Common Furniture Woods

Common Furniture Woods

While many types of wood are used in the creation of handcrafted furniture, not all varieties are created equal. Some offer superior beauty and durability, while others are easier to work with. How can you identify different types of wood based on their appearance? Here’s a short guide, that Swiss Valley Furniture uses, to help you identify some of the most common varieties:     Red Oak: A common selection for solid wood furniture, red oak has a distinct reddish cast that sets it apart from the gray-brown of white oak. Both types of oak feature prominent streaks in their open grain.   Cherry: Cherry is a highly-valued hardwood due to its durability and beautiful look. Cherry’s color ranges from light brown to a dark red/brown mix. Its attractive, closed grain usually features a somewhat mottled appearance, making it a popular choice for wood furniture.   Maple: This dense hardwood is usually light brown in color, though it sometimes features a reddish cast. Maple is most commonly found with a straight grain, though wavy patterns are also sometimes...
Desks Provide Maximum Storage

Desks Provide Maximum Storage

While there may be other parts of your house that get more regular use, few rooms are more important than your home office. But whether it serves as your base of operations for your freelancing work or you simply use it to store important family documents and manage email, it’s easy for papers and other items to overwhelm your office space. Because of this, our wooden desks offer more than just a stylish handcrafted workspace—they also provide maximum storage.   At Swiss Valley Furniture, we understand that every home office is different, which is why we offer a wide variety of wooden desks to meet your individual needs. From a traditional desk with only minimal drawer space to our Master Desk with Hutch (which comes complete with spacious drawers and above-head cabinets), our options ensure you’ll have just as much space as you need to store documents, pens, and other important office materials.   Still concerned about having enough storage space? Each of our wooden desks can be fully customized to your exact specifications—whether you need an extra-large table surface or additional drawers or shelf space, we can work with you to create a beautiful handcrafted workspace that provides all the room you...
Feature: Hardwood Hutches

Feature: Hardwood Hutches

Are you in need of additional storage space in your dining room? Do you want a unique and stylish way to display your fine china and other accessories? Or perhaps you’re looking for something that can accomplish both of these tasks. Either way, you’re in luck! Swiss Valley Furniture’s hardwood hutches are the perfect solution for these common household concerns.   Wooden hutches are different from other kitchen storage options because they combine both cabinet shelving and a display case into a single piece of furniture! The cabinet space and sliding doors in the lower part of the hutch are perfect for storing dining supplies and other items, while the upper shelves typically offer a unique case for displaying fine silver or china. These elegant handcrafted furniture products add a distinct flair to any dining room or kitchen.   Available in several design options, the wooden hutches sold by Swiss Valley Furniture are also completely customizable to better match your personal taste and storage preferences. Want to cut down on display space so you can make room for additional storage? Not a problem. Our woodworkers are able to craft fully customized hutches to create the perfect fit for your dining room. This practical and stylish piece of handcrafted furniture is sure to put the finishing touch on your dining room...
How to Distress Wood

How to Distress Wood

While many homeowners want their wood furniture to have a brand new, flawless appearance, the use of weathered and distressed wood products has become an increasingly popular trend. But how is this vintage look created? There are several methods that are used to achieve a rustic style.   Hand distressing is a popular way to make your furniture look weathered and distressed. There are multiple ways to create different looks. Using a hand planer is a great way to create ridge lines in the furniture, without them being clean. After doing this you can either leave the ridges as is, rough, or you can take sand paper and give the ridge lines a smooth rolling feel.   Other things you can do by hand is wearing the edges with sand paper, for a medium distressed look or a hatchet to give it a rough sawn look. Doing it this will give the piece a heavy distressed look. Taking a wire brush is also another way to get a unique distressed look.   Mechanical distressing is used to mimic the appearance of rough-sawn or wear-damaged wood. Cutting the wood’s surface with an older framing blade is perfect for achieving the rough-sawn look, while chisel tips and scratch awls are typically used to add stylistic scratches and nicks to achieve a worn appearance on doors and other wood products.   It’s best to exercise caution with any of these methods for distressing and weathering wood (or better yet, leave the work to the pros). Different types of wood may react differently to these techniques, which is why it is always a...
The Wood Guide

