Rustic Log Furniture, How to Find Quality Furniture and a Trust Worthy Seller

The great thing about looking for a retailer or manufacturer of rustic log furniture is there are plenty of sellers out there these days, especially with the age of the world wide web. Since the birth of the internet everyone and there brother seem to have tried to start making and selling all types of rustic furniture online, but what I am sure that they found out is that making log furniture the right way is a hard task to achieve. Now don’t take me the wrong way there are some great builders of this style of furniture and you will notice they are the craftsmen that have been around for a while. So knowing this let me tell you how to make the right decision on choosing your rustic furniture.

One of the first things you need to decide is the species of wood you would like to go with, there are dozens of them out there, but only a couple of good species that will stand up to the elements outside. There is hickory, cypress , pine(not recommended), aromatic cedar, eastern white cedar, Northern white cedar etc. As for the species I mentioned I can tell a little about each, hickory is a nice species but I noticed the furniture I see made is that the diameter of the wood is always small and I get a little suspicious of the strength of it. Cypress, has hardly no grain that I see compared to the rest. Pine is absolutely not for me, it is sappy and soft and it is not very durable. Aromatic cedar is a beautiful wood but when it weathers if turns dark in the elements untreated. Eastern white cedar people will say it is the same as Northern white cedar, but let me tell you its not, I know from working with it. The wood is really knotty and hairy compared to Northern white cedar. The looks are similar in color and the aging process is the same. As for Northern white cedar it weathers to a beautiful silvery gray if untreated and exposed to the elements. Northern white cedar can with stand the elements for years, some say that it will last for 50 years outside untreated, but I can tell you by experience that it really only last for 20 years. White cedar is not sappy at all, making it easier to stain or varnish unlike other species, like pine that will actually have the sap come out years later, right through the paint or varnish that was on there.

Once you decided the species the next thing to do is find the retailer out there selling the log furniture with that wood. When you locate this seller, keep in mind that if that seller is just a middleman, you will not get the service you will get from the actual manufacturer. More than likely, if that person is not the manufacturer and is just a website owner or guru, it is probably just a drop ship situation and they will surely tell you they can get you the furniture right away, when they have no idea of the inventory or how busy the manufacturer really is (don’t be fooled with factory direct, sales pitches). Second, just how much can that person really know about rustic log furniture if they are just an order taker. Dealing with the person who is actually handcrafting your furniture and can tell you exactly when it will be done, is by far a more reliable way to purchase your furniture. Trust me, there are more websites out there selling log furniture then there are manufacturers of it.

Now we can get to the construction of the log furniture. Some log furniture is sanded smooth, some are skipped peeled, some have the bark on and some are completely peeled. As for which one is better, I can only tell you what I think. The sanded log furniture definitely takes away from the rustic feel, skipped peel is a nice look, but I wonder about the smoothness of the wood with just a peel on parts of the log. The furniture with the bark left on definitely has to have some sort of finish on it to keep the bark on, and sometimes I have seen where the bark will peel off over time. Completely peeled log furniture is smooth with out splinters and can easily be treated and has the true rustic look and feel. Getting past that you should then take note of how the log furniture is actually connected together. Some furniture is just butted up together and is nailed, I do not recommend that style of construction. Most have a mortise and tenon connection, which is extremely durable. Things to watch out for with this is the size of the dowels, some out there will go with a smaller diameter dowel meaning their logs are usually smaller too. I recommend asking the diameter and make sure it is at least 1.25″, since that is the weakest point of the furniture. The diameter of the logs should be no less than 3″ as far as I am concerned. Most of the rustic log furniture I see on the internet does not meet that size on a good percentage of there lines of furniture, even though it looks large in the pictures I would definitely ask the sizes of the logs to get a good comparison from one builder to the next. The hardware that is used on the log furniture is a big factor also, because if you are going to have your furniture exposed to the rain and snow or what ever you don’t want the hardware starting to bleed or rust, all the hardware should be zinc coated on all parts of the furniture. This is one of the many ways that some of the manufacturers and garage builders cheapen the quality of the furniture. Another thing to look for in the hardware part of it is whether they nail or screw the furniture together, screws are the better way to go than nails, but nails that are hot dipped in glue are just as good as screws. The nails without the glue coating will actually start to back out over time due to the fibers of the wood pushing on them. If you take a closer look at the pictures and ask some of these questions you will get two things out of it, 1. You will find the better quality log furniture and 2. You will find out if that person who is selling you the furniture really truly knows anything about rustic furniture.

