Home Furnishings

Rocking chairs.

There are many things to consider when buying new furniture for your home. With proper care, solid wood furniture can last a lifetime. The various types of wood will determine the quality and durability of the piece. You will want to consider that when deciding what pieces to buy.

What is the difference between hardwood and softwood?

There is a misconception that the names origins are based on one being harder than the other when if fact the term originated from the type of tree the wood was harvested from. Softwood’s come from trees with needles. These trees are known as conifers. Some examples of softwoods: pine, spruce and cedar. Hardwood’s come from trees that shed leaves and are known as deciduous. Some popular hardwoods are oak, mahogany, walnut, and maple.

There is, however, a difference in the density of the wood. A hardwood is strong along all directions of the grain and a softwood is strong only in specific grain direction and is much less compressed.

With that in mind, it is important to consider what the piece will be used for. For instance, if you are looking at purchasing a dining room table, you may want to look for an oak dining room table. Many families use the dining room table for daily meals as well as entertaining. You need something that will hold up well under constant use.

If however your dining room table is simply for special occasions there would be no reason why you can’t simply buy any solid wood dining table. Generally speaking, hardwood furniture is more expensive than softwood so buying a softwood piece will be easier on your wallet.

The same rules for making a decision when shopping for a piece for your dining room would apply to other rooms in the house, including shopping for a bathroom vanity. You may find pieces that are built from softwood and then veneered to look like hardwood. In most cases, solid wood will outlast a veneered piece or a piece made from particle board.

If you are hoping to find American made furniture, do your research before heading out the door. There are definite advantages to American made and there are manufacturers that still pride themselves on doing the work in America. This doesn’t necessarily mean the wood used in construction of the piece was harvested in the US. Depending on the piece and the type of wood it will be harvested and shipped.

There are many styles of wood furniture to choose from, traditional, country, and even mission style furniture. Once you have decided on the type of wood you want, picking the style will simply be a matter of personal preference. Most large home furnishings stores will carry many different styles and will be happy to help you design a room around your budget and your lifestyle.

Made in the USA: Amish Furniture Finds

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If you are searching for USA made furniture, look no further than your nearest Amish furniture store. The styles and variety are as endless as your imagination. The attention to detail and quality that goes into an Amish piece is second to none.

You will find most Amish furniture is crafted from hand selected solid wood. The wood used will be chosen with the specific piece in mind. The term Amish is used to define that the piece was crafted by someone of the Amish community. If the piece is being marketed as “Amish style,” it may be misleading and may not have been built by the Amish. Keep this in mind when you start to shop.

If you are looking for a specific piece and you want to narrow your search use specific terms. You can search terms like Amish dressers, or Amish computer desks, or whatever other piece you may be looking for.

If you know anything about the Amish culture you may be thinking there are pieces they don’t make. After all, we don’t usually associate the Amish with computers but they work hard to meet the needs of the average consumer.

If you are looking for a new bed, new dining room table, dresser, or even a coffee table, you will be able to find them as a piece that the Amish build. Every piece is handcrafted and although there may be similarities in style and materials, each piece has it’s own unique character.

Buying an Amish dresser, Amish bed, or any other piece of Amish furniture gives you a connection to a more personal story. These pieces aren’t manufactured on an assembly line in a factory. They aren’t manufactured in a foreign country. They are made right here and by someone who prides themselves in the quality of their work.

Coffee tables and dining room tables are pieces that get daily use and should be pieces that are built to last. Buying an Amish coffee table or Amish dining room table will give you quality pieces that stand up through the tests of family, friends and dinner parties.

Amish furniture is now available to a wider market through non-Amish retailers. Just be sure that the retailer you are visiting is truly buying their furniture from an Amish artisan. You may find that the custom options are limitless. You can choose stain combinations, paint colors, and  custom fabrics for a piece that has cushions.

Many of the pieces made are made by Amish craftsman that do nothing else and this is a family tradition, handed down for generations.

No matter what piece of furniture you are looking for, you can rest assured that if you are buying genuine Amish made furniture it will have the quality you are looking for.

Appliance Repair Finding Top Notch Repair in Dallas


When it comes to in-home appliance repair, you want an expert and a company that fixes multiple types of appliances. You also want a company that can fix various brands.

For instance, if you are looking for dishwasher repair services and you own a GE or Kenmore, be sure that the service you hire offers GE dishwasher repair or Kenmore dishwasher maintenance. Be sure to ask. Don’t get ahead of yourself, there are some steps to take before you even pick up the phone.

Your search should begin with some criteria. Can they fix the brand you have? Do they stand behind their work? Can you find customer testimonials? Do they have a Better Business Bureau listing? You may also want to check for a listing on a consumer review site.

Before you call an appliance repair service, call your friends, family, or anyone you know that may have needed to have something repaired. Ask for recommendations. If you can’t think of anyone to call, try your local real estate agent. Not to sell your house, but to ask for recommendations.

If your house is under warranty you should check to see if the appliance that needs repaired is covered under your policy. If you are a renter, your job should be easy. Call the homeowner and let them handle it. Unless of course the appliances were yours to begin with.

