5 Tips for Protecting Wood Furniture in Your Home

May 21st, 2017

 

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Quality furniture made from real wood can literally last for generations. This simple fact is at the root of why real wood furniture is such a good investment. Of course, as we are Amish Furniture Factory, it likely will come as no surprise that we feel that way. But there are a variety of reasons why that is the case. It isn’t just about appearance, wood is a healthier material and it will also pay off in giving you years of trouble-free use.

 

Cheap furniture, made from so-called manufactured board, which is really just a combination of glues, chemical binders and wood fragments, can’t possibly measure up to good old fashioned authentic wood. Inexpensive furniture comes with a range of problems and issues. For example, cheap furniture may look good at first, but it doesn’t last. That means that you will have to go through the trouble of replacing it sooner than later.

 

Another key problem with cheap furniture is that since it is usually made from a combination of chemicals and wood fragments, this kind of furniture tends to release harmful VOCs or volatile organic compounds into the air. Most people understandably don’t think about air pollution when they buy furniture, but the simple fact is that cheap wood furniture can degas for many years to come. That means that it can negatively impact your health and the health of your family.

 

Since real wood furniture is an investment, it only makes sense to do everything you can to protect that investment. In this article, we are going to explore five tips for how you can protect your real wood furniture so that it is continue to last and last.

 

#1 Treat Wood Furniture Right and It Will Last for Decades

 

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The most basic way to protect wood furniture is to exercise basic care of your furniture. In other words, you shouldn’t leave your wood furniture outdoors unless that furniture has been specially treated to be outdoors.

 

Likewise, for your indoor furniture you will want to take steps to protect it from moisture and heat; after all, real wood furniture, while durable, is not indestructible. A degree of care must be given to even the toughest wood furniture if that furniture is to last for years to come.

 

#2 Protect Wood Furniture from Moisture and Damage

 

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Another step in protecting wood furniture is to finish that furniture. Unfinished wood furniture is more susceptible to damage, especially from moisture. There are many non-toxic ways to finish your wood furniture so that it will last for decades.

 

Finishing or treating unfinished wood furniture is something that you may want to consider. It is, however, important to exercise caution if you are finishing or treating your own furniture. Many finishes and treatments on the market contain potentially harmful chemicals. For this reason, you should know what ingredients are in a given finish or treatment and then take necessary precautions when applying those treatments.

 

#3 Exercise Proper Health and Safety Precautions When Treating or Finishing Wood

 

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In general, it is best to apply any finishes or treatments in a well-ventilated area, even outdoors if possible, and gloves and even as face mask should be used. Additionally, it is critically important to keep children and pets out of your work area when you are finishing or treating wood furniture. Most finishes and treatments will release vapors that can harm lungs and even damage your body.

 

While finishes and treatments are a great way to preserve your wood furniture, care must be exercised. Once you have applied a treatment or finish to your wood furniture, you will want to let that furniture dry in an area far from your family and pets.

 

If you are thinking about breathing new life into your old wood furniture there are some steps you should take. Refinishing wood furniture usually means sanding, and that means you will be causing a lot of wood particles to be released into the air. Just as it is necessary to wear a respirator or mask when applying finishes and treatments, the same holds true for sanding wood. Refinishing your furniture can be rewarding and a lot of fun but it is important to take the necessary safety precautions.

 

#4 Remember that Oil and Wood are a Winning Combination

 

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There are many simple steps you can take to protect your wood furniture. One of the first steps in protecting wood is to use oil. Coating your wood with a safe oil, such as tung oil, every couple of years will help keep your wood in great shape.

 

There are other oil options as well. Many people have great results with a mineral oil and even coconut oil. Yes, even an oil as “simple” as coconut oil can yield positive results. Before you apply any oil to your wood you should clean the area. Once you have finished applying the oil be sure to wipe up any excess oil. You may discover that it is necessary to apply more than one coating to your wood to achieve your desired results.

