Winners Only Office Furniture | Forest Glenn Collection

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The Forest Glenn Collection by Winners Only Furniture is similar to their existing lines, just with a fresh new finish!  With the Forest Glenn Collection what you are getting is Country Styled Office collection with an executive desk, option of a Forest Glenn Credenza Desk with hutch and locking file cabinet.  As with all Winners Only Home Office Furniture, the Forest Glenn collection has the following quality benefits:

  • Made by Winners Only
    • Winners Only doesn’t source this product out to other manufacturers they actually produce this desk
    • Winners Only actually controls the design/production/packaging/ and most importantly Quality Control
  • State of the art finish application
    • Winners Only has built an impressive state-of-the-art finishing facility which offers a controlled, dust-free environment geared toward making their finish, smoother; cleaner and stronger.
  • Fine Details:
    • Locking drawers
    • Sanded and FINISHED drawers
    • Dovetailed construction
    • Drawer glides that are smooth and practically noise free (no sandy gritty feel when you pull the drawer out)
  • Celebrity Ownership
    • Winners Only is the chosen desk for many cost conscious; quality conscious consumers including:
      • Reagan Library (for whom Furniture From Home was the supplier)
      • The private home of George W. Bush Sr.
      • Many home across the nation with an eye for quality affordable furnishings.

How to get a quote for the Forest Glenn Collection by Winners Only.  Email sales@FurnitureFromHome.com with the items you need and your shipping zip code for an almost instant quote.  Or call us toll free 866.794.8861 x 3 for sales.

Executive Desk Review

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As a furniture store owner and a self-described furniture guy, I have logged thousands of hours analyzing furniture from all parts of the globe.  I’ve decided today to let my blog followers in on how I (as a professional) look for value and quality in an executive desk.

For starters, what is an executive desk:

Wikipedia does a nice job of defining the characteristics of an executive desk or in their case (and what is also known as) a pedestal desk.  So if you want the professional and long winded definition be sure to visit their page.  My definition of the most commonly associated executive desk or pedestal desk as it is called, is a formal desk commonly used in an executives office or in a large and formal home office.  The basic configuration and design of the executive desk is to have two pedestals and a desk top.

A picture example of an executive desk by Winners Only Furniture is:

Cherry Executive Desk | Example

Here is a video example of an executive desk by Coaster Furniture:

Here is a list of things that I look into while analyzing the value of an executive desk:

First and foremost before I will even look at a new piece of furniture for the store, I will look at the price.  Pricing is important to me because I use it as a gauge for what I’m looking for in the overall quality of the piece of furniture.  For example, on a less expensive piece I’m not going to expect as much… or put another way, I’m going to be looking to be impressed with the quality features that THEY DID include.

If I were to over generalize the furniture business you have two types of suppliers, suppliers that sell high volumes of product at a very competitive price and suppliers that sell a much lower volume of product at a much higher mark-up; because of the exclusivity of the product.  I look at the price first because whereas I’m willing to pay the extra cost for a special piece of furniture or design, I’m only willing to pay that premium if the improvements on the piece are unique and valuable enough.

Second, I start to look at every detail on the executive desk.  I run my hands over the finish; I open each drawer; I close each drawer; I smell the furniture (I know sounds funny, but if the furniture smells too much like chemicals or even organic materials, I pass immediately); I run my hands under the desk top; I run my hands over the inside of the drawers; I slam the drawers shut; I look under the desk top to see how the finish is applied (if applied) to the bottom of the desk top; I look at all the connection points (the points where the desk is “assembled” in the home) for weaknesses and gaps.

Here is a list of the things that I’m looking for:

1. Finish quality
2. Finished or at least sanded inside drawers
3. Solid drawers, not crooked or sloppily put together
4. Smooth, good quality extension side glides
5. Attractively designed elements, like storage and components
6. Logically and ergonomically considered design (such as pull out bottom for computer desk top)
7. Does the desk of excess glue coming out of joints?
8. Does the desk of unsightly nails connecting the drawers?
9. If the desk has locking mechanisms, what quality are they?
10. When I run my fingers over the top and bottom, does it feel smooth and flat?

Of all the above actions the most important one to me, to establish a value of the executive desk is going to be related to how the finish quality is on the desk.  In my experience, if the finish of the desk is nice, strong and without “overspray” or a “goopy” feeling, than the rest of the desk is going to be generally constructed well. There are differences in how a finish is applied to a product, depending on which factory the product is coming from.  For example, the Winners Only executive desk is finished in a state of the art, dust-free factory setting.  This process makes for a consistently great finish.

