Selecting a Dining Table

Selecting the Best Dining Table

In this fast-paced modern world, it’s nice to take some time to sit down for a family meal. It helps everyone reconnect after a hectic day. Owning a dining room table also gives you more social opportunities, such as throwing dinner parties or hosting family gatherings. Woodcraft Furniture offers advice on how to choose the perfect dining table for your family.

Criteria for Selecting a Dining Table

A dining room table can be an expensive investment, so you should take your time selecting the perfect one. Follow these key criteria to find the table that will be the best fit for your home.

Size

When choosing your dining table, you need to decide how many people your table will need to seat, plus the size of the space where you plan to locate it. You should make sure you have enough space between the table and the walls to allow people to get in and out of their seats. We’d recommend leaving at least three feet of space between your dining table and the wall. That way, diners are free to move around without feeling cramped.

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Shape

Square and rectangular tables are the most common shapes, but there are also round and oval options. Round tables usually work better in smaller spaces and can accommodate a few extra people when necessary. This is because they don’t have corners and often feature pedestal legs, so they have more usable space around the edge.

Space Saving

Some dining room tables feature leaves to extend the table to fit extra guests, and they are more compact for day-to-day use. Other tables can fold down to create more space when you’re not using them.

Material

If you want a dining table that will last through years of dinner party wear and tear, choose one made from a hardwood, such as mahogany, walnut, maple, or oak. If you don’t have the budget for a solid wood table, there’s a wide range of laminate and wood veneer options. They look like solid wood tables, but they aren’t as durable. Rather than choosing a low-cost laminate option, you might want to delay purchasing a new dining room table until you find a solid wood table that fits your needs.

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Style Choices

Dining room tables come in a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern to farmhouse options. You can choose a dining table that will fit in with your existing décor or select a simple table that will work with a range of styles.

Height

Most dining room tables are standard height, but you can also buy counter height dining tables that are designed for use with bar stools rather than regular dining chairs. Consider the height of the people who will be sitting at the table most of the time. Bar stools might not be the best choice for children or short adults.

Matching Seating

Some dining tables come as a set, complete with seating. If the table you prefer doesn’t come in a set, you might want to check if you can buy matching chairs or benches, or if you can find seating that pairs well with the style of the table. When you purchase your dining table from Woodcraft Furniture, we can match finishes to existing pieces, or use matching finishes on new table and seating purchases.

Get Your New Dining Table at Woodcraft Furniture

Once you’ve considered your options, let the friendly staff at Woodcraft Furniture help you select the best dining room table for your home. We carry a wide assortment of leg tables, pedestal tables, trestle tables, solid top tables, and extension tables with self-storing table leaf options. Our tables are available in standard, counter, or bar heights.
We are able to offer a wide variety of dining room furniture because we work with over a dozen regional wood shops that use domestic hardwoods to create unique woodcraft furnishings. You can go online to view your choices or come by one of our locations to see what we offer.

Create a Mudroom Space in Your Home

Ways to Create a Mudroom Space in Your Home

Many  American homes feature a mudroom. It’s an informal secondary entryway that functions as a place to remove and store jackets, footwear, and wet clothing before you enter the main house. Besides providing storage space, a mudroom serves to increase the cleanliness of the rest of the house.

Even if you don’t have a designated mudroom, you can create your own mudroom-like space with mudroom furniture from Woodcraft Furniture. We offer a wide selection of styles, wood types, and finishes.

An Efficient Space to Keep Your Home Organized

An organized mudroom area helps put some order to all the clutter of day-to-day life. It offers convenient storage for items like backpacks, gloves, shoes and hats, and it offers a seat for putting on or taking off shoes. It also provides a handy catchall storage space that keeps the house from becoming cluttered.

Read on for helpful ideas to design a mudroom for small spaces, laundry rooms, hallways, and more.

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Mudrooms Can Be Located in Small Spaces

Ideally, your mudroom should be at least 5 feet wide. This allows space for a standard hallway (3 feet wide) and a spacious bench and/or row of cabinets or lockers (2 feet wide).

If space is limited, a good size for a small mudroom is 4 feet wide. You can even turn a hallway into a mudroom space with a handy locker from Woodcraft Furniture.

Make Your Mudroom a Focal Point

If you don’t have a separate entryway large enough for a mudroom space, a well-built mudroom locker can be beautiful enough to grace your family room, dining room, living room, or wherever you have the space. And the bench can serve as additional seating in the room.

If your mudroom space is in a main living area or visible from living spaces, you should use containers to corral the shoes and other random items. You can use totes, baskets and bins to hide clutter.

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Add a Mudroom in Your Laundry Room

Your mudroom space doesn’t have to be huge. A corner of the utility or laundry room can perfectly functional for storing everyday items like bags and footwear. A truly organized home has the right storage solutions for all of your everyday items, and your mudroom is a great place to begin.

Blend Your Mudroom With Your Kitchen

You can pair one of our lockers with your kitchen cabinetry to create a mudroom space in your kitchen. The helpful staff at Woodcraft Furniture can even match the finish of your existing kitchen cabinets to make the area look like it’s always been there.

A mudroom near the kitchen can also double as a pantry for extra grocery goods. Use open shelving areas to make pantry goods easy to find. Incorporate a movable bench to keep even top-shelf storage within reach.

