Perchance to Dream: Handcrafted Beds by Vermont Studio Makers

It’s true, we spend roughly a third of our lives in bed. Experts encourage us to treat our bedrooms as sacred spaces reserved only for sleep. But many of us are guilty of retreating there from time to time with our kids, pets, favorite books and movies. Let’s face it—a beautiful, sturdy bed with its comfy quilts and pillows can be the perfect momentary escape from life’s hectic pace.

“Miranda’s Seacoast Bed” from ShackletonThomas features hand-carved curves and shell-shaped finials. Also available as a four-poster.

Last fall we interviewed our members about the most popular pieces in their catalogs. Some were able to settle on a specific design or concentration but most agreed that a bed or bedroom set ranked high on the list of first-time custom commissions. In our Vermont workshops, every bed is built to order. We take into account design, wood selection, the thickness of a mattress or mattress and box spring, and even the height of the mattress top from the floor where it will eventually reside. Each component is handcrafted from the highest quality wood with time-tested mortise and tenon joinery.

Painted Pencil Post Bed Made in America

Of all of the beds in the Guild collection, the Pencil Post is a tried and true favorite. Its spare and graceful lines work well with traditional, cottage and even contemporary décor. Tim Clark’s cherry poster bed is finished with worn black milk paint. Detail shots of the hardware and headboard are available on our website. Richard Bissell’s best-seller in sustainably harvested cherry receives a stamp of approval from the most fickle family member and from Connecticut clients Tom and Kris. After receiving and assembling their bed, the couple wrote that they were ‘particularly amazed at how a bed that appears so delicate can be so sturdy.” The version shown is capped with finials but there is an optional canopy frame.

Shaker-Inspired Pencil Post Bed

Guild member Johns Congdon’s “Alix” is handcrafted from solid walnut with a Swedish beeswax finish. There’s an alternative view of this piece on our website. It’s outfitted with linens and his description gives a nod to the extending platform—for your cheese, wine and favorite book.

Handmade Walnut Platform Bed

For a robust presence in the master suite, three pieces represent a collection of more modern Guild designs. “Madeleine’s Bed” is a new item from Charles Shackleton & ShackletonThomas. Modern and cozy at once, strong lines of hand-shaped walnut surround a custom fabric selection. The ShackletonThomas team tells us that it’s perfect when paired with their Modern Classic End Tables on either side. Of note: ST is running a limited time offer. Each purchase of a handcrafted bed includes a complimentary Hagan’s bench.  Click through for details.

Modern, Elegant Handcrafted Bed

For those passionate about wood’s natural warmth and figure, John Lomas makes this Pinnacle Bed (below) in his Hinesburg workshop. Shown in Cherry with Bubinga Panels and Wenge bead detailing. Changing radii create interesting negative space so the modern bed comes alive with interesting curves and energy.

Custom Bedroom Furniture Made in Vermont

And last but surely not least, the Elliot Street King. Clean, classic design by Clarner Woodworks in rare Ribbon Mahogany. Noted for its strength and fine grain, the ribbon mahogany’s distinctive figure makes this bed a handsome and unique bedroom centerpiece. Clarner incorporates shop-sawn veneers and walnut inlays, finished with oil/vanish and wax.

Elliot Street King, Clarner Woodworks

Each of heirloom quality, a handcrafted bed may be the best investment of the year. Our furniture makers design Shaker, Craftsman, Mission, Modern and original beds and bedroom sets that will transform your sleeping space into something remarkable. To borrow a phrase from Shakespeare’s Tempest, “We are such stuff as dreams are made.” And you deserve to sleep—and dream—well!



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