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If you’re like most furniture shoppers, you like choosing a style that elicits positive vibes about another place, time or experience. That’s we go for styles like Shaker, Mission, and Victorian. Yet, here’s one popular style that’s often overlooked. And it’s All in the Scroll: The Sleigh Style.
The Sleigh Style is named for its semblance to traditional snow sleighs. This explains its rounded top, graceful lines, scrolled feet and bold, assertive look. In the world of Amish furniture, this style is gaining popularity like never before.
All in the Scroll: The Sleigh Style
A remarkable feature about the Sleigh Style is the way in which Amish designers intersperse the rounded theme with flat panels throughout the piece. For example, the ‘scroll’ takes the form of the crown molding at the top of pieces like the bookcase, wall unit, and entertainment center (see photo). Then, it reappears as the rounded front panel for the drawer in consoles, cabinets, dressers, and tables. Also, Amish cabinetmakers integrate the scroll into the feet of each piece.
Sleigh Style Bedroom: Like Sleeping on a Sleigh
Brandenberry Amish Furniture, Shipshewana, Indiana, offers Sleigh Style furniture for every room in your home. Their sleigh beds are the most common furnishing featuring the sleigh style. Who wouldn’t want to fall asleep with pleasant thoughts of a sleigh ride? Other pieces in the Sleigh Style bedroom collection include chests, dressers, and nightstands. Plus armoires, wardrobes, chifferobes and floor mirrors.
Sleigh Style Entertainment: Reminiscent of Good Times
Perhaps no item of furniture showcases the unique features of Old Classic Sleigh furniture like its entertainment pieces. Take the five-piece wall unit. It’s Amish builders integrate the sleigh-like curve into its majestic bridge, wide shelf above the TV, flanking cabinets and distinctive base. Also, other pieces of entertainment furniture bear the sophisticated sleigh look. Pieces like the two-piece LCD cabinet, the corner hutch, and TV consoles.
Sleigh Style Living Room: Timeless Beauty
Decking out your living room with Old Classic Sleigh occasional furniture is like surrounding yourself with timeless beauty and sophistication. Living room furniture includes coffee tables, end tables, and sofa tables. Bookcases by Old Classic Sleigh perfectly complement the occasional table pieces.
To see more sleigh style pieces, visit Brandenberry Amish Furniture.
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The roots of Amish furniture in America reach way back to 17th Century Switzerland. In 1693, a schism developed between the Anabaptists and a group within the church led by Jacob Ammann. The Anabaptists are the forerunners of the Mennonite Church. Ammann’s followers became known as Amish. Amish Furniture – A Brief History fills in the blanks between the Amish European roots and their furniture-building expertise in America.
Amish Resist Modern Conveniences
Many of the Anabaptists largely adapted to the norms of society around them. But the Amish retained a separate identity. They embodied the principles of simple living and plain dress. Also, they resisted many conveniences of modern technology.
The Anabaptist groups were severely persecuted in Europe. So many fled to the mountains of Switzerland and southern Germany. And the early Amish started the traditions of farming and holding worship services in homes rather than churches.
Amish Furniture – A Brief History
Later, many of the Amish and Mennonites accepted William Penn’s offer of religious freedom. So they settled in present-day Pennsylvania in the early 18th Century. Other Amish families settled in the Midwest.
The Amish ethic of integrity, self-sufficiency and hard work guided their daily work. And this gave rise to the crafting of furniture. Then, “folk art” became popularized during the early 20th Century. And Amish-crafted furniture become highly prized by folks from all over the United States.
Brandenberry: Amish Furniture At Its Best
Amish men teach their sons a number of practical crafts, including cabinetmaking. And numerous Amish cabinetmaking shops produce superior-quality, solid hardwood furniture. In fact, you’ll find most of these shops in Northeastern Indiana and Ohio. Brandenberry Amish Furniture sells furniture from numerous Amish builders – in their ‘brick and mortar’ store and online. Brandenberry is located in Shipshewana, Indiana. And this area represents one of the largest Amish communities in the United States.
