rails and supplied support slats. We still let you choose a couple of the pertinent details though, including size of frame and how high you like your footboard. Don’t forget to think about the tallest sleeper when making this last decision, as our low profile option will ensure that feet can hang comfortably off the edge, without getting tangled in logs!

    Aspen is a naturally beautiful wood that needs nothing more than a clear finish to protect and bring out the best in it. All those knotty details and natural patina marks look fantastic under a topcoat and help to bring out the organic character in your big bedroom centerpiece. Don’t forget that if you keep your bed natural, that paves the way to add some rustic furniture as well, without the room feeling too cluttered or overbearing. 

    Finish your new rustic bed off perfectly with some organic cotton bed linen and comforters, to amp up the rustic flair without making it feel like a novelty theme and rest easy that your delivery will be free to most parts of the USA and come complete with a full year’s warranty on your bed frame. When you buy a domestic product, you are directly supporting small American industry and we take that responsibility seriously, hence we give you endless customer service support and an easy return/replace procedure too. 

    Looks good, smells great and feels amazing. What more could you ask for in a new aspen log bed?

  • Stop Pining For a Good Night's Sleep!

    If you’ve been giving some thought to treating yourself to a new rustic bed, this is your sign to do exactly that, because you can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep. It’s time to do away with the stopgap frame you bought, or the bed you’ve had but not loved for years and invest in a piece of timeless solid wood rustic bedroom furniture that you’ll admire and be glad you bought forever.

    We know what you’re thinking and yes, solid wood beds can be extremely expensive and while we have some more costly options available, we also wanted to think about people with less to spend, who are in no way worthy of lesser quality. With that in mind, we dreamt up our Backwoods Rustic Pine Spindled Log Bed

    Essentially, what we’ve done is taken our signature spindle log bed design and made it from specially finished pine, rather than more expensive aspen or cedar, to bring the cost down, but without any loss of good looks or longevity. We like to think that the results really speak for themselves and that we’ve managed to engineer something that in no way looks like a slightly more purse-friendly alternative. A lot of this is thanks to our craftspeople, of course, as they have been able to work with the pine timber to give it an aged and more interesting finish, making it comparable to plenty of our other designs.

    We kept all the options that you’d expect in place, starting with the sizes available. Twin, double, queen and king are all ready to select, increasing in price incrementally. You can then decide on the style of footboard you want for your pine log bed. Select a matching one if you like the cozy feel of being tucked in both top and bottom, or if you prefer to have your feet free, perhaps because you are taller, then opt for a low profile design. Both come with spindled log detailing and there’s no price difference, so pick whichever you think is most suited to your needs. When you have made your choices, simply click to buy and leave the rest to us. We’ll get started on your build and then will apply a protective clear coat and will ship it out to you for free, subject to your location in the USA.

    It might not be a widespread opinion, but here at Log Furniture Place, we believe you should be able to access and enjoy high quality, reliable furniture without breaking the bank. When you invest in your home, we don't think you should have to worry about logistics and shipping costs too, so we take care of them. We don’t want you to feel uneasy about a return, so you get a full year’s warranty. What we do want is to help you enjoy the best night’s sleep of your life, safe in the knowledge that you made an informed purchase with a domestic business that you can trust. 

    So, what do you say? Is it time to ditch the divan and luxuriate in a log bed? We think it might be!

  • 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!

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