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What is Rustic Furniture?

Broadly, we identify rustic furniture as any chair, table or cabinet that retains much of its natural characteristics even after it has been formed into a fully functioning piece of furniture. They may appear to be simple at first, but many rustic furniture pieces are surprisingly complex in their design.

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In order to fully understand Bassett Furniture and its place in the history of rustic furniture design, it is important to look back to the beginning. One of the earliest rustic furniture artisans was none other than Reverend Ben Davis of North Carolina. He is recognized as one of the early pioneers of rustic furniture construction, having practiced his craft in the early 1900’s. This was about the time Bassett furniture was to start building its rustic furniture in Bassett Virginia, within relatively close proximity to where the Reverend lived and worked.

To make a long story short, North Carolina and the entire Appalachian region would become a major hub for furniture production and Bassett Furniture would lead the way.

  • Mosaic or ornate twig work
  • Natural colors
  • Usually made from Oak, Cherry, Maple or Walnut.
  • Appear simple, sometimes blocky in design
  • Surfaces are rarely smooth and can appear weathered or distressed.

Bassett’s Bench Made line is artisan made, rustic furniture at its best.

Bassett’s Bench Made line of custom made beds, tables and furniture is a throwback to the way furniture used to be made. When you order a furniture piece from our Bench Made line, your furniture is custom made by an artisan furniture craftsman right here in Bassett, Virginia. Made from red maple sourced right here in the Appalachian region of the U.S., you can rest assured that your new, rustic furniture is 100% American made.

Every rustic furniture piece is made to order, one at a time. Choose a classic, clean edge or a more rustic looking “live” edge cut. Its hand-planed surfaces and stunning finishes create a unique warmth that will resonate with you, family and friends for years to come.

See Bench Made rustic furniture for yourself.

Now that you’ve read about Bassett’s Bench Made line of rustic furniture, it’s time to head directly to a Bassett showroom. Learn about the many options available including finishes, upholstered fabrics and edge cuts.

Use our handy store locator to find the showroom nearest you. Then, see a Bassett design consultant and enjoy the shopping experience! 

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