What Makes the ‘Perfect’ Homework Spot?

When school gets underway, figuring out how to create the “perfect” homework spot is a top concern for many parents. But what exactly goes into creating a quality educational environment for your child? Here are three ways wooden desks can help you create the perfect homework spot. Location – Distractions can make it much harder for your child to finish their work on time. As such, many parents find that creating a designated study area in a quiet room can greatly improve their child’s homework performance. However, it’s worth noting that some kids prefer to be closer to the rest of the family, and can even perform better with a bit of background noise. Choose a location that is best suited to your child’s study needs (and that will provide space for their study desk). Comfort – Comfortable wooden chairs can make it much easier for your child to concentrate on their work, but this isn’t the only comfort factor your should consider. Make sure wooden desks have enough space for your child’s worksheets and textbooks. In addition, setting chairs and desks at a comfortable height will allow your child to reach everything they need. Storage – Your kids require a lot of school supplies to get their homework done. Depending on your child’s age, they might need a ruler, index cards, a calculator, sticky notes, paper, or even a computer. Wooden desks utilize drawers and open shelves to keep these supplies organized so your child has no trouble finding what they...
How to Choose the Right Desk For Your Child

How to Choose the Right Desk For Your Child

Having a designated space for homework is one of the best ways to instill good study habits in your child. For the best results, your child’s space needs to be comfortable and functional. As such, choosing the right wooden desks should be a top priority for furnishing your child’s study space. So how can you ensure that you’ve made the right desk selection? First, remember that size matters. Wooden chairs and desks should be sized appropriately so your child can sit comfortably. Comfortable seating can make a huge difference in their ability to focus on their work. It’s also important to consider how your child’s homework load will change in the years to come. As your child’s projects grow, they’ll likely need more space for storing papers and other school supplies. There’s a good chance they will use a computer to complete much of their work. Wooden desks should come equipped with multiple storage drawers for this very purpose. Finally, it also helps to consider how your children will make their study areas into something that feels like it truly belongs to them. Hutches, open shelves, or even the addition of a cork board will make it easy for your child to decorate and customize their desk space and turn a study nook into a fun place for completing their...

Homework: Where & When?

It’s only natural that you’d want your children to do well on their homework. While you shouldn’t do your child’s homework yourself, there are a few key things you can do to help your children perform their best. The Right Place The first thing parents should do is create a designated study area where children can complete their homework. Comfortable wooden desks and wooden chairs can make a big difference in your child’s ability to stay focused on their work. Find other ways to eliminate distractions from your child’s homework area. For example, you might have your child turn off their cell phone prior to starting work or limit computer use while working on homework. A distraction-free study area is an absolute must. The Right Time As valuable as well-crafted wooden desks can be in helping your child perform quality work, the time of day that homework is completed is also important to consider. In general, the earlier your child can complete their homework, the better. Most elementary school teachers recommend that children finish their homework before dinner, because they are often too tired to do quality work afterwards. Because of this, parents should encourage their children to finish homework before watching TV or going to play with...
Finding a Desk the Fits your Needs

Finding a Desk the Fits your Needs

If you’ve already narrowed down your search for a new desk to Northeast Ohio furniture, then you’re certainly starting in the right place. HIgh quality handmade wooden desks stand the test of time, no matter how many hours you log working there. So now that you’ve found the right place, how can you find the right wooden desk? Here are a few important questions to ask yourself before selecting a desk: Where will your desk be? If you have a spacious office at your place of employment or dedicated room for a home office, you can accommodate a larger desk and/or accompanying pieces. If you’re looking to fit your desk into another room and create a workspace in your den, kitchen or living room, you’ll most likely want a desk with a smaller footprint to utilize space effectively. What kind of work will you be doing? If you need a lot of desktop space for large materials or room to work, you’ll certainly want a different model of desk than you would if all you need to work is a small laptop or tablet, with very little accompanying paperwork or materials. What are your storage needs? Do you have a lot of paperwork and materials or virtually none? If you don’t have a need for lots of storage, unused drawers can become places for clutter to collect unnecessarily; in this case, a desk with a larger work surface but fewer drawers would be the perfect option for...
Check out our Master File Cabinet with Bookcase