So visit Shipshewana, and Brandenberry. And experience the Amish way of life for yourself.
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Amish furniture has garnered a reputation for great quality. And rightfully so. Because the Amish people are renown for their hard work, discipline, and integrity. And they approach the furniture craft with the same ethic as they do life. That’s why Amish Made Furniture in Shipshewana, Indiana, has become famous for its detailed craftsmanship and practicality.
Amish Made Furniture in Shipshewana, Indiana
Located in Northern Indiana, Shipshewana is home to a small population of Amish. And the Amish people have been living here for the past two centuries. Plus, many of the furniture craftsmen learned the trade from their father and grandfather. And they, in turn, learned the trade from their ancestors.
Traditional Skills and Modern Technologies
The Amish people adhere to the pious Anabaptist faith. It’s a branch of Christianity which has its roots in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century. Like their ancestors, the present-day Amish people eschew ‘modern-day’ conveniences. And these include driving cars or having electricity in their homes. But Amish shops get around this by powering their tools with diesel compressors. As a result, Amish furniture represents the ultimate in cabinetmaking excellence, combined with the efficiencies and precision of modern woodworking machines.
Solid hardwood construction
Another hallmark of Amish cabinetmaking is the use of solid hardwoods. In fact, Amish cabinetmakers use hardwoods like oak, maple, cherry, and hickory. Also, they use more difficult — but sturdier — techniques, like dovetail and mortise and tenon joints. What’s more, the Amish men avoid bargain substitutes like particleboard and veneers, brads and staples. These elements are common in chain-store furniture.
Wide range of styles
Amish-made furniture generally features recognizable styles. They include Shaker, Mission, Traditional and Rustic designs. These classically Amish designs feature a timeless beauty that accents any home.
Shop Online or in Person
To learn more about Amish Made Furniture and its diversity of styles and rich history, check out Brandenberry Amish Furniture. Or, visit Brandenberry’s ‘brick and mortar’ store in Shipshewana, Indiana.
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Brandenberry Amish Furniture
Welcome to the Brandenberry Amish Furniture Blog. Above all, we are a blog about furniture. Amish furniture, Amish furniture options, general furniture history, how to customize furniture at Brandenberry, the Brandenberry difference and Indiana Amish Country. The Brandenberry Blog over time will be adding other topics and comments. Therefore we hope you find the information useful. Whether you have a desire to learn some general furniture information. Maybe you are in the process of decorating/re-decorating and furnishing your home. Or just want to learn more about Brandenberry Furniture.
With our clients in mind, Brandenberry Furniture was formed. Above all to provide clients with the opportunity to design custom-crafted Amish furniture. Hence utilizing the rich woods and stains that only nature can offer.
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Amish furniture craftsmen have long prided themselves with their offerings of timeless furniture styles. And the ‘big three’ designs have changed little in the past century. “Big three’ refers to Shaker, Mission, and Country styles. Yet, the beauty of these designs continues to inspire furniture-enthusiasts, decade after decade. Many craftsmen choose to rest on their laurels. But Amish artisans continuously push the creative envelope with modern, cutting-edge furniture designs. And Classic and Modern: Amish Furniture Double-Take gives a vivid example of the Amish artisans’ creativity.
Classic and Modern: Amish Furniture Double-Take
The Montreal Table boasts a stunning, modern design. And it features flush storage drawers and an extendable top. Also, this minimalist table possesses a distinctly modern style.
The Wilmington Table, by contrast, boasts a classic design (pictured below). Also, an impressively-crafted, sturdy pedestal marks this traditional table.
So now we’d love to hear your opinion: Which furniture style do YOU prefer — classic or modern?
Shop Online or in Person
Also, make sure to check out Brandenberry Amish Furniture. And take a few minutes to browse the complete selection of both classic and modern furniture designs. Or, visit Brandenberry’s ‘brick and mortar’ store in Shipshewana, Indiana. Because you’ll be able to see the top-quality, custom-built, solid hardwood Amish furniture firsthand.
