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. 

Sustainability Story - Converting Wood Waste Into Heat

At Gat Greek, we get a warm feeling inside knowing that part of our sustainable story is making the most of the lumber we purchase. Through no small effort, 90% of the heat for our facility is provided by wood scrap that would otherwise end up in the landfill. During those crisp late fall days or in the middle of a West Virginia winter, we are reminded of the benefits every time we enter the shop to find it toasty warm. Sometimes, we even take the time to reflect on how this simple idea contributes to conserving natural resources and reducing our carbon footprint.

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.”