Check out our Master File Cabinet with Bookcase

The Master File Cabinet with Bookcase is a combination of classic styling with modern functionality that can add storage and style whether it sits in an or office or a living room. It’s versatility truly shines, and we’re happy to share more about this piece of hardwood furniture. The bottom half of the piece features with spacious filing drawers that can be used to store hanging files or any other paperwork or items depending on your needs. Sitting atop the drawers are beautifully finished shelves that can meet your needs whether you’re looking to store your favorite paperbacks and photo albums at home or important documents and items at work. The example piece seen here on our website is constructed out of Rustic Quarter Sawn Oak Wood and finished with a Michael’s Cherry Stain, and can be made for the listed price in Oak, Brown Maple, and Sap & Rustic Cherry Wood. Other wood options are available but may alter the cost to be higher or lower depending on your selection. You can also choose the drawer pulls you’d like on the filing cabinet drawers from a wide selection. We’d be happy to help you design the look you’re hoping to achieve. Come pay us a visit to see the beauty of classic Holmes County...
Tips to Organizing your Office Space

Tips to Organizing your Office Space

Whether you’re starting from scratch in a brand new office or working to make your current space more efficient, organizing is often easier said than done. The first step? Simplify. Start by making sure your space, whether large or small, isn’t being wasted. Start by taking the time to de-clutter and remove anything that isn’t essential. You can add things back in at the end if you have the space, but it’s always easier to start by removing the nonessentials. Find furniture that fills the roles you need. If you need lots of storage for important documents, a wooden file cabinet will work much better than letting everything get buried in desk drawers. If your work requires multiple computer monitors, a large, spacious desktop may take priority over unneeded drawers. Maintenance is key in the long run. Once you have your space cleaned out, it can be easy to let things pile up. Don’t let your desktop or drawers become catch-alls. Make sure to routinely clean out unused or unnecessary items and papers at least once a week. You can set yourself up for organizational success by starting with a solid framework. And folks who are in “in the know” will tell you: When you’re looking for furniture near Wayne County, Ohio, start at Swiss Valley. The quality and longevity of handmade wood furniture simply can’t be replicated....
Why is it important to Have a Quality File Cabinet and Desk

Why is it important to Have a Quality File Cabinet and Desk

If you do something right, you only have to do it once. We believe in quality because we know there’s just no substitute for taking the time to pay attention to the details such as the integrity of the wood, the measurements in the construction and the care put into every hand-completed step of the process. Your environment can affect your mood and even your health. When you’re somewhere that you feel comfortable, with furniture that fits your needs and style, you’re more relaxed and less likely to be distracted by things such as a desk that doesn’t fit the items you need in order to work or a chair that makes your back and hips ache. Beyond the importance of aesthetics and comfort, when you buy hardwood office furniture from us, you know you’re getting high quality materials that are safe for you, your family and your co-workers. You don’t have to wonder where your furniture was made or what chemicals were used. We do everything and know our furniture from start to finish. Have a question? We can answer it because we did the work. Our quality hardwood furniture is made not just to be beautiful, but to serve a purpose. You work hard and your furniture should, too. All of our desks and filing cabinets are thoughtfully designed to fit a variety of purposes. Come visit us in friendly Holmes County in Northeast Ohio today and let us help you find the one that’s perfect for...
Spruce Up Your Office Space With a New File Cabinet from SVF

Spruce Up Your Office Space With a New File Cabinet from SVF

Organization is the foundation to using your time effectively and efficiently. Sifting through stacks of paper, losing important documents, and having a desktop too cluttered to work on? We have a solution as simple as it is elegant. At Swiss Valley Furniture, we offer two-drawer, three-drawer and four-drawer wooden file cabinets to fit a variety of needs, from large organization projects to small ones. All of the file cabinets at Swiss Valley Furniture are made with beautiful natural woods that are made to last the test of time. Drawers are constructed carefully by hand to ensure that it opens and closes smoothly while maintaining integrity for years to come. Lateral file cabinets are great for legal and letter desk purposes. And as with all of our hardwood furniture, each wooden filing cabinet is customizable to fit your needs and style. You can choose from a variety of natural woods, Ohio Certified Stain colors and a range of hardware to create the wooden file cabinet you need. If you’re not sure where to start, we’d be more than happy to show you examples and walk you through the options any time you’d like to visit our showroom. We’re a family business; we take pride in our work and we know you do to. That’s why we know a functional file cabinet that doesn’t sacrifice form to get the job done will help you organize and set yourself up for...
Update Your Office Space!

Update Your Office Space!