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When searching for quality home furnishings, there are a few guiding characteristics most people will agree on. And this blog, Discovering Amish-Made Furniture, should help in the search. So here are some of the major things people look for when shopping for new furniture. And here’s how artisans with Brandenberry Furniture handcraft each item to meet or exceed these expectations:
Beauty of Amish-Made Furniture
Every detail should add to the overall beauty of each piece of furniture. And this ‘beauty’ includes the style and design, craftsmanship, finish, and hardware. Skilled Amish artisans painstakingly handcraft every item of Brandenberry furniture. And they integrate centuries’ old traditions and finely honed cabinetmaking techniques. So that’s why furniture lovers find features like fluted columns and decorative corbels. Plus majestic crown moldings and more. Also, the artisans meticulously finish every piece. And the results show up in the perfect fit and finish. Plus flowing lines and eye-catching, genuine woodgrain.
Practicality of Amish-Made Furniture
The finest furnishings serve a purpose. And functionality — including storage space and customization — should enhance the functionality and usability of a piece. The designers of Brandenberry furniture integrate practical features into just about every piece they create. And these elements include soft-close doors plus hutches with touch lights. In addition, designers integrate electrical outlets and mesh cloths for speakers in TV consoles and wall units. Also, you will find wall units and wine racks with a DVD/CD tray or slide-out beverage/wine accessory tray respectively. And the list goes on.
Durability of Amish-Made Furniture
Home furniture should be sturdily constructed. So family members can enjoy it for generations to come. Amish cabinetmakers build each item of furniture from solid hardwoods — such as oak, maple, cherry, and hickory. Also, they integrate tried and proven woodworking techniques. And they avoid bargain substitutes like particle boards, veneers, brads and staples. So, with proper care, every unit should last for generations to come.
Discovering Amish-Made Furniture Online or in Person
To learn more about Brandenberry Amish Furniture, or to browse a wide selection for yourself, visit Brandenberry Amish Furniture, and see why Amish furniture is so special. Or, visit our ‘brick and mortar’ store in picturesque Shipshewana, Indiana. And explore Amish furniture firsthand.
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Exciting New Amish Furniture from Brandenberry
The Francis Buffet
Each year, tens of thousands of visitors come to the tiny town of Shipshewana. Which is located deep in the heart of Northern Indiana’s Amish country. The visitors come to see the “simple folk” and experience a taste of Amish life. Sure, the lack of technology and traditional dress of the Amish may lead some visitors to imagine a dull life. But visitors are always amazed at the innovation and ingenuity of the Amish. In fact, nowhere is this more true than in Amish furniture from Brandenberry Amish Furniture. When you visit Shipshewana, make sure you check out the Exciting New Amish Furniture from Brandenberry.
Brandenberry Amish Furniture combines the Amish love of simplicity with innovation in a new variety of furnishings. The Francis Buffet blends traditional and modern styles and features dynamic storage. As well as unique pull-out shelves and space for wine bottle and glass storage.
To see first-hand the wide variety of Brandenberry Amish Furniture, come visit our store location. We’d love to help you find the perfect piece for your home!
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As you’re Growing Your Knowledge of Wood Furniture, you’ll be able to find a furnishing that suits your needs and style. Searching for the furniture piece that’s right for you? Then, research the wood species used to construct each furnishing. Is the wood indigenous or imported? Does the piece use plywood backing or veneers?
Growing Your Knowledge of Wood Furniture
When searching for a furniture piece, ask the builder or sales consultant whether it’s constructed of solid wood. Plywood backing might cut down on cost. However, sometimes it can diminish the durability of a particular piece of furniture.
Also, ask about the construction methods. Were nails or screws used? Or, was the piece constructed with dovetailed joints and glue?
