Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Purchasing New Desks For The Office

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Are you looking for new office desks in your company? Desks are one of the most important pieces of furniture you can have in an office. Employees spend hours and hours every day sitting at their desks, so you want those desks to be easy to work at. And in the C-suite having a really nice solid wood desk can take a nondescript office to the next level. But before you run out and start buying desks, here are five questions to ask yourself.

1) Are The Desks Comfortable To Sit At?

People are going to be spending quite a bit of time at these desks, so you want to make sure they’re a comfortable place to sit and work. Ask the employees what they like and dislike about their current desks. Maybe they want more surface space or dislike the shape of a corner desk.

2) How Long Will This Furniture Last?

Office furniture is quite an investment, which means you want whatever you purchase to be high-quality. This is one of the best reasons to choose wood when you’re shopping for desks. You can expect solid wood furniture to last for years. Plus, solid wood isn’t going out of style. It’s going to look just as good in your office 5 or 10 years from now as it does today.

3) What Are We Using The Desks For?

Before deciding on size or style of desk, make sure you take your employees’ take work styles into account. The type of work they’re doing helps determine what type of desk they need. Someone whose job requires a computer with three monitors is going to need more desk space than someone with a laptop computer. Talk with your employees and find out what kind of desk will help them work more efficiently.

4) Do They Fit Our Office Space?

One of the great things about purchasing wood furniture from a place like Rustic+Modern is that we can customize the desks for you. You’ll get to choose the exact size that fits your office spaces. Plus you also have options in wood type, finish color, and overall furniture style so you can match the aesthetics of your office.

5) What Kind of Budget Do We Have?

You might think that solid wood furniture is going to fall outside your budget. But it doesn’t have to. For example, choosing alder instead of something like walnut or hickory for your wood type will help keep prices lower. Also, keep in mind that sturdy, long-lasting furniture should be seen as an investment that will save your company money in the long-run because you won’t have to replace the desks anytime soon.

Are you ready to invest in high-quality, long-lasting, and impressively stylish desks for your company offices? You can browse the products in our online shop or get in touch with us to learn more about the options we offer for office desks. We look forward to helping you create desks that are the perfect fit for your office.

5 Reasons Why Customized Solid-Wood Furniture Is The Best Choice For Your Next Design Project

If you’re an interior designer, you want to find the best-fit furnishings for each project. But that’s not always easy if you have to choose from what’s available pre-made. You might find something that’s the right style, but it’s the wrong color. Or you’ll find a table made from the perfect wood but it’s not the right size for your space.

Customized solid-wood furniture solves those problems (along with a few others) for you. And when you work with a reliable furniture maker, you’ll be getting high-quality pieces that will make your clients as happy as you’ll be. So here are the top five reasons why customized solid-wood furniture is a fantastic choice for your next project.


1) You Choose The Materials

When you have furniture custom made for your project, you get to control what materials are used. That makes it easy to get the exact wood type you want for your design. And if you want to blend wood with some other material, the way we do when we add steel to our industrial and modern collections, customization gives you the chance to do that.

2) The Style Matches Your Needs

While you do have a wide selection of different styles to choose from in pre-made furniture, it’s just not the same as ordering a custom piece. Custom solid-wood pieces give you the opportunity to create a truly unique aesthetic for your client. Or if your client already has certain pieces that they want to match, you can work with the furniture designer to come up with a piece that’s just the right fit. Plus, if you need furniture that’s not a standard size or shape you can get it custom-made for the room.

3) Solid Wood Lasts A Long Time

When you’re working for a client, you want to turn-in a finished design project that they’ll still be happy with years from now. Solid wood furniture never really goes out of style, so it’s a great choice. Plus, well-made furniture can last for many years. Just think of how many old farmhouse tables from a hundred years ago have become family heirlooms. That’s the kind of quality you get from Rustic+Modern.

4) You Can Make It More Comfortable

Ergonomics are a hot trend in interior design right now. People want furniture that’s comfortable. For tables and desks, the ability to customize height can be invaluable when you’re designing for a specific person. For example, maybe your client works in their office all day and needs a desk that’s a little taller or shorter than normal so their feet rest comfortably on the ground.

5) Solid Wood Is Environmentally Friendly

The type of timber we use for making Rustic+Modern furniture can be harvested and re-planted sustainably. Plus, we also offer the option to use reclaimed wood in your custom furniture. This lets us give new life to previously-used wood, keep it out of landfills and burn piles, and cut back on the demand for new trees being harvested.

