Furniture & Design

5 Things You Should Know Before You Move into an Old Home

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

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Congratulations if you are moving into an older home.  It is important to realize that there are some major differences between moving into a newer home as compared to moving into an older home.  Simply stated, the two types of homes are very different and ignoring those differences can be costly.  Old homes enjoy a charm that is often missing from more modern construction and that charm is almost impossible to replicate.  With that stated, it is also true that older homes can have some substantial challenges and concerns. In this article we will look at five of the most important things you should know before moving into an old home.


Old Home Factor Number One-Lead


Lead paint is no longer used, but it can be an issue for old homes.  Ignoring lead paint when remodeling or moving into a home, especially if you have children, is one of the worst life decisions that a person can make.  Lead is a heavy metal and it can be very dangerous, again especially for children.  Lead has made its way into homes via lead paint as well as lead pipes.  Under normal circumstances lead paint is the greater of the concerns. 


Before moving into a new home or undertaking construction projects that involve painted areas, it is important to perform a lead test.  If you discover that you do, in fact, have lead in your home, then you’ll need to consult with a reputable and proven lead expert.  Simply stated, lead is no joke and any contractor to acts in a caviler manner about lead is one that you shouldn’t trust.  The statement, “Lead isn’t that big of a deal,” should be a serious red flag!


Old Home Factor Number Two-Repairs


Even a well maintained old home is likely to be in the need of some repairs and some old homes need more work than others.   So don’t be surprised if you encounter ongoing issues and have to keep your plumber on speed dial.

On the flipside of the coin, old homes are often enjoyed superior construction to their new home counterparts.  There are several reasons behind this fact.  At the top of the list is the fact that older homes are more likely to have been built using old growth wood.  Old growth wood is tougher and tends to last and last. 


New lumber might be just fine but it doesn’t compare to the durability of old growth wood.  Old growth wood is hard to come by, and that is part of the reason that old homes are often very sought after. 


Old Home Factor Number Three-Heating and Cooling

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Many people who move into an older home are shocked to discover that their old home can be expensive to heat and cool.  Even worse, some old homes may seem nearly impossible to cool off especially on the second floor. 


There are two main reasons for this situation.  The first reason is that old homes often are lacking in roof insulation, wall insulation or both.  Old homes did not have modern insulation and you can really notice this when temperatures get very hot or very cold.  The second factor in the old home heating and cooling problem is that many old homes don’t have the proper ductwork installed or have underpowered HVAC systems.  All of these problems can be fixed, but the costs certainly can add up!  It’s something to think about before you purchase an old home, especially if you live in an area that can get very hot or extremely cold.


Old Home Factor Number Four-The Roof


Old homes have seen a lot and weathered a lot.  As a result, an older home’s roof might be in need of some care and attention.  A roof will usually last longer than the stated lifespan, but that stated it is also common for homeowners to forgo roof repairs due to the expense.  You may discover that your old home has serious roofing issues, and that can be both costly and aggravating.  Finding a good roofer can be tricky, as there are lots of roofing companies and they run the quality spectrum.


Old Home Factor Number Five-Foundational Issues


Yes, old homes are great, but foundational issues are never great.  If you are considering buying an old home or already own one, it is important to keep an eye on your foundation.  A major foundational issue can considerably reduce your home’s value.  There are many repairs that you can look the other way on but foundational issues are not on the list.  A foundational issue must be addressed immediately! 


So periodically check your basement and monitor any cracks or leaks. Water damage is serious damage and has to be treated as such.  Water can damage foundations and leave you with a tremendous headache.  The good news is that by maintaining your basement and taking preventative measures you can prevent substantial headaches in the future.


Older Homes Have an Undeniable Warmth, Charm and Appeal

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Together these five tips will help you get ready to move into an old home.  Older homes tend to be better constructed than their average modern counterpart and that has an array of benefits.  In addition, older homes also tend to have a level of charm and sophistication and warmth that many homeowners feel is missing from modern homes. 


By investing the time to keep an old home in good shape you can protect your investment for years to come.  The durability of many old homes is undeniable.