Solid wood construction is one of the great strengths of Amish wood furniture. That said, many home furnishings use affordable plywood or artificial materials. But Amish wood furniture utilizes indigenous hardwoods. And this guarantees that each piece will contain an inherent beauty and sturdiness.
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People in the furniture business love talking about “hardwood furniture.” And they never seem to mention “softwood.” Is there a difference? And how does it affect what to look for in your next piece of furniture? Hardwood vs Softwood Furniture: Is There a Difference? will clarify things.
First, let’s muddy the waters a little bit. Hardwood is not necessarily harder than softwood. For example, balsa is a hardwood. But balsa wood is relatively soft, malleable and lightweight. That’s why manufacturers use it for model airplanes.
Now let’s clarify things. Softwood and hardwood are distinguished by the way they reproduce.
Softwood: Great for Telephone Poles and Decking
Softwood trees are usually coniferous – evergreen – trees. And they’re known as gymnosperms. This means they reproduce by forming cones. The cones, in turn, emit pollen, which is spread by the wind to other trees. The pollinated trees then form naked seeds, which fall to the ground or are borne on the wind. So new trees can grow elsewhere.
Of course, everyone can name some softwood trees. They include pine, redwood, douglas fir, and cypresses.
Softwood trees tend to grow faster than hardwoods. As a result, they’re lighter, less dense and are easier to cut. So they’re more economical then hardwoods. And you’ll find softwood trees being used for telephone poles, decking, flooring, and veneers.
Hardwood vs Softwood Furniture: Is There a Difference?
Hardwood trees, on the other hand, are usually deciduous trees. These broadleaf trees typically shed their leaves each fall. Hence the beautiful red, orange and brown leaves of autumn. Also, hardwood trees are angiosperms. This means they produce seeds with a covering such as a shell or a fruit. Also, they usually form flowers to reproduce. Insects and birds become attracted to the flowers. And they carry the pollen to other trees. When fertilized, the trees form fruits or nuts and seeds.
Most hardwood trees grow slower than softwoods. So they tend to be denser. This is why hardwoods are more suitable for furniture. Hardwood furniture can take the abuse of daily use. While performing well and looking great, year after year.
Examples of popular hardwoods used for furniture are oak, maple, cherry, and hickory.
Brandenberry – The Best in Amish Hardwood Furniture
Brandenberry Amish Furniture represents the best in hardwood furniture for your home or office. Amish craftsmen painstakingly craft each piece of hardwood furniture. So with proper care, Brandenberry furniture should last for generations to come.
References: “The Encyclopedia of Wood: a tree-by-tree guide to the world’s most versatile resource,” “Everything You Need to Know About Furniture Wood,” “FAQs/What is the Difference Between Hardwood and Softwood”
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These days, ‘upscale’ dining tables are not necessarily 100 percent hardwood. Because a new genre of trendy dining tables now includes tables with different types of hardwood tops paired with metal legs. These legs are made from materials like wrought iron and forged aluminum. The exciting Laredo Table from Brandenberry Amish Furniture is a case in point. That’s why this table deserves the moniker Laredo Table: Domesticated Industrial Look.
The Innovative, Cutting-Edge Laredo Table
Many of today’s homeowners feel the need to express their ideas of lavish design through innovative cutting-edge furniture styles instead of traditional hardwood furniture designs. And this applies whether they live in a traditional single dwelling house, a townhome or an upscale apartment. If you’re such a homeowner, you’ll want to take a closer look at the Laredo Table.
Laredo Table: Domesticated Industrial Look
In creating the Laredo Table, Amish craftsmen combined their cabinetmaking expertise with their knowledge of metalworking. The result is a table that bridges rural and industrial America. Craftsmen created the tabletop from 1 1/2-inch-thick solid hardwood. Then, they finish the top to give it a reclaimed texture – complete with a machine saw look. Or, they give the tabletop a smooth finish.
In addition, craftsmen created the base of the Laredo Table from forged aluminum. But, they formed the aluminum in an I-beam-style. Also, they completed the look with hefty bolts and the carved out words “GOSHEN INDIANA” vividly contrasting with the dull black, wrought-iron-looking pieces of forged aluminum. What a cool look!
