Sustainably Made-To-Order Products Are More Fashionable And Less Wasteful

For furniture companies manufacturing overseas, maximizing profits means using cheap labor and lesser quality materials, guessing consumer tastes well into the future, shipping many container loads, warehousing the stock and waiting for buyers. Inevitably, the goods that go unsold end up in the landfill to make room for the next wave of shipping containers. That model was always a no-go for Gat Creek. “A sustainable manufacturing model is what we have long been about, building to order and still being competitive with international businesses,” Gat Caperton said. “Our customer wants to pay for beautiful wood, finish and craftsmanship. So that’s what we invest in and get rid of everything else.”

Gat Creek Is Expanding Factory To Build More Furniture

Gat Creek is expanding our facility by 40,000 square feet to build more furniture faster and meet demand. And the work has already begun. A self-confessed manufacturing geek, Gat’s philosophy on expansions is that if you are going to add on space, add on as much as you can. The expansion will ultimately double the factory’s capacity.

Hardwood Lumber Supplies Are Plentiful And Not to Be Confused with Softwoods

Perhaps you’ve been to the lumber store recently to pick up some 2x4s or fence pickets for a repair job. There’s a good chance you experienced a mild cardiac event when you saw the prices. 

“Softwoods like two by fours are up three or four times. For us, we have a short-term bump in pricing of thirty to forty percent,” said Gat Caperton. And in hardwoods, the supply side is robust.

Hard-To-Find Double Beds Are Sized Just Right For Some Bedrooms

The double bed (also called a full) may live in the shadow of the extremely popular queen-sized, but it remains the right choice for some. This is why you’ll find a double option available with every Gat Creek bed.

“I would only recommend a double for an adult who had a space issue,” said interior designer and owner of Design Associates in Wrightsville Beach, NC, Maggie Aardema. “For the amount of space difference, a queen is more comfortable and there are more bedding options for a queen bed.”

Healthier Furniture Materials Let Us Breathe Better Indoors

Considering Americans spend about 65% of their lives inside their homes, we should all be asking hard questions about indoor air quality. Recent studies have found the quality of the air we breathe is significantly impacting our overall health.

“Poor indoor air quality has been linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses,” said Jonsara Ruth, design director at the Healthy Materials Lab for the Parsons School of Design in NYC. “Even diseases like obesity are related to long-term exposure to the chemicals that off-gas from furniture, carpet, and paint."

White Marks On Tabletops: The Curse Of The Hot Pizza Box

Most of us grew up with a piece of furniture in the house — likely a dining table or maybe a coffee or side table — that bore a cloudy white mark on the surface. As your disappointed mother probably pointed out, “it’s because you put something hot there without a pad.” 

Mom was right about that. Your hot pizza box, take-out carton or her hot casserole dish was the culprit. But she wasn’t really correct if she said the furniture was ruined or that the only way to repair it is to refinish the piece. 

Sustainability Story - The Dynamic Energy Duo Of Conservation and Solar Generation

From the beginning, Gat Creek has made environmental responsibility a core value. For example, on our roof we gather sunlight to power our lighting and more. 

“We got our first solar panels probably five or so years ago,” Gat Caperton said. “We’ve always been interested in it but we didn’t have the extra capital to invest until then. We tend to buy CNC machines first and then solar panels. When our budgets allow, we add more panels because although it’s a modest return to us financially, it is a significant return environmentally.”

Caribbean Designer Finds Gat Creek Feels Right At Home In The Islands

This island romance began in 2013 at High Point Market, the world’s largest home furnishings industry trade show. Interior designer Tiffany Cassidy, based out of St. Thomas, V.I., and a friend were doing laps from floor to floor around the show, killing time before an appointment.

“I would have just breezed right by the Gat Creek showroom,” Tiffany recalled. “It was my friend who put the brakes on, and in we went." That, as they say, was the beginning of a beautiful relationship, one many might not have expected.

Choosing The Right Dining Table For You And Your Home

If you’re shopping for a new dining table, it’s a good idea to ask some serious questions first. Because like the right mate, your Gat Creek dining table will play a major role in your life and be around for a long time. For some, that relationship will be formal; the table will have a room of its own, dedicated to hosting meals and only meals. For most of us, though, the dining table is much more, and often central to the home’s activities. Choosing the right size, shape and base combined with an extension or fixed top will play an important role in your enjoyment of your new dining table.

Meet The Gat Creek "Robots"

If science fiction had its way we would all be working for robots by now. That day will likely never come, but there is no doubt that automation has profoundly changed the manufacturing landscape; almost entirely for the good and without making human beings obsolete.  Here at Gat Creek, we owe a good deal of our success to our investment in four CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines. Deploying robots strategically we can build more complex and beautiful furniture, without taxing Gat Creek’s most important asset — our people.