If you enjoy your work space, you’ll want to spend more time there — and chances are you’ll even be more productive! So how you can you update your office space to be both inviting and comfortable without sacrificing functionality? Wood furniture brings the beauty of nature indoors and our high-quality handmade wood pieces are thoughtfully designed to meet your needs. Here are three tips to update your office space with the unique look and lasting quality of handmade Northeast Ohio furniture. Start with a solid desk. It’s the backbone of any office space, so a sturdy and long-lasting handmade wooden desk sets you up for success. The quality of hardwood furniture is an investment that will pay off for years to come. Utilize bookcases effectively for storage and style. Shelves aren’t just for books and files. Use them to display framed artwork, a unique clock, meaningful objects or decorative pieces. Organize paperwork and clear clutter with a wooden file cabinet. Clutter can easily overwhelm your workspace and, in turn, you. Control the paper clutter and have everything neatly in its place with a wooden file cabinet. Not only will this simple solution free up workspace, but it certainly saves time if you know where important papers are instead of having to dig for them each time they are...
Feature: Small Writing Desk

Feature: Small Writing Desk

Life can be complicated enough; the classic simplicity of a wood workspace is just what you need to help you get back to basics. The small writing desk is one of our favorites here at Swiss Valley Furniture. From the detailing on the legs of the desk to the smooth, level finish along the top, this little beauty makes an impact that’s anything but small. Handcrafted desks come in all shapes and sizes; while the idea of wooden desk might bring to mind something large and imposing, the small writing desk is just the opposite. Measuring in at 30 inches tall, 30 inches wide and 20 inches deep, the small writing desk can help you to create a functional workspace without sacrificing a ton of floor space in your home or office. The small writing desk is available in a wide variety of woods, including Brown Maple, Cherry, Elm, Hickory, Oak, Quarter Sawn Oak, Rustic Cherry, Rustic Quarter Sawn Oak, Sap Cherry. You can also choose the perfect shade for you from our Ohio Certified Stain (OCS) collection. And what’s a desk without a chair? Since there’s nothing quite like the quality of fully customizable Holmes County handmade furniture, let us build you something to match your needs. For example, our wooden chairs can be perfectly stained and finished to match our wooden desks — including the small writing desk from Swiss Valley Furniture, of...
Feature: Jackson Raised Panel Convertible Crib

Feature: Jackson Raised Panel Convertible Crib

When preparing for the arrival of a new baby, few things are more important than setting up a place for them to sleep. And when it comes to handcrafted cribs, you can’t go wrong with the Jackson Raised Panel Convertible Crib from Swiss Valley Furniture. These wooden cribs utilize the same design style that has made our American Baby Classics line so popular. Crafted from the wood of your choice (such as oak, sap cherry, or brown maple), the beautiful design and stain options allow these cribs to fit any home decor style. Of course, safety is of paramount importance when planning for your newborn’s sleeping arrangements, and the Jackson Raised Panel Convertible Crib fully accounts for this important issue. These cribs actually exceed the standards put in place by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, with a durable design and appropriately spaced slats that will prevent any unfortunate accidents.  Best of all, though, the Jackson Raised Panel Convertible Crib is designed to grow alongside your child. These handcrafted cribs won’t become useless as soon as your child starts walking and talking. Rather, with the addition of a youth conversion kit and even a full bed conversion kit, this beautiful furniture piece can get continued use throughout your child’s life!  These long-lasting and gorgeous wooden cribs are the perfect fit for your growing...
Welcoming a New Baby?

Welcoming a New Baby?

Few life changes are more exciting than the addition of a new baby to the family! But is your home ready for your new arrival? With diapers, baby formula, and other items filling up your shopping list, it is essential that you don’t overlook something even more important—baby furniture!  We all know that babies need their own special sleeping arrangements, and at Swiss Valley Furniture, our handcrafted cribs provide the perfect solution. Our wooden cribs are available in several styles to match your personal preferences, while still providing a safe and comfortable place for your child to sleep. Better yet, our handcrafted cribs are designed to grow alongside your child, with conversion kits that allow you to easily expand them into a youth bed or full bed.  Of course, your baby won’t just need a place to sleep. Our handcrafted changing tables make it easy for you to take care of your child’s needs, with a changing station at the perfect height for easy use. As with our wooden cribs, these changing tables are still very useful as your child continues to grow, serving as a great dresser or storage cabinet.  With these high-quality furniture pieces, you’ll be ready to welcome your new...
5 Benefits of a Cedar Chest