Laredo Table Available in a Variety of Options
You can order the Laredo Table with a host of optional sizes and configurations. So the table you choose will be the perfect fit for your home. Available wood species include maple, cherry, rustic cherry and oak. You can also order the table in quarter-sawn oak. This cut makes the wood even more stable and gives it a spectacular woodgrain.
Standard sizes for the table are 36 inches wide by 84 inches long, 42 inches wide by 72 or 84 inches long, and 48 inches wide by 72 or 84 inches long. Looking for an even longer table? You can add up to four 12-inch leaves with the 72-inch table. Also, you can complement the dining table with the Laredo Bench. And you can select from any of the many dining rooms and kitchen chairs from Brandenberry Amish Furniture.
Visit Brandenberry Online or in Person
The Laredo Table is one of the scores of sturdy, great-looking and durable dining tables offered by Brandenberry Amish Furniture. You can explore the Laredo Table and the entire lineup of dining tables online at Brandenberry Amish Furniture. Or, check out Brandenberry furniture in person by visiting their ‘brick and mortar’ store in Shipshewana, Indiana.
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Furniture lovers who like a modern take on the classic Mission design will love the Custer Eight Door Hutch. Also, upscale homeowners seeking a large, grand, solid hardwood hutch will want to consider this piece as well. So let’s delve into Mission Meets Modern: The Custer Eight Door Hutch.
Mission Meets Modern: The Custer Eight Door Hutch
The Custer Eight Door Hutch has been a popular piece since its introduction in 2012. And it’s easy to see why. For starters, its classic Mission design appeals to lovers of traditional wood furniture. Also, its design accents like the curved legs and extended crown give this hutch a distinct beauty. (Curved legs and an extended crown are unusual for the Mission style.)
Superior Amish Solid Hardwood Construction
Skilled Amish cabinetmakers custom-craft each Custer Eight Door Hutch. And the Amish men use solid regional hardwoods like oak, maple, cherry, and hickory. Also, the builders draw from skills handed down from their ancestors. That’s why each hutch is incredibly well built.
Enhancements for Added Performance, Strength and Durability
Homeowners will notice a range of high-end features. All four drawers open full extension. This gives everyone easy access to every corner of each drawer – even to items at the very back. Also, dovetail drawer joints enhance strength and durability. What’s more, the five glass shelves are adjustable. So homeowners have flexibility in arranging items on the shelves. And plate grooves in the glass make it easy to show off fancy plates.
On a practical note, the Custer Eight Door Hutch comes with four wood and four beveled glass doors. Also, a fixed shelf in the base enhances storage potential.
Detailed Accents Designed to Impress
The builders included a variety of detailed accents that are sure to thrill furniture enthusiasts. For starters, the shiplap back feature gives a rustic appearance. And touch lighting keeps everything stylish – and illuminated. Also, beveled glass sides enhance the timeless beauty of this piece. You can choose an open or closed deck. (The open deck, with the plant and figurines, is shown.)
Visit Brandenberry Online or in Person
You can see the Custer Eight Door Hutch, as well as many other hutches at Brandenberry Amish Furniture’s online catalog. Or visit their ‘brick and mortar’ store in Shipshewana, Indiana. And you’ll find out first-hand how Mission Meets Modern: The Custer Eight Door Hutch.
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Vintage Furniture: The Furniture Lover’s Quest
Solid wood furniture boasts a long, rich history in America full of diverse designs, stunning styles and durable craftsmanship. As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, any furnishings 30-100 years old is generally considered “vintage”, while anything older is classified as “antique” and anything newer is simply “modern”. Vintage Furniture: The Furniture Lover’s Quest, helps us find the perfect vintage furniture.
Vintage furniture is not for the faint-hearted. Only true furniture-enthusiasts interested in learning the vast history of wood furniture and excited to search through countless furniture retailers. Hence discovering the joy of finding the perfect vintage furniture piece in the most unexpected place.
