All posts by "Beth Rice"

Beth Rice is a content writer for DutchCrafters Amish Furniture. She is the primary author of Timber to Table blog posts and has spent the last several years researching and providing knowledge on wood types, furniture styles, and design trends. As a busy mother of two, Beth understands the value of furniture in helping create a welcoming home for family and friends, and often writes on the ways our furniture can help support that. Beth is a published author with a gift for identifying the special moments in everyday life. Most recently, she had a short story included in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "My Amazing Mom" edition. Since 2012, the DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog has been providing customers and other readers with furniture and interior design tips, information about the Amish, and woodworkers’ stories.

How to Choose Entryway Furniture

Beth Rice 14/10/2021

Entryways, whether large or small, are the first glimpse inside your home. The list of job duties for an entryway includes: Creating a welcoming atmosphere Showcasing your personal style Storing and organizing items Where do you begin selecting furniture items for your entryway? What could work best for your space? What style do you like? Here we’ll help lay out how to choose the best entryway furniture for your home. Entryway Spaces Entryways are versatile… How to Choose Entryway Furniture

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Oak vs. Quarter Sawn Oak for Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 07/10/2021

Oak wood with its prominent wood grain, strength and durability is the most commonly used wood for solid wood furniture.  We’re pitting oak woods against each other, specifically “regular” or “plain sawn” oak versus quarter sawn oak. Why? Because they’re cut differently and that affects the look, stability, performance and cost. You’ll have to decide which oak look is for you as we compare oak vs quarter sawn oak for wood furniture. While there are… Oak vs. Quarter Sawn Oak for Wood Furniture

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4 Popular Ways to Display a Quilt

Beth Rice 30/09/2021

Quilts are special. Whether you made one yourself, inherited a family heirloom, or received one as a gift, they are works of art that you might want to showcase. Sure you can throw them over a sofa or the back of a chair, but handmade quilts, in particular, should be handled carefully in order to maintain their beauty. Here are four safe and popular ways to display treasured quilts. Ways To Display A Quilt The… 4 Popular Ways to Display a Quilt

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Things To Know About Tung Oil

Beth Rice 23/09/2021

There are lots of things to know about tung oil. Part of the beauty of having wood furniture is the natural beauty of the wood. Sure, solid wood offers durability and support, but wood looks beautiful, showcasing a unique grain pattern from the tree it came from. Bringing out that beauty is the job of the stain and finish, and those familiar with woodworking know that the finish can make or break a piece of… Things To Know About Tung Oil

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5 Ways You Can Customize Amish Living Room Chairs

Beth Rice 16/09/2021

Amish living room chairs bring a whole new meaning to the word comfort. Not only can you rely on premium quality materials supported by fine craftsmanship, but you are offered the opportunity to customize. Customizing means you can pick out options for the entire build of your new living room chairs, making sure the look, feel and function are sure to fit your vision for your living room furniture. Spotting an Amish living room chair… 5 Ways You Can Customize Amish Living Room Chairs

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Cedar Wood and Bed Bugs

Beth Rice 02/09/2021

There’s a good chance you won’t ever find cedar wood and bed bugs in the same place. Why? Because cedar wood contains natural oils that bed bugs and lots of other pests don’t like. About Cedar Wood Cedar is a strong, stable wood that’s used for indoor and outdoor furniture. It brings with it a distinctive scent that to most of us humans smells like freshly cut wood with almost a menthol, minty scent mixed… Cedar Wood and Bed Bugs

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Bedroom Furniture Buying Guide

Beth Rice 26/08/2021

The goal of any good bedroom furniture buying guide is to help you determine your bedroom furniture needs to create a space with the right combination of personal style, comfort, and storage. Let’s take a look at what to do before you start shopping and how to go about choosing the right bedroom furniture for you. Bedroom Furniture Buying Guide Checklist Before you start shopping for bedroom furniture, knowing three key things will help you… Bedroom Furniture Buying Guide