After I have spent 10 minutes looking over each detail of the executive desk I usually feel like I have a good idea of the “value” of the particular piece.  Getting the “value” is an important process, because it determines whether or not we are going to let the piece represent us in our furniture store.   In general, I tend to try and stay away from the lower-end of the market… not because there is anything wrong with an absolute low cost good, rather because I think of my company as a sort-of hands-on, shopping assistance, type of service and we just can’t afford to give that level of service with the lower end of the home office marketplace.  I also tend to stay away from what I feel is overpriced… I’d consider something overpriced if it is not sufficiently unique to differentiate itself from something else already on the open market, at a higher price.

What I’m left with is home office furniture, just like is listed on our site and in our store.    Each piece in our store is representative of value, quality and style.

This site is dedicated to Winners Only, precisely because in my experience they have the highest quality product at the best value of a price.  When you choose a Winners Only product and are comparing it to other brands, if the design elements are equal to you… and if the pricing is close; go with the Winners Only product, you will not be disappointed.  Winners Only executive and pedestal desks are by far the best value on the market for a quality, clean product at a reasonable price.  In my opinion the Winners Only executives desks are like the antithesis of Las Vegas; straightforward, clean and real quality… the design does not have any pomp or flair, it is simple quality, made for the mid to high end marketplace.

Need more information on how to analyze and compare an executive desk?  Email me, milan@furniturefromhome.com.  I’d also be happy to do an independent analysis of your “options” for you, even if you aren’t comparing things in our store!

Have a nice day!

Milan

About the author:  Milan Rousset owns furniturefromhome.com, an online furniture store.  He is a Furniture industry veteran who has logged thousands of hours analyzing all sorts of furniture for his stores.  He always appreciates talking to the public and other furniture industry enthusiasts about home furnishings and design and is available at milan@furniturefromhome.com

Winners Only Country Cherry Home Office Furniture Review

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Home Office Set

Country Cherry Home Office Collection by Winners Only

The Winners Only country cherry home office suite, like almost all of Winners Only office furniture, is a very clean product.  The finish quality of Winners Only Country Cherry desk set far exceeds what is standard in the home office segment of the furniture industry.  I’ve looked at thousands of home office collections over my many years of professionally analyzing furniture and for the value of the Winners Only product, there is nothing else in the market that comes even close.

My name is Milan Rousset, I’m a long time furniture guy.  I’ve been in this great industry my entire life.  I’m familiar with some of the best manufacturers and the people who make them up… and some of the worst.   My goal with this blog is to bring to light one of the premier suppliers of quality furnishings, Winners Only Furniture.  Through, this blog I hope to give consumers the confidence to buy Winners Only products, not only in my online furniture store, but wherever they decide to purchase the product.  In my opinion life is too short to surround ourselves with low quality furniture, so when a product, like the Winners Only office collections comes to market with as much effort on craftsmanship and value; I want to get the word out!

I’m going to display images from the Winners Only Country Cherry Home office suite and give a brief overview of the quality features.  In the coming days I’ll be writing up a complete review of each product, so check the blog categories to the right if you are looking for more specific information on a specific home office set from this collection.  Also, don’t hesitate to call my sales staff at 866-794-8861 (option 3); or email me directly for detailed information on anything Winners Only related, Milan@furniturefromhome.com.

Corner Desk

Country cherry modular corner desk by Winners Only Furniture

The country cherry modular corner desk in our furniture store is one of the most popular corner home office suites.  It’s popularity, I think derives from the beautiful finish; subtle country design and quality features.  I’m going to say over and over again, how great the Winners Only finish is.  This piece is no exception.  The finish is smooth, clean and bright.  It doesn’t have unwanted smudges; pits; dust; streaks or any other issues that a lot of manufacturers allow in their production line.  Winners Only finishes the product in a state of the art, dust free facility.  Their finished product wears a lot better, longer and with more grace than many other products on the market, as a result.   Here are the details to pay attention to on this item:

  • Computer cabinet
  • Quality locking file cabinet
  • Touch lighting in the hutch overhead
  • Please notice the very well made door fronts… no unsightly gaps between the door frame and the door.
  • Doors are latch shut
  • Dovetailed Drawers
  • Drawers are all sanded and finished

Winners Only Country Cherry Peninsula Desk Set

When you buy the Winners Only Country Cherry peninsula desk set you get the freedom of choices.  This collection is set-up so you can add additional pieces as your wall allows for.  So whether you have a 10 ft wall or a 20 ft wall, this product will fit almost like it was custom.  What I wanted to point out in this product image… and what is indicative of Winners Only quality, do you notice the near perfectly matching modular pieces?  There isn’t any overhang; the tops aren’t mismatched; the peninsula desk is flush with the modular base.  The attention to these small details are truly what makes Winners Only products superior in quality.