While most wood furniture retailers, especially Amish shops, will likely not stock true vintage furniture. These craftsmen can be valuable resources. As a result, they can help you discover where to find vintage pieces. Furthermore, what styles or designs to look for.
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The mere mention of custom anything often has an elitist connotation. Products like a custom car or truck come to mind. But when people desire an item that’s very meaningful and has long-term implications, a ‘custom’ purchase becomes a natural, sensible choice. A customized bridal gown and groom’s suit are notable examples. Pieces of furniture are usually big-ticket items which can last a very long time. So if you’re in the market for new furniture, you have to decide between assembly line or custom-built. So it makes sense to ask the question, What is Custom Amish Furniture?
Is Traditionally Made Furniture Your Best Choice?
To fully appreciate the advantages of custom furniture in general and custom Amish furniture in particular, we need to understand how traditional furniture is made. Traditional furniture starts with detailed drawings, including specific measurements for every component.
Then, sophisticated, computer-directed saws precision cut the parts. And these parts are usually various types of substitute wood products such as particleboard and veneered plywood, plastics and cardboard. Workers on the production line then assemble the parts, creating tables, dressers and so forth.
Also, the builders typically bond the pieces together with materials like glue, brads, and nails. In addition, a good fit is usually acceptable, while a snug fit is not necessarily achieved.
What is Custom Amish Furniture?
Custom Amish Furniture, such as what you’ll find at Brandenberry Amish Furniture, presents a superior alternative to the traditional furniture usually found in chain furniture stores and department stores. Our Amish builders start with detailed drawings, including specific measurements supplied by the customer. Then, the Amish craftsmen make precision cuts from quality hardwoods, such as oak, cherry, maple, and hickory. These hardwoods are more expensive than wood substitutes. However, they are far more sturdy and durable.
How Does ‘Heirloom Quality’ Sound?
Brandenberry’s Amish builders draw from tried-and-proven cabinetmaking skills handed down from their ancestors. These include using sturdy dovetail and mortis and tenon joints. Combine the skilled craftsmen with solid wood construction and time-honored construction techniques, and you get furniture that’s incredibly tough and long-lasting.
So when you order an item of custom Amish furniture from Brandenberry, you get more than what you pay for. Because Brandenberry’s builders make furniture so sturdy, with proper care, they should become a family heirloom. Which means that the next generations can benefit from your purchase.
Visit Brandenberry Online or in Person
Brandenberry offers custom Amish furniture for every room in your home. To see their vast collections of solid wood Amish furniture, visit Brandenberry’s website. Or stop in at Brandenberry’s ‘brick and mortar’ store in picturesque Shipshewana, close to the 80/90 toll road in Northern Indiana. And you’ll get an up-close-and-personal answer to the question What is Custom Amish Furniture?
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What Makes Amish Furniture So Unique?
What makes Amish furniture so unique? Step into an Amish furniture store, such as Brandenberry Amish Furniture in Shipshewana, Indiana. Or peruse Brandenberry’s online catalog. And you’ll be amazed by the most beautiful collections of furniture imaginable. With a dazzling display of fine cabinetmaking features like entertainment centers with a bridge joining two cabinets. Or cabinet doors with raised panels or mullioned glass. Plus the finest cabinetwork perfectly complemented by fine hardware.
So here are some reasons Amish furniture is so unique.
Solid Midwestern Hardwoods
Skilled Indiana Amish cabinetmakers painstakingly handcraft each item of furniture sold by Brandenberry. And the Amish men use solid Midwestern hardwoods like oak, cherry, maple, and hickory. You won’t find bargain substitutes like wood or paper veneers fused to particleboard or cardboard. And instead of nails or brads, the Amish artisans use screws and glue. Plus dovetail and mortis and tenon joints. In fact, the Amish builders go as far as to use solid wood sheets (about ½-inch thick) for the back or flooring of furniture. Many traditional furniture builders use pressed cardboard covered with faux wood veneer.
