Review of the Canadel Dining Collection
November 9, 2020
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Some of the most memorable moments take place in the dining room. Not only can it be a place to share meals, but it can become a place where cherished memories are formed.
This is why it is essential to choose a dining room set that will help capture the memories you want to make, as well as suit your personal style and look.
If you’re interested in building a custom dining set, you might be lucky with Canadel Custom Dining.
With limitless possibilities in shapes, sizes, finishes, and upholstery, Canadel can help you design a dining room that embodies your tastes, preferences, and personality.
At Canadel, there are many collections that you can choose between, with the largest being the subject of today’s article, the Canadel Collection.
This article will discuss the Canadel flagship collection in detail, as well as provide general info about Canadel and how it correlates with La-Z-Boy.
Brief Description of Canadel Custom Dining
Established in 1982, Canadel is a Canadian family-owned company that manufactures handcrafted, high-quality, and custom-made dining room furniture. All Canadel products are manufactured in North America and distributed throughout Canada and the United States.
As makers of authentic birch wood dining room sets, Canadel operates with a vision of creating meaningful family heirlooms that will be passed down through generations.
In addition, they provide extensive customization options, made easier with the Canadel UDesign tool, which provides the online customer with over 9 million furniture combinations and options to choose from.
When it comes to Canadel products, the brand offers a variety of dining room styles that are characterized by six main collections:
Each collection offers its own take on the traditional dining room in the form of unique style elements and trends. Whether you live in a modern downtown flat or a traditional family home, there is a Canadel collection to meet each and every taste or preference.
About Canadel's Flagship Dining Collection
Style & Unique Features
While each division of Canadel is noteworthy, this article will focus on reviewing the Canadel Core Dining Collection.
The Canadel Core collection is the primary collection upon which the brand is built. As with the other collections, Canadel Core is custom-made with solid Canadian birch and eco-friendly hevea wood.
This dining collection is described as “updated classics,” in which an element of softness is added to the dining tradition. From core, to classic, to farmhouse chic, the Canadel collection is an elevated take on the common dining room.
Although it may be considered the most basic in terms of style or trend, it is actually the most complex and versatile for customization.
In fact, the Canadel Core collection is “the most personalized division of all the Canadel divisions,” according to Nadine Moreau, Canadel consultant.
The Canadel collection has a very wide range of options when it comes to shapes, sizes, and finishes. Based on your personalized customization, pieces from the Canadel collection can fit seamlessly into various design styles.
The Canadel Collection's sophisticated yet neutral pieces are the perfect centrepiece in any dining room. While remaining timeless, these dining sets offer versatility and the opportunity for creative and bold decor statements.
Collection and Product Features
As previously mentioned, this collection allows for more variation and customization than any other Canadel collection. It can also be mixed and matched with several other collections, given such versatility.
The Canadel Collection is divided into four main divisions. Each division offers a selection of solid birch dining room tables and dining room chairs. Further, every style has matching stools, buffets, benches, and accessory options.
The Core style division offers the most elementary and simple dining room furniture selection.
Given that, this look is so traditional, pieces from this part of the collection can complement the furniture of many styles.
Core also offers the most options for customization out of the entire six collections.
The Classic style division is designed for a timeless appearance. This furniture embodies elegance and sophistication that you can expect in a formal dining room.
Interestingly, the majority of this style is designed in black and white. With this, classic dining pieces complement several types of pairings and accents. The stark black and white can pair well with anything from a fire engine red to a lilac purple.
According to Nadine, the classic style is typically the most popular style among clients. These dining pieces tend to be a great investment for consumers because their traditional style stands the test of time.
The Farmhouse style division is still based on a traditional look, but it appeals to more current trends.
The rustic farmhouse look and the use of shiplap specifically have recently proven to be very popular in home design. The dining pieces of the farmhouse style play into this trend by use of a heavier build, twisted legs, and patterned upholstered chairs.
Although this style targets current trends, it still remains true to the sentiment of the Canadel Collection by portraying elements of traditional dining.
Last but not least, the Modern style division is the latest in the flagship collection and embraces the timeless quality and aesthetic of midcentury design.
This collection is defined by elegance and simplicity. Beautiful style and fine craftsmanship are the foundation of these distinctive pieces created with sleek lines and graceful curves.
The modern dining pieces feature minimalist and crisp architectural lines. Further, you will find warm hues, genuine wood, and lustrous gold.
If you want to learn more in-depth about the Modern Collection, take a look at this article.
Options & Customizations
At Canadel Custom Dining, personalization is taken to a whole new level.
With the Canadel Dining Collection, you have complete control over every aspect of your furniture set. From the initial design stages to the finishing touches, this collection offers unmatched flexibility, allowing you to create a one-of-a-kind dining room tailored to your unique style and preferences.
