Handcrafted rustic log beds with a traditional rustic furniture design. This natural wood bed is a perfect way to add a touch of class to any bedroom. The rustic bed is made from durable western juniper and Western red cedar logs and is crafted with traditional rustic furniture design. The bed is perfect for anyone who wants to add a touch of sophistication to their home. While cedar trees are in our area, they also are not hardy and tend to die. Allowing us to harvest dead-standing cedar trees to build our rustic log furniture designs. In 2001 Kelly designed and built his first log bed out of dead-standing dogwood trees. While a huge success, we quickly converted to using cedar trees in our build log furniture.
Rustic log bed
Natural wood bed
Our signature series features the work of Kelly Maxwell Designs and his unique handcrafted natural wood beds. Handcrafted from select red cedar and western juniper, he stays true to the material in each of his furniture designs. Rustic log beds often feature a headboard and footboard made from the same type of wood and will sometimes have decorative accents such as carvings or twig details. The logs may be joined using traditional mortise and tenon joints, or they may be more contemporary and feature metal fasteners. Finished with a durable clear natural wood finish that brings out the natural beauty of the wood.
The outside of the logs’ also known as the natural live edge, is used to craft many natural wood furniture designs. Rustic beds, rustic vanities, natural wood countertops, and rustic fireplace mantels all feature the natural live edge, creating what is also known as live edge furniture. A unique southwestern area rug by American Dakota will complement any of our custom rustic furniture.
Live edge bed
Along with rustic log beds, the craftsman at Littlebranch Farm design and build rustic natural wood furniture from live edge wood slabs. These natural wood beds are unique as well as functional. Like log beds, no two live edge beds are the same but are available in king, queen, and California king.
When designing rustic furniture, thinking outside the box is always good. For example, our Mountain man series features basic logs with little or no gnarl. While solid and functional, they are a simple log bed design. These trees have been dead for many years lying on the forest floor, allowing the sapwood to decay away, leaving the tree’s heart. These rustic beds are scarce, as we only collect a few logs a year.
In 2023 Kelly Maxwell Designs will release a limited series of three natural log bed designs.
In 2011 the DVD how to build your own rustic log bed was released. It details every step along with a complete material and tool list, maximizing your success.