May 26, 2014

How to Buy Quality Hand-Crafted Furniture in a Mass-Produced World

True Craftsman Quality

In a world flooded with cheap knock-offs, mass-produced furniture and plasticized everything; it can be a challenge to find the real thing. But more and more people are aware of the benefits that come from buying quality, and many people choose to spend a bit more to get them. Here’s just a few of the many benefits of hand-crafted wood furniture:

• Option for custom-built pieces
• Unique, one-of-a-kind furniture
• Potentially more ethical, environmentally friendly practices
• Potential to use more recycled materials
• Furniture that is more rugged and durable
• Lesser shipping costs (for local shops)
• FSC certification (may vary from shop to shop)

Often, buying real wood furniture, built by true craftsmen, can cost you an arm and a leg. Not to mention having to wait for your pieces to be made and delivered. Plus, if you want to stock a large quantity, or carry inventory, it can be difficult for smaller shops to supply. That is if you can find a handmade wood furniture manufacturer near you!

Pros and Cons to Mass-Producing

On the other hand, a major consideration for people considering the benefits offered by mass-produced furniture is the impact that these products typically have on the environment. Large manufacturing plants (specifically those overseas) will often use many harmful materials in the manufacture of their furniture. Synthetics, chemicals, unsustainably sourced natural materials and mis-use of peoples and their lands all contribute to the negative costs of many mass-produced alternatives. So as a furniture store or dealer, how do you offer that same handcrafted quality that comes from a small workshop, without the delays and additional costs; or the downsides of mass-production?

Have Your Pie and Eat it Too...

Well aware of the disadvantages of mass-producing; and of the advantages found in hand-crafted furniture; we have built our wood furniture manufacturing business on many of the same principles as a small scale handcrafting wood shop. Things like care and attention to detail (on each and every project, no matter what the scale) and a genuine value for great customer service and satisfaction. Add to that our state of the art CNC milling technologies, environmentally friendly practices, and a team of craftsmen and designers for a small-shop feel with mass-producing capabilities!

Mass-Production Without Compromising the Environment

We also source our wood from local FSC certified sources, often making use of wood that otherwise may be wasted, mainly because of its length. Our furniture manufacturing facilities are located in Vermont, which means that the shipping and transportation requirements of raw materials and finished products is much less than manufacturers located overseas. That means a smaller carbon footprint, and cost savings in many ways.

So if you’re looking for wood furniture parts or finished wood furniture built with craftsman quality, along with the capability of mass-production, Newport Furniture Parts has what you need. We don’t just build furniture, we also offer a wide range of services to help you run your furniture business efficiently and with minimal impact on your budget and the environment. Give us a call today to learn more.

 

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