June 30, 2022
We’ve Never Made The Same Product Twice
Nature is not in the business of consistency. There are no Formica® forests. Every hardwood tree that grows in the Appalachian mountains develops its own graining and tone depending on elevation, severity of the winters, rainfall and competition for sunlight. Once that tree makes it to the lumberyard, it’s up to our buyers to determine if it is Gat Creek-worthy.
“There are specific standards for grading lumber,” said Gat Caperton. “The National Hardwood Lumber Association has spent a century making them as confusing and complicated as possible. While we consider the standards, what we rely on is the old-fashioned eye test. Does it look like it will make a pretty piece of furniture or not.”
June 30, 2022
Timeless Design - What It Means For Our Customers
Want a dresser shaped like a milk carton? With hardware that looks like it came off a barn door? If you’re in the market for something wildly faddish you can find it. Just not at Gat Creek.
“Our design emphasis has been on the beauty of the wood rather than some carving or adornments," Gat Caperton said. "The things we tend to love the most are traditional in overall form but made more contemporary by simplifying.”
In the language of interior designers, Gat Creek’s look is “timeless,” said Katy Anderson, whose boutique design firm serves clients in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. She specializes in creating elegant, functional spaces that are practical and highly fashionable.
July 12, 2021
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.”
March 30, 2021
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.
January 25, 2021
Choosing The Right Dining Table For You And Your HomeIf 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.
September 16, 2020
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.
August 5, 2020
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.
July 19, 2020
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.
June 6, 2020
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.