The most essential part of the dining room is, obviously, the dining room table. This is the most important piece as it will determine the style and placement of the surrounding furniture.
Any dining room table from Canadel can be customized in height, shape, size, top edge, leg options, pedestal options, top colours, body colours, and finish.
Next, it is time to select the dining room chairs to sit around your chosen dining room table. Customers have access to choose between dining chairs, stools and benches.
Depending on the chair, stool or bench you choose, you can customize the legs, nails options, body colours, seating material, back material, and wood finish. Further, you may have the possibility to add arms or a swivel to the chair design.
Finally, all styles within the Canadel Collection offer coordinated buffets. A buffet may be the perfect way to tie your selection together and turn your dining pieces into a complete dining room.
The buffets come in various shapes, sizes, and patterns in which the accent colour, body colour, and finish can be customized.
Wood Finish, Glass & Upholstery Options
There are many different colours and finish options that the Canadel dining collection offers.
The Canadel collection has an abundant selection of wood finish colours available, displaying almost 50 wood finish colours, the most out of any collection.
If you opt for a dining table with a glass top, the glass options include 7 types of clear glass, as well as 6 frosted glass options.
The wood finish colours are all interchangeable with the other three styles in the flagship collection. Glass options are only featured in the Modern Collection.
Moreover, upholstered dining seating options, such as chairs, benches, or stools, are offered in various fabric and velvet options. Modern, unlike other dining room collections, does feature leather options, as well as faux-leather options.
When it comes to the cost of the Canadel dining collection, this furniture is meant to be a long-lasting investment in timeless heirlooms.
The cost reflects the quality of the materials used, the detail and precision of handcrafting these pieces, and the unique customization that goes into every individual order.
Generally speaking, the Canadel dining collection falls within the high price range category.
There is no specific price assigned to any Canadel product until you customize and personalize your chosen furniture. Once you have selected all of your customization options, a design consultant at the Canadel store will be able to tell you the exact cost of your furniture.
To get a more specific idea of costs, this chart outlines the starting price of each piece of a dining room set. The final cost depends on the materials used within each piece of furniture. All Canadel prices are subject to change depending on the options and customizations you choose.
Starting Cost (subject to change)
Dining Room Chair
$499 - $1,029 +
Dining Room Table
$1,139 - $4,029 +
$499 - $1,379 +
$299 - 1,249 +
$2,369 - $6,819 +
*All Canadel prices mentioned in this article are subject to change depending on customizations and general increases. We aim to update all cost-related articles twice per year. This article was last updated on April 17th, 2023. Please contact a design consultant at La-Z-Boy Ottawa or Kingston for an accurate and up-to-date quote for the product(s) you are interested in.
The Champlain Collection is covered by Canadel’s 1-year warranty, which covers the repair or replacement of chair frames, tabletops, fabric tearings, or any unforeseen circumstances that would be covered under Canadel’s warranty.
Given that each piece of furniture is quality-crafted and built to last a long time, Canadel also offers an extended 5-year warranty plan at an additional cost.
This not only goes to further protect your purchase, but it is also transferable when you purchase new Canadel Furniture if you are looking to replace old additions.
Is the Canadel Collection Right for You?
Michelle MacLellan, an in-home designer at the Canadel showroom in Kanata, says that she has had customers come back over 25 years later to replace their Canadel dining set.
“They aren’t coming back because their dining set was worn down or damaged, they are only coming back because they want to update the styles to match more current trends.” Michelle says, “most people that buy Canadel dining furniture become repeat customers because they love the product quality so much.”
While the Canadel collection has received glowing reviews from many clients, it may not be the perfect fit for everyone.
Factors such as cost and delivery time for custom hand-made furniture may not align with all budgets or timelines.
However, the high-quality craftsmanship and materials that go into every Canadel piece make it a worthwhile investment for those seeking furniture that will withstand the test of time.
In terms of style, the flagship collection offers a range of traditional-themed furniture items in various styles.
While this may not appeal to everyone, Canadel's other collections offer more modern and contemporary elements that may better suit certain tastes.
Ultimately, it's up to each individual to decide if Canadel's custom dining room furniture is the right choice for them.
Now that you have all the information about Canadel's flagship Dining Collection, why not experience it yourself?
Canadel has an intuitive tool to help you discover what each collection offers, thanks to its UDesign platform. Make sure to check out the UDesign tool so you can discover Canadel, as well as other dining room collections, in detail.
If you require assistance navigating the UDesign tool, check out this helpful article for a step-by-step tutorial.
La-Z-Boy also offers design assistance on all things Canadel custom design. By visiting an Ottawa or Kingston showroom, or the Canadel Kanata showroom, you can receive one-on-one assistance in selecting and custom designing your Canadel dining furniture.
You can also book an appointment with our design consultants or interior design experts for any burning questions you may have.
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