I even had the opportunity to stain a head slat that will be used in a customer’s Esmont platform bed. Leah, one of our woodworkers, stained her slat with me so I could see how to properly cover the wood with its walnut finish. She told me to go in circular motions as I distributed the stain throughout the piece of wood. I then turned it on its side and continued until every inch of the slat was stained this deep, dramatic hue. Leah then took my slat and placed it on a drying rack. The slats dry for at least 24 hours before being packaged.
Every single Esmont, Afton, and platform bed insert that we make is assembled by our woodworkers first to make sure that all the slats fit into place. If there is an issue with a mortise and tenon joint, or there is a crack in the wood, we want to know this before sending it off to our customer. After the item is assembled properly, it is then taken apart and shipped safely to its new home. Most furniture companies don’t take the time to individually test their products. They simply gather all the parts (a lot of which are made with particle board and toxic glues) and then ship them off without knowing for sure if the product can be assembled smoothly. When you purchase furniture from a “mainstream” manufacturer, the piece will not have the same natural materials, and will most likely lack in durability since its not constructed with longevity in mind.
I’m also impressed with our woodshop’s turnaround time. Our platform beds are shipped in 1-2 weeks. As I researched other high-end options that are similarly constructed, the wait time can be 4 weeks, and sometimes even 8-12 weeks.
I’m sure I’ll return to this corner of the Savvy Rest world soon, but until then, I’ll snuggle up with my organic kapok pillow atop my favorite platform bed.