Closed Computer Armoire | Winners Only Country Cherry Collection

In the image of the Winners Only Computer Armoire item K142CAN, I want to take a moment to point out again, the proximity and “snug” look of the drawers and cabinets.  Every Winners Only piece has this careful craftsman detail.  Notice the framed power station next to the computer monitor, I could show you examples of supposedly comparable office furniture without the detail of a frame around the power station.   Quality components support the weight of the user and the equipment.

Winners Only Country Cherry Item K154C

Winners Only started out as a producer of the roll top secretaries desk as pictured above.  Over the years they have modified the roll top desk to match the needs of a modern consumer.  As pictured, the Country Cherry roll top desk comes with a keyboard drawer; computer cabinet; power strip; locking top; locking file cabinet.  The finish of the roll top desk by Winners Only is superior to anything else on the market in this price point.

Overall, the Winners Only country cherry home office collections continue to be hugely popular among our clients who are looking for a quality product, that is reasonably priced and has a superior finished quality to anything out there in the market.

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Americana Home Office Collection by Winners Only Review

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Before I begin on my personal in-depth, professional view of the Americana Collection home office set, I have to put out some disclaimers.  I’m not an unbiased reviewer.  I have long-standing relationships with the producer of this desk.  As mentioned in this blog elsewhere, I have professional relationships with the people who stand behind the Winners Only name.  Winners Only Furniture and specifically the American home office furniture collection have been and continue to be best-selling products in my furniture store.   I am as far from unbiased as can be.  Additionally, please note that I’m not a marketer.  I’m not a writer.  I’m simply a furniture guy.  I’ve personally and professionally analyzed thousands of home furnishings; the intent of this blog is to bring to light the best of the industry in quality and price.

Office Set | Executive Desk | Library

Americana Executive Desk | Credenza Desk | Library

The Americana Collection by Winners Only is  staple of a product.  It is a best-selling collection for Winners Only as a whole and has been in their line-up for many years.  In the furniture industry I’m going to estimate that 80% of the products introduced are dropped either before making a full production line or within one year of being produced.  (If you have more data on this feel free to leave it in the comments section below.)  The products that do make it, they usually last no more than 24 – 36 months before being cut out or replaced.  The reason for the turnaround is because:

  1. The product has lost its public appeal.
  2. The product has been knocked-off (copied) to the point that the originator can’t make it profitably anymore.
  3. Problems with the supply chain of either a factory problem or raw materials problem.

In the case of the Americana Collection home office suite, this decidedly simple design, accompanied with the very nice quality details (that I’ll go into later on in this post,) has made this product a top-selling item for retail stores and consumers nationwide, for years.  As is the case with all successful designs, there are a multitude of knock-off designs, and I have seen and tested them all.  Winners Only is so good at producing quality components and controlling their costs that the knockoff products are relatively the same price with less to offer… making them much less of an attractive product.  As for problems with the supply chain, Americana home office suite is made in Winners Only’s own factory in Taiwan.  It’s for that reason that they can consistently produce this product without hiccups in the supply.

A lot of people might be wondering, ‘OK Milan, so what is the benefit that it has been around for a while?’  Aside from the obvious competitive advantages that this product represents by being best in its field, at the price point.  The benefit for a consumer for buying a product that has been in production for years, not months, is that the product has been perfected over the years.  Everything from packaging to slight changes in component placement has been perfected over the many years in production.   This means that as a consumer, you’re getting a better product than it was when it was launched!

I’m going to take a moment and gloss over the quality features that most people care about.  After this short section I am going to go into why I, as a furniture snob and professional furniture guy, like this collection.

