Category: Older

Custom Breakfast Nook FAQs

Beth Rice 11/03/2021

Gatherings for family meals come in all shapes and sizes, and so do Amish custom breakfast nooks. There are a number of questions that arise regarding a custom breakfast nook, which are built with solid wood and interchangeable features. We’ve taken those questions and answered them here to help you on your path to finding the perfect custom nook. Can an upholstered seat or back be added to my breakfast nook? Yes. Amish breakfast nooks… Custom Breakfast Nook FAQs

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Things to Know About Wood Inlays

Beth Rice 25/02/2021

Wood inlays are a type of furniture feature that catches the eye. They represent the work of a true artisan, and they require a skilled hand to add them to wood furniture. What is a wood inlay and what does it do? A wood inlay is the addition of an often contrasting, colored material into a shape that’s cut out to accept the inlay. It is fit flush with the item it’s added to. The… Things to Know About Wood Inlays

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5 Ways A Murphy Bed Saves You Money

Beth Rice 18/02/2021

There are 5 ways a Murphy bed saves you money. One item of furniture whose versatility and function make it a great fit for several living spaces, a Murphy bed does a lot more than just sit there and look good. The money saving factor is icing on the cake. And who doesn’t like to save money? How the Murphy Bed Got Its Name Also known as a wall bed, pull down bed or fold… 5 Ways A Murphy Bed Saves You Money

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5 Things to Love About an Amish Secretary Desk

Beth Rice 11/02/2021

It’s pretty easy to name five things to love about a secretary desk, from its space saving features to its collection of storage compartments. When you factor in the ability to customize, the solid wood, and the variety of styles to pick from, it’s even easier to name five things to love about an Amish secretary desk. Let’s take a look. Secretary Desk History The secretary desk has come a long way. Also referred to… 5 Things to Love About an Amish Secretary Desk

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Things to Know About a Gentleman’s Chest

Beth Rice 04/02/2021

Let’s start with clarifying that as we dig into things to know about a gentleman’s chest, we are of course talking about the furniture, not a gentleman’s chest of the human kind either with or sans hair. I like to think of a gentleman’s chest as a quiet piece full of function, quiet because we don’t often talk about “men’s furniture” and full of function because the gentleman’s chest of yesterday can be used in… Things to Know About a Gentleman’s Chest

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Cherry vs. Maple: Does One Make Better Wood Furniture?

Beth Rice 28/01/2021

There’s a lot to know about wood types when it comes to building custom wood furniture. Durability, color, cost and features should all be considered before selecting a wood type for your new table, bed, desk or chair. Two wood types, both quite popular in their own right, are cherry wood and maple wood. When it comes to cherry vs maple, does one make better wood furniture? Let’s take a look. First we have cherry… Cherry vs. Maple: Does One Make Better Wood Furniture?

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The Best Wood Polish for Cleaning Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 21/01/2021

What is the best wood polish for cleaning wood furniture? When you’ve made a significant investment in solid wood furniture, waited for it to be built and delivered, made it a part of your family story, and proudly displayed it in your home, there will come the time to clean it. And when it comes to high end, solid wood furniture you might hesitate. None of us wants to use the wrong cleaner on wood… The Best Wood Polish for Cleaning Wood Furniture

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New Poly Features for 2021

Beth Rice 14/01/2021

With so many of us sprucing up our outdoor spaces, poly furniture has taken on some new features to help furnish your outdoors in style for 2021. What’s New for Poly Furniture? Poly furniture continues to bring its A game in 2021, being an eco friendly outdoor furniture choice built from recycled plastics like milk jugs and detergent bottles. There’s no change to the poly we’ve all come to know and love, the outdoor furniture… New Poly Features for 2021

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The Pressback Dining Chair

Beth Rice 07/01/2021

A pressback dining chair brings home the look and feel of hand carved wood. Pressback chairs feature intricate designs in the chair crest rail. The designs are often leaves or acorns or a combination of the two. These designs are no longer carved by hand, and craftsmen have found ways to produce pressbacks more quickly and efficiently. How are they made in Amish country? Let’s take a look at the pressback chair, a popular choice… The Pressback Dining Chair

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Facts About Finished Backs

Beth Rice 17/12/2020

How important is it to have the backs of your wood furniture finished? What is a finished back exactly? And if the back of a piece like a desk is not finished, what the heck does it look like? Is it bare? The finished backs of fine wood furniture are a popular topic of conversation for our furniture specialists here at DutchCrafters. Questions are often raised about what the options are for finished backs, when… Facts About Finished Backs

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Things to Know About Dust Panels

Beth Rice 10/12/2020

The dust panel. Also called a dust shelf, dust guard or dust board. What does it do? Do you really need it? What does it add to a wood chest or dresser? Let’s take a moment to think of a dresser drawer, sitting strong and quiet, holding your folded clothing, blankets, sweaters and socks. The drawer glides in and out smoothly, providing storage and support. What’s happening every time you open and close the drawer?… Things to Know About Dust Panels

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The History of the Rocking Horse

Beth Rice 03/12/2020

In its prime, the rocking horse raced past other toys to become an envied playroom piece of its time. It was enhanced, improved and made safer over time, with its popularity skyrocketing. Then the rocking horse all but faded away, until waves of nostalgia and a longing for this old fashioned favorite once again took root. Rocking Horse History Toy animals have long been celebrated, and it has been said that the ancient Greek and… The History of the Rocking Horse

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How to Choose A Good Wine Cabinet

Beth Rice 19/11/2020

When it’s five o’clock somewhere and time to unwind, do you reach for a glass of wine from a wine rack or wine cabinet? What are the differences between them, and how do you choose a good wine cabinet? First, let’s break down some wine storage terminology. There’s the wine cabinet, the wine cooler and the wine rack. What is a wine cabinet? There are wine cabinets that are climate controlled and wine cabinets that… How to Choose A Good Wine Cabinet

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The Best Woods for Rustic Log Furniture

Beth Rice 12/11/2020

Rustic log furniture brings home a natural, outdoor woodsy feel. You feel that you’ve been removed from the everyday and launched to log cabin life, complete with log beds, barstools and rustic coffee tables full of natural knots and markings. Rustic furniture helps set the scene and with it comes certain types of woods. Furniture woods vary a great deal in their characteristics, benefits and challenges. What woods are best for rustic log furniture? Let’s… The Best Woods for Rustic Log Furniture

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How to Choose a Kitchen Hutch

Beth Rice 05/11/2020

What is a kitchen hutch? A kitchen hutch is a piece of furniture used in the kitchen that features storage and may include shelves, cabinets, drawers, a counter area or a combination of these features. Hutches are also popular for use in the dining room. Using one in the kitchen serves a similar purpose, adding storage and contributing to the style of the room. A kitchen hutch is a great way to keep frequently used… How to Choose a Kitchen Hutch

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