 

#5 Enjoy Your Furniture

 

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In summary, taking care of real wood couldn’t be any easier. Wood is tough and will last and last. It will be durable and look fantastic for many years to come. Once you place it in your home, you really can sit back and relax. With following just a few simple steps, your wood furniture should be trouble-free and even an heirloom that you can pass down to future generations.

 

While we have outlined some of the different steps you can take to enhance the longevity and appearance of your wood, that is not to state that wood isn’t tough. Wood hasn’t been one of the most preferred building materials of humanity for centuries by accident. It is incredibly durable and if you follow the tips in this article you can enjoy your real wood furniture for decades.

 

A piece of high-quality, well-built wood furniture will, in fact, last not just for decades but for centuries. The time you invest in taking care of your wood furniture is time well-spent.





2 Stain Colors Make a Stylish Round Table for a Real Home

May 9th, 2017

 
Stacy and Joe love their new Albany Single Pedestal Dining Table. This round table is in oak with two-tone stain. The top is in Acorn, and the base is stained in Ebony.
 
A round Albany Single Pedestal Dining Table in oak with an acorn-stained top and an ebony-stained base.
 
In order to get a custom stain like two-tone, they gave us a call. We also sent them wood samples in their stain colors so they could see them without a screen altering what they looked like. Stacy can tell you about the process:
 
When we were looking for a specific table for our limited space, we found Amish Furniture Factory. Laura was so helpful in choosing the right combination of stains, and being available every step of the way. We got samplings in the mail so quick. The entire process was so easy and pleasant, from ordering to delivery. Peter was so caring when he came to our home with our new beautiful table. We are thrilled that we ordered with Amish Furniture Factory!
 
THANKS AGAIN, we are so happy with our new table!
 
Stacy & Joe

 
The Albany is a round table but it can accept leaves. Here is Stacy and Joe’s table with two leaves without skirts.
 
Albany Single Pedestal Dining Table is normally round but it accepts leaves. This table is oak with an acorn and ebony two-tone stain.
 
Do you have a round table? How often do you put the leaves in? Join the discussion in the comments.
 





This Real Kitchen in a Country Home Got a Classic Dining Table

May 4th, 2017

 
Barbara chose a Carlisle Oval Dining Table with two self-storing leaves. One leaf has a skirt. The table is oak with Sealy stain.
 
The Carlisle Dining Table in oak with Sealy stain from Amish Furniture Factory
 
Barbara details her positive shopping experience for us:
 
I was frustrated trying to find a table for our remodeled farm house. I decided to try the Amish Furniture Factory on-line because I knew they made fine furniture. I was amazed at how easy it was to peruse all the styles, sizes and options. I made my selections but was uncertain about the stain color. They have a solution for that also—just ask for samples of the colors you think might work.
 
Color sampling is an important part of the furniture selection process. Here is how different Barbara’s table looks at night:
 
The Carlisle Oval Dining Table in oak with Sealy stain from Amish Furniture Factory, under artificial light at night
 
Barbara continues: It was so easy and made the final selection certain. I made up my on-line order and then waited for some weeks before I could get the courage to call about details. The friendly customer service representative answered all my questions so that I felt comfortable to place my order. I was not disappointed! The furniture is gorgeous and quality. The finale of my experience was the stellar delivery—personal and protected right into my house. Thank you Amish Furniture Factory people!
 
Barbara also bought a Traditional Barrister Bookcase in the same color. Her cat approves.
 
The Traditional Barrister Bookcase in oak with Sealy stain from Amish Furniture Factory—This customer chose four doors
 





How Solid Wood Is the Perfect Furniture for this Real Kitchen with Natural Materials

April 26th, 2017

 
The Allens are happy to show you their new Jansen Bar Chairs in cherry with a natural finish. The simple bar chairs complement the natural materials which characterize their whole kitchen design.
 
Jansen Bar Chairs in cherry with natural finish from Amish Furniture Factory
 
Madeline was pleased to write to us:
 
I would be happy to share our thoughts on our recent purchase. We were extremely happy with the whole process and the bar chairs are perfect! The crew that delivered them also was great. We would definitely purchase from you again.
 
