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.
Solid oak wood furniture is a top performer. Oak wood is strong, natural and wears a spirited wood grain pattern. Oak wood continues to be the number one choice for solid wood furniture made in America. What makes oak wood a top pick? How does it perform and how does it compare to other hardwoods? We’re breaking down the top ten questions we get about America’s most popular wood choice for furniture. With all the… 10 Questions About Oak Wood Furniture
The Pantone Color Institute has been selecting a Pantone Color of the Year since 2000. Pantone began this practice to bring together the design community and create discussion about color and its effect. Pantone has joined color and design across the board for years, selecting a new shade each year based on what trends they’ve observed in fashion, home décor, technology and more. The reveal of Pantone’s Color of the Year has become a much… Why Is Viva Magenta Pantone’s Color of the Year 2023?
One small, yet quite popular customization our Amish woodworkers offer that makes a big difference is the addition of cedar drawer bottoms. Amish craftsmen are used to crafting features into wood furniture that make it more durable, functional and beautiful. Cedar bottoms for drawers are one of those little features that work tirelessly behind the scenes to make a difference. So what do they bring to a drawer? How do they make your experience using… 3 Benefits of Cedar Bottom Drawers
Two popular furniture items for bedroom storage have always been the dresser and the chest of drawers. Either one will do for keeping clothes in, right? Is there truly a difference? Is one a better option than the other? While the terms dresser and chest of drawers are often used interchangeably, there’s a bit more to the dresser vs. chest of drawers argument. Here’s how they differ and what makes each appealing. Dresser Design A… Dresser vs. Chest of Drawers: What’s the Difference?
Amish made office furniture is not like the rest. Rich with solid wood, the desks, bookcases and storage pieces are built to last for generations. You’ll find unique features and parts built into a variety of designs. Here we’ve put together a fun list of clues to share some significant office furniture terms that stand for quality features that will keep your office furniture going for generations. Clue: I’m a cover that seals and smooths… 10 Amish Office Furniture Terms and What They Mean
Every year furniture trends and fresh ideas for interior design emerge. We love seeing new furniture designs coming from our Amish woodshops across Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Amish woodworkers are always studying what customers want and flexing their artistic talents to create wood furniture in all designs with the latest functions. This year’s list of furniture trends bring forward some from last year while introducing some new exciting looks and concepts. Without further furniture adieu,… Furniture Trends for 2023
Not a type of skateboard, ironing board or game board, a bunkie board is placed to offer proper mattress support within beds. A piece of wood covered with fabric is all it takes to supply added support that lengthens the life of a mattress. Here are the things to know about a bunkie board. A bunkie board offers support. What is a bunkie board? A bunkie board, also spelled bunky board, is a flat board… Things To Know About A Bunkie Board
Wood that’s quarter sawn is cut differently, resulting in unique patterns that are stunning to see on a piece of wood furniture. Rustic woods are going to have more knots, streaks and color variations. Put them together and what have you got? Here are the things to know about rustic quarter sawn white oak wood. It’s cut differently. Here’s the secret behind the quarter sawn oak wood patterns. It’s all in the cut. Wood that… Things to Know About Rustic Quarter Sawn White Oak Wood
Preparing a nursery for the arrival of a new baby is an exciting time. As you look to equip the room with the comfort and storage needed, follow this helpful guide that will lead you to the top three nursery furniture essentials. Sleep, store and sway. These are the three main goals of your nursery furniture essentials. Your baby needs a comfy, safe place to sleep. You need storage for baby clothes, bedding and supplies,… Nursery Furniture Essentials
Modern Amish furniture does exist. Just because it’s made by hand with solid wood and will last from the birth of your child until they have their own children and beyond does not mean it’s limited to one style. In fact, that’s one misconception the vice president of DutchCrafters, Linse Miller, tries hard to dispel, frequently looking for ways to bring Amish made modern furniture center stage. While it’s true the Amish are known for… Does Modern Amish Furniture Exist?
Wood stain colors can make or break the look of wood furniture, and choosing one is a big decision. Stain colors enhance the beauty of the wood grain pattern, they pull together the color tones of the room, and they transform the look of the wood. Working with solid wood furniture made in Amish country, we are well acquainted with wood stains and their effects on different wood types. We’re often asked what the most… Three Popular Amish Furniture Wood Stain Colors
Often categorized as an “old-fashioned piece of furniture,” the curio cabinet is loved by some and avoided by others. The news is the curio display cabinet continues to maintain a fan base as it moves into modern design schemes. Unapologetic and versatile, they are used in both old ways and new ones. Modern ways to use curio cabinets have moved beyond just a dish or doll collection, and they’ve branched out throughout the home. A… Modern Ways to Use a Curio Cabinet
Amish woodshops bustle with activity, creating strong, durable solid wood creations. Among their many products are wooden toys, the kind that take us back to a different time when things were simpler and technology didn’t dominate the waking hours. These are wooden toys made in the USA. Being made in an Amish woodshop, there are even options to customize these wood toys! Wood type, stain and other options are available on some Amish toys. Wooden… 10 Best Amish Made Wooden Toys
Let’s face it. Log furniture helps us disconnect. Its natural rugged look represents another time long ago, when things were simpler, and there’s something so appealing in that. While log furniture has been around in the U.S. since the 1800s, its popularity grew in the early 2000s as many fell in love with rustic furniture for both indoors and outside. Log furniture is pretty rustic, with logs wearing knots, colorations, and markings that make it… 5 Questions About Log Furniture
We’ll call it. A lingerie chest is a little bit of luxury. A narrow chest of drawers made specifically to store and organize women’s undergarments, the lingerie chest originally fell into the category of fancy furniture. Delicate undergarments were organized, stored and protected in its drawers, preventing damage, snags and pulling that could occur in large dresser drawers where there’s a bit of everything mixed in. These days, these small chests of drawers are still… 5 New Ways to Use a Lingerie Chest