5 Benefits of a Cedar Chest

Pest Protection – One of the greatest benefits of a cedar chest is that cedar wood serves as a natural deterrent against moths and other pests. With a cedar chest, you won’t have to buy mothballs to keep your clothes in good shape! Appearance – Rather than serve as a boring storage area, a cedar chest offers a distinct, beautiful look that could easily become the highlight of your room. Its rich reddish-brown color, heavy grain, and knots makes each wood furniture piece look unique. Durability – The strength of cedar wood makes it a popular choice for storage chests and other handcrafted furniture pieces. Even when put under pressure, the wood is unlikely to warp or shift away from the wall. Sustainability – Cedar wood is an environmentally friendly choice, as the wood used for cedar chests and other wood furniture pieces typically comes from controlled forest areas. Aroma – The natural cedar oil that drives away moths and other insects also provides a pleasant aroma. You won’t need to buy air fresheners with the sweet smell of cedar in your...
Feature: Bunk Beds

Feature: Bunk Beds

When you have limited space and a growing family, setting up comfortable sleeping arrangements can seem like a challenge. But when you purchase bunk beds for your children, you can completely transform the way you use your home. Here’s how these Ohio wooden bedsets can benefit your family.  Naturally, one of the most noticeable advantages of these wood furniture pieces is that they open up additional floor space in your children’s bedroom. This creates extra room for games or other furniture pieces, ensuring that the room doesn’t feel too cramped. Better yet, this allows you to use another room as a home office or den, when it would normally serve as an extra bedroom. Some of the Ohio wooden bedsets offered by Swiss Valley Furniture take this space-saving idea a step further by integrating study desks into the bunk bed design—helping you make even more of your children’s limited space. If your kids are feeling really creative, they can even turn their bunk bed into an impressive fort for a great rainy day activity.  Bunk beds aren’t just great for young families. Many grandparents find that these wood furniture pieces are a great guest bedroom solution. Rather than needing to have several rooms set aside for when the grandkids come for a visit, a bunk bed can make staying at grandma’s a fun sleepover experience.  With their impressive flexibility and space sharing, your family can’t go wrong with these Ohio wooden...
Creating a Sophisticated Office Space

Creating a Sophisticated Office Space

With more and more people working from home these days, a sophisticated office space has become an increasingly important part of home design. So how can you make the most of your home office? Start by ensuring that your office promotes a healthy work environment. If you need peace and quiet while working, don’t set up your home office in a place where the kids will be running by all day! Even small considerations—like painting the walls a color you like or giving yourself a decent view from the window—can bring a positive energy to your workspace.  Furniture can also play a large role in your office’s style and function. A wooden bookcase or wooden file cabinets are a great way to store important documents, books, and anything else you might need for your day-to-day work. Of course, choosing furniture pieces that match your personal style can also make entering your office a pleasant (rather than dreaded) experience.  When selecting wooden desks, be sure to consider how you would need to use your desk space—many people do much more than just use their computer. Choosing wooden desks that are the right size can make a big difference in your ability to be productive. For example, Swiss Valley Furniture’s Master Corner Desk provides a large L-shaped workspace with room for multiple projects. If you’re short on space, an option like the Modern Shaker Desk w/Hutch can help you maximize a smaller area with above-desk storage hutches.  When you pay attention to both style and function—whether it be in selecting a wooden bookcase or choosing office decorations—you’ll be able to get...
Feature: Master Desk With Hutch

Feature: Master Desk With Hutch

Keeping a home office properly furnished and organized isn’t always an easy task. But with a Master Desk with Hutch from Swiss Valley Furniture, you’ll be able to turn your home office into a true productivity center.  While we may use traditional methods to manufacture our furniture, these wooden desks are crafted with modern home office needs in mind. The desk is large and spacious, with a keyboard drawer available to facilitate the use of a desktop computer. Even more handy is the wire hole in the hutch just above the desk surface, which provides a convenient solution for keeping computer cables and other wires safely out of the way.  Of course, this handcrafted furniture piece can do much more than simply serve as a computer workstation. With letter filing cabinets on each side of the spacious kneehole area and adjustable shelves in the hutch, these wooden desks provide plenty of space to help you organize business-related files, family documents, and other important papers.  No furniture piece from Swiss Valley Furniture would be complete without an added emphasis on style and beauty. Handcrafted from quarter sawn oak, brown maple, sap cherry, and other beautiful types of wood, our Master Desk with Hutch is sure to add an extra level of style and sophistication to your home office.  By combining functionality and style, the Master Desk with Hutch is the perfect way to complete your home office furnishings. With the right organization in place and stylish decor to match, you can feel—and perform—like a true...

