Category: Furniture Tips

Meet the Maples: Facts About Brown Maple

Beth Rice 27/06/2019

Here at DutchCrafters we deal with a lot of maple, brown maple wood in particular. The maple family, while beautiful, is a cast of characters that can cause a bit of confusion. Brown Maple Confusion If brown maple is so durable, why is it called soft maple? Is it a good choice for wood furniture or not? Is it harder than cherry? And what is soft maple then? What about hard maple? Are the maples… Meet the Maples: Facts About Brown Maple

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Furniture Styles: Contemporary, Traditional and Transitional Style Furniture

Beth Rice 30/05/2019

Ever get confused by furniture styles? Contemporary style is not modern…is it? Traditional style furniture can also be called formal furniture…right? Transitional style furniture is a combination of what again? Figuring Out Furniture Styles There are many furniture styles out there. Your home space is unique to your tastes and your personal design and one style does not fit all. Exactly what constitutes contemporary or transitional can get confusing at times. We hope this little… Furniture Styles: Contemporary, Traditional and Transitional Style Furniture

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What You Need to Know About Walnut Wood

Beth Rice 02/05/2019

Solid wood furniture made with walnut wood is meant to impress and it never falls short of the mark. In the world of custom furniture, walnut wood is a dream as it is easy to work with and finishes beautifully. Want to know more about walnut wood? Let’s take a look at what makes it a luxury. Walnut wood is revered for its rich, dark color. There are many varieties of walnut trees, but just… What You Need to Know About Walnut Wood

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The Benefits of Solid Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 04/04/2019

I enjoy a good bargain, sure. During one of our community yard sales, I remember taking a walk around the neighborhood and finding a colorful beach umbrella. I had never treated myself to one and living in Florida, I take my two daughters to the beach quite often. The owner wanted $8 for it, which is pricey for a yard sale. I tried to bargain with him, but he wouldn’t budge. I opened and closed… The Benefits of Solid Wood Furniture

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Quarter Sawn White Oak Wood Q & A

Beth Rice 21/03/2019

Quarter sawn white oak wood is known among solid wood furniture for its durability, strength and firm texture. We receive a lot of questions about it. Why is it called quarter sawn? What type of furniture is it best for? What’s with the quarter sawn grain pattern? Here are the answers to popular quarter sawn white oak wood questions in our QSWO Q & A. Q: Why is it called quarter sawn white oak? A:… Quarter Sawn White Oak Wood Q & A

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Springtime Showdown: Panel Beds vs. Platform Beds

Beth Rice 14/03/2019

Panel beds and platform beds both have reasons to brag. One will cost you less while the other might be easier to get in and out of. We’re breaking down the features of panel beds versus platform beds with some insider tips on our stylish Amish beds. What are Panel Beds? A panel bed has an eye-catching headboard that’s usually fairly tall and decorative. The headboard is divided into panel-like sections and definitely makes a… Springtime Showdown: Panel Beds vs. Platform Beds

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Insider Tips for Buying Amish Furniture from DutchCrafters Furniture Specialists

Beth Rice 07/03/2019

DutchCrafters has a team of Amish Furniture Specialists. They are the talent at the phones and behind the emails that take Amish furniture from the photo you see online into your home with the custom options that make it unique. They’re our connection to you, our customers, and your connection to a wealth of information about custom furniture as well as the woodworker who is building it. When you’re buying Amish made furniture: You can… Insider Tips for Buying Amish Furniture from DutchCrafters Furniture Specialists

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5 Ways to Create a Breakfast Nook

Beth Rice 21/02/2019

If you could have a breakfast nook any way you wanted it, what would your cozy set up look like? This is where you can savor your coffee, wear pajamas to breakfast, gather for games, cuddle at a candlelight dinner for two or spread out work projects to name just a few nook activities. If you’ve always dreamed of your own little nook in the corner or by the window, we’re sharing 5 ways to… 5 Ways to Create a Breakfast Nook

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5 Interior Design Trends for 2019

Beth Rice 07/02/2019

Interior design trends from 2018 included the use of accent colors, more dark woods, and eco friendly products. Let’s see how expected trends for 2019 compare, with a few making the list for a second year in a row and a few new ideas coming down the pike. A LOVE FOR NAVY We love navy for a nautical look, and it receives a warm welcome this year. Navy makes a splash in 2019 as a… 5 Interior Design Trends for 2019

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A Quality Finish For Solid Wood Furniture: What Is Catalyzed Conversion Varnish?

Beth Rice 31/01/2019

We’ve heard it straight from our Amish craftsmen–finish either makes a product or breaks a product. When it comes to the finish on your solid wood furniture, nothing’s more important than a quality finish that’s applied correctly. The standard finish for our Amish furniture is a catalyzed conversion varnish applied over the finish color. We use it because simply put…..it’s the best. What Is Catalyzed Conversion Varnish? The varnish that’s applied over the finish color… A Quality Finish For Solid Wood Furniture: What Is Catalyzed Conversion Varnish?

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How to Create A Mid-Century Modern Mix

Beth Rice 24/01/2019

Love the look of mid-century modern furniture but do not wish to have it throughout your entire house? Good news—mid-century modern furniture is mixable. Here’s how. Making the Most With Mid-Century Modern Mid-century modern furniture, (not to be confused with contemporary style which is furniture that adapts to reflect current trends) has grown immensely popular and just keeps on going. Mid-century mod combines versatile and simple with a little spunk and brings on that retro… How to Create A Mid-Century Modern Mix

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All About Arms: Things to Remember About Dining Chairs

Beth Rice 17/01/2019

They’re pretty. They’re graceful. They’re supportive. That’s right we’re talking arms—dining chair arms and the reasons we love them and the reasons we don’t. When you’re ready to furnish a dining room for a new home or you’re finally getting rid of the set you’ve had for decades and treating yourself to a new one, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. There are the styles, the space, and the question of where… All About Arms: Things to Remember About Dining Chairs

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History of the Lazy Susan

Beth Rice 08/11/2018

What Is a Lazy Susan? A Lazy Susan is a rotating tray that’s used on a table or counter to share food. It can be made of wood, glass or plastic, and it is normally round. American Made Tabletop Lazy Susan. The Invention of the Lazy Susan The Lazy Susan descends from the dumbwaiter and the original inventor is hard to determine. The path to the creation of the Lazy Susan is unclear, and its… History of the Lazy Susan

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The Look of Low Sheen Varnish

Beth Rice 18/10/2018

What is Varnish and What Does It Do? Varnish is a transparent hard coating that provides protection for solid wood furniture. It is applied over the stain on wood furniture. As the varnish protects the wood from moisture, sunlight and dirt, it allows the wood’s natural colors and grain patterns to be seen and appreciated and creates the most natural appearance. Varnish is always recommended for inside furniture for an added layer of protection and… The Look of Low Sheen Varnish

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