The Amish community is known for its simple lifestyle and rejection of modern technologies. But they are also widely regarded for their high-quality furniture and craftsmanship, said Amish Home Furnishings owners Steve and Nelda Brumbelow and their daughter Lori Mosser. The couple opened the first Amish furniture store in the region—in Old Town Spring—in 1991 because the quality and durability of the workmanship attracted them, Steve Brumbelow said.
“It was something we felt we could sell and maintain our integrity,” Brumbelow said. “This is not throwaway furniture.”
The Brumbelows order furniture, such as tables, chairs and beds, from Simply Amish, an Amish furniture manufacturer in Illinois. The company was chosen for its consistency, quality and ability to keep up with demand, Brumbelow said.
“There’s a vast difference between one Amish community and another one as far as the workmanship,” he said. “It’s all good furniture, but the Amish have a little saying: ‘Not all Amish furniture is created equal.’ And that’s quite true.”
Simply Amish uses no electricity to create furniture and instead relies on pneumatic, or air-powered, equipment that is fed by a generator outside its shop, Brumbelow said.
“I believe the quality of workmanship has improved, even in the 27 years we’ve been in business,” Brumbelow said. “The Amish have improved the drawer glide system with soft-close drawers, improved the overall finish work and upgraded tables to feature stainless steel ball-bearing slides for smoother opening and closing.”
While furniture is available for sale off the floor, 70 percent of Amish Home Furnishing’s business is custom orders, Brumbelow said.
Amish Home Furnishings
609 Spring Cypress Road, Spring
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Sundays
Amish Home Furnishings orders its furniture from Simply Amish, a wholesale distributor in Illinois.
- Furniture is handcrafted
- Simply Amish uses no electricity
- Delivery trucks arrive at the Spring furniture store every two weeks