Solid wood furniture will be an asset to your next design project. But you don’t just have to take our word for it. Come see for yourself. You can browse our online showroom to see examples of our work or schedule a time to visit our design center. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions and get started designing exactly the type of furniture you need.

This Is What You Need To Know About Your Finishing Options When Ordering Solid Wood Furniture

It’s good to have options. But when you have a whole lot of different options it’s sometimes hard to decide exactly what you want. Here at Rustic + Modern, we strive to create the perfect customized products for your needs. You get to choose from a variety of customizations including style, size, and wood type. But those aren’t the only options you have.

You can further customize your furniture, barn doors, accent walls, and other items with different finishing options. These help make your piece unique and ensure it complements the room where you’re going to place your new furniture. So here’s a quick overview to help you pick which finishing touches to place on your order.


Distressed v. Smooth

You get to decide whether you want your finished piece to have a smooth finish or some texture to it. If you opt for smooth, you’ll be able to see all the beautiful wood grain and texture but when you run your hand over the surface it will feel smooth.

If you want your wood distressed, we can add a scraped or hammered effect. This wood will look and feel textured when you touch it. However, we’ll still finish it off so that there’s no risk of splinters or snagging from the distressed finish.

Live-Edge v. Uncarved

We offer natural and hand-carved live edges as an option for things like tables, desks, fireplace mantles, and countertops. This creates a unique look along one or more edges of the wood surface. Alternately, you can choose traditional straight edges along all four sides of your table.

If you do opt for a live-edge, you’ll get to choose the type of carving as well. We can do a more subtle look as well as deeper, more dramatic carving. It’s up to you.

Stained v. Unstained

If you want to enjoy the natural color of the wood you picked we apply a high-quality clear coat finish. This type of finish enhances and protects the beautiful color and wood grain. We can also stain most woods if you’d like that (please note that we do not stain reclaimed wood, hickory or black walnut).

There are several reasons you might want to stain your wood. Perhaps you want a certain type of wood because of its price or durability but it’s not the color you need. Or maybe you like the grain of one wood but need it stained to match the other furniture in a room. We’ll be happy to help you pick out the right stain and finish your furniture with that color. Simply contact us to learn more about the stains colors we offer, schedule a visit to our design center, or order your very own custom furniture piece.

How To Remove Marks From Wood Tables

Wood furniture is remarkably sturdy and long-lasting. With proper care, many pieces can become treasured heirlooms. When you’re using your wood furniture every day though, scratches, dings, and other marks are almost inevitable. This is especially likely when you’re entertaining, such as during the holiday season.

You can protect your wood by using tablecloths, placemats, table runners, potholders, and coasters. If marks do show up on your table, try these tips to remove the marks or at least make them less noticeable.

How To Remove scratches From Wood Tables

Water Rings

If hot cups or sweating glasses left water marks on your wood, you can buff them out using any of these common household products:

  • Petroleum jelly – apply jelly to the mark and let it sit overnight. Wipe off in the morning.
  • Non-gel toothpaste – rub toothpaste onto the mark with a soft cloth, following the wood grain. Wipe off with a damp cloth, then let dry.
  • Baking Soda – mix 2 tablespoons soda with 1 teaspoon water to make a paste. Rub over the water mark using a circular motion.

Light colored stains come off the easiest. Darker stains might require several treatments. The petroleum jelly is gentlest, so start with that. If the stain doesn’t come out, try toothpaste next and then baking soda. After you get the stain out, polish your table with a wax polish. We recommend using Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner.

Light Dings

Shallow scratches, nicks, and dings are usually surface issues. They affect the finish rather than getting deep enough to damage the wood. If you look at the scratch on an angle and don’t see discoloration, then the scratch is only on the surface.

Here at Rustic + Modern, we finish all of our furniture with satin polyurethane. This finish offers durable protection against everyday use. If scratches develop in this type of finish, start by buffing a paste wax furniture polish into the scratch. This is often enough to hide scratches.

If the wax doesn’t hide your scratch and you want to try refinishing that spot, sand over the scratch with fine steel wool. Sand with the grain using light pressure until the scratch is no longer visible. Wipe the sanded surface with a clean, damp cloth and let it dry completely. Apply a thin coat of satin polyurethane to the scratch and let dry for 24 hours. Repeat polyurethane coats until the finish over the scratch is level with the rest of the table.

Deep Scratches

If the marks on your wood table are from damage that gets through the finish to the wood itself, you have a few options. Most involve filling in or coloring the scratches to make them less noticeable. You can use a commercially available scratch filler or stain pen, or try one of these DIY options:

  • Rub the nut meat or a walnut, almond, pecan, or Brazil nut into the scratch. This works best for light to medium colored woods.
  • Dab coffee grounds or a damp tea bag over the scratch. Wipe excess away with a paper towel, then repeat until colors match. This works best for medium to dark colored woods.
  • Use a felt-tip marker the same shade as the wood to hide the scratch. Polish with a wax-based furniture polish.