These heirloom bar stools fit perfectly into their kitchen’s clean and simple look, not least because the whole kitchen has been designed to last a lifetime.
 
Solid wood bar stools are the perfect fit for this classic minimalist kitchen made from natural materials
 
Where do you use natural materials in your home? Join the discussion in the comments.
 





A Modern Kitchen So Tasteful, It Merits A Handcrafted Dining Set

April 25th, 2017

 
Here is Mariah’s new Imperial Single Pedestal Dining Table and Savannah Dining Chairs in quarter-sawn white oak with a Windswept Glazed finish.
 
The Imperial Single Pedestal Dining Table in its round state without leaves, and the Savannah Dining Chairs, in quarter-sawn white oak with Windswept Glazed stain from Amish Furniture Factory
 
The Imperial is a round table, and Mariah chose the 48” top. The Savannah chair complements this shape with its three horizontal back slats that curve outward. With leaves, an elogated round table conveys a joy that sets it apart from rectangular tables, with the round ends giving the impression of refinement. Mariah takes advantage of this shape for summer entertaining.
 
The Imperial Single Pedestal Dining Table accepts up to two leaves
 
Says Mariah, Just wanted to let you know we are so pleased with our table and chairs. It is so beautiful and perfect for the holidays! The table is so well made, and we love the gear system for opening the table to put the leaves in. And thank you for the (Amish) cookbook.
 
Mariah

 





These Hard Maple Dining Chairs Are a Solid Match for Denise’s Home

April 21st, 2017

 
The Charleston Dining Chair in hard maple with the Michael's Cherry stain from Amish Furniture Factory; this Edwardian yet modern chair has a large back splat
 
Denise wanted solid wood chairs, so she chose hard maple Charleston Dining Chairs with their broad chair splat supporting the jazz-era back. Her stain of choice is Michael’s Cherry. Says Denise:
 
My chairs arrived today and they are simply gorgeous and very heavy and well-made. Thank you so much for all your help.
 
Denise

 
Here are the chairs around her own marble-top dining table:
 
Charleston Dining Chairs from Amish Furniture Factory flank the customer's own marble-top dining table
 





5 Things to Know About Replacing Your Roof

April 18th, 2017

 

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Most homeowners, at some point, will be confronted with having to replace the prospect of replacing a roof. Roofs, much like other manufactured goods, don’t last forever. They often don’t even last as long as they should. In this article, we will explore the five top things you should consider when replacing your roof.

 

#1 Asphalt Roofs are the Most Common Type of Roofing, Just Don’t Expect Much More than Twenty Years of Service

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Most forms of roofing material are not built to last. The simple fact is that like many manufactured goods there is a degree of planned obsolescence built into the roofing industry; after all, if roofing companies could make roofs that lasted forever they would have a big problem on their collective hands.

 

The most commonly installed roof is the so-called asphalt roof. Asphalt roofing is a blend of asphalt and chemicals. Asphalt roofing is most definitely not environmentally friendly, regardless of some claims to the contrary. Asphalt is also really not something that you want to breathe in too much either; however, asphalt roofing is everywhere.

 

You shouldn’t expect asphalt roofing to last as long as other forms of roofing either. Fifteen to twenty years is usually the lifespan of an asphalt roof. These are the least expensive roofs on the market but they don’t last. Even the manufacturers and installers don’t claim that they do. Just as real wood furniture will last many times longer than cheap MDS furniture, the same holds true for roofing material.

 

#2 -No Roof Will Last Forever, but There is Almost an Exception to the Rule

 

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There are many different roofing options on the market and each have their pros and cons. Asphalt roofing usually offers the lowest years of service before needing to be replaced. Other commonly used, but more expensive, roofing options include metal, cedar shake, slate, clay and composite.

 

Composite roofing is often made out of plastic and/or rubber. Composite roofing hasn’t been around as long as other roofing options and some rubber based composite roofing options tend to smell as they are, after all, made out of rubber.

