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Queens-Based Gothic Cabinet Craft Makes New Yorkers Feel At Home

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As NY1’s coverage of Queens Week continues, Jill Scott looks at a company that has been making furniture in New York City for more than three decades.

Whether it's for your living room or your bedroom, Gothic Cabinet Craft has been helping New Yorkers feel at home for over 35 years.

“We make over 1,000 types of furniture, starting from bedrooms, which include chest, dressers armoires, nightstands, to kitchen furniture, tables,” says Gothic Cabinet Craft President Aristidis Zaharopoulos.

And they're known to design with the customer mind. Aside from ready-made items, they mostly make unfinished wood furniture and allow customers to select the stains, adjust the measurements, or even do full custom orders.

Whatever it is, it's all crafted at a factory in Maspeth, and it all starts with raw wood. Using special computers all the wood is precisely measured and cut, and it is all assembled using a mix of solid wood and plywood.

This is actually just one of two factories. The other one is just down the street. Overall, Gothic takes up about 200,000 square feet of space.

To be more efficient, that space is divided up into what are called “job shops.” Each shop is responsible for making a specific type of furniture.

“The job shop is headed by a carpenter, and he oversees the whole process,” says Zaharopoulos. “Each individual is responsible for a certain task. One is responsible for assembling drawers, another for assembling frames.”

Then downstairs at the finishing department each piece is sanded, primed and stained, one day before the item is shipped. So it all moves rather quickly.

Even though it's based in Queens, this family-run business was actually founded back in 1969 in the East Village. The owner made raw wood furniture in his basement which quickly grew popular with NYU students. The business took off from there.

Now the company has 48 stores throughout the tri-state area, and ships its furniture worldwide. But the company still prides itself in making functional furniture for New York living.

“For New York City, with the limited space, people can come in and buy, for example, a storage bed,” says Zaharopoulos. “A storage bed can have anywhere up to 12 drawers, so you don’t need a dresser anymore. If your space doesn’t allow you to have a dresser, you can buy a bed and a dresser all in one.”

So whether you need to store stuff or just save space, no need to dwell on it - put it in the hands of Gothic Cabinet Craft, where they're sure to nail it.

- Jill Scott
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