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Log Furniture Place Blog | Rustic Furniture Information & Tips

  • 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!

  • Make Your Guests Red With Envy!

    Forget turning people green with envy because once your guests see your brand new red cedar bathroom vanity, they won’t be able to hide their rose-tinted jealousy!

    We shouldn’t have favorites when it comes to woods but we’re only human and when you see the majesty and splendor of red cedar, it’s hard to not love it! That’s why we decided to extend our affection for this extra special material by creating a series of striking bathroom storage pieces, headed up by the Rustic Red cedar Log Bathroom Vanity

    Bathroom Smells

    Let’s talk about the elephant in the room for a moment. Bathroom smells. They don’t have the greatest reputation for being particularly pleasant, but install an aromatic red cedar vanity and you can wave goodbye to embarrassing pongs and whiffs. All you’ll be able to smell is the great outdoors, American heritage and rustic weekends spent in the family cabin. And though it might smell great, this is simply just a bonus because the real joy, the defining quality of red cedar is how utterly incredible it looks. 

    Elegantly Rustic

    We know we can turn our heads to an elegantly rustic vanity unit. Our team of artisans have mastered the art of making the functional fabulous, which is why our satisfaction ratings are as impressive as they are. But when you add in an extra special wood, that’s when things start to get really eye-catching and interesting. Suddenly, that simple log vanity that houses a sink or two is now a main feature in the space. Instead of just being a useful location for stashing away toilet rolls and extra towels, it’s a focal point where users enjoy standing and giving themselves a minute to compose themselves. At the end of the day, by lavishing as much time, care and attention as we do into a humble rustic bathroom vanity , it becomes a treasured piece of log furniture, which is why we kept the details simple here. 

    Nothing is going to overshadow the wood itself, so you’ll see elegant cabinets and drawers with either log or metal strap handles. You can choose to add a top or not. Fancy some beautiful sinks? Let us know and as long as they aren’t vessels, we can fit them for you to ensure perfect compliance and easy plumbing. The only thing we don’t offer as standard is a colored stain, because why would you cover up that glorious rouge? 

    Free Shipping

    We ship for free within the contiguous United States, as a way of thanking you for choosing American designed and made quality goods. We also give you a lifetime warranty on this particular piece, because we know it can and will stand the test of time and that you’ll never get bored of it. So what are you waiting for? Timeless style awaits and all we need is for you to get in touch with your dimensions!

  • Catering to All Your Bathroom Storage Needs in One

    We know you probably think you’ve seen everything a rustic bathroom vanity unit can do and we get it, but that’s why we decided to create a design that was simple in style but big on the optional extras. Prepare yourself, because you’re about to meet the ultimate bathroom storage unit.

    We thought hard about what people need in the bathroom. Easy to operate storage, surface space, somewhere that’s just for them and some useful little creative touches too. These are the things we came up with and wouldn’t you know that as soon as we had all of these on paper, an idea for a new unit struck. Our Real Hickory Log Bathroom Vanity no less.

    Similar to our Cedar Lake collection, our Real Hickory collection benefits from being entirely made from solid wood construction, with rustic hickory log trims added for gorgeous effect and this rustic vanity itself is chief amongst the entire bathroom catalog. We’ve included all the basics that you should expect from your furniture manufacturer. Solid wood, a choice of finishes, full extension drawer glides that are silky smooth and an open back for easy and fast plumbing. But it’s the optional extras that really tip this design to the next level. 

    Do you want a colored stain or clear? Would you like a thick liquid glass coating? Would you be interested in a concealed tilt-out drawer bin under the sinks? How about an optional chunky top? And what about a matching toilet roll holder? It’s these little touches that demonstrate not only our attention to detail but also gives you an opportunity to scale back on the things you don’t need in your bathroom. Traditionally, they aren’t the most generous spaces in the house, so by employing some clever space-saving techniques, you can get a lot more out of them. While also being able to relax, free from the stress of clutter or unsightly personal hygiene items,

    Naturally, however you decide to spec your new log vanity, it will be shipped with great care and for free, within the contiguous USA and with a staggering, industry-leading 20-year warranty attached. Knowing that this is a piece of rustic furniture that can last so long, you can think more about whether you’d like to add hammered copper sinks, designer faucets and what about a live edge backsplash? Nothing is off limits here, because this is going to be the start of the show in your bathroom for decades to come, so we need it to function above and beyond, while also looking spectacular for the duration of its life. 

    We know that a lot of rustic furniture companies talk a great game about being defined by their customer service standards but we really are. Nothing is too much trouble or a detail so minute that you shouldn’t tell us. We want to know about your room dimensions, your other color choices, your design influences, because that's how we can create something you’ll invest in and love for years to come. So...how about that coordinating toilet roll holder and a liquid glass top finish?

  • Key Furniture Pieces for Rustic Home Design

    You don’t need to own a cabin in the woods or a lodge to know that rustic furniture is charming, gorgeous and homey, but certain pieces carry more weight than others, especially when you’re looking to capture an authentic rustic look. 

    Are you planning to overhaul your home and can’t wait to inject some seriously rustic vibes into your interior design scheme? Then don’t snooze on these seven must-have pieces of rustic furniture that will transform any home into a cozy cabin.