 

Metal roofing comes in many forms ranging from the very expensive, such as copper, to more wallet-friendly options such as steel and aluminum options. Aluminum, unlike steel, will generally not rust and is lightweight.

 

Metal options offer a vastly improved service life over asphalt roofing. So where is the catch?  Well the main potential drawback to metal roofing is that it is considerably more expensive than asphalt roofing.

 

Cedar shake roofs are made from trees and have an ancient history. But cost can also be a factor with these roofs. Today, fewer and fewer homeowners are opting for cedar shakes due to both cost and longevity.

 

The most durable of all roofing options are slate and clay. Slate and clay roofs are built to last. In fact, there are clay roofs in Europe that are literally hundreds of years old! Clay is tough, weathers extremely well, but there are two big catches with this option.

 

First, clay and slate roofs are very heavy and not all homes have foundations that are sturdy enough to support the weight of clay and slate roofs. Secondly, clay and slate are quite expensive. However, many experts say that clay or slate are probably your best roof options if your home can support the weight and you have the budget.

 

#3-Give that Amazing 50-Year Warranty A Second Look

 

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A 20-year, 30-Year or 50-Year warranty on your roof often isn’t exactly what it seems like. Whatever the warranty may be that comes with your roof, you may want to take another look and carefully read the fine print. The roofing company will most likely not replace your roof once it begins to fall apart.

 

Warranties in the roofing industry often don’t mean all that much as you might hope. If your roof falls apart after 10 years, you might not be getting a new roof free of charge. The roofing industry simply doesn’t stand behind its product in this fashion. Instead, the warranty tends to be is a prorated one, so you might save a little money on yet another new roof. Again, if you want a roof to last a very long time then you’ll want to opt for a slate or clay roof.

 

#4-Select Your Own Roofing Materials

 

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Roofing contractors have many reasons why they might want you to use a given roofing material, but you should select your own roofing material. Do your research ahead of time when selecting your roofing material. In this way, you’re the one in control of what kind of roof you get. You’ll also want to take into account what you actually think will look good with your house. There are a variety of different appearances and colors to consider. Don’t let a salesperson talk to you into something you might not be happy with when you actually see it on top of your house.

 

Your roofer’s personal preferences may have nothing to do with providing you the best roof possible. In short, buyer beware. Do you own homework and lots of it. Your decision is certainly something you’ll have to live with- quite literally in fact.
#5-Do Your Research in Selecting a Roofer and Roof Type

 

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Installing a new roof is no small endeavor, and it’s not one that you want to do again anytime soon. The simple fact is that installing a new roof is expensive, time consuming and can be disruptive to your lifestyle. You don’t want to install a new roof only to discover new leaks or other problems such as horrible fumes or odors.

 

All of this underscores the importance of understanding all the products that go into your home, including items like underlayment and installation. The time you spend investigating roofing options and roofing contracts is a prudent investment.

 

Ultimately, there currently is no “exceptional” roofing option. On one end of the spectrum are cheap roofs that need to be replaced every 15-20 years. On the other end of the spectrum are highly durable roofs that are very expensive. Homeowners have to decide which options works best for their budgets and current needs.





A New Family Gets a Crib That Will Grow with the Baby

April 15th, 2017

 
The Monterey Convertible Crib converts a child's bed when your child is ready. Shown in oak with Wheat stain from Amish Furniture Factory
 
Bill got a housewarming gift for his daughter and son-in-law as they start a new family. This is the Monterey Convertible Crib in oak with wheat stain. It’s Amish-built to last, so it makes sense that it converts from a crib to a toddler bed and then a kid bed. Let’s read what Bill has to say about it:
 
Four forms of the Monterey Convertible Crib: crib, toddler bed, toddler bed with rail, and child bedWorking with Amish Furniture Factory was a wonderful experience! Laura checked our order to be sure everything was perfect, and the delivery was not only earlier than expected, but accommodated my work schedule!
 