An Overview of Air Quality Certifications for Indoor Furniture

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Word cloud for Indoor air qualityLet’s face it. Try as you might to get outside more, you likely spend most of your time indoors. Statistics show that Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. That’s exactly why the quality of your air is so important. Unfortunately, when people select the wrong furniture, they can quickly degrade the quality of their indoor air. Once toxic fumes come into your home, they often can’t escape.


The EPA has said that indoor air quality is the fourth greatest threat in terms of pollution. It’s way more polluted, on average, than outdoor air. That’s definitely saying something! And it’s not just your furniture that is harming your air quality; it is everything from plastic items to cleaning products and dry-cleaning chemicals.


Dangers to Even the Smallest Humans


baby room cradleWhen you think about who is exposed to these toxins, it quickly becomes rather alarming. Many of these chemicals are in products that are even commonly used to create a new baby’s room. For example, crib mattresses are typically loaded with chemicals, and new paint on the wall will commonly contain chemical gases. Baby furniture can be loaded down with harmful compounds like formaldehyde. Busy expecting parents may be fixing up a cute room for their little one not even thinking about all the dangers that lurk beneath the surface.


This point underscores exactly why certifications are so necessary. They will point you in the direction of where you can buy products that are safer for you and your family.


No matter what furniture you may buy, it is offgassing. The point is to find items that aren’t synthetic and offgas hazardous chemicals. Even if your item isn’t synthetic, if it is treated with synthetic chemicals it may have the same issue.


What is the Problem with VOCs?


You probably have heard people mention VOCs before. These off gassed chemicals are linked to birth defects, cancer and issues with the endocrine system. Two commonly used VOCs that come into play with furniture are formaldehyde and flame-retardants.


Poor indoor air quality is a major concern for homeowners and building owners as well. We are lucky that some entities have emerged to promote sustainable efforts and safeguard our environment. In the process, they support families and communities as well as employees and corporations.


GREENGUARD Certification


You may have seen GREENGUARD certification on items of furniture you’ve bought over the years. What does this mean? GREENGUARD certification is a special assurance that products mean limits for chemical emissions. The products that have been GREENGUARD certified have been screened for more than 10,000 chemicals.


When you buy these items, you do not degrade the healthy of your air quality. While this standard is on furniture, you’ll also see it used on finishes, cleaning products, building materials and even electronics.


If you go to the GREENGUARD website you can even find information about their GREENGUARD Gold Certification. This label is even more in depth and designed for sensitive individuals. For example, it is often used in healthcare facilities and schools.


SCS Global Services



Another certification that you can look for to ensure that your products support a healthy interior environment is SCS Global. This certification not only analyses furniture, furniture and building materials but also floor surfaces and floor adhesives. This company handles “third-party environmental, sustainability and food quality certification, auditing, testing and standards development.”


The SCS Indoor Advantage and SCS Indoor Advantage Gold focus primarily on office furniture. So while SCS isn’t necessarily designed as a certification for furniture in your home, it will cover that which is in your office. If you’re sitting in a brand new office chair for 8 hours a day, you just might want it to be certified.




BIFMA is the trade association for business furniture manufacturers. They publish safety standards on furniture and influence national codes. Their designation is called level® and is described as “the multi-attribute, sustainability standard and third-party certification program for the furniture industry.”


level® not only takes materials and health into account, but also energy us, and social actions of a company.   You can find out more about this certification at




FurnitureVOCEnvironmentalAnother indoor air quality certification that has emerged is called Intertek. This organization specializes in testing furniture and measures chemicals, flammability, safety and sustainability. This organization also tests for VOC emissions to make sure that they adhere to ETL Environmental VOC requirements.


Other Air Quality Issues


Even aside from your furniture offgassing, there are yet more issues to be aware of, for example, mold growing on furniture can also be an issue. Since mold spores exist in the air, they can start to grow in moist spots. Once this begins, you can end up with a serious issue.


If you think that your home is susceptible to mold, consider using dehumidifiers. They will reduce your indoor humidity by 30-50 percent. Also try to keep the temperature in your home higher so that mold doesn’t end up as condensation. Also if you keep any furniture outside, be sure to keep it out of shady areas, as that is exactly the conditions where mold thrives.


One general rule of thumb that you can follow is to avoid pressed wood. These types of woods often contain the highest levels of volatile organic compounds. When you do buy new furniture, unpack it and let it air out outdoors.


