Welcome! Cabin Basics is a small online rustic decor shop for people who love the cabin lifestyle!  In stock now are unique and affordable lamps, wilderness decor items, furnishings, and gifty knick-knacks for your cabin.

About Cabin Basics

As the proprietor of Cabin Basics, my goal is offer you rustic cabin decor with four basic business practices in mind. 

  1. Items must be unique  - I get bored with many of the items offered in rustic gift shops.  I'm looking for unique things for my customers.  That's one reason I began creating my own products (see the Knotty Pine Creations page).
  2. Items must have good quality - Too many items are poorly made, easily damaged, and simply won't stand the test of time in a home environment.  I see a lot of those items, but they never make it to my website.  My product selection may be limted, but I can guarantee everything here is rock solid.
  3. Items must be affordable - Like you, I'm looking for good value.  To be honest, too many websites are way over priced.  Read their product feedback ratings - you'll find customers want better value and expect higher quality for their buck!  At Cabin Basics, I want my selection to be affordable for the average cabin owner so you can have peace of mind in finding good value.
  4. Items must be shipped quickly - Nothing bothers me more than shipments that take too long.  At Cabin Basics I ship from my own inventory within 1-2 days of your order.  I use UPS Ground and Priority Mail - both are dependable and usually deliver within 7 business days max (within the lower 48 states)In addition, many web sites offer items that require 2-6 weeks for delivery directly from the manufacturer!  At Cabin Basics, I have three manufacturers that ship directly.  However, they all ship within a few days of ordering, and because of their central US locations, they can deliver orders even faster than I can out of my own inventory. 

So, that's my value proposition to you - unique quality items, affordable for the average cabin owner,  shipped quickly.

How it began...

Cabin Basics opened in 2004 after my wife and I enjoyed an anniversary weekend at the Big Moose Lodge in the Adirondack Mountains.  While roasting by the fire and enjoying the wilderness ambiance, the idea came to open an online rustic gift shop. 

Upon returning, I set up a Sole Proprietorship registered in New York State and ordered my first shipment of goods.  The items went up for sale just in time for Christmas and sold out very quickly! 

Later I created this website and began adding product lines, focusing on unique, quality, and affordable items for the average cabin owner.  I've had a lot of fun working with customers and hearing your stories about new cabins under construction, bears and moose visiting the camp, great fishing excursions, and rooms filled with fun rustic decor!

Thank you for visiting Cabin Basics and looking over my catalog.  I appreciate your business and hope to make your shopping experience as enjoyable as possible! 

Sincerely,  Al Emmans

Shown in the picture is a beautiful Steelhead female I caught and released in the Salmon River near Pulaski, New York.

Customer Testimonials

From Nick in New Hampshire..

"Kudos to Al and the quality of the items at Cabin Basics, as well as his friendliness and quick shipping. Slowly but surely, our camp is filling up with Al's good stuff. We highly recommend Cabin Basics!!!"

From Michelle in Tennesee...

"I just got the deer figurine yesterday .....It is beautiful my husband loved it!!! We was real happy with how fast we got it & it was in one piece. It looks good sitting on a bookcase. Thanks so much for the wonderful service fast & dependable...Thank-You Michelle From TN"

From David in Ohio...

"If you want personal attention, great prices, excellent service, and quality items- don't look any further....Cabin Basics should be your destination...and the website is inspiring!"

From Rob in Tennessee.....

"We bought a black bear paper towel holder a while back from Al, and it was damaged in shipping. We contacted Al, and he sent a replacement to us immediately. He has been nothing but wonderful to buy from, and now that we have a log home, we will be doing a lot more business with him! Cabin Basics is our first and last shopping place for home decor. It is good to be able to do business with someone you can trust. Thank you Al for your kindness, honesty, and integrity! And I thought all fishermen were supposed to be liars! ;+)"

From Amy in Michigan...

"Not only is Al's selection amazing, but he is super friendly and responds to messages at lightening fast speed! I have already referred many friends and family to the Cabin Basics website due to Al's great service. I will definitely be ordering again


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