The Long Tradition Behind Amish Furniture

outdoorfurniturespecialists1-300x213  You’ve probably heard about Amish furniture before, but how much do you really know about it? Here are just a few fun facts about the Amish crafters and communities who produce such valuable items:

  • Amish-crafted indoor and outdoor furniture first became popular in the U.S. during the 1920s, but the tradition of furniture-making was around long before that. The Amish were some of America’s first settlers, and when these communities emigrated from Europe, they brought with them the techniques which gave them the strong reputation of being indoor and outdoor furniture specialists. Many of the techniques used today are the same techniques that were used hundreds of years ago — in particular (and you’ve probably already heard this before), Amish-crafted items are often made entirely by hand and without electricity. That’s how it was done in the early days, so that’s how it’s done now!
  • Amish furniture is usually manufactured on the east coast, especially in and around New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. This is because Amish communities settled in these regions decades ago, and the communities that they created (way back when) are still kept alive by their modern descendants. But don’t let your location keep you from looking into your own Amish-built shed or wooden outdoor furniture items — there are many re-sellers across the country that work closely with Amish crafters, and these re-sellers help advertise and distribute the items.
  • There are many different regional furniture styles, and there’s nothing wrong with being a little picky when it comes to choosing the style you prefer! Two of the most popular styles are the Mission and Shaker styles, but there are plenty of other styles floating around in different areas. Although it may be a little more difficult to see stylistic differences in smaller items, bigger items like sheds and garages are often fairly distinct in style. No matter which style you choose, though, you’ll know that you’re buying a piece of furniture that’s made to last.

It’s pretty remarkable when you realize that so little has changed in the furniture — making tradition over the past few hundred years, isn’t it? But their loyalty and commitment is exactly what makes Amish crafters into some of the best indoor and outdoor furniture specialists around today. You simply can’t find mass-produced factory furniture made with the same care and quality found in Amish furniture.