Fresh Snag: Hooker Mainline Hutch

This is possibly the freshest snag I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing with you. Only an hour before writing this I was unloading this beauty out of the back of my car:

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There aren’t many things that make me want to drive for an hour after work—especially if it means having to unload heavy furniture by myself in the dark. But this china hutch from Hooker furniture’s Mainline collection sealed the deal. At only 42 inches wide it’s demure, but even working within that small footprint they managed to pack a lot of creative storage options into it. There are six drawers,one of which is divided for cutlery, as well as three removable shelves with dish rails in the upper cabinet and one shelf in the cabinet below.

Cabinet doors always hitting things? There's got to be an easier way!

Cabinet doors always hitting things? There’s got to be an easier way!

A sliding door!

A sliding door!

What I really love about this, however, is the level of refinement and attention to detail. It’s the kind of piece that gets the designer in me all worked up. My favorite feature by far is the sliding door at the bottom. Instead of flipping open like all other hutches, this lovely door slides to cover either the cabinet or the recessed drawers. It’s quirky and stylish, but more importantly you can put it in a narrow space and not have to worry about the doors banging into other furniture. The pulls on the drawers are pretty cool, too. The recessed pulls have metal bails that lie flush with the drawer fronts.

Handle

I don’t recommend moving pieces of furniture by yourself, especially if it’s a heavy beast such as this. But for those occasions when you need to go it alone, furniture sliders are a must. I cannot sing their praises enough. Often called sliding robots, these little discs allow you to slide large pieces of furniture with ease across a flat surface. Their “as seen on TV” vibe may make you skeptical at first, but have no doubts—these work. They’re especially critical for mid-century pieces with tiny tapered legs that tend to snap if scooted across the floor.

Add sliding robots to your shopping list now

Add sliding robots to your shopping list—now

Learning about different furniture makers and their popular lines of furniture is one of the best parts of collecting mid-century furniture. There are endless photos of great pieces and designs online, but for me the best part is getting to see them in person—exploring every little joint and miter. I’m now truly charmed by the Mainline collection and I can’t wait to see what other pieces I can get my hands on.

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One Comment

  1. Rikk Murphy
    Posted November 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Good day. I just purchased this style cabinet and was wondering if you could give me some information about it. Mostly, I’m curious about manufacture date and model number. Any information you’d be willing to dole out would be much appreciated.

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