Are you looking for more specifics about where you can find products that have been certified for air quality? You can easily find a directory of products that are GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO Certified by visiting

What Should You Do with Furniture When You’re Done with It?

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

junk dealerHas that old table or couch seen better days? Do you feel as though it is time to swap out the old and bring in the new? Don’t worry everyone goes through this dilemma, and we’re here to let you know that there are many things that you can do with your old furniture. Let’s take a look at a few of your best options.


Old Wood Furniture Vs. Particleboard Options


When dealing with old furniture and what course of action is the best, the first step is to assess the furniture itself. There are, in fact, times that you will want to get rid of a piece of furniture once and for all. A great example is cheap furniture that was made with MDF or particleboard. This kind of furniture will degas for years, and that means it is harming your indoor air quality. MDF and particleboard are known for emitting harmful gases, such as formaldehyde.


MDF is essentially the lowest quality wood scraps and sawdust mixed with chemicals and glues and then fused together. Some people would even go so far as to state that you are better off with no furniture than this kind of furniture.


Sadly, the odds are excellent that if you buy your furniture from a “big box” retailer, that the furniture you buy will be MDF or a mixture of real wood and MDF. This kind of furniture doesn’t last long, doesn’t hold up well to getting wet and is constantly degassing. You should either toss such furniture into the recycling or donate it. Just remember that odd “new furniture” smell usually indicates that it is a problem.


Now old furniture that is actually made mostly or largely out of wood is a different story. Your second question in what to do with old furniture is, “can I repurpose this furniture?” Quite often a little imagination can go a long way and so does a little Internet research. A quick Internet search can give you countless ideas for what to do with an old chair. If you are a crafty creative person, looking on Pinterest might get a cool project started in the right direction!


Old Furniture, New Life


Most “furniture rescue” projects don’t take a long as you would image. A little outdoor sanding, please wear a mask, and paint or eco-friendly finish can go a very long way towards reclaiming a piece of furniture. So, if you don’t like the way a piece of furniture looks, don’t immediately give up on it! Instead try to refinish it and get it back into action.


Repurposing furniture is largely about imagination and a little motivation. An old cart can be refinished or painted and used in the garage or as a new addition to your bathroom, for example. The possibilities are, in fact, almost as endless as the different furniture items.


For example, do you have an outdoor area such as a backyard fire pit or porch? Maybe what that old chair needs is a weather resistant finish to come roaring back to life. Another idea is to take old wood crates, nail them together then nail on some wooden legs and add a glass or other solid top. This project can be done in a couple of hours, and the end result is a really innovative and interesting reclaimed table! Do you have an old door sitting in your garage or basement? Why not convert it to a table? All you need to do is add legs.

Also take a look around your home and see if you can’t discover a better place for the furniture in question. Quite often, changing the location of a piece of furniture serves to breathe new life into it.


A Clever Gift Idea


If you are looking for a novel gift, then another clever way to repurpose your old furniture is to give it to a friend. Handmade gifts that are also practical and functional are as good as gold and will always be remembered.


There Are Plenty of Ways to Get Your Old Furniture a New Home


Depending on the condition of the furniture, you might be able to sell it on Craigslist or eBay. Craigslist is often a better choice as shipping is taken out of the equation.


There are other options as well such as Freecycle, which can be used to help you find ways to give your furniture away. You could also consider simply posting a picture of the furniture that you’d like to give away on your Facebook page or in a group where you’re a member. It could be just that easy to find an enthusiastic taker.


Enter the Handyman

Worried that you can’t handle reclaiming your furniture on your own? Don’t worry, as there are good options. Find a trusted and proven handy man to do these projects for you. It might cost a little, but you’ll be left with a conversation starter and a piece of real wood furniture for the fraction of the cost of buying new wood furniture or even cheap MDF big box furniture.


Saving your old furniture from the trash heap or even the recycling pile is good for the planet. If the furniture in question is made from real wood, or largely real wood, then it is a true treasure and one that you’ll want to hang onto for years to come!


Real wood lasts and it also has a lower carbon footprint; after all, it does take a great deal of energy to grow a new tree, then cut it down, transport the wood, make it into furniture, ship it to a location and then wait for you to buy it! Making the most out of your existing furniture is definitely a better move.

