Stanley Furniture Company, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of furniture. Stanley Furniture was founded in 1924 by Thomas Stanley. Being a top quality furniture manufacturer, Stanley takes pride in its manufacturing facilities and innovation. Stanley furniture is entering a time unlike any in its rich history, one marked by a renewed connection to our heritage and an unwavering commitment to exceptional style. Stanley Furniture Company creates timeless furniture that is beautiful and stays relevant even as your taste and lifestyle changes.
Stanley Furniture Quality
At Stanley Furniture Company, the focus is on Quality of the furniture manufactured at the facility. The quality of the furniture depends upon the material, finish and construction. Stanley Furniture is hand crafted from finest quality woods across the globe, and frequently uses other high quality construction materials like bronze, aluminum, steel, plastic, glass, leather, and fine marble. Since wood is the key component, Stanley Furniture focuses on how wood used in making its furniture.
Hardwood refers to all leaf-bearing trees rather than any degree of hardness. Those most often used in furniture construction include ash, birch, butternut, cherry, gum, mahogany, maple, oak, pecan, rosewood, teak, walnut and yellow poplar. Woods used for Frame Construction are Ash, gum and yellow poplar. They are known for their strength, stability and shock absorption qualities.
Softwood are trees with needles or foliage that remains green year round. These include cedar, fir, pine and spruce. These woods are used for Exterior Surface. Cabinet woods are those used on exterior surfaces and must be carefully worked, carved, finished and polished. Cabinet woods include birch, cherry, mahogany, maple, oak, pecan and walnut.
Wood Preparation for manufacturing Stanley's furniture
Wood contains natural moisture that accounts for as much as one-third of the total weight of lumber when it is ﬁrst received. “Curing” lumber requires tremendous care and expertise. Our wood is air dried three to six months, depending on its thickness; then placed in a dry kiln for two to eight weeks. Moisture content of six to eight percent assures the stability of ﬁnished furniture, in either humid or desert climates. After the lumber is properly dried, it is planed and cut to various widths and lengths, then matched for color. Even within the same tree, color varies greatly.
Stanley Furniture FinishThe name of finish on a furniture often describes the finish and not the type of wood used in its construction. Let's say, Oak finish can be applicable to different species of wood. It is important to check the finish color and species of furniture. Even in Stanley's state-of-the-art finishing plants, hand finishing is why their finishes are so beautiful and robust. Here is a quick version of our hand-finishing process at Stanley's plant. After the furniture piece is hand sanded, an undertone stain is applied. In the next step, a wash coat seals the stain on wood. It is hand sanded again, and filler is applied and packed into the wood pores for a smooth, even surface. Excess filler is wiped off by hand and a sealer coat is applied. The piece is again hand sanded. Next it is hand padded to mellow the tone. A specially prepared luster glaze is applied liberally and rubbed in by hand on both‚ at and carved areas to highlight and subdue the prime color. Antiquing or distressing follows the glaze operation and is done by hand. It is then ready for protective coatings. After drying, it is hand waxed and hand rubbed prior to final inspection before shipping.
Stanley Furniture Construction
Since wood is sensitive to heat and humidity, floating joints must allow for expansion and contraction. For the same reason, all joints are not only glued but are held by glue and nail. The term “solid” as used in the furniture industry may be confusing because both types of processes - solid and veneered - are of solid wood construction. Solid Wood Furniture describes furniture with drawer fronts, tops, panels and other like surfaces made of whole wood, or of one piece, without plies of veneer. Veneered Wood Furniture have layers of woods are permanently bonded to a center core on a solid wood frame. Fine furniture is more than just a pretty face. It’s a work of art and engineering that is evident right down to its core.
Stanley Furniture Company History and its Factory
At age 33, Thomas Bahnson Stanley had a bright future ahead of him. In fact, his work as an executive at Bassett Furniture Company in Bassett, Virginia, was about to pay off. His employer, J.D. Bassett, was ready to recommend that Stanley be selected as president of the company in January 1924.
Not content to be president of someone else's company, he was determined to found a company of his own. Consequently, he offered his resignation at Bassett and founded the Stanley Furniture Company. The youngest of seven children and born in Henry County, Virginia, Stanley founded the company in his home county. As Thomas Stanley built his first factory, he realized that he would need workers to make his furniture products and that those workers would need homes.
Working its way through several recessions, Stanley Furniture company was bought by Mead corporation and eventually divested. In 1993, company launched its first IPO and in year 2000, opened its new factory in Martinsville, Virginia. Company has been growing year on year with lot of new additional to the trendy traditional furniture market. Stanley Furniture had 2011 sales of around $104.6 million, and it employs around 600 people.The high-quality wood furniture produced by the company is targeted for the upper-medium price range of the residential market. Stanley Furniture is hand-crafted from fine quality woods, and often incorporates other quality construction materials such as aluminum, steel, glass, plastic, leather, and marble. Since wood is the main component, they focus on how it’s used to make fine quality furniture. The Stanley line includes furniture for bedrooms, dining rooms, home offices, living rooms, and entertainment rooms. The furniture is manufactured in the United States at facilities in Stanleytown and Martinsville, Virginia, and West End, Robbinsville, and Lexington, North Carolina.