It's In The Mail! Get To Know Your Gat Creek Builder

After much deliberation you’ve decided on the Gat Creek furniture for your home, selected the solid wood type, the finish, the hardware and placed your order. Oh, the anticipation. Wouldn’t a note from the builder of your furniture be nice? We’ve always thought so.

Simply let the trade professional or the retailer where you bought the furniture know you’d like to hear from the builder. We’ll alert the builder who will send a postcard to let you know they’ve started working on your furniture. You might hear from Phil or Paige Wagner - a husband and wife who are among our most experienced artisans.

How to Choose The Right Mattress Height For Your New Bed

With so many mattresses of various heights, foundations and toppers to consider, deciphering it all to create the most aesthetic and practical bed/mattress arrangement can seem like a nightmare.

Our website hosts a helpful guide showing the measurements of our beds. Knowing the depth of all your components combined — mattress, foundation (i.e. box spring, if you use one) and topper (if you use one) — you can easily select which bed will provide your desired look and sleeping surface height.

Rest easy, all these choices mean there’s a perfect combination just for you.

Old School Polish Is Just Plain Bad For New Furniture

If you grew up seeing your grandmother or parents routinely apply polish to the furniture, you may be conditioned to mimic that behavior. Nothing against family traditions, but putting polish on solid hardwood furniture is one tradition we recommend you reconsider. 

Our catalyzed lacquer finish makes polish unnecessary. Your Gat Creek furniture leaves the workshop with a super stable, long-lasting protective layer against the effects of air and moisture. If you have an ancestral need to apply something to your Gat Creek furniture, let it be Aristo Shield.

How Better Furniture Can Make Work From Home Work For You

For newcomers to working from home, difficulty concentrating is common. So is procrastination. Experts tell us there are ways to minimize the power of distractions and a well-appointed, organized workspace tops the list. Don't you think now is the time to create a productive home office with the help of furniture that's designed for the task?

Cleaner lines, modern spirit, flexibility and fun meet today’s tastes and demands for home office furniture. At Gat Creek, you can scale it up if you have a dedicated room as a home office and scale it down if you’re sharing space in a family room, extra bedroom or great room.

Where To Find Sustainably Made Furniture? Right Here

In just 14 years, the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) has grown from a seed of an idea into one of the industry’s most influential voices for environmental responsibility. Credit the rapid growth and impact to two things: consumers’ awareness of and desire for safer, more sustainable products, and a leadership group wholly dedicated and committed to sustainability.

Hundreds of domestic and international manufacturers, designers and retailers comprise SFC’s membership. Gat Creek is proud to be a founding member with Silver Exemplary status. For a complete list of Sustainable Furnishings Council member companies visit sustainablefurnishings.org.

Seven Things You Should Know About Painted Furniture

We are often asked for details about our painted finishes. How does classic paint differ from hand glazed? Is there a protective top coat on top of the paint? Can I choose my own color?

Painted furniture can make a bold statement, a subtle punctuation, or anything in between. To supply you with the confidence to express yourself in color, we offer answers to the seven most frequently asked questions about Gat Creek painted furniture.

Virus-Proofing Gat Creek Furniture: Treat Your Table Like Your Hands

We have all become more aware of the surfaces we interact with every day and most of us are regularly disinfecting those surfaces with all manner of concoctions from homemade to industrial strength. So are there particular formulations that work better than others on solid wood? 

Your current cleaning regimen is very likely more than sufficient to maintain safety for your family. “Treat your tables like your hands. Use soap and water," said Gat Caperton. "You don’t need an alcohol-based disinfectant but if you feel more reassured using using one, that’s fine. It won’t harm your solid wood.” 

An Open And Soft-Close Lesson On Well-Made Drawers

The quality of a drawer box reveals worlds about the craftsmanship of the piece and the values of its maker. The first indication of authenticity? Joinery; look for dovetail joints. “The drawer front is almost always the first point of failure due to the forces of opening and closing,” Gat said. “Dovetail joints interlock the drawer front to its sides and will essentially outlast any other joint.” When crafting drawer sides, Gat Creek uses solid ash, an extremely stable and durable hardwood. For the drawer bottom, another area of potential failure, we select 3/8-inch wood.

Do You Know Where Your Furniture Is Made?

Would it surprise you to learn that 86% of the wood furniture sold in the U.S. is not made here? That means the majority of America’s most familiar and famous furniture brands have chosen to export furniture manufacturing jobs. If given a full accounting, the price tags on off-shored products don’t fully reflect their costs in illegal harvesting, unsafe factories, abused workers, and environmental damage.

Our customers value the reassurances that the hardwood we use is sustainably harvested from regional forests; that our workers earn a good wage, receive benefits, have a safe and supportive workplace; that quality control is 24/7/365 to ensure their furniture is extraordinarily crafted, properly finished and is safe for their home and family; that their custom order can ship quickly with the smallest possible carbon footprint.

Lean Is The Muscle Behind Our Makers

While it may seem like a magic wand invented by the auto industry, Lean Manufacturing is a process that encompasses a variety of practices depending on the trade. “Our business is particularly well-suited to Lean principles,” Gat explained. “With a piece of solid lumber I can make a bed, or a table or a dresser. Unlike a car manufacturer that is dealing with thousands of parts to source and manage.” Lean works for both industries, but for Gat Creek the complexity is vastly reduced.

“Really it’s as simple as listening to our customer and focusing on the things she cares about,” Gat said. “And our customers care about the finest material and craftsmanship.”