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What is the best wood for my furniture?

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One of the questions you need to answer when getting a new piece of furniture is: What type of wood I want it to be? The answer depends on your budget and the expected usage of the piece. In this article, I will describe the characteristics of the different types of wood used to build furniture.

But first, you need to know that there are two types of woods: Hardwood and softwood. The first one comes from Angiosperms such as maple, oak, and walnut. Since they grow slowly, this type of wood has denser fibers. As hardwood is rare, it is relatively expensive compared to softwood. Softwood comes from gymnosperms, which are evergreen trees. This type includes trees such as pine, spruce, fir, cedar, juniper, redwood, and yew.


One of the more traditional woods in furniture making. It is lighter in weight than some of the other wood types here but has the strength of oak. We think of mahogany as reddish-brown; however, there are brighter colors of the wood. Genuine mahogany is sourced from Latin America and is becoming harder to find so It can be expensive.


Oak is a durable wood that is typically used for flooring and kitchen furniture. It is beautiful but can yellow over time. By contrast, red oak is slightly darker and porous. It also looks gorgeous and is relatively inexpensive.


Maple may be the ideal furniture wood. While there are many different types of maple, almost all are durable and make for great furniture. It wears extremely well. Maple is naturally non-toxic, so it is often used to make kitchen cutting boards.


Cherry darkens with time, giving it a vibrant look as it continues to darken. Cherry is relatively hard, and it can be resistant to scratches and dents. It has a smooth grain and is non-toxic.


Pine is a softwood and tends to be inexpensive. It’s prone to damage which makes it not the best wood for furniture.


Cedar is a relatively soft wood, so it’s not ideal for indoor furniture. However, for outdoor furniture, it’s quite good. Cedar is naturally weather resistant.

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Hello! We are Scott and Dawn Schroeder. We have been working at Schroeder Furniture for most of our life’s and we are very passionate about furniture and home designing. We have decided to start this blog to share our passion with everyone!  Stay tuned!



There are some good things happening in the furniture industry! First and foremost, there has been a significant reduction in lead times. In some cases, they have been cut in half. Instead of 9 months to a year, estimated wait times are 2 to 6 months, depending on the vendor. There are many factors that had led to the reduction in lead times. Some of the main contributors include an increase in the use of domestic suppliers, a more abundant labor force, an increase in availability of raw materials, the simplification of product lines and the consolidating of suppliers.

Second, import containers are becoming more available which has driven ocean surcharges down or eliminated them all together. In turn, the cost of import goods is decreasing. More containers also means more product availability which will help retail furniture stores keep their inventory at healthy levels. more inventory, which can be replenished at a faster rates, means there will be more available to purchase off the sales floor.

Finally, we are beginning to see new product! As vendors have dealt with and found solutions to the problems created by the pandemic, they are finding more time to develop new products. This means furniture retailers have access to new designs, styles and product lines that help freshen up the sales floor and draw consumers in to see what is new.

It has been a long and frustrating few years for suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers. It’s great to finally have some good news and a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Easy Mattress Care Tips to Prolong the Life of your Mattress

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Though not a high maintenance item in your home, a little bit of mattress care every so often is a good idea. Especially when you consider how many hours you spend on it. I won’t bore you with the somewhat distasteful information about what might be going (or growing) on inside your mattress, but trust me, a little attention every now and again will help you rest easier.

Allergy sufferers may already know that mattresses are often a culprit of built up dust and allergens. Serta suggests regular vacuuming of your mattress to reduce allergens and dust, but notes that you should use your attachments to do so.

I recommend a good mattress and pillow protector to my customers, especially if you are prone to snacking in bed. You’ll want one that is made of a breathable fabric to allow the gel foams in your mattress to work properly and help with things like allergens, but it also protects from spills and stains. Any type of stain will void your warranty, it’s important to protect your investment. Mattress and pillows protectors are washable.

Rotating your mattress is another easy way to prolong the life of your mattress. Rotating not flipping, most mattresses are one sided. If you have a king size mattress you can turn quarterly to ensure even wear and to avoid the center of the mattress not getting use. The king size mattress is almost a square which allows you not just rotating head to toe.

If you mattress appears to be sagging in the middle make sure your bed has the proper support when it comes to your bed frames. All beds are required to have a center support legs to keep the integrity of your warranty.

At the end of the day, we all want a comfortable, clean place to sleep. Remember if your mattress is 10 years old or older it’s time to treat yourself to a new mattress for a good healthy nights sleep.

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Best Warranties and Michigan Made

How’s your sofa holding up? What about your favorite recliner? I ask, because I know we’re all spending more time than usual in them right now. Maybe the broken-down cushion that didn’t seem like such a bother a month ago, has really been causing a literal pain in your back. Oh wait…that’s your mattress causing the pain in your back.

If there was ever a time to notice the quirks, imperfections or downright problems with your current furniture, now during Shelter in Home, would be it! It’s also a good time to research and understand what companies you’d like to do business with when you’re able to replace these items.

There are a few companies I particularly like to recommend because of their better-than-industry-average warranties.

Flexsteel, for example, goes so far as to provide a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the internal structures of their furniture. That includes springs, wood frames, metal base, reclining mechanisms even the seat cushion foam and feathers. Something that further sets Flexsteel apart in the realm of durability is their patented component called Blue Steel Spring that’s used in their upholstered pieces, like sofas and chairs. I also enjoy recommending Flexsteel because of their commitment to being made in the USA.

Serta Mattresses is another American made company with an outstanding limited warranty. But what I really like about Serta is their 120-Day In-Home trial period. Although, I’ve rarely had a customer that has used this option, it certainly is nice to know that it’s available, especially because the comfort of your mattress is so important.

