For those of you who aren’t familiar with the different brands of furniture that were popular and manufactured high quality furniture 50 years ago. Here is a crash course on some of the best furniture makers of the 50s & 60s that I often see…
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the different brands of furniture that were popular and manufactured high quality furniture 50 years ago. Here is a crash course on some of the best furniture makers of the 50s & 60s that I often see when buying used furniture. These are the brands that I look for, in order of popularity and desirability:
Drexel – We Love when we find a good Drexel piece. I have never found a low quality Drexel piece as long as we have been refinishing furniture. The company began in 1903 and have continued to be a high quality furniture manufacturer.
Thomasville – Top quality furniture manufacturer. Thomasville furniture began in 1968 as Thomasville Chair Company. We have never had a low quality piece of furniture that was a Thomasville brand. We have refinished quite a few of these.
Lane – Excellent furniture manufacturer. Although, since we do mostly dressers, I don’t come across them very often. They are a high end furniture manufacturer and I come across quite a few chests and cabinets made by Lane.
Ethan Allen – Ethan Allen is a very high quality manufacturer. However, we don’t come across Ethan Allen pieces as often as we do Drexel and Thomasville. Their furniture is very high quality though. The Ethan Allen pieces we have done were very durable and beautiful.
Bassett – Another brand that we really like and have good luck with is Bassett. Bassett is still a popular brand and well-known for producing high quality, solid furniture pieces. Definitely a name you can trust.
The features I appreciate about these pieces is that they are usually manufactured from real, durable wood that does not warp or damage easily. The drawer guides hardware are usually durable and sturdy too. These make a great foundation for furniture refinishing. Also, the surfaces of these brands are great for sanding and repair work. They are easier to work with in general, nothing weird. The brands that I recommend are brands that we find often and are based on our experience and what’s available in our area (Northern California). These are the brands that we have had a good experience with.