    1. The ultimate farmhouse dining table

    Family memories are made around the dining table and no rustic home is complete without a big, stoic and traditional farmhouse design. You should keep your eyes peeled for something with a thick and chunky top, a trestle base and matching chairs or benches, for the full effect. A live edge version could also work well too, especially in a more contemporary home that wants to balance the rustic touches.

    Our recommendation: The Timber Haven dining set

    2. Bunk beds for the kids

    Nothing says a weekend away in a cabin like rustic timber bunk beds that the kids will fight over! Add some flannel bedding for the ultimate finishing touch too and maybe even some cute little taxidermy trophies for a real woodsy bedroom vibe. 

    3. A media center to focus on

    Given how much time is spent in the living room of snug, it makes sense to make your main piece of furniture rustic in style, if you are trying to bring some heritage charm into play. A rustic media center, designed to perfectly house a television, sound system and all those game consoles will offer an easy focal point that lets you slowly build on the rustic theme in other parts of the space. 

    Our recommendation: The Beaver Creek Aspen Entertainment Center.

    4. Hallway dressers that make a statement

    Busy homes need storage. A lot of storage. One key part of the home is the hallway, where coats, shoes and general items seem to just gather overnight, which is why a large dresser can be a fantastic investment. Even if you have nothing else of a rustic style in the hallway, a large multi-drawer dresser will add plenty of charm, not to mention practicality too. 

    5. A powerful desk in the home office

    A properly rustic home, with an interior design scheme that is really committed to, will always include those weird and often overlooked rooms, like a home office. Instead of simply making do with a flatpack desk, treat yourself and your home to a real statement piece that will last a lifetime. A solid wood rustic desk is an investment in not only your home’s aesthetic but also your productivity. 

    6. The bathroom furniture that speaks for itself

    Rustic bathrooms? Yes! We aren’t talking about old fashioned toilets here, but beautiful solid wood vanity units, laundry cabinets and all those small but detail-orientated accessories, like wooden toilet roll holders. Even in an otherwise fully contemporary bathroom, a well placed hickory log vanity unit will make a splash for all the right reasons.

    Our recommendation: Real Hickory Rustic Bathroom Vanity.

    7. A master bed that has to be seen to be believed

    Finally, for the ultimate rustic home design addition, don’t forget to treat yourself to a gorgeous master log or barn wood bed, made from hand selected logs or timbers, by proud artisans. Look for statement headboards, hidden storage and construction of such high quality that your chosen frame comes with a long warranty. And go as gnarly as you dare with the frame too, because you can always add some softness back in with your choice of bedding. 

    A great way to contrast with otherwise fresh and modern decor, rustic furniture brings all the charm of a traditional cabin into play, but with no sacrifice of creature comforts. Perfect!

  • A Designer Vanity That Makes a Real Splash

    If you are of the opinion that once you’ve seen one log bathroom vanity unit you have, within reason, seen them all, we can wholeheartedly agree. As long as you’re not talking about our Laurel Hollow design that blows all the rest out of the (bath) water!

    We shouldn’t have favorite designs, we know that, but it’s hard to stay objective when we have so much pride in the pieces being created by our artisans. Just one look at our Laurel Hollow multi-colored log vanity unit will be enough to make you understand our predicament, we’re sure. 

    Is a multi-colored wooden rustic vanity unit going to be to everyone’s taste? Of course not, but for those of you that like unique styling and enjoy making a real statement with furniture in surprising places, we know this is going to be the last vanity you ever buy. And not just because it comes with a limited lifetime warranty either!

    As with all of our solid wood vanity designs, you’ll find a seamless blend of style and function here. Just as the exterior looks incredible, thanks to the patchwork-like aesthetic that has been created through an extensive 9-step process, finished by hand, the inner workings are of the highest quality too. After all, why invest in beautifully distressed cedar if your drawer glides don’t work perfectly? And what’s the point in beautiful cabinet doors, if the handles are anything less than organic chunky logs or forged metal straps? Like we said, we have brought quality and beauty together into one harmonious and affordable rustic vanity package. 

    Speaking of packages, we are able to take our customer service to the next level when you choose to install our Laurel Hollow vanity, as we can supply a beautiful sink and your faucet too, cutting the relevant fitment holes for you, so you can simply sit back and have your new bathroom addition plumbed in, in mere minutes. And as you might expect, we don't offer anything less than hammered copper sinks, waterfall faucets or stone vessel sinks, though for vessels, we don’t ever cut holes, as they need to be fitted in situ.

    If you’re looking at our dropdown menus and thinking that none of our regular size options are quite right for your home, don’t let that be the end of your journey with us. We love nothing more than being able to make one of our favorite existing designs in totally bespoke sizes, to allow our customers to never have to compromise. Your home is your castle and no king or queen would ‘make do’ with a log vanity that wasn’t the right size, and neither should you! Simply get in touch today to see how we could make something especially for you. 

    Don’t miss the rest of the Laurel Hollow log furniture range, as once you’ve invested in one piece, we know you’ll start thinking about which of your other living spaces could use a flash of color and artistry. And with free shipping within the US, you might as well combine a few items in one order, to revamp your home in one easy swoop!

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