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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.

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.

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.

Itching For Scratch-Free Furniture? We Need To Talk.

It seems there are two kinds of people in the world when it comes to owning beautifully made furniture. Those who want it to forever look like it just arrived from the workshop, and the rest of us.

We’re only slightly kidding. The truth is that all things in life will show wear and tear when used — leather goods, household appliances, even a diamond can be scratched by another diamond. But when we’re talking about your new Gat Creek dining table we know that seeing the first little scratch can be stressful.

Rare, Wonderful Walnut Joins The Gat Creek Stable

It is the passion of woodworkers, darling of interior designers, bane to horses and a legend among hardwoods. Walnut — specifically American Black Walnut — enjoys a well-earned reputation as the premier lumber for crafting fine furniture. Gat Creek is proud to now offer it as a material option. No other wood possesses its unique stability and hardness, its remarkable graining and coloration. You simply can’t fake walnut’s aesthetic appeal. (More on the horses later.)

Gat Creek Earns Product Stability UL Verified Designation

Gat Caperton doesn’t mince words when it comes to safety: “It’s who we are. Indoor air quality, the safety of our environment and sustainably managed forests, the health and safety of our workers and our community. Of course furniture stability is going to be important to us.”

So important that the company has taken the voluntary steps and made the investment in on-site lab and testing processes to assure consumers that Gat Creek furniture is Product Stability Verified. The designation, developed by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) and global safety science company UL, helps consumers identify products that meet its standard for tip-over safety.

Cherry Furniture Color Grows Richer Over Time

If only we all aged as beautifully as cherry wood.

Time and the elements aren’t necessarily charitable to all things: that Oldsmobile sitting on cinder blocks in a field, the Persian rug in uneven light beneath a bay window, the sun-worshipper in his golden years. But cherry wood is an exception. The way it improves with age is why furniture made of solid cherry may be the most prized in America.

Forest Stewards: Gat Creek Is Certified Sustainable & Legal by AHMI

It is simply a fact of life that not everything is what it appears to be. And that can be especially true with the furniture you buy.

“In furniture manufacturing, lumber is quite often purchased from around the world,” says Tom Inman, president of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Incorporated. “Unfortunately, that lumber could have been harvested illegally, with little or no consideration for the long term health of the resource and the environment that sustains it.