The commonly associated quality factors (and incidentally, the quality factors that almost all manufacturers incorporate into their furniture):

  1. Made with a hard wood and wood veneer
  2. Dovetailed drawers
  3. Ball bearing side glide drawer mounts
  4. Wire management
  5. Power station
  6. Multi-step finish application
  7. Touch lighting

I’m always amazed, but (at this point) never surprised at how little people know about the true quality indicators of fine furniture.   Sure, the above indications are important, if you are comparing the product to RTA (ready to assemble) furniture such as IKEA(tm) which is known for convenient, stylish but less quality furniture.  When I professionally analyze a piece of furniture, I don’t just look to see if it is made with hardwood and veneer… I don’t just test the drawers (though it is definitely something I do); I don’t just look for the wire management.   Those things are easy to add onto the item.. what I look for is that the features are gracefully, thoughtfully, meaningfully added to the product.  In addition to thoughtful design, there is the finish quality.  I’m looking for “goopy” finish application.  I’m looking to see if the drawers are finished nicely.  I”m looking to see if the drawers close soundly.  I’m looking to see if the product is sturdy; I”m basically looking to see where the manufacturer either did not have the expertise to do something correctly OR, did not want to spend the money to do something right.

Take for example the following image of the Americana 72″ executive desk, from behind the desk:

Quality Features of the Americana Collection by Winners Only

To the untrained eye this photo may not mean anything… for the consumer that is looking for a quality product, this photo says it all.  You will be amazed at how I am going to be able to succinctly turn this seemingly simple photograph into a laundry list of product details, that you will not be able to find anywhere else (I know, I’ve looked!)

Starting at the bottom left:

  1. Locking file drawer:  This in itself is not a huge deal… there are plenty of products that have them.  This product has a solid mechanism that was meant to be used.  It won’t break after the first use as I’ve seen in the past.
  2. Notice the ball bearing side glides located at the bottom of the drawer:  The placement of the ball bearing side glides at the bottom of the drawer make for a smoother action in and out of the drawer.  You won’t find that detail on very many products.
  3. You may or may not notice that the drawers are finished, inside and out.  This is a huge plus.  90% of home office sets in this price range do not feature finished drawers inside and out.  (More on their finishing process later.)
  4. Letter tray on both sides of the desk – quality letter tray, not the kind that is embarrassing to open because the tray is either too difficult to open or too easy “catch” on the side of the desk.
  5. Moving over to the pull out keyboard drawer.  Unlike 90% of the desks in this price range, Winners American home office has a pull out tray that goes over the drawer front.  The alternative is simply to allow the drawer itself to pull-out, which means you are resting  your wrists on the door front (the least stable of the whole drawer).  This detail probably added a $10 cost to the desk, but again it shows the focus on a quality product that is thoughtfully designed for use.
  6. Pencil drawer to the right of the keyboard tray has pencil slots that match the finish of the drawers… it’s not an afterthought.
  7. Cabinet has room for a CPU or a printer and a laptop (removable shelf); with easy access to the power strip in the keyboard drawer.  Additionally, the cabinet base is retractable which makes it very easy to gain access to behind your desk top computer or printer.  This neat feature again adds $10 to the cost of the product, but prevents users from scratching their furniture over time.  It’s a feature not seen on most home office furniture.

Here is a detailed picture of the quality of the components:

Computer Desk

Detail of finish quality and components used

Unfortunately, what you don’t see is quite possibly the most important feature of the Americana home office set; it’s the finish of the product.  Winners Only finishes this product in their state-of-the-art, dust free facility.  The finish feels strong.  It feels smooth.  There is absolutely no goopyness to the finish.  It feels crisp.  The drawers are sanded and finished on the inside.  Unlike many other collections, there are not stress cracks inherent in the finish.  There are not light bubbles in the finish.  Your not going to scratch the finish with each use.

As a furniture guy, I’m pretty picky about my furniture. I’d be proud to own the Winners Only American home office suite.   Whether it is the executive desk, the modular corner desk with hutch or the ever-so-popular peninsula desk set, each collection is thoughtfully designed and expertly manufactured.  They are the best in their class based on price point and color.

Pricing Information:

As a certified and preferred vendor for Winners Only, my online furniture store offers the best pricing on Winners Only product.  Additionally, we care about your business, so if an online dealer is offering something for less, we’ll beat their price.  Finally, when you are price comparing take into account that with our store, we are a full service, we will bring the furniture into your home and set it up for you, at no additional cost.  This extra service is an absolute necessity when you are buying this collection because of its weight and size.  Call us toll-free 866-794-8861 (option 3) my sales staff has actually seen and studied the Winners Only line, so they are very knowledgeable on how things work.

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