You can also try touching-up the finish over deep scratches as described for light scratches. Remember also that wood furniture can be completely refinished if the surface becomes too marred, unlike furniture made with veneers or engineered woods. That’s part of the beauty of investing in solid wood – even many years of wear-and-tear isn’t going to make it unusable.

If you’d like to order a new, solid wood table, get in touch with us at Rustic + Modern. All our tables are hand-crafted from high-quality solid wood. You’ll get a table made to your exact specifications – the kind of furniture you’ll want to keep around for many years.

Authentic Reclaimed Wood and Live-Edge Tables For Interior Design

When you’re searching for furniture to use in upcoming design projects, you only want the best for your clients. It can’t just look good. It also has to be the best quality at a competitive price with stand-out features that match your interior design style.

Reclaimed wood and live-edge tables and desks are a hot trend in solid wood furniture right now. And that means there are more and more options on the market for purchasing live-edge designs and reclaimed wood furniture. But not all solid wood furniture is created equal and you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best quality for your clients.

Form and Function

Solid wood isn’t just pretty. It’s a durable option for furniture in the private and corporate setting. With a little care, solid wood furniture can last for so many years. A family table becomes a beloved heirloom. Or an impressive office desk may become a fixture in the CEO’s office for the life of the company.

When your clients want long-lasting furniture that’s clearly well-made, solid wood is the way to go. Few furniture styles speak to elegance and quality better than a solid wood desk or conference table. And here at Rustic+Modern, we’re committed to making sure you and your clients receive the best piece of furniture you can possibly get.

Innovative Design

At Rustic+Modern, we offer live-edge and reclaimed wood furniture done right. We don’t take shortcuts or skip over important details. Whether natural or hand-carved, our live-edge designs are just as sturdy as our more traditional furniture options. And they’re available with the same innovative blend of rustic wood and modern metal as our other furniture.

Wood is a renewable resource, which makes even our new wood pieces a green product. Using reclaimed wood takes this a step further by making something old new again. And we’re very careful about the reclaimed wood we use. You won’t find damaged or poorly handled reclaimed wood in our furniture. Only good, sturdy, properly treated woods.

Custom Aesthetics

Customization is one of the biggest advantages you get with Rustic+Modern. We’re not just mass-producing standard tables and desks. We customize every furniture piece to fit your style and your client’s needs. Even our standard styles are available with custom choices for wood type (including reclaimed wood), different finishes, and options like hand-carved live-edge.

We also customize to your specifications for width, length, height, and table thickness. And if you have something other than a standard table or desk in mind, get in touch with us. We’re happy to work with architects and interior designers to customize a design to fit your specific project.

How To Choose Between Wood Types

Deciding you want solid wood furniture is pretty easy. It’s durable, easy to care for, and environmentally sustainable. Once you make that decision, though, you’re faced with a few others. These are the fun questions – the ones related to what your finished furniture piece will look like.

Most of these decisions are about personal preference. What color? How large? Which style? With all the different choices, though, you might have some questions. For example, “How do I choose which wood to have my furniture made from?” To narrow down your options, ask yourself these questions:

What’s My Budget?

Some woods cost more than others. Take our classic farmhouse tables as an example. Prices start at $995 for knotty alder or rustic pine. For reclaimed wood or clear alder, the starting price goes up to $1250. Starting price for hard maple, red oak, and hickory is $1495. Black walnut is the most expensive, starting at $1750.

If you’re on a strict budget and want a dark colored wood, you’ll probably not want to go with black walnut. Instead, you might opt for a less expensive wood finished with a dark walnut stain. Click here to request a quote and get a better idea of exactly how much the table and woods you’re looking at would cost.

What Texture Do I Want?

Texture is partly determined by wood type and partly determined by finish. The wood type you choose determines what the grain will look like. Softwoods, like pine, don’t have a very pronounced wood grain and there will be visible knots. Hardwoods like alder, oak, hickory, maple, and walnut offer a more striking wood-grain. If you want more visible knots in a hardwood, choose knotty alder.

You can get all our woods with a smooth finish (though pine tables will have grooves between the boards). If you want a rough, rustic texture you have two options. You can either choose rustic pine as your wood or have us distress the wood. For rustic pine, we lightly sand to prevent splintering but don’t remove the natural rough texture and saw marks. For hand-scraped distress, we take your chosen wood and scrape and/or hammer it to create a more authentically rustic look.