Why You Should Avoid Furniture with Flame Retardants

Friday, February 27th, 2015

flamesFlame retardants can make their way into both cheap and expensive furniture. Price isn’t necessarily an indicator of which furniture does or does not contain flame-retardants. Should you be concerned about flame-retardants in your furniture? In short the answer is a big, “yes!” Flame-retardants have become so ubiquitous that many people don’t even notice that they are included and that is part of the problem. Numerous studies have linked flame-retardants to a range of health problems over the years and the compounds found in flame-retardants can be particularly problematic for children. In this article we will explore why you should avoid flame retardants at all costs. When it comes to purchasing furniture, there are other options.


A Wide Array of Furniture Contains Flame Retardants

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All types of furniture can contain flame-retardants. However, the most problematic items are large stuffed furniture items, such as couches and chairs. The stuffing in furniture is often laced with dangerous flame retardant chemicals. If you want to avoid these chemicals, your best option is to opt for wood furniture and then pay special attention to whether or not furniture has been filled with stuffing that contains flame-retardants. Labels such as “all-natural” might not serve as much of a guarantee that a given filling does not have flame-retardants contained within. Additionally, companies may not list whether or not a product does, in fact, have flame-retardants.


When it comes to avoiding flame-retardants in your furniture, it is up to the consumer to ask questions. That stated one of the single best moves you can make is to opt for wooden furniture made by small companies. Smaller companies are usually easier to communicate with and receive direct answers regarding their products. In part, avoiding flame-retardants comes down to being a proactive consumer. While this means a little more effort, the benefit is a much safer product for you and your family.


Are Flame Retardants Dangerous?

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Can it be stated that furniture that contains flame-retardants is dangerous or even toxic? At first glance this might seem like a controversial stance. But investigative articles in the Chicago Tribune and documentaries such as Toxic Hot Seat have helped to shine a bright light on the considerable dangers found in flame retardant containing furniture. Read more about this film at


Not the Best Idea the 1970’s Had to Offer

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The idea of putting flame retardants in furniture goes back to the 1970s.  Yes, of course, no one wants to experience a house fire.  It’s one of the most traumatic issues that a person can experience.  The initial concept had good intentions: reduce fires in the home .

However, while the goal was for flame retardants in furniture to reduce home fires, what has been scientifically proven is that flame retardants in furniture provide virtually no benefit.  At the same time, they expose people needlessly to toxic compounds.


So what toxic compounds are we referencing? Let’s take a closer look.


Lower IQs, Cancer and More


Flame retardants such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers have been linked to cancer as well as lower IQs in children. In short, they are serious business and avoiding these chemicals is harder than one might imagine. Flame retardant chemical dusts makes its way throughout ones home and can accumulate in the body. In a 2012 study, it was revealed that a shocking 75% of all homes tested were fond to contain flame retardant chemicals of some sort.


PBDEs Found in Everything from Furniture and Foam to Nursing Pillows

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The state of California classifies these chemicals as being cancer causing agents. Chemicals, such as TCEP and TDCIPP, were not just used in furniture, but also quite perplexingly in children’s sleepwear until they were banned. It has been found that American children have much higher levels of these toxic chemicals than children in other countries. Studies have found that there are up to 11 different flame retardant chemicals found in children. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are found in furniture, foam, building insulation, nursing pillows, carpet padding, carpet, children’s car seats, changing table pads and electronics.


The experts are speaking and they are encouraging people to avoid furniture and other items that contain flame retardants. If you see a TB-117 tag on a piece of furniture then it meets California’s Technical Bulletin 117 and that means it contains dangerous toxic chemicals. Polyurethane foam in furniture should also be avoided as it may too contain flame retardants. TB-117 went into effect in 1975, so furniture made before that date is less likely to have flame retardants but it is still possible.


There are steps you can take to avoid flame retardant chemicals. One of the single largest steps is to opt for wooden furniture that is free of flame retardant fillings. Couches and chairs that are filled can contain large amounts of these chemicals. Simply opting for a different kind of furniture is enough to reduce your risk. Vacuuming and mopping frequently is another way to reduce your risk.


