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3 things you need to know about Amish Furniture

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GREAT QUALITY

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.

CUSTOMIZATION

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. 

PLANET FRIENDLY

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.

For more information please visit: www.schroederfurniture.com or send me an email to info@schroederfurniture.com

Buying New Furniture, furniture material

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.

Mahogany

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

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

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

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

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

Cedar

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.

For more information please visit: www.schroederfurniture.com or send me an email to info@schroederfurniture.com

Buying New Furniture, Online Shooping, Retail shooping

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!

If you want more information about Online VS Offline retail, don’t miss the following articles:
https://www.futuresplatform.com/blog/future-retail
https://www.statementagency.com/blog/2016/08/online-vs-offline-retail-pros-cons-an-omni-channel-future

For more information please visit: www.schroederfurniture.com or send me an email to info@schroederfurniture.com