A traditional wood type often found in dining rooms, browse Amish-made Cherry dining furniture in styles like shaker, mission, and modern.
Cherry wood is best known for its distinctive color and aging properties. Solid Cherry wood varies from light pink to reddish brown and rich red. Keep in mind, the wood will naturally darken within 2-7 months of purchase depending on the amount of natural and artificial light it’s exposed to. With its inherent richness and glow, Cherry wood furniture will add elegant ambiance to any room in your house.
Things to Consider When Purchasing
Real Cherry Wood Furniture
Real wood furniture is expensive, so it’s important to understand your investment. Below are some things to consider when purchasing Cherry wood furniture.
- Heartwood and Sapwood - Heartwood, from the innermost part of the tree, often features a wood’s distinct color. Sapwood, the outermost part of the tree closer to the bark, is typically lighter and creamy white in appearance. Our craftsmen work diligently to match and join boards from heartwood, although we can’t guarantee all sapwood will be excluded.
- Staining and finishing - Cherry is unsurpassed in its finishing qualities, as its uniform texture takes a finish very well. Many customers enjoy the look of natural, lighter Cherry wood. However, we offer several Cherry wood stains if a deep, richer furniture color is desired. See a full list of cherry stains we have available at Countryside Amish Furniture.
- Durability - Cherry is a moderately durable hardwood. While it’s not the hardest of hardwoods, it’s a respected and popular choice for all types of wood furniture.
- Matching your existing Cherry furniture - If you currently own real Cherry furniture and are interested in adding to the collection, matching the stain color can prove to be tricky. At Countryside, we recommend going 2-3 shades (stains) lighter to allow for the darkening of the Cherry wood as it ages. To ensure the correct match, select up to 4 pre-finished samples before, or at the time of your purchase.
- What is the difference between Rustic Cherry and Regular Cherry?
Rustic wood species are going to have more intensified natural characteristics such as knots, mineral streaks, sapwood, and wood color variation. Because there is less waste using Rustic Cherry, the cost is less than regular Cherry.
- Is Cherry a hardwood or a softwood?
Cherry is a deciduous hardwood common to North America and is routinely harvested for its intricate grain patterns and inherent beauty. All woods used at Countryside Amish Furniture are considered hardwoods.
- Does Cherry wood lend itself well to family heirlooms I can pass to future generations?
Construction is one of the most important things to consider, as this determines how long your Cherry furniture can last. When properly cared for, solid Cherry furniture will last for generations.
- Is Cherry wood environmentally friendly?
Cherry is a domestic hardwood, harvested sustainably. While most of the furniture industry relies on imported wood, we source our Cherry wood from sustainably managed forests in North America, which cuts down on transportation costs and helps to reduce deforestation in ecologically at-risk regions across the globe.
- Is Cherry wood good for outdoor furniture?
Any type of wood furniture will deteriorate with outdoor elements over time. We do not recommend using Cherry furniture outdoors. Instead, we recommend recycled plastic lumber (polyethylene) for our outdoor furniture. It’s all still made in the USA by our expert artisans, and with the tradition, style, and charm of our wooden indoor furniture—but with so many more outdoor-focused benefits.