Other than construction or species the only thing I can tell you about looking for a quality piece of rustic furniture is that you should take a closer look at the company you are dealing with. Building rustic furniture is not like building a square table that can be pre cut to length and then put together on an assembly line. Rustic furniture needs plenty of design work, custom fitting, lots of judgmental decisions being made do to the differences of the sizes of stock, and craftsmanship that you do not get from the builders that have 75 employees, there is now way that all the employees have these kind of skills or patience or pride, they are on an assembly line slapping the pieces together and getting the furniture out the door to you, plus they have the big money to market the product and get the exposure to be seen by the public. Notice while your looking on the Internet or anywhere else that there are plenty of sites or stores with the same manufacturers, these are the big companies. Getting your rustic furniture from a small company that has been in business for at least 10 years and takes pride in every hand fitted piece, will give you all the things you need to get a quality piece of rustic furniture that will last for a long time to come.

Patio Furniture Clearance Sales Year Round

If you’ve ever tried to get the patio furnishings of your dreams during the short spring and summer selling season, then you know how hard it can be. The pickings at your neighborhood store can be downright slim. And even if you do find the perfect piece, it can cost you an arm and a leg.

However, there is a better way to get a deal while still getting top quality furniture: the patio furniture clearance sale.

The best ones are online and many furniture sellers offer nice discounts on fashionable, top quality furnishings that may be just what you’re looking for.

Yes, the words “patio furniture clearance” can strike fear in the hearts of many a homeowner. Thoughts of poor quality, scratch and dent pieces come to mind – furniture you wouldn’t be caught owning, let alone relaxing in.

But “patio furniture clearance” doesn’t have the same meaning when you’re shopping for quality furniture. Rather, it could simply mean the seller had an overstock of a particular piece or style or they may have to make room for new furnishings.

If you’re interested in shopping patio furniture clearance sales, you’ll want to consider both in-store and online sales. If you live in a location with seasonal sales, you’ll want to start shopping for a sale in July. By August everything will be gone as retailers enter the holiday shopping season. All the patio furniture clearance items have to make way for Halloween and Christmas.

Online is another matter. No matter what the season, there always seems to be a sale going on somewhere. Entering the keywords “patio furniture clearance” is a great way to start your online search. You can also enter phrases like “patio furniture sale” or “patio furniture discount”. It may take a few tries to find exactly what you’re looking for.

And what will you find? While you can always find an assortment of your run of the mill plastic chairs and tables, you can also find gorgeous pieces that will turn your deck or balcony into a showcase of style, beauty and comfort.

One of the great things about online patio furniture listings is that you can shop by style, material or color. In other words, you can find matching teak pieces quickly and easily, including many accent pieces that you wouldn’t normally find, even in a well-stocked outdoor furnishing store.

For example, you may find a lovely sofa and loveseat set as well as a matching storage chest and even a trash receptacle in matching teak. Many times these furnishings come from nationally known manufacturers, not a low-end exporter.

Best of all, they come with an attractive price tag. In contrast to the height of summer where you will pay top dollar for your purchases, patio furniture clearance sales may mark down that same item anywhere from 10% to 50% or even more.

When shopping for clearances, pay particular attention to the shipping and handling fees. Some online retailers tack on shipping, which can reduce your savings. Try to find those who offer free shipping or really reduced rates. They are out there. You just need to do your homework.

Finding patio furniture clearance sales is relatively straightforward and can even be an adventure. By investing just a little time and effort, you can find top quality items at very competitive prices, often without leaving the comfort of your own home. Not only do you end up with some gorgeous furniture in the process, but you also can save quite a bit of money, enough to spring for a nice cookout with friends and family so you can all enjoy your smart buys.