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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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.


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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Welcome to our Blog!

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!