Solid Wood Furniture Guide
In recent years, there has been tremendous growth in owning solid wood furniture crafted by Amish and Mennonite master craftsmen. The hardwoods used to build our furniture are the gold standard in the industry. There is no substitute for the natural beauty, longevity, and value of hardwood furniture.
In this guide, you’ll find answers to common questions, quality features to look for, and more.
Solid Wood Furniture vs. Cheap Imports
We cherish the solid wood furniture in our home, some of which was handcrafted by our grandfather more than 225 years ago. His name and the date he crafted each piece is written on the back of the furniture. We’ve cherished and kept his furniture in our family for many generations. Many people have found that seemingly lower cost imports aren’t so cheap once they’ve attempted to get daily use from them. If you live in the country as we do, we have this saying that the cheaply made imported furniture is what builds garbage mountain. We see the mountain of trash growing and growing.
The highest natural elevation in Lancaster County where our early ancestors from Switzerland came to live in 1695 is on our farm. There is a landfill that is only 80 feet from surpassing our beautiful natural mountain’s elevation which is 1,183 feet. We’re happy to offer our solid hardwood furniture that can last a lifetime and beyond.
Popular Solid Wood Furniture
Our 62,000 sq. ft. furniture showroom in Annville, PA features a large selection of beautiful home furniture constructed by skilled Amish master craftsmen who still make furniture one piece at a time and completely by hand.
Unlike factory made imported furniture that’s covered with foil or other veneers, our solid wood furniture is handcrafted one pieces at a time and completely by hand. Selected with care, this top-quality hardwood is harvested nearby in Pennsylvania (Penn’s Woods) Northern Appalachian Mountains and valley forests with best harvest practices to ensure the health of our local forests that we all enjoy so much.
Check out a few of our most popular furniture categories.
Wood Gun Cabinets
We have a large selection of handmade wall and corner gun cabinets and gun safes constructed from the finest Pennsylvania hardwoods including cherry, maple, and oak.
The Jesse James 20-gun storage cabinet is one of our best sellers.
This glass door cabinet holds up to 50 long guns.
Store firearms with this popular concealed storage bookcase.
This custom cabinet holds 15 long gun behind the center doors and has hidden compartments under the lid on the top for both handguns as well as long guns. Behind the bottom trim is more hidden storage.
- Cherry, maple, oak, black walnut, elm, and hickory.
- Wall & corner gun cabinets and gun safes.
- Hidden gun compartments in various furniture (eg, nightstands, bookcases, desks).
Custom Solid Wood Dining Tables
Our staff is here to help you find the handcrafted dining table you want, so you can enjoy many years of hassle-free use.
- More than 75 solid wood dining sets in stock.
- Sizes from 2 to 24 settings.
- Sets for dining, game table, breakfast nook, sunroom, and more.
- Solid top, center extension, and end pull-out extensions.
Live Edge Dining Tables
We make our own custom live edge dining tables as well as custom occasional, bar, sofa server, entertainment, and large conference tables. Any type of live edge table you need we can make!
- Other live edge items: Stand-up desks with electric or manual lift, fireplace mantels, shelves for kitchens and family rooms, bookcases, and more.
- Available in solid black walnut, quarterwawn white oak, cherry, oak, maple, elm, hickory, and sycamore.
- The finish won’t be damaged by water stains.
- Finishes are high-grade and comprised of several layers. The finish is resistant to water, acetone, soda, coffee, and many other household items.
Solid Wood Sewing Cabinets
These sewing cabinets are user-friendly with large, flat work surfaces and easy fold-out extensions with supports to provide ample room to spread out.
- Just the right blend of functionality and beauty.
- Easy fold-out extensions with supports provide ample room to spread out.
- Standard solid wood choices for our sewing cabinets are oak, maple, and cherry.
- 30 stain choices plus custom stain colors.
- Solid paint colors or two-tone paint/stain combinations
Hardwood Rocking Chairs
These rocking chairs are built with solid hardwoods in Amish and Mennonite furniture shops.
- Locally-made rocking chairs in classic designs sold at fair prices.
- Classic and modern rocker styles (Mission, Shaker, New England Windsor, etc.).
- You choose a stain or paint color that blends well with your existing room décor.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between hardwood and solid wood furniture?
What may look at first like solid hardwood furniture might be something else. It pays to ask questions and take a hard look at materials. Substitutes can't compare to solid hardwoods when it comes to holding nails and screws and withstanding stresses, loads, and abrasions of daily life. Remember, a term such as "oak finish" may simply refer to the color or the photographic reproduction of the wood's grain, (this is called wallpaper or foil veneer) it does not necessarily mean it is the authentic, natural hardwood.
How is Country Lane’s furniture different from furniture in national chain stores?
Our goal is to treat you like we would want to be treated. We have a friendly, knowledgeable sales team that does not work on commission. We don’t follow customers around the store bugging or pressuring them.
We're unlike other stores when it comes to having custom furniture, locally handcrafted solid wood furniture, and American-made upholstery and mattresses.
We can custom design and build furniture for you that fit your space and style, including custom color/stain matching and hardware to suit your decor. We can deliver and install your furniture in your home too.
We have more than 30 stains, 8 paints, and hundreds of custom stain options as well as custom stain matching. We also have many species of solid hardwood and a variety of pine furniture, barn wood, and other rustic woods.
Other stores carry cheap imports and advertise that they have a variety of paint and stain colors while only offering a few.
Where do you offer furniture delivery?
We deliver furniture with care in Pennsylvania and nearby states (MD, NJ, DE, NY, VA, DC, OH) on our trucks. We ship furniture anywhere beyond those nearby states. We also offer delivery to packing point locations for intermodal containers to be shipped overseas.
Quality Features To Look For in Solid Wood Furniture
If you’re looking for authentic hardwood furniture, here are a few key characteristics to look for:
- Made from 100% solid wood (including the drawers)
- Contains no particle board or laminate
- Mortise & tenon joinery and dovetailed drawers
- The finish is several layers of high-quality catalyzed varnish that withstands water and household chemicals.
Bedroom Furniture Construction Features
Any quality constructed bedframe will have dovetailed slats, center leg supports, and dowel pins & anchor bolts for securing the headboard and footboard to the slats. Good dresser drawers and backers will be solid wood throughout and have ball bearings in the drawer slides. Watch the video to learn more about the quality features of our bedroom furniture.
Table & Chair Construction Features
The tables and chairs you’ll find in our showroom, and here on our website, feature mortise and tenon joints, finger joints, and other features for years of reliable use.
Watch the video to learn more about the quality features of our dining furniture.
Wood Types and Stain & Paint Options
You can customize any piece of furniture in our showroom with the stain or paint of your choosing.
Visit our Finish Options Gallery for more information.
Standard wood choices include:
- Quartersawn White Oak
- Black Walnut
Visit Us in Annville
Stop by our newly expanded, 62,000-square-foot store and showroom located in Annville, PA to browse our huge inventory of solid wood and upholstery furniture. Many items are in-stock and ready for immediate pickup or scheduled delivery.
- Monday 9am – 5pm
- Tuesday: 9am – 8pm
- Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
- Thursday & Friday: 9am – 8pm
- Saturday: 9am – 4pm.
- Sunday: A day of rest.