Your Best Bet is to Avoid Flame Retardant Furniture and Other Goods

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Clearly the issue of flame retardants in furniture and other goods is an extremely serious one. Scientist are alarmed by how flame retardants have entered our homes. So wash your hands and the hands of your children often to reduce exposure and work to eliminate foam padding throughout your home. Flame retardants have been found to damage DNA, increase the risk of cancer, lower IQ, cause memory problems and the list goes on and on. Somehow these incredibly dangerous and harmful chemicals have found their way into furniture as well as baby and children products.

The Benefits of Old Growth Wood

Monday, February 16th, 2015

file0002039089843The bottom line is that nothing beats old growth wood. There are good reasons that products made with wood from old forests are valued. Increasingly, more people are seeking out this kind of wood for their furniture and building projects. Since older forests are largely protected, this wood is recycled from other sources, such as barns that are hundreds of years old or even items like old pickle barrels.


Unmatched Durability


One of the simplest reasons to select furniture and other products made out of old growth wood is that it is really tough. New growth wood has no chance of standing the test of time like old growth wood. Since it is taken from trees that are often hundreds of years old, this wood is very tough. Originating from dense forests, old trees offer the benefit of more rings per inch. It is harder and stronger. It also can stand up to issues like wood rot and insects. Not only is the wood itself harder, but also it has the added benefit of having been exposed to the air for an extended period of time.


In terms of durability, new wood has zero chance of matching up. It is no accident that an entire industry has grown up around reclaiming old growth wood from old barns, factories, schools and other structures. Old growth wood is impressive wood in more ways than one.


Today savvy homeowners are flocking to use reclaimed old-growth lumber in their homes and for their furniture. They are making this choice in part because of the durability of old growth wood.


Furniture that is Made to Last


There are other substantial benefits to selecting furniture made with old growth wood. A large percentage of modern furniture simply isn’t made to last. While it is true that real wood furniture may costs more than cheaper alternatives, it is also true that that manufactured board, or MDF furniture, is a poor imitation of real wood furniture.


MDF furniture, which is so popular with the “big box” retailers, fails to provide long term durability. Further, it is often made using harmful chemicals that degas into the environment over time.


Poor quality furniture must be replaced more frequently. In the long run, this factor makes it a poor investment and one that should be avoided at all costs. Most of the furniture on the market today is made from poor quality materials that literally fall apart, but furniture made from old growth wood is tough stuff. The financially prudent move is to opt for old growth wood furniture, which is sure to stand the test of time.


Old growth wood is denser and as a result it is more stable. This stability results in wood that is more resistant to swelling as well as shrinking.


Lower Your Carbon Footprint


A benefit that many often overlook with old growth wood is that it is eco-friendly by nature. Using old-growth wood in furniture means a lower carbon footprint, as the energy involved in growing, cutting and transporting new wood has been bypassed. If you are looking for a very eco-friendly furniture option, you’ll want to consider furniture that is not created from newly cut and harvested trees. Truly, using reclaimed wood and old growth wood is one of the ultimate forms of recycling.



A Gorgeous Appearance


As though all of these benefits are not enough, there is also the issue of beauty. Many people find that the look and feel of old growth wood is simply superior to what new wood can offer. The imperfections found in old growth wood infuse it with a charm and life that is impossible to duplicate or match. When you choose to use old growth wood in your home, whether it is flooring, furniture or another use, you will find that old growth wood’s beauty is unmatched and unrivaled.


Old growth wood furniture is, simply stated, charming. In addition to its tremendous durability, old growth wood furniture will stand the test of time. The beauty of older wood translates to furniture in a very soulful and impressive way. Many feel that there is a sort of magic quality that resides in old growth wood furniture. The imperfections, knots and character of the wood helps furniture makers bring the wood to life in the form of furniture. The end result is a functional work of art that is full of both character and life.


If you are looking for furniture that is a cut above most other offerings, then you’ll love old growth wood furniture. The cookie cutter look and feel of most modern furniture is completely absent. Old growth wood furniture has a rich and attention grabbing look that other furniture just can replicate.


When you select old growth wood products, it is important to invest the time to learn more about the wood and how it was treated and sourced. A great furniture manufacturer will not just use old growth wood, but will also be able to tell you what products were used on the wood, why, how the wood was sourced and from where.


