Tips for choosing an Amish dining set

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Picking out your Amish dining set is going to be fun!

You have decided you want an Amish made dining room set. How do you even begin to decide which style you want? Itís going to be difficult because many glorious options are available.

Tips for choosing an Amish style dining set include deciding what kind of table you desire and and what kind of seating: Chairs? A bench?

Take into consideration the space available in your dining room and, of course, the size of your family. Do you entertain large groups of people regularly? Then you need a big table or one with extra leaves (extensions) that allows the table to expand when needed.

Is there a particular hard wood that captures your fancy? Do you prefer simplistic furniture designs over ornate? 

Write down your thoughts in a notebook and take the notebook with you when you meet with the furniture builder.


Amish farmhouse tables are in big demand. They typically feature a Shaker style table top and are handcrafted of cherry or maple wood and can display a distressed look if that if your choice. This table is rectangular and lengthy.

Perhaps you would prefer a pedestal table for your dining room. This table is supported by a central column underneath. There arenít a bunch of legs,  just one, in the center. This table is usually circular or oval and can be enlarged when needed by adding leaves. Pedestal tables sit on a heavy center base rather than on four legs in the four corners of the table.

A trestle table is another option. These tables were around back in the Middle Ages. They are very sturdy and provide lots of legroom.

Leg tables come in various styles including Shaker and Mission. A leg table accommodates more leaves than other tables. When the table is longer than six feet, a fifth leg is added in the center.

What kind of legs do you want on your table? (You never knew there were so many decisions to make, did you?) There are tapered, mission, turned, cabriole, twisted, reeded, flared and vented to choose from.  


When selecting chairs for the dining room consider style, comfort, durability and customization, which the Amish craftsmen are certainly more than capable of achieving.

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