Amish Kitchen Chairs

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Amish kitchen chairs aren't just a style of furniture. Amish craftsmanship is a way of making furniture that is beautiful and high in quality—hand-crafted heirloom pieces you'll be proud to pass on to future generations.

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If you've wondered whether Amish furniture will fit in with your decorating style, take a look at the many different types of furniture that are made by these talented craftsmen.

The Amish style doesn't include just one type of furniture. Whether the look you want for your kitchen chairs is traditional, modern or eclectic, there's a good chance you'll find an Amish chair that will work for you. Styles you may find from an Amish furniture maker include:

Traditional Amish. For a country look, try a bow-back or straight-back chair with spindles, which can be simple or intricately carved. The legs of the chair will usually be carved to match the spindles.

Shaker. For a look that is subtly sophisticated, choose an elegant Shaker style with straight lines and either horizontal or vertical slats in the back of the chair.

Craftsman and Mission. These styles (the terms are sometimes used interchangeably) are noted for their clean lines, similar to the Shaker style. They tend to have a little more "heft" to them, and more attention is given to the joinery on these pieces than with the Shaker style.

Old World. This style includes Colonial, Queen Anne and Chippendale furniture; it's also a popular choice from Amish craftsmen. These pieces are more ornate in nature than the other styles, with curved, or cabriole legs that terminate in a ball-shaped foot that may be carved to look like a claw.

Southwest. This style features simple lines and is heavier and more rugged-looking than the above styles. The grain of the wood takes center stage in Southwest pieces.

In addition to the different styles, other features can vary in these chairs. An Amish kitchen chair may or may not have a cushioned seat, for example. Because of the beauty of an Amish chair's natural wood, you'll seldom see them painted. They may be stained, however, in one of a wide range of beautiful shades.

Most Amish furniture is built in communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania. If you don't live in those areas, you can find the pieces in some stores, or on any number of Web sites. Many groups selling Amish furniture have a number of signature lines you can peruse in search of the perfect look for your kitchen.

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