Talk about a conversation starter!
When you mentioned the fact that you were looking for a couple of new pieces of furniture, the ladies at church offered plenty of opinions and stories of past purchases. One woman told of some quality handmade furniture that she has had in her house for years. Any time she has thought about replacing it, she explained, she realizes that she simply cannot buy anything that is as nice as what she already has. Because she cannot stand the thought of getting rid of the handmade furniture for poorly made options, she instead has just had her current pieces recovered.
The topic of quality quickly moved the conversation from handmade furniture to custom gazebos. All around, the group of women agreed that you get what you pay for. If you do not pay much for a bargain furniture set, you should not be surprised if those pieces do not last long. When, however, you decide to invest in higher quality pieces of furniture, whether it be a farm table for the kitchen or a sofa for the family room, you will be far more satisfies. The most hilarious story of the morning was about a traditional pergola that has been standing for decades. According to the storyteller, she would love to have this outside building torn down and install a new patio area, but her husband insists that the current structure will last for many more years, because if is so well built. That threat of a long life is what is bothering your friend the most. She wants the patio!
Investments in Handmade Furniture and Outdoor Sheds Are Worth the Money
Too often, the items that we buy today are cheaply made and of poor craftsmanship. Made to only live a very short life of two to three years, the furniture and outdoor buildings may cost less, but it quickly becomes evident that they are worth less as well. When consumers are willing to replace appliances and home furnishings every few years they can easily forget what buying quality really looks like. They forget the importance of paying a higher price for items that will last a lifetime. They forget the value of considering that a purchase is really more of an investment.
- Wood furnishings can become treasured family heirlooms if you make the right investment. Handmade furniture, in fact, can be something that is passed down from one generation to the next.
- Over 92% of survey respondents indicate they plan to keep their current wood furniture for at least 15 years.
- Realizing the quality of the work, it is easy to understand why handmade wooden furniture can cost more.
- The majority of people still want to buy furniture that is of good quality. In a survey of over 2,000 consumers, in fact, 95.1% said that they “expect furniture to last for many years.”
- Heirloom pieces like hope chests and curio cabinets can often fit into many kinds of settings, from traditional to country.
- The other wooden projects that many people invest in are outdoor items like pergolas, sheds, and garages.
- Historically, Amish furniture gained popularity in the 1920s. It was at this time when early American folk art was “discovered,” and historians and dealers placed significant value on the quality and beauty handcrafted pieces.
- Estimates indicate that Amish made wooden sheds should last at least 15 to 20 years.
- Most Amish furniture, a very popular type of handmade furniture and buildings, is made from one of following five types of wood: cherry, hickory, maple, oak, or walnut.
- Overall, it takes approximately eight weeks to build new or custom Amish furniture.
- Nearly 73% of 2,000 consumers who were surveyed agreed that ?The design of my furniture reflects my personality.? And 67% of agreed that ?A lot can be said about a person from the furniture he or she owns.”
- Expect to wait between 12 and 16 weeks for any handcrafted Amish furniture if you order online.
- You have a decision to make every single time that you make a home furnishing or outdoor wooden structure purchase. You can select a quality handcrafted item, or you can select a lesser quality product. More and more consumers are reaching the conclusion that it is worth the money to pay for the high end choices that last.