Ultimately, old growth wood products such as old growth wood furniture are a worthwhile and savvy investment. Old growth wood products last and last, and that means that your grandchildren will enjoy it in their homes too one day. Unlike other wood products on the market today, you will use your old growth wood products not for just years, but instead for many decades.
Old growth wood furniture can be passed down to future generations and will still retain their charm and appeal. When it comes to selecting the best furniture and wood products on the market opting for old growth wood is a very smart move. The beauty, durability and character to be found in old growth wood products is unrivaled.



A Comprehensive Look at Amish Furniture Factory’s Finishing Process

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

The last step in the manufacturing of Amish Furniture Factory’s high quality furniture is to have it stained and sealed. Why do we stain our furniture? Staining furniture protects it and also makes it more beautiful as well. The craftsmanship and natural beauty of the wood become all the more evident and pronounced once the staining process has been completed.


Another key reason to opt for stained furniture is that stained furniture allows our customers to get the exact color and look they want for their home. Being able to choose from different staining options allows homeowners to achieve a great match for their home.


Disassembling All Furniture for Precision Staining


All furniture arrives at our staining facility in Wakarusa, Indiana assembled. Once on site, the furniture is carefully disassembled. The reason is that once disassembled each piece of the furniture can be carefully stained. Through this disassembly, it is possible to properly stain every single inch and area of the furniture so that the durability and beauty provided by staining reaches every part of a given piece of furniture.


How extensive is the process? The answer is very as legs and leaves are taken off of tables, backs are taken off of chairs and drawers are pulled out of hutches. The end result is that our beautiful staining reaches all possible points.


It is important to note that staining isn’t limited to one layer, but is instead a multi-layer process. By applying several layers of finish, your furniture enjoys a much greater degree of long-lasting protection. Our finish is designed to help your furniture remain beautiful for years to come. Now let’s turn our attention to how staining is applied to furniture.


The First Spray


The first spray is an extremely important part of the staining and finishing process. Since the first spray determines the color of the piece, it is important to get it right. It is also vital that the first spray is applied thoroughly and evenly in order to achieve an excellent final look. A spray gun that uses compressed air is a key tool in the staining process. By using a spray gun, the stain is forced out of the nozzle in a heavy but accurate mist.


The spraying station at Amish Furniture Factory has been specially designed to deal with stain, fumes and vapors that are in the air. A large exhaust vent is used to take fumes and vapors outside and away from those working in the spraying station and the factory. A huge filter is hung on the back of the station and changed once a week. An air unit then pumps fresh Amish country air directly back into the building. The end result is a safe spraying station.


Furniture is spun and maneuvered via a specially designed stand. This stand allows furniture to be sprayed and viewed from any angle, thus ensuring that every item ends up completely stained.


Hand Wiping Station


Once an individual piece is completely covered with stain, it is immediately moved to the hand wiping station. At the hand wiping station, furniture is wiped down so that the stain is applied as evenly as possible. Any droplets or build up is addressed at this stage.


An outside company removes the caked up rags used at the hand wiping station and replaces them with clean recycled ones.


On average, the stain has an open time of two to three minutes maximum. As a result, all hand wiping must be done very quickly and efficiency. There is real artistry and skill in this part of the process, which is essential in determining a beautiful final look and feel.


Hundreds of Stain and Color Options


There are hundreds of different types of colors and stains, which allow our customers to choose the exact look they want. We are more than happy to apply whichever stain and color you choose. You can see all the potential great choices here on our site!


Applying the Clear Coat


After applying the color from the first spray, we move on to applying a clear sealing coat. The reason we apply a clear sealing coat is to lock the wood off from moisture and protect it from oils or anything else that could comprise the quality of the furniture.


Next we use special tools to finely sand down the seal coat. This works to prep the grain and get it ready for the last step, which is the final clear coat. Before applying the final clear coat, we use compressed air to blast off the reside left on the furniture from the sanding process that just occurred. Finally, we apply an even coat to lock everything in and provide a beautiful sheen.


Once this process has been completed, it becomes a waiting game. Pieces are placed in a different part of the building and allowed to sit or dry on racks. After drying, all of our handmade furniture is reassembled and shipped to our customers.