The Wood Guide

When it comes to purchasing handmade furniture, it’s understandable that you would want something that matches your style, while still providing the absolute best quality. But as our Ohio wooden furniture experts explain, the type of wood you choose for your furniture not only has a direct impact on the appearance of your wood products, but also their durability, finishing options, and cost. Here’s a brief look at some of the most popular types of wood we here, at Swiss Valley Furniture, use for our handmade furniture: Oak: We primarily use red oak, which features small knots, color variations, and burls which add a unique character to each of our wood products. This durable wood’s great value makes it a popular choice. We also use quarter sawn oak, which exposes a different side of the grain for a beautiful look. Cherry: With its smooth grain and gorgeous pink heartwood, cherry is a popular, elegant choice. While many wood products use a select grade of cherry that is free from knots and pits, we can also use sap cherry and rustic cherry, which utilizes sap streaks and heavy knots for a unique rustic look that is also less expensive. Maple: We use two varieties of maple. White maple is very light in color and has almost no grain, which is why it is only suitable for natural stains. Less durable brown maple, on the other hand, is more easily stained and comes with a fine texture that makes it a popular choice for buyers who wish to add paint colors to their handmade furniture. Hickory: This exquisite hardwood is truly...
Bedroom Set That Fits Your Style

Bedroom Set That Fits Your Style

Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your home—after all, it’s where you go to get a good night’s sleep, which is essential to your overall well-being! So doesn’t it make sense that you should have high-quality wooden bedsets that match your personal style? Here are some key tips to help you find the right wood furniture for your bedroom.   First, start by examining the dimensions of your bedroom. After all, a smaller room may not have adequate space for Northeast Ohio style bedroom furniture. You may only have room for your bed! If this is the case, you’re not completely out of luck. Some wooden bedsets actually come with shelving areas in the frame to help you more efficiently use your available space. And of course, a bed with a higher frame can provide additional storage space under your bed.   Once you understand the space limitations of your bedroom, you’re free to search for wood furniture that can fit in your room and matches your personal taste. Swiss Valley Furniture has a wide variety of wooden bedsets, providing you with extensive texture, color, and design options so you can find a style that appeals to you. And with beds available in multiple sizing options, it’s easy to find the perfect fit for your...
Why is Allowing Your Wood to Cure so Important?

Why is Allowing Your Wood to Cure so Important?

If you’ve ever purchased wood products, chances are, you’ve heard the term “curing” in reference to your wood. But what is curing, and why is it so important? Here’s a brief explanation to help you understand how this process protects your wooden furniture.   At Swiss Valley Furniture, our curing process involves the use of dual component finishing products that are applied to finished pieces of wood furniture. These products are applied at the end of the manufacturing process and play an essential role in protecting your wood from heat damage, stains, and other factors that could damage your furniture’s appearance.   During the first month after your wood furniture has been manufactured, however, the wood is still vulnerable, as our finishing products typically require between 7 days, one week to achieve their maximum protective quality. Buyers need to exercise additional caution during this time if they wish to maintain their furniture’s appearance.   Wood furniture is particularly vulnerable to heat-related damage during this period. To protect your wooden furniture, always place coasters or table pads between hot objects (like coffee mugs or serving bowls) and the furniture’s surface. These simple precautions will allow your finish to reach its full strength and provide the durability needed for your furniture to last a...
Why You Don’t Want Your Wood Furniture in Direct Sunlight

Why You Don’t Want Your Wood Furniture in Direct Sunlight

No home feels complete without comfortable furniture for your home. After all, what could be more relaxing than sitting down, watching TV or conversing with your family? However, if your  furniture is made of wood, you may want to rethink its placement. Exposure to direct sunlight can have a significant negative impact on your wood furniture.   Here at Swiss Valley Furniture we know that direct sunlight can harm your wood furniture in several ways, significantly damaging its overall appearance. Over time, exposure to the sun’s rays can cause the wood’s color to fade over time. While UV-resistant coatings can slow down this process, continued exposure to direct sunlight can permanently alter the look of wooden chairs and other furniture.   Worse yet, when sunlight is combined with intense heat, your wood furniture is at a much higher risk of drying out. In severe cases, this can cause the wood to split, requiring time-consuming repairs (or even a total replacement) to restore the look of your wood furniture.   As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Keep your wood furniture in top condition by keeping it out of direct...