Which Color Would I Like?

The natural colors of woods vary, and you can also customize the color of most woods with stains. We offer four options: natural color with a clear finish, special walnut stain, dark walnut stain, and ebony stain. The only woods we don’t stain are hickory and walnut. They’re just too beautiful to color! You can see pictures of what our woods look like with different stains by clicking here.

We also offer unfinished tables (at a $150 discount) for customers who want to stain and/or finish their tables themselves. If you’re ready to order a table or want to check out some of these woods in person, get in touch with us. We can answer your questions, get you a quote, or set up an appointment for you to visit our design center.

4 Questions and Answers About Reclaimed Wood Tables

Reclaimed wood tables are becoming more popular as the reuse/recycle trend spills over into the furniture industry. You’ll see reclaimed or salvaged wood furniture promoted in stores and DIY projects, such as building bed frames out of old wood pallets, all over the internet.

Here at Rustic + Modern, we offer reclaimed wood as an option when you’re ordering a customized table. But how, exactly, do we define reclaimed wood and does it work as well as other woods for making tables? Keep reading for answers.

reclaimed-wood-tabletop-friscoWhat Is Reclaimed Wood?

Simply put, the term “reclaimed wood” refers to wood that was used for one purpose and is now used for something else. Reclaimed wood can come from a variety of sources, including everything from railway ties to wine barrels.

Here at Rustic + Modern, we typically use 100+ year old long leaf pine that we source from many deconstructed homes, barns and buildings in north central Texas. Other reclaimed wood options are also available upon request.

Is Reclaimed Wood Safe?

It depends. Using reclaimed wood from old pallets, railway ties, or buildings with an unknown history can result in wood that contains things you don’t want in your home. If you search for information about reclaimed wood, you’ll find warnings about insect infestations, unknown chemical wood treatments, and other potential dangers.

For a table made from reclaimed wood to be safe, the people working with the wood need to know its history and how to treat it. We’re familiar with where our wood comes from and are careful to offer reclaimed wood furniture that’s just as safe as the tables made from new woods.

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Are These Woods Environmentally Friendly?

Recycling is good for the environment. By using reclaimed wood, we can give new life to old woods and cut back on the demand for new trees being harvested. Reclaiming wood is much better than putting it in a landfill or simply burning it.

It’s rare that reclaiming wood has a negative impact on the environment. The only time reclaimed wood isn’t environmentally friendly is when the reclamation process eats up large amounts of fossil fuels. That can happen when reclaiming expensive, exotic woods and then shipping them thousands of miles before they’re processed. Our reclaimed wood is harvested locally, however, and it does qualify as environmentally friendly.

Is The Quality Good?

The quality of reclaimed wood varies. Some mass-market dealers will sell “reclaimed” wood furniture that is poor quality or isn’t really reclaimed at all. But if you’re buying from a reliable source, reclaimed wood can be even stronger than virgin wood. This is because the older woods often came from old-growth trees.

Most of our reclaimed wood is 100+ year old long leaf pine. This wood is vastly different than the pine you will find at your local home improvement store. Some also call it “Heartpine” because of its large heart center with minimal surrounding sapwood. This heart section is very dense and is unrivaled in beauty, strength, and durability.

We can use reclaimed woods in a variety of tables, so check out our different styles to see what’s available. For more information or to request a quote, call (469) 347-2484 or send us a message.


Solid Wood Furniture For The Corporate Setting

In the corporate setting, furniture should be both functional and impressive. Furniture is one of the major decorating elements that sets the tone for interior spaces like offices, reception areas, and conference rooms. If you’re looking for beautiful, hardwood furniture that fits the unique style and space of your corporate setting, you’ll appreciate our high-quality custom furniture pieces.


Conference Tables

Business meetings, presentations, conferences – they all require a table large enough to seat the attendees. Here at Rustic + Modern, we create custom tables to your exact specifications. You can order something that’s exactly the right size for your room and for the number of people at your events.

Don’t settle for a generic, utilitarian conference table, especially in rooms where you’ll be meeting with clients and investors. A handcrafted solid wood table shows your good taste and appreciation for high quality. Even if people don’t comment, “Wow, this is an impressive table,” you’ll know the table is figuring into their positive impression of your company.

Office Desks

There are several factors in play when looking for a perfect office desk. The size needs to fit your work area – small enough to leave room to move around the office, but large enough to hold all your work. You’ll also want a comfortable height for working and a durable material.