A Recap of Our Detail-Oriented Seven Stage Finishing Process


There are seven major steps in the finishing process. When a piece arrives, it is disassembled so that all areas can be sprayed. Next a prep sanding is performed to eliminate any minor scratches. Once the first two stages are complete, a solvent-based stain in the color of your choice is applied with a sprayer and immediately wiped so as to achieve a rich, beautiful and uniform appearance. In the fourth stage, the piece is allowed to dry and we then apply a clear sealer. Once the piece is dried, it is hand sanded using an extra fine grit sandpaper and only then is the clear coat applied. Finally, the seventh and final step, we assemble the furniture and have it ready to ship to our satisfied customers.


As you can see, the staining process is much like the process of building our Amish furniture in the first place. We take a great deal of care in creating our furniture and in staining it. The end result is extremely beautiful, durable and timeless furniture that will look and work great for many, many years to come.



Add a Storage Rail to Your Amish Bed for Increased Storage Space

Friday, February 13th, 2015


Adding a storage rail to your Amish bed is a great way to add more organization space without taking up any more floor space.


Storage rails are great to use in place of, or in combination with dressers, chests, and night stands.  Check the in the option dropdown box on the bed you are considering to see if the storage rail option is available.


They are easy to install and use the same three rails and brackets already built into the standard bed, and will ship in three different sections for easy assembly.


Pictured below is the Cheyenne bed storage rail shown with option SRO14, which means the rails is 18″ high from the floor.




Storage rails are available in three or six drawer configurations on each side (or six and twelve drawers total).   The twelve drawer configuration is option SRO24, because it is 24″ high from the ground.



What is the Difference Between a High and Low Footboard on a Bed?

Friday, February 13th, 2015


A high foot board is what most beds are pictured with on our site, where the foot board extends up from the base of the bed by typically 12 to 40 inches.   The price of the high foot board is calculated into the  base price of the bed in most cases.


bed-low-footboard-bedsOur beds can also be built with a low foot board, which essentially means there is no foot board.


Rather, the side rails of the bed are used as the foot board.  In this case, the there is no panel that extends beyond the height of the mattress.


Aside from aesthetics, there is no strength and durability advantage to a high foot board in contrast to a low foot board.
In this video, Laura briefly explains the difference between the high and low foot board in her words.


Dining Chairs: Wood or Upholstered Seats

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
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Standard Wood Seat

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Hand Cut & Installed

The ability to customize our Amish furniture is really what sets it apart from the competitors.


Many different looks can be achieved from customizing the same dining chair model, and changing the seat from wood to upholstered is where the magic happens and where you get the most bang for the buck.


Wood seats are standard on the majority of dining chairs in the line, with the exception of a few chairs such as the Ashley chair.   Otherwise, upholstery is an option upgrade available on most chairs.


With over 200 different upholstery options available, from fabric, to leather, to eco-cotton, no one two chairs have to be alike.


Additionally, we allow customers to select and purchase upholstery from 3rd party sources.


If you let us know which pieces you want upholstered, we will be happy to provide total square yardage required to upholster your order.


This is a great way to match existing pieces you own, or to get a perfect match to your interior decor.


Upholstery is securely attached to the seat by artfully wrapping it under the edges of the wood surface, then stapling it into place on the bottom before the seat is attached with screws to the chair frame.  It’s easy to remove the seat to have the chairs re-upholstered later down the line if a change or repairs are needed.


Upholstered Seat

Upholstered Seat



Dining Arm Chair vs Side Chair Option Comparison

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Each dining chair model can be customized in several different ways which we will discuss in the post.  The base model of a dining chair starts out as a side chair (no arms) and a wood seat.


Arms can be added to a side chair to make an arm chair, which are ideal for positioning at the heads of the table.  The below pictured Beaumont Dining Chair clearly illustrates the difference between an arm chair (left), and a side chair (right).


The primary benefits of an arm chair are added strength, durability, and comfort, while an arm chair maintains a cleaner look.


All of our arm chairs are designed to be compatible with our tables so the top of the arm clears the bottom edge of the table skirts, allowing them to be fully pushed in under the table for better space efficiency.



Beaumont Arm Chair (Left)                                             Side Chair (Right)