The result? Amish furniture is incredibly durable. So much so that with proper care, the furniture should last for generations to come. Even becoming a family heirloom.
Expert Amish Craftsmanship
Artisans apply time-honored cabinetmaking skills to make Amish furniture from Brandenberry unique. In fact, the Amish craftsmen draw from cabinetmaking skills handed down from their ancestors. And they integrate these skills with the latest tools and techniques.
Even a glance at a piece of furniture from Brandenberry will reveal some awesome examples of fine cabinetry. Some pieces come with fluted columns, ebony inlays, and decorative corbels. You’ll also find dovetail and mortis and tenon joints. Plus ornate crown moldings as well as dentil or rope trim. You might also notice fluted columns and mullion doors in the middle. And flared or bun feet down below.
So what is the likelihood of finding furniture with such intricate cabinetwork at a traditional furniture store, department store or big box store? You guessed it.
Full Range of Styles and Designs
Amish furniture from Brandenberry includes a full range of styles and designs. From Classic to Modern, Mission, and Shaker to Avant-Garde. Also, Amish craftsmen create furniture for every room in your house. They even make furniture for the home office. In fact, Brandenberry online collections include close to 5,000 products. So what makes Amish furniture so unique? Visit Brandenberry Amish Furniture and find out for yourself.
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Why pay more for solid wood furniture? One of the first decisions furniture buyers make is whether or not to buy furniture made of solid wood. But this decision might be more difficult than it seems. Because many pieces of furniture these days are made with veneers, plastics, particleboard and the like. And they’re often so nicely finished, even astute buyers have difficulty telling real wood pieces from furniture made from bargain substitutes.
Solid wood furniture is usually more expensive than furniture made with materials like plastics, veneers, and particleboard. Veneers are thin slices of wood that are usually glued to particleboard. And particleboard is made from wood chips, sawmill shavings, and sawdust, which are fused together with glue and pressure.
So why is wood furniture superior to substitutes? Here are a few reasons:
Strength of Solid Wood
The very nature of seasoned hardwood makes it incredibly strong. And that’s why cabinetmakers confidently use solid hardwood for shelves, benches, bed frames and sofa frames. All applications in which the furniture must bear a lot of weight. Also, the density and composition of solid wood enable cabinetmakers to create dovetail and mortise and tenon joints. Plus use screws instead of nails or brads.
Particleboard cannot handle such punishment. That’s because it’s brittle and relatively soft. Plus, it cannot be fashioned like real wood. Also, particleboard is irreplaceable once damaged.
Durability of Solid Wood
Solid hardwood furniture is incredibly sturdy. With proper care, solid wood furniture should last for generations to come. In fact, solid hardwood furniture often become family heirlooms. So solid wood furniture withstands the wear and tear which comes from daily use. Plus, it usually requires minimal maintenance.
And when solid hardwood furniture begins to show its age, you refinish it. Try refinishing a veneer that’s only 1/8 inch thick! And you certainly can’t refinish solid plastic or paper veneers.
Beauty of Solid Wood
Oscar Wilder said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…” So the widespread imitations of solid hardwood furniture underscore this reality. Solid wood furniture is absolutely beautiful.
Amish Furniture: Hardwood Furniture at its Best
Furniture lovers looking for the best in hardwood furniture need look no further than Brandenberry Amish Furniture in Shipshewana, Indiana. This is because skilled Amish cabinetmakers custom-build each piece from solid hardwoods. Like oak, maple, cherry, and hickory. Also, Brandenberry offers just about every type of Amish furniture. From bedroom sets to living room furniture. And from dining room furniture to entertainment furniture. Plus children’s furniture to office furniture.
Why pay more for solid wood furniture? You may pay more initially for solid hardwood furniture from Brandenberry. But factor in the great looks, long life and practical features. And you’ll find Brandenberry hardwood furniture to be a great deal.