If we’re on the subject of American made and good warranties, I can’t leave out LaZBoy. It’s not only made in the USA, they’re headquartered right here in Monroe, Michigan. Their warranties are executed by the dealer you purchased from, so that means you’ll deal directly with our family here at Schroeder Furniture on any issues. In fact, one of the things that I’m most proud of about my store is our own in-house Service Manager. We’re able to take care of most issues that my arise right here and never even have to involve the manufacturer.

As a final note, whenever you’re investigating warranties, remember any warranty is only as good as the company standing behind it. The ones I’ve mentioned above, including Flexsteel, Serta, LaZBoy and of course my own company, Schroeder Furniture, have decades and decades of experience. They’re reputable and a pleasure to do business with.

I hope we never experience another pandemic in our lifetime. If, however, something like this does happen again, at lease next time, you’ll know your furniture and mattress were built for the long-haul.


3 things you need to know about Amish Furniture

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Amish furniture is known for its excellent quality and the process they use to make their furniture. Handcrafted furniture stands apart from mass-manufactured pieces with its solid construction and meticulous detailing. Once you purchase a piece of Amish furniture, you buy a resilient, practical, and beautiful product that will serve its purpose, and serve it well for years to come.


Most Amish companies build their furniture in a handmade-to-order, which means you get a lot of room for the customization of the piece. With this process, you keep the freedom to determine your wood selection, size, edge profile, hardware, add-on features, finish, and more! Each type of hardwood brings its own vibrant color and unique grain to handcrafted furniture, and your finishing touches make all the difference. 


In the past few years, the furniture industry has been focusing on different Eco-friendly options. But if you think about it, the Amish culture has been eco-friendly since its inception. Conserving resources and managing the environment responsibly is part of the values of the Amish community. It is only reasonable to expect, therefore, that these sustainable tendencies extend to the handcrafting of furniture.

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Should I change my mattress?

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Sleeping is essential for our bodies. Not only to avoid being grumpy all day, but it can help us with our overall health. According to the Sleep Foundation, your mattress plays a crucial role for a good night’s sleep. The problem is that most people think that this piece of furniture is designed to last forever. In this article, I will give you a few reasons why you might consider replacing your 10+ years old mattress 

It is old

If your mattress has more than 10 years, then you should throw it right away. According to recent research, mattresses have a life span of about eight years, and this varies by manufacturer, mattress type, whether you sleep alone or with a partner, and how you sleep. Keep in mind that everything has an end, even your mattress.

You don’t like it

Common sense, right? Not really. Some people stick to their mattress even when it has got uncomfortable. If you sleep better at a hotel or a friend’s house, then its time to throw away your mattress.

You wake up with back pain

According to sleep help, If you wake up stiff and sore every day, your mattress could be part of the problem. If your back pain is worse when you wake but subsides when you stretch and move around, that’s a sign that the mattress is causing or contributing to your pain.

As I have exposed, changing your mattress might be a good idea. It might be a bit expensive at first but keep in mind that you expend about 1/3 of your life sleeping, so you better enjoy it!

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Pros and Cons of buying furniture online

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44 years ago, when my dad founded Schroeder Furniture Store, he would have never imagined that ordering a sofa could be as easy as tapping a few times on a screen. From the way we communicate to how we do business; technology has had an impact on almost every aspect of modern life. But is it perfect? I don’t think so. In this article, I’m going to share what I believe are the pros and cons of buying furniture online.

The most appealing advantage for a potential customer is the price. An item can be cheaper online as a result of cutting off some expenses (Salesforce, rent, utilities, etc.). On the other hand, with an online store, you won’t have the ability to see, touch, or feel the product before purchasing it. So, if you are 100% sure of the item you want to buy, maybe you should take advantage of their lower prices.

It’s also important to note that most of the time, it’s not that easy to get a real idea of the quality of a furniture piece by its appearance. If you want to make sure you are getting the quality that you are paying for then I would recommend you to see, feel and touch the furniture piece before closing the deal.

Another aspect related to the previous one is the time that it takes for you to purchase and receive your product. When you buy online, you don’t have to deal with a salesperson which makes your order to go quicker. The downside of this is that you most likely won’t receive the advice of an expert about colors, size, and the overall design of the piece you want to purchase.

For me, this last one is the deal-breaker. The sales staff at furniture stores are -most of the time- highly knowledgeable and passionate about furniture, so their guidance when designing a specific space or picking the perfect piece is unevaluable. 

Regarding shipping, most of the time, online furniture stores can offer faster options than traditional because- given their business model- they tend to have a larger warehouse. So, if you don’t want to deal with a salesperson or wait a few weeks for your piece to be shipped, maybe the online option is better for you.

Nevertheless, like everything in life, this last one has a not-that-cool side. Given the characteristics of online furniture stores, in most cases, there is no room for customization.  A traditional furniture store can take up to 8 weeks to ship a color, fabric, and configuration customize a piece of furniture. So if the shipping time is your main concern, an online store might be a good option.

Another critical aspect to keep in mind is the post-sale service. Let’s say you live in Michigan and you buy a piece of furniture from an online store based in California if something happens with your piece you can’t just walking into the store and get it fixed. And life happens -especially with furniture- so having someone to go back and get your problem solved can prevent a few headaches.

I think that the online world, especially in the retail business, has many great things to offer and it can make our lives easier. But it isn’t exempt of a few downsides that we should keep in mind. So, if you are looking for new furniture, please take these few tips into consideration and explore all your options!

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