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.

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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How to Choose the Right Dining Bench

Beth Rice 27/05/2021

Exactly what’s involved in choosing the perfect dining bench? Measurements, bench requirements and design preferences are all involved in choosing just the right bench for your dining room or kitchen. Key Measurements for Dining Benches Dining bench length should be equal to the length of your dining table or slightly shorter. In order to allow enough room for your legs to rest between the bench and the tabletop, the height of the seat is important… How to Choose the Right Dining Bench

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Facts About Furniture Feet

Beth Rice 20/05/2021

Furniture feet come in all shapes and styles. The feet of chairs and tables have often reflected different style periods throughout history. Different parts of the world developed their own furniture styles and over time influenced each other, bringing furniture feet through different phases that saw them wearing buns, balls and even claws. What facts can we share about furniture feet? Well, different feet developed at different times, and here we share some of the… Facts About Furniture Feet

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Things to Know About Cupolas

Beth Rice 13/05/2021

What are cupolas exactly? How do they work and how can you customize them? We’re diving into things to know about cupolas. Let’s start with defining the cupola. What is a cupola? A cupola is a decorative and functional addition to the roof of an outdoor structure. In some cases, it offers ventilation and serves to let in light. Cupola comes from the Latin word, cupella, that means “small cup.” A cupola is almost like… Things to Know About Cupolas

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Nightstand or Bedside Table — What’s the Difference?

Beth Rice 06/05/2021

Do you call it a nightstand or a bedside table, and is there in fact, a difference? A nightstand is typically defined as a small, low bedside table that usually has drawers. A bedside table is defined as a small table beside a bed. How are the two furniture types different from each other? Some believe there is just one main difference: Nightstands are expected to have at least one drawer, while bedside tables are… Nightstand or Bedside Table — What’s the Difference?

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5 Questions About Decorative Garden Windmills

Beth Rice 29/04/2021

Decorative garden windmills make a lovely addition to home or business. They offer a warm greeting and a unique look. Whether you use them for yard, garden, or landmark, some questions may arise. Here’s some helpful info on what to expect with a decorative garden windmill. A Little Windmill History Windmills, also called wind pumps or wind turbines, go way back. Who made the first one in the United States? That honor goes to Daniel… 5 Questions About Decorative Garden Windmills

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The American Lumber Shortage: What You Need to Know for Solid Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 15/04/2021

Many of us took a good look around last year. Inside and around our homes, that is. As the COVID-19 pandemic drove many of us into our houses and kept us there, we took notice of what furniture we needed to set up a home office, what rooms needed an upgrade, and ways to create more effective storage options. At the top of the list, we also looked for furniture that would bring us comfort… The American Lumber Shortage: What You Need to Know for Solid Wood Furniture

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Why Is Reclaimed Barnwood So Popular?

Beth Rice 08/04/2021

It’s the age of reclaimed barnwood, and one of the great things about it is barnwood already comes into the picture with staying power, having served its time on the land as barns. Now, it transforms into unforgettable furniture, with strength and history that are likely to keep it part of home furniture collections for another century to come. What else makes reclaimed barnwood so popular, and what makes it unique enough to not become… Why Is Reclaimed Barnwood So Popular?

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5 Reasons to Add a Sofa Table

Beth Rice 01/04/2021

Should you or shouldn’t you? Add a sofa table, that is. It’s another piece of furniture to dust and vacuum under, right? Sofa tables have been around since the 1700s, evolving over time to serve homes with both function and style. Here are five reasons to add a sofa table to your home furniture collection. What is a sofa table? Sofa tables of the late 1700s were actually used in front of the sofa for… 5 Reasons to Add a Sofa Table

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Oak vs. Brown Maple: How They Compare for Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 25/03/2021

It’s time for oak versus brown maple, where we’ll take on the two least expensive hardwood types that offer a world of possibilities for wood furniture, and we’ll compare their strengths and weaknesses. The ultimate goal is to help you decide if one of these wood types would be the best fit for your vision of new wood furniture. Comparing Colors Oak Wood Colors There are several different species of oak trees. The two main… Oak vs. Brown Maple: How They Compare for Wood Furniture

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