Solid wood desks provide a classy, professional appearance with the durability you need in office furniture. And because you can customize the height, size, and style of Rustic + Modern furniture, you can make sure the desk fits your exact needs.


Reception Furniture

The reception area provides people entering your corporate office with their first impression of your business. Old, rickety, or cheap furniture gives a negative impression as soon as people walk through the doors. Quality furniture helps ensure a positive first impression.

We can provide end tables and coffee tables for your reception area. You choose the size, shape, style, and wood type. Whatever decorating style you’re going for, we can help by designing furniture to match.

Barn Doors

office-barn-door-dallas-texasBarn doors might not be the first thing you’d think of using in an office setting. But sliding doors let you leave rooms open without the doors taking up floor space or accidentally swinging shut. Sliding barn doors are also easy to close when you need privacy. This makes them perfect for meeting rooms and private offices. We also customize the look of our barn doors, so you can opt for the more familiar rustic-style barn doors or go for a more sleek, modern look with smooth woods and dark stains.

Here at Rustic + Modern, we’re known for detail and craftsmanship. We take the responsibility to create furniture uniquely suited to your exact needs very seriously. We’ll collaborate with architects, interior designers, builders, and you to create handcrafted pieces that are perfect for your commercial environment. Contact us today to learn more.

5 Design Tips For Small Dining Rooms


Not everyone has the space for the sort of massive family dining table you see in paintings of Thanksgiving dinners. But that doesn’t mean you need to give up your dream of having a beautiful solid-wood table in your dining room. There are plenty of ways to make the most of small spaces and even make them feel a little roomier than they actually are.

Built-in Seating and Storage

In very small dining rooms, there’s not always room for cupboards, china cabinets, or sideboards. Attaching floating shelves to the wall or going with built-in bookshelves helps free-up floor space.

You can also add seating in the form of corner banquettes or benches along the wall or as part of the built-in shelving. For extra storage, put cupboards under the seating.

Use Benches

Chairs can only seat one person. But benches can seat several and they slide out-of-the-way under the table when not in use. Rustic+Modern offers matching benches for most of our tables. And you save $50 when ordering two or more!

Mix-and-match benches with chairs for even more flexibility. Maybe you have chairs on the ends of the table for every day use and benches along the sides to pull out when entertaining.

Welcome Light In

Natural light is one of your best friends when trying to make spaces seem larger. Windows open up a room and natural light brightens the space. The room won’t actually be any larger, but it won’t feel so claustrophobic.

Using a mirror when decorating can also make small spaces feel larger. The reflection tricks your eye into thinking the room is bigger. Plus, mirrors reflect light to help brighten up the room.

Color Wisely

Lighter paint colors tend to make rooms feel more open. But that doesn’t mean you need to shy away from rich or bright tones. Rather, try pairing a light neutral with one other main color. Simple color schemes are visually striking without overpowering the space or leaving it with a busy or cluttered feeling.

For example, a white and light blue room feels open and airy. Then you can add depth by using a darker blue tone in a few decorating elements like curtains, tableware, or seat upholstery. You’re still decorating with just two colors – blue and white – but the variations in blues keep things interesting.

Customize Table Size

Customized furniture will help you make the most of a small dining space. Instead of trying to cram a mass-market table into your space, order a table designed to fit your dining room. Not only will it fit the space perfectly, but you can also customize the style, wood type, and other features.

Here at Rustic + Modern, you get to choose 32-, 36-, or 40-inches for the table’s width and customize the length. We’re pretty flexible. Get in touch with us and let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll see what we can do.


Rustic + Modern Handcrafted Furniture Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017


Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

PROSPER, Texas, January 17, 2017 – Rustic + Modern Handcrafted Furniture of Prosper, TX has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The custom handmade furniture company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Our team is beyond excited to receive the ‘Best Of Customer Service’ award from Houzz for the second straight year!” said Emily Williams, co-owner and marketing manager. “Our clients are amazing and their creativity inspires us every day. We love that we can customize a piece of furniture so that it fits perfectly with their style and space.”

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Rustic + Modern Handcrafted Furniture,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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About Rustic + Modern Handcrafted Furniture

If you appreciate the timeless beauty and practicality of solid wood, you’ll love the quality and craftsmanship that Rustic + Modern has to offer. Located in North Texas, Rustic + Modern creates rustic, modern and industrial style furniture and barn doors. Each piece is custom made, completely unique and original, lovingly handcrafted from your preferred choice of natural solid wood.

Allow us to build you the piece of furniture or the door of your dreams. You customize it, and we’ll build it! If you’re not sure where to start you can select a style from one of our collections and then refine it to your taste by choosing from the many different features we have to offer.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit

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