The Advantages of Buying Custom Furniture

In a day and age when it seems like almost everyone purchases bland, identical furniture pieces from “big box” stores, it’s nice to know that there’s a better way to furnish your home. At Swiss Valley Furniture, we believe that providing custom handcrafted furniture options is the best way to help you find high-quality furniture pieces that match your lifestyle and personality.  Without a doubt, one of the biggest advantages of buying custom furniture is the level of quality and craftsmanship that goes into each piece. It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying wooden tables or outdoor seating; our team of experts handcrafts each piece using timeless techniques.  This furniture isn’t cheaply manufactured by a machine. Our wood furniture is built to last, serving your family for generations to come. Even more importantly, each furniture piece will function properly, thanks to the careful attention to detail each of our craftsmen provides. This personal touch lends each custom piece a unique, one-of-a-kind quality  Custom handcrafted furniture also has an intrinsic beauty not found in other furniture products. Every detail is accounted for, from the wood grain and staining to a functional but beautiful design. This allows your custom furniture piece to blend perfectly with your home decor or serve as the perfect starting point for your interior design dreams.  Why settle for less? With custom handcrafted furniture, you’ll have the perfect piece for your...
Taking Care of Your Wooden Furniture

Taking Care of Your Wooden Furniture

Wood furniture can add an extra level of beauty to your home, but its aesthetic appeal will be fleeting if you don’t care for it properly. Thankfully, following a few simple maintenance guidelines will help you keep your wood furniture in top shape.  Dusting is one of the best ways to care for your wood furniture. Over time, dust buildup can result in scratches and the creation of a filmy layer that diminishes your furniture’s appearance. Using a slightly damp lint-free cloth is a highly effective way of cleaning dust without the risk of scratching your furniture. While water-based cleaners or all-purpose sprays usually aren’t recommended for wood furniture, there may be times when you need to clean up a sticky spill. Rather than using an abrasive cleaner, simply dip a cloth in water that has been mixed with some mild soap. Wring the cloth out before wiping down your wood furniture and be sure to dry the furniture after for an effective cleaning solution.  Treated wooden outdoor furniture and other products are typically protected with a wax layer, but over time, you may need to reapply a layer of paste wax to provide continued protection to your furniture. Remember to only apply light coats of wax into your furniture and buff it dry for the best...
Make the Most of Your Entryway With a Hall Bench

Make the Most of Your Entryway With a Hall Bench

Is your home’s entryway a disorganized, cluttered mess? Do your kids leave shoes, coats, and other items scattered across the floor, posing a tripping hazard for the entire family? Worse yet, are they tracking mud throughout the house? With the help of the right wood products, it doesn’t have to be that way.  At Swiss Valley Furniture, we craft a wide variety of wooden hall benches designed to help you get organized and make the most of your entryway. With a functional design that combines coat hangers and storage cabinets for shoes and other objects, you can keep your entryway neat and clean, even when space is limited.  These handcrafted furniture pieces range in width from 30 to 62 inches to perfectly fit your available space. By placing these furniture pieces right by the front door, your family won’t have any excuse not to hang up their coats or store their shoes out of the way. Better yet, the inclusion of a bench in this handcrafted furniture piece also provides a comfortable place for putting on or taking off shoes.  Our beautiful handcrafted hall benches will add an extra level of style and class to your entryway, helping you keep your home clean so you can make a good impression when guests come to...
Check Out All of Our Kitchen Accessories!

Check Out All of Our Kitchen Accessories!

Anyone who has ever spent much time in a kitchen knows that there’s much more to a great kitchen than a dining table and some chairs. For many homeowners, the right kitchen accessories are what make all the difference in providing a great environment for cooking and social interactions.  We offer a wide range of wood products to help you transform your kitchen, including bread boxes, Lazy Susan’s, napkin holders, and even storage hutches and cabinets! With the help of our kitchen accessories, you’ll have an easier time than ever staying organized so you can make good use of your kitchen. Our kitchen accessories aren’t limited to traditional items, either. Our craftsmen can also construct microwave cabinets and lift top trash cans that are perfect for the modern kitchen.  With a wide range of wood types, stains, and design options, our kitchen accessories are the perfect fit for any home. Whether you wish to create a more rustic appearance or a high-end modern look, our kitchen accessories will provide both style and function to make this room your favorite part of the...