Review of Canadel's East Side Collection
March 18, 2022
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Everyone knows what a dining room looks like. There’s always a table, a chair, and maybe a buffet to add some extra storage to the room.
However, dining rooms can be so much more than just a place to eat. They can be entertaining areas where your best memories take place. They can be the main focal point of any house, given the style. They can even make houseguests go “Woah! Where did you get your dining room furniture from?”
And that’s exactly what Canadel does with their dining room collections. The East Side collection, in particular, catches anyone’s eye with its down-to-earth rustic and industrial aesthetic.
Michelle MacLellan, an interior designer at La-Z-Boy and Canadel expert, says that Canadel’s East Side collection is “the perfect rustic-industrial look for anyone looking for an entry-level price for dining room furniture.”
But is the Canadel East Side collection right for your dining room?
This article will cover everything you need to know about Canadel’s East Side collection including unique features, options & customizations, cost, and warranty.
In This Article…
- Brief Description of Canadel
- East Side Style & Unique Features
- East Side Dining Furniture Selection
- Options & Customizations
- Is the East Side Collection Right for You?
Brief Description of Canadel Custom Dining
Canadel is a Canadian furniture company that specializes in custom dining room furniture.
Being in business for over 30 years, they are experts in knowing how to make quality crafted dining room furniture.
One thing La-Z-Boy customers may not know is that Canadel furniture is a part of our dining selection at La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston, with a flagship Canadel showroom attached to the La-Z-Boy Kanata location.
Much like La-Z-Boy, Canadel prides itself on selling high-quality furniture. 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: Canadel, Champlain, Loft, Downtown, Gourmet, and of course, East Side.
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 East Side Dining Collection
Style & Unique Features
All Canadel Dining Furniture is handcrafted in North America. The East Side collection, like all other collections, is custom-made based on each customer's customization choices, made easier by Canadel’s UDesign tool.
The basic design of dining furniture from the East Side collection balances the warmth of North American birch and eco-friendly hevea wood with the coolness of metallic materials.
Furthermore, on the subject of wood and metal materials, East Side blends the worlds of wood and metal so they can come together to create high-quality and exquisite dining room furniture.
Some might compare the East Side collection to Canadel’s Loft collection since they both have rustic themes. However, East Side takes on a more industrial approach to the rustic style, whereas Loft is more modern rustic. Michelle emphasizes that these are two very distinct designs.
The industrial touch to East Side allows the collection to stay more on-trend than its predecessor. The organic wood and sleek metal are inspired by a global organic feel with a rustic finish.
Dining Furniture Selection
There are many different furniture pieces featured in Canadel’s East Side collection. Within the collection, East Side has 9 different styles of seats and tables, as well as 4 benches, 5 stools, 3 storage units, and 1 small island.
You will notice that Canadel’s Top Picks for the East Side collection showcases wooden and metallic materials for each of their pieces.
Further, these pieces feature darker woodland tones compared to other Canadel collections. They also showcase a combination of upholstered or wooden chairs as well as bulky or slim-shaped table legs. Dining tables also come in either wood or glass tops.
Options & Customizations
It is important to note that all available options and customizations to the East Side dining collection can be explored on Canadel’s UDesign tool, which is easily accessible on the Canadel website.
As mentioned before, tabletops can come in wood or glass options, allowing the user to choose between 11 wood finish colours or 13 glass colours (including frosted glass). The wood finish options are also included in any other furniture item on East Side.
Unlike other collections, East Side’s tables only come in a rectangular shape but can come in either slim or bulky legs.
Chairs also come in 9 different designs, each ranging from wooden finish or upholstered, and arms or armless options. Stools also come in either upholstered or wood finish options.
As for benches, Canadel includes an array of wood, fabric and faux-leather options to choose from.
Finally, of the 4 different buffets, an option to include a bookcase is shown, giving more storage space. According to Michelle, the bookcase is still technically considered a buffet, which is why it is under the buffet section.
Something that sets the East Side collection apart from the rest, according to Michelle, is the live edge option that is available for East Side’s dining tables.
The live edge option makes the furniture look as if it were a tree, giving off a more ornate edge instead of a straight edge, like most other dining room furniture. The live edge option is featured more prominently on pedestal bases.
It is also important to note that the tables included in the East Side collection only have one height option, meaning bar height options are not available in this collection.
East Side is one of the only collections to include a Jack-Knife Extension that extends from one end of the table. This means that the extension comes from either the left or the right side of the table, rather than having a seam in the middle. This customization option offers the element of surprise of it being able to extend.
The Jack-Knife extension is only available on East Side dining tables with a leg base.
Wood Finish, Glass & Upholstery Options
There are many different colours and finish options that the East Side dining collection offers.
East Side has 11 wood finish colours available, each displaying darker tones than other collections. If you opt for a dining table with a glass top, the glass options include 7 types of clear glass.
Moreover, upholstered dining seating options, such as chairs, benches, or stools, are offered in a huge array of fabrics to choose from. A unique fact about East Side’s customizations is that it does not feature any leather options, but rather faux leather for chairs, benches, and stools.
According to Michelle, East Side is one of the less expensive collections that Canadel has to offer, along with Gourmet.
There is no specific price assigned to any Canadel product until you customize and personalize your chosen furniture. Once you have selected your customization options, a design consultant at the Canadel store will be able to tell you the exact cost of your furniture.
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.
The East Side 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 further protects your purchase but is also transferable when you purchase new Canadel Furniture if you are looking to replace old additions.
Is the East Side Dining Collection Right For You?
As previously mentioned, the East Side collection is comprised of a range of dining furniture with many customization options. With this, you can design the furniture to meet your unique lifestyle needs.
When it comes to style, Michelle says the East Side dining collection would appeal to those who have a fondness for nature and unique features. “Anyone who loves industrial or live edge looks will love the East Side collection,” she says.
Balancing the warmth of wood with the coolness of metal, East Side will provide a welcoming outdoor aesthetic, without actually being outside. As such, any dinner party would thrive in this dining room set.
Because the industrial and rustic look is popular right now, East Side would definitely catch the attention of most trendy individuals. However, there are some that may not like the specific aesthetic it showcases, since it is very nature-centric.
Nevertheless, East Side still provides an inviting dining style, while being able to seat plenty of hungry houseguests ready to enjoy an amazing meal with stylish furniture.
Style aside, given the affordable price point, the East Side dining collection is a great choice for those with a lower dining room budget.
After reading this article, you have learned everything you need to know about Canadel’s East Side Dining Collection. Having said that, why not check it out for yourself?
Canadel has an intuitive tool to help you discover what each collection has to offer, thanks to their innovative UDesign tool. Make sure to check out the UDesign tool so you can discover East Side and other Canadel dining room collections.
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. 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.
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