About us

our history

Crate Designs carries on a tradition of producing quality Canadian furniture at our factory in Chesley, Ontario - since 1909! 
The company was formed as The Chesley Chair Company, producing chairs for other furniture manufacturers. As the product line was broadened beyond just chairs the name was changed to Heirloom of Canada. After discontinuing the Heirloom line of traditional styles in the 1990's, to concentrate on Crate style furniture, the name was changed to Crate Designs™.

the style

Crate™ is characterized by its clean, simple lines and the original durable oil finish. (Premium finishes are also available!) The furniture has a hand-crafted look and feel, with sizes designed to make it easy for you to mix and match. View installations.

the furniture

Our quality construction begins with carefully selected Southern Yellow Pine, ideal for long lasting furniture. Veneered panels are used on many larger tops, for easier cleaning and greater stability.

the choice

You’re searching for solutions. Find your answers from over 300 styles, sizes and standard variations of furniture. Choose from a large selection of exciting fabric patterns and colours.

the finish

The standard Classic oil finish is simple and easy to care for - the inevitable scrape or scratch is almost invisible. See Furniture Care.
Premium finishes add a touch of sheen, smoothness and a moderate amount of moisture resistance. 
You can also choose a lacquer finish on most tops or order your furniture pieces unfinished to personalize them yourself! 

Wood finishes


HealthCare and Jasmine foam mattresses are crafted in Ontario to ensure quality and value. You can be assured of a long life with our high-density foam construction.

commercial and institutional

Crate Designs furniture stands up to heavy use and abuse! 
It is the first choice for many prestigious private and public schools, colleges and universities. (View some of our clients)
Crate furniture continues to withstand the challenges in group homes, shelters and just about every other area you can imagine! 
Regardless of the setting or the size of the installation, we can provide an economical long term solution for commercial or institutional furniture needs.

the guarantee

We guarantee that our furniture will have gaps and cracks, but will not fall apart for as long as you own it! Shipping charges for any necessary replacement parts are included during your first year of ownership. 
Foam, fabric and mechanisms (non-wood parts) are guaranteed against faulty workmanship for a period of one year from the date of delivery. As most mills do not guarantee their fabric we will not be held responsible for wear or fading of our products’ fabric. Mattress warranties vary by model. This guarantee is limited to the original purchaser and is also limited to furniture used indoors under normal residential conditions only. Your invoice is your proof of purchase.

Commercial warranty terms:
Crate Designs Ltd. warrants its wood, fabric and foam products to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of delivery.
This warranty is made by Crate Designs to the original purchaser. This warranty is limited to repair or replacement, at Crate Designs option, of products, which when used under normal conditions prove to be defective within the period stated above. This warranty does not apply to any product which must be replaced because of negligence, abuse, accident, or which has been altered or modified by someone other than Crate Designs or its authorized representative.
Crate Designs Ltd. liability with respect to its products does not exceed that expressly set forth above. Under no circumstances shall Crate Designs Ltd. be liable for incidental or consequential damage.

Crate Designs furniture is truly lifetime!

Replacement upholstered components are available. Almost all other parts of the furniture we sell are available from the factory in case of loss or damage. This is furniture that never gets “thrown out”!