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What To Look For When Buying A Quality Rocking Chair or Glider Rocker For Your Home

American-Built Heirloom-Quality Hardwood Rocking Chairs

The Discriminating Furniture Buyers Guide To Heirloom Quality Rocking Chairs

Do You appreciate beautiful hardwood furniture built by craftsmen to last for generations?
Are You seeking just the right rocking chair or glider-rocker to delight Your family?
If so, read this Furniture Buyers Guide To Heirloom Quality Rocking Chairs & Glider-Rockers

Mennonite Furniture Studios Hardwood Rocking Chair Guide – Download FREE e-Book

Hardwood Rocking Chair Guide – Part 1
Hardwood Rocking Chair Guide – Part 2
Hardwood Rocking Chair Guide – Part 3
Hardwood Rocking Chair Guide – Part 4

Mennonite Furniture Studios Hardwood Rocking Chairs Guide e-Book

 

The Discriminating Furniture Buyers’ Guide To Heirloom Quality Rocking Chairs – Part 3

Glider-Rocking Chair Comfort Options

Amish Heritage Colonial Acorn Gliding-Rocking Chair
Amish Heritage Colonial Acorn Gliding-Rocking Chair

Amish Heritage Colonial 4-Post Gliding-Rocking Chair
Amish Heritage Colonial 4-Post Gliding-Rocking Chair

Gliding Ottomans available separately

 

Amish Heritage Colonial Daisy Gliding Rocking Chair with Footrest
Amish Heritage Colonial Daisy Gliding Rocking Chair with Footrest

Amish Heritage Colonial 4-Post Gliding Rocking Chair with Footrest
Amish Heritage Colonial 4-Post Gliding Rocking Chair with Footrest

 

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Understand which features You should demand and which ones You should avoid in order to get the best value from Your next quality rocking chair or glider-rocker purchase:

  • What To Insist On: – Find out exactly what to look for in a true ‘Heirloom Quality’ Rocking Chair that will beautifully accommodate Your needs, and be easily maintained to last for generations.
  • What To Avoid: – Find out how to look for, identify, and avoid common furniture manufacturers cost-cutting steps that will simply not bear the burden of normal use in Your home.

Things To Know When Buying Your Rocking Chair

With modern glues and furniture finishes, there is absolutely no reason why modern seating should not be better than the very best chairs, benches or stools of the past. However, many chairs that you will find in your local furniture chain-store are mass produced to budget and are not built to last. Share some time to note with us some features of a superior chair, bench or stool:

Insist On This – What To Look For When Choosing Your Quality Hardwood Rocking Chair

Furniture Quality And Value: A true “Heirloom Quality” chair, bench, or stool is always a piece of furniture that is both beautiful and functional. Caringly crafted from selected solid hardwood, it will provide far superior value to any of the mass-produced chairs that You’ll find in most furniture stores, and the majority of people are pleasantly surprised at just how affordable an Heirloom Quality chair can be.

Quality Chair Construction: Square Frame or Windsor, a true Heirloom Quality dining chair is judiciously designed and constructed, using time-tested engineering principles, carefully selected premium American hardwoods, and quality materials, to be both strong and durable. Look for leg frames that spread gracefully, for balance, style, and durability, and make sure that the legs are properly trimmed so that the chair sits flat on all 4 legs.

Investigate How Comfortable The Chair Will Be For You: Depending upon your personal preference, some dining chair models may come with wooden seats or with upholstered cushion seats. Additionally, some people prefer straight upright back rests and others prefer slanted backrests or ergonomically shaped back rests that wrap around. You must have good lower back support!

  • Wooden Seats should be made of thick hardwood planks, edge glued, and generously dished to ensure your comfort. Although most traditional chairs were originally made with soft pine seats (for ease of working), all of our chairs use solid oak, cherry, or maple seats for added beauty and durability.
  • Upholstered Seats must feature cushions that are removable (and replaceable) for ease of cleaning or redecorating. As furniture manufacturers we provide a wide range of fabric colors and textures to assure availability of upholstery to suit almost any taste. Alternatively, You may provide Your own fabric to ensure a perfect match in Your home.
  • Arm Chairs should feature well-supported broad, flat arm rests (we use 3 arm posts rather than 2 on Windsor chairs), that must be strong enough to take your full weight during ingress and egress.

With or without upholstery a properly designed dining chair should be supremely relaxing to sit in, and able to comfortably support Your body for hours at a time.

Look For Legacy Carpentry Techniques: Although most Colonial period chairs were originally made with soft pine seats (for ease of working), all of the chairs in our catalog use solid oak, cherry, or maple hardwood seats for added beauty and durability. Look underneath the seat, solid oak or cherry posts and spindles should pass entirely through the wooden seat frame and be secured in place with hickory wedges and quality adhesive, before being sanded flat and finished.

Ask About The Glues Used: Modern technology has allowed the development of tenacious adhesives that allow the wood to move naturally with the seasons while providing joints that are now stronger than the structure of the wood itself.

Look For A Tough Hardened Varnish: Ask about modern catalyzed finishes and clean-room coating techniques. These allow full development of color and luster that emphasize the natural beauty of the wood grain, yet allow full protection against water and spillage of common household chemicals. Today’s heirloom quality chairs are far more durable than the antiques they are modeled on – contributing lasting beauty for future generations to enjoy with the minimum possible upkeep.

 

Mennonite Furniture Studios American Heirloom Furniture – Amish ‘Classic’ & Amish ‘Heritage’ Furniture Classifications

Amish ‘Classic’ Furniture Piece
A ‘Reproduction Antique’, faithfully following a distinct and premier antique furniture piece. Mennonite Furniture Studios ‘Classic’ Furniture remains exactly true to the original furniture form and style, using the original joinery techniques.

Compared to the master piece, use of modern glues and finishes enhances quality, and selected components may deploy a minor increase in wood thickness in order to address a known weak point in the original design.

Mennonite Furniture Studios Amish ‘Classic’ Furniture pieces are actually of higher quality, and are more durable and easily maintained, than the antique masterpieces that they are modeled upon.

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Amish 'Classic' American Heirloom Furniture
Amish ‘Classic’ American Heirloom Furniture
Fan-Back Arm (Comb-Back) Rocking Chair (left)
& Sack-Back Arm Rocking Chair (right)

Amish ‘Heritage’ Furniture Piece
A Masterful Adaptation of a distinct and premier antique furniture piece, with some alteration to increase both functionality and durability

Compared to the original piece, use of modern glues and finishes enhances quality. Variations in both joinery techniques and wood thickness enhance strength and durability. Adjustment of the original form and style improve functionality.

Mennonite Furniture Studios Amish ‘Heritage’ Furniture pieces are actually of higher quality and more durable, requiring less maintenance, and offering enhanced functionality, compared to the original furniture pieces that they are modeled upon.

 

Mennonite Furniture Studios American Heirloom Furniture – Only The Best Endures!

Uncompromised Beauty, Functionality, Durability, and Value
The Quality Rocking Chairs of yesteryear were built to last by caring men who thoroughly understood their tools, materials and craft.
Today, our Mennonite & Amish furniture makers undergo a long apprenticeship to develop keen eyes and skilled hands, and these expert craftsmen are dedicated to unhurriedly building furniture the right way – offering exceptional value without compromise!

 

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