It is a good idea to look at how long a repair service or individual has been in business. Don’t be shy, ask what training they have. Have they been factory certified for a specific brand? It is also important to ask if they will give you an upfront estimate and will they give it to you in writing.

Shop around, it is advisable to talk to more than one repair service. Ask questions directed at your needs, whether it is dishwasher repair, electric oven repair, or some other appliance.

There are services that may be listed as maintenance services rather than repair services. There really shouldn’t be any difference between the two.

If you are still having a difficult time narrowing down your choices, try searching with keywords that can help you find what you need. Using a search engine website, look for things like electric oven repair in Dallas or freezer maintenance Dallas TX. Whatever appliance it is you are looking to repair can be typed into a search engine to get you the results you are looking for.

Try not to base your entire decision on price. Getting a good price and a terrible repair that leaves you with a broken appliance a week later is not a bargain. With the right research you are sure to find an appliance repair service that fits your budget and gets the job done right.

Amish Made Home Furnishings

Amish furniture.

Amish furniture is marketed as being built by the Amish. You can buy it in specialty stores, stores that are operated by someone of the Amish community, or in furniture stores that buy directly from Amish manufacturers. You can also have pieces built to your specifications by smaller furniture businesses, usually located right on a farm.


In general, Amish furniture is built from solid wood and won’t have veneers or use particle board. These pieces are truly handmade and made in America.


Amish furniture comes in a variety of styles and for almost every room in the house. You can find complete Amish bedroom sets, Amish dining room sets, or if you are just looking for a chair to relax in you will find rockers, and even Amish glider rockers.


Although most Amish pieces will be an all wood construction, there are exceptions. If you are looking for a chair with cushions, look no further than an Amish glider or an Amish Morris chair. Both of these styles of chairs will have cushions and offer comfortable seating for any room in your home. If you are unfamiliar with a Morris chair, it is an early version of a recliner. The back reclines and the arm rests are relatively high. There is no foot rest. This kind of chair would be used with a foot stool or ottoman.


If you have decided you want to buy Amish bedroom furniture you will have plenty of styles and sizes to choose from. You will also find what you are looking for in a variety of woods.


An Amish bedroom set, may have several pieces in addition to the bed and some manufacturers will give you options to add or subtract pieces.


You can find online resources for finding stores. Some of the websites offer pictures so you can decide on a style before you start your shopping trip. There are also websites that give you  online shopping options. Depending on the piece you want to buy and the amount of money you are investing, it is best to go to the store and take a look at what you are buying.


Your choices aren’t limited to the bedroom, dining room and simple chairs. The Amish build entertainment centers, children’s furniture, outdoor furniture and much more. You would be hard pressed to find furniture that is a better quality. Each piece is made by hand, not manufactured in a plant, on an assembly line.


Many of the pieces are stained but there are also styles of Amish furniture that are painted. All the pieces are built with extreme attention to detail. The wood used for each piece is hand selected to fit what the maker has in mind for the piece. Amish woodworkers pride themselves on their work and craft each piece to last a lifetime.


You will find a wide variety of styles and price ranges. There is sure to be something to fit your lifestyle and budget.


Custom Made Fasteners

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There are times when the job calls for a fastener that you can’t find off-the-shelf. You have been to every home improvement store, big box department store, and hardware store in your area and can’t find the size you need. That’s when you know it is time to find someone that manufactures custom fasteners and can make one to your specs.

If you’re pressed for time and working with a contract deadline you don’t have time to drive all over town searching for a custom fastener. Your search can be simplified by making phone calls to all the local businesses that carry fasteners and hex keys. What happens if they don’t carry the fastener size or hex key you are looking for?

Take your search online or have someone do it for you. Search engines can be a great resource for finding what you need, quickly.

Maybe it isn’t the size of the fastener that is the problem. If you are looking for a fastener that is manufactured with a specific metal you may still have no options other than a manufacturer who makes custom fasteners.

When you start looking for something custom made you need to be prepared with the information the manufacturer will request. You also need to be prepared to ask all the right questions.

The manufacturer will ask for precise sizing. Is your measurement in standard measurement or do you need fasteners in metric measurements? If your fastener uses a hex key, do you know the hex key dimensions?

Here are some less obvious things to consider when looking at custom made fasteners. Does the manufacturer have a setup fee? Many of them will. How much is the setup fee and is it once and done or do you have to pay it again if you need the same piece in the future?

If your fastener uses a hex key, do they offer custom fasteners as well as custom hex keys to fit what they design for you? Do they stand behind their products? You need to be certain that there aren’t any hidden fees. You don’t want to find out that if you get the piece and it doesn’t fit you are stuck with it and have to pay for a new one.

Measure once and then measure again. Make certain that your measurements are accurate and that you specify standard or metric so there can be no misunderstanding or mistakes from your side of the equation.

Research Better Business Bureau ratings. Look for manufactures that show past customer testimonials. Find out if manufacturing is done in-house or is the company having the work done elsewhere. These are all important considerations when you know the job you are trying to complete depends on you having the right fasteners.

Ask the right questions, have all the right information in front of you and you will save time and money when finding a manufacturer for custom fasteners or hex keys.