Contact Woodcraft Furniture to Build Your Mudroom

The friendly staff at Woodcraft Furniture are ready to help you construct your mudroom. We offer a wide selection of mudroom lockers because we work with over a dozen regional wood shops that use domestic hardwoods to create the perfect piece for your home. Go online to view your choices or come by one of our locations to view our selection.

Kitchen Organization

Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen

Since the kitchen is usually the most used room in the house, it can be one of the most challenging areas to keep organized, and that can make meal prep a hassle. A pantry from Woodcraft Furniture and a few hours of effort can transform your cluttered kitchen into an example of culinary efficiency.

Five Ways to Maximize Your Pantry Space

Pantries are basically the kitchen’s closets and are filled with items used on a daily basis. Keep your pantry cabinet from becoming a disordered mess and make grocery shopping and meal prep easier by following an organizational plan.

1.Use Bulk Storage Containers and Face Labels Out

Instead of hunting through cardboard boxes, transfer ingredients and snacks into clear canisters. Move dry goods into tall, clear, skinny containers to save space. Transfer items like granola bars and wrapped crackers into labeled bins. Stack similar items on top of each other and be sure to face all of their labels out.

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2. Utilize Pantry Organizers

You can save space and increase the visibility of your pantry shelves with shelf organizers. Wicker baskets will create a unified clean space and are sturdy enough to keep bottles and packages upright. Since you don’t use cake stands very often, you can use them as two-tiered storage. Small items can sit on top and underneath.

3. Smartly Stash Leftover Containers

Instead of cramming storage containers into drawers or cabinets, separate the containers and lids into different baskets. First, pair up all your containers with lids. Throw away anything that doesn’t have a match. Separating out tops from bottoms allows for more compact storage, and baskets ensure nothing gets lost. When it’s time to load up your leftovers, you can grab both baskets and easily find what you need.

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4. Sort by Category

Gathering similar items guarantees you’ll be able to find what you need when preparing a meal. Start with some basic groups like breakfast, snacks, baking, and grains. Group similar items and flavors together. It’s an easy way to go to the pantry and grab what you need for an entire meal without digging through assorted shelves looking for that last ingredient that seems to be hiding from you.

5. Give Each Place a Purpose to Maximize Efficiency

Designate a specific spot for the items you buy most so there’s no question where things go when it’s time to unload your groceries. This will also help you to do a quick inventory before your next shopping trip so you can avoid unintentionally buying multiples of the same thing. When straightening your goods, make a list of meals that can be made from the supplies in your pantry. This will come in handy when you want to make something quick and easy.

Get Your Pantry at Woodcraft Furniture

The first step toward your kitchen organization is getting a well-built pantry from Woodcraft Furniture. We are able to offer a wide variety of kitchen pantries because we work with over a dozen regional wood shops that use domestic hardwoods to create unique woodcraft furniture. Come by one of our locations to see what we offer or go online to view your choices.

Selecting a New Bed

How to Choose the Best Bed for You

When you are shopping for new bedroom furniture, there are several factors you should take into account. Read on in today’s blog from the team at Woodcraft Furniture to find the perfect bed for you.

Beds and Mattresses Should Work Together

When you’re shopping for a new bed, always consider what type of mattress you’ll be using with it. Spring mattresses should be paired with spring beds, but slat beds usually use foam mattresses. Whenever possible, you should buy a new bed and a new mattress at the same time, because a new mattress on an old bed won’t last as long as it would on a new one.

Some newer mattresses do not use a boxspring, but instead require a platform design. Many of the beds at Woodcraft Furniture are equipped to handle these mattresses. We have a variety of traditional bed frames as well.

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Quality Construction for Durability and Comfort

Besides having a comfortable mattress, you need a bed with sturdy construction that can handle a long life of use. A good bed should measure up to the size, shape and specific needs of the sleeper. Whichever style of bed you choose to buy from Woodcraft Furniture, you can count on their sturdy construction.

Style Is Important Too

Because the bed is the focal point of any bedroom, it’s critical that you choose a style you and your partner like. If you want to create a warm, welcoming, comfortable feel, you may want to opt for a wooden bed, piled up with quilts and pillows to set a cozy mood. Those who prefer a sleek, modern look should choose a wood bed with clean, minimalist lines. Woodcraft Furniture offers a wide variety of bedroom furniture styles, so you can find the bed or bedroom set that’s just right for you.

Size Matters

Be sure you’ll have a reasonable amount of space around your bed once you place it in the bedroom. If you don’t have a lot of space in your bedroom, a storage bed could be a great option.

Even if you usually sleep by yourself, that doesn’t mean that you should buy a small bed size. Some sleepers need or like a lot of space to feel comfortable, so consider investing in a larger bed. Woodcraft Furniture offers twin, full, queen, or king bed frames, as well as platform beds and storage beds.

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Choose a Bed Together

If you are going to be sharing a bed with someone, then both of you should be involved in selecting a bed you both like that will be big enough for you to share comfortably.

Get Your New Bed at Woodcraft Furniture

While there are a lot of material options when it comes to furniture, nothing can replace real wood pieces. We offer a broad selection because we work with over a dozen regional wood shops that use domestic hardwoods to create unique home furnishing pieces. Come by one of our locations to see what we offer or go online to view your choices. At Woodcraft Furniture, if you can dream it, we can build it!