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5 Ways to Identify Quality Furniture

Beth Rice 12/08/2021

What goes into furniture that qualifies it as quality furniture? Is it the style? The durability? The functionality?  How can you avoid paying money for furniture that looks good, but won’t last? What should you look for to be sure it’s a quality piece? Read on to find indicators of the good stuff, some things to stay away from and what you came for, five ways to identify quality furniture. What is quality furniture? For… 5 Ways to Identify Quality Furniture

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How to Choose the Right Office Furniture for Business

Beth Rice 05/08/2021

When you’re looking for office furniture to create the most efficient, productive and stylish office possible, there are important factors to consider. This handy guide offers questions to ask and suggestions for what to look for in order to choose the right office furniture for your business. Begin With Your Budget Know what budget you’re working with before you begin office furniture shopping so you can plan accordingly. Once you know your budget, be sure… How to Choose the Right Office Furniture for Business

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Just the Leathers: Faux Leather vs. Genuine Leather for Furniture

Beth Rice 22/07/2021

When it comes to leather for upholstered furniture, there are a number of pros and cons to weigh. Not only do you need to decide if the leather look and characteristics are right for you, but there are other leather-like options to consider that can also do the job. This handy guide focuses on types of leather and compares faux versus genuine leather for fine furniture. Types of Leather Genuine Leather Just like cheese and… Just the Leathers: Faux Leather vs. Genuine Leather for Furniture

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5 Ways Lift Top Coffee Tables Make Life Easier

Beth Rice 08/07/2021

No longer sitting there as a catch all for clutter, lift top coffee tables have put a new spin on a living room staple, and with one simple adjustment, they can make your life easier. The lift top coffee table is an exciting addition to the accent table family as it meets the needs of different situations. How you ask? Let’s take a look. Adding Savvy Storage While we expect coffee tables to be catch-alls… 5 Ways Lift Top Coffee Tables Make Life Easier

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DutchCrafters Colors of the Year 2021: Comfort and Calm for Mind and Body

Beth Rice 24/06/2021

DutchCrafters Colors of the Year 2021 are uplifting and happy shades that embrace calm to nurture and restore you. Stain and paint colors for wood furniture, along with the skilled manner in which they are applied, contribute a great deal to your wood furniture and how it will look in a room. Here we share the DutchCrafters Colors of the Year 2021 to use for wood furniture throughout your home, shades that create a sense… DutchCrafters Colors of the Year 2021: Comfort and Calm for Mind and Body

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The Staying Power of Scandinavian Design

Beth Rice 17/06/2021

Scandinavian design has staying power. How? Why? Is it the look? Or is it the feeling we get from it? What goes into Scandinavian design that keeps it a sought after design style for homes? Let’s take a look. What is Scandinavian design? Scandinavian design embraces a minimal, simple, uncluttered look that lets in light and celebrates nature. More than just a look, Scandinavian style aims to create balance within the household environment. It promotes… The Staying Power of Scandinavian Design

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Cherry vs. Walnut Wood for Furniture

Beth Rice 10/06/2021

We take another close look at comparing wood types, and this time it’s cherry versus walnut wood for furniture. Two popular wood types that are known and loved for their rich colors and distinguished looks, cherry and walnut have characteristics that make each of them unique. Let’s look at what these woods bring in terms of colors, grain pattern, workability and style. Cherry vs. Walnut Some conversations might revolve around the stunning reds of cherry… Cherry vs. Walnut Wood for Furniture

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Barrister Bookcase Backstory

Beth Rice 03/06/2021

The barrister bookcase was born out of necessity. Barristers, or lawyers that specialize in case law and represent clients in court, found themselves in need of a piece of furniture that could not only store volumes of reference books but also could be transported safely and easily as they traveled from court to court. Judges would be required to travel to different courts, and the barristers had to follow them. Enter the barrister bookcase that… Barrister Bookcase Backstory

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