The crib (Monterey) is beautiful, and my daughter and son-in-law are thrilled…
 
Thanks Laura so very much for your help… Hope to be in touch next time we’re shopping for furniture.
 
Sincerely, Bill Wild

 
Here are the expectant mom and dad:
 
An expectant couple with their new Monterey Convertible Crib
 





A Solid Oak Trestle Table and Chairs Add Rich Color to Amy’s Dining Room Design

April 13th, 2017

 
Amy’s new Aspen Dining Table and Jacoby Dining Chairs are quarter-sawn white oak with Rich Tobacco stain, ensuring a rich dining experience for her home.
 
The Aspen Dining Table and Jacoby Dining Chairs in quarter-sawn white oak and Rich Tobacco stain from Amish Furniture Factory
 
The Aspen table is a trestle table, meaning it has a solid base of wood pieces bracing each other. The extra strength lets it hold a lot of weight, even when extended to full length, which will come in handy when Amy is entertaining with all four self-storing leaves. She chose the ball-bearing glides, which makes the table top easy to pull apart, even for just one person.
 
The Aspen Dining Table is a trestle table with exposed mortises and large vertical slats on the ends—Amish Furniture FactoryThe Aspen Dining Table self-stores up to four leaves. Choose ball-bearing glides to make it easy to pull apart. Available at Amish Furniture Factory
 
In addition to showing us her elegant dining room, Amy has sent a letter about what it’s like shopping at a distance and finally having the furniture delivered.
 
After lots of thought and shopping around I am thrilled with my purchase of the Aspen Trestle dining room table from Amish Furniture Factory. Buying furniture that you haven’t seen before is nerve racking, however Laura at Amish Furniture Factory was so helpful and made my experience very personal. She sent me custom and premade wood stain samples and was able to make suggestions that helped in my ultimate choice for stain color.
 
Jacoby Dining Chair in quarter-sawn white oak with Rich Tobacco stain from Amish Furniture FactoryAfter looking at many other stores online and in person and sitting in many other Amish made chairs I was able to compare measurements and styles to find the exact table and chairs here that I just didn’t come across anywhere else. The pricing was also very reasonable as compared to other Amish made tables. I know that I got a solid handmade table that will be in our family for generations. 
 
We paid for the white glove delivery service and it was well worth it. Simon hand delivered and set up our table in the dining room and gave me tips about the furniture as he owns several pieces himself. He was very respectful, took his shoes off at the front door and spent an ample amount of time helping us.
 
Pictures attached of our table in Rich Tobacco.
 
Thank you again!
 
Amy

 





Patricia’s Handcrafted Bar Stools Deserve the Perfect Upholstery

April 7th, 2017

 
Patricia has bought a set of Kimberly Bar Stools in cherry with Acres stain. She chose them to go with her kitchen island, so picking the right upholstery was important. Look at how this Twin upholstery complements her marble countertop:
 
Kimberly Bar Stool without swivel at kitchen counter height from Amish Furniture Factory
 
They even line up the pattern with a floret in the center of each chair. Isn’t that gorgeous? Patricia thinks so, too:
 
We love our new barstools. Excellent quality and craftmanship. The fabric is elegant which matches so beautifully with our decor.When this customer ordered bar stools, she order extra upholstery fabric to have her previously owned chairs reupholstered to match
 
We ordered additional fabric selected for the bar stools to re-upholster our other pieces of furniture and window treatments.
 
On the right is a photo that Patricia sent of her own dining chairs with new Twin upholstery to match the bar stools.
 
The whole room came together beautifully.
 
It’s only natural that solid wood furniture comes with options for the best upholstery possible. Our upholstery selection is massive, and includes real and faux leather, fabric, and recycled cotton. We send wood and upholstery samples on request to help you see the colors accurately. In the meantime, you can visit our online upholstery catalogue.
 
Here is a close-up shot of the beautiful Twin upholstery pattern:
 
Twin upholstery from Amish Furniture Factory