What is the average time to have a piece of custom Amish furniture made?
Timelines for all of our craftsmen vary from season to season.  Our average time to have most pieces of Amish furniture made is 8-12 weeks.  Large cabinetry pieces can range from 12-16+ weeks to complete.  We do our best to meet and keep track of timelines but we ask that customers realize that timelines can vary due to the workloads of our Amish craftsmen.

Does The Woodloft Custom Furniture deliver furniture nationwide?
The Woodloft does not have or operate a delivery service at the moment.  But, we will do our best to help customers find and arrange delivery of their custom Amish furniture.  We currently know of three independent delivery services operating in the Arthur, IL area that our customers have used numerous times with absolutely no trouble.  These delivery services usually deliver and setup the furniture in the customers house.  Also, since these are professional delivery services they offer insurance on all pieces that they deliver in case damage occurs enroute.  We also have sources that will deliver furniture nationwide.  Prices on nationwide hauling vary depending on hauler used and customer location


How much does it cost for delivery?
This is sometimes difficult for us to answer.  Since we ourselves don't operate the delivery service any answer we give to this is a guess at best and we have been known to be way off on our estimates.  We usually like to say that the best bet is to take whatever the gas price is per gallon and multiply that on the mileage from Arthur to your location one way.  That usually gives you a pretty close guess on what deliver would be (Example: Mapquest states that it is 45 miles from Arthur, IL to Champaign, IL.   For nationwide hauling we bid it out to different haulers to find the best hauler and the best price.  The Wood Loft does NOT pad the price of our furniture so that we can offer "cheap" deliver like other furniture websites.   Websites that do that are just increasing their profit margin by making you pay full price shipping on each piece, therefore making you pay for the shipping to your house 5 times with just a simple table set order.  We price each order individually thereby giving you the best price on both the furniture and the delivery.


Is your furniture really Amish made?
All of the furniture we have in our showroom and all of the furniture that we have custom made is 100% Amish crafted.  We deal with dozens of Amish shops that can make everything from small oak mug trees to full cabinetry pieces for your living room entertainment center. The Woodloft does offer other home accessories in our store that are not Amish made, such as plate ware, table linens, and numerous other home decor.


What makes furniture from the Woodloft different than any other furniture shop?
This is a question that must be answered in many steps:
    (1) Quality: The Amish craftsmen we deal with use only the finest quality hardwoods that are kiln dried to proper dryness to prevent future warping, cracking, or splitting of the boards.   Our furniture is built using old fashioned professional craftsmanship making your furniture not only a usable piece but an heirloom quality piece.
    (2) Finish:  Our furniture is custom crafted in your choice of colors.  We can match virtually any existing stain color in your home.  Also, all of your locally made furniture is treated with a catalyzed finish which is harder than most finishes and protects the furniture better.  This finish also resists water, alcohol, heat, and even fingernail polish remover allowing you to use your furniture to its fullest potential.
    (3) Choice: All of our furniture is Amish custom handcrafted and not made in a factory.  This means all of our pieces are made one by one allowing you, as the customer, to make the changes you want.  You don't have to settle for what you see.  You can select from our many designs or even bring in your own design.  Our Amish custom furniture is made to suit you and your needs.
    (4) Experience: The Woodloft has been operating as a family business for over 30 years creating high quality, custom Amish furniture since day one. Our knowledgeable staff can help you craft your perfect piece of furniture that will last for generations to come.


What kinds of wood can I have my custom Amish made piece of furniture made in?
We deal in the main hardwoods such as Oak, Cherry, Maple, Brown Maple, Hickory, Quarter Sawn, and Walnut.  We also offer a large selection of rustic hardwoods for custom furniture.  At the Woodloft, we use only solid hardwoods, not softwoods or jungle woods stained to look like hardwood.  Please visit our Wood information page to find out a little info about the different hardwoods you can use for you custom heirloom.


How do I order a Amish made piece of custom furniture?
There are numerous way to go about ordering a piece of custom furniture.  The way we recommend most of the time is to come visit us here in Arthur, IL so we can sit down with you and help you plan out your piece of custom furniture.  We know not everyone can get to us here in the Illinois Amish country, so we can also work with you easily over the internet and phone.  Visit our Long Distance Ordering Information page to see some basic tips on the steps of ordering custom furniture from far away.  Feel free to call us at 217-543-2766 or use our furniture form to contact us easily over email


Do I have to come to Arthur to order Amish custom furniture?
While we recommend you come visit us to ease the process of creating a piece of Amish custom furniture, we have had numerous pieces made completely off of discussion through email or over the phone.  Due to the process of custom making furniture the timeline may be extended in order to make sure all of the details are laid out before the furniture is made. We will discuss measurements, styles, and wood choice first in order to get a starting price.  After you receive the bid we will start discussing detailed aspects such as color.  If you are planning on having your piece matched to a current color we recommend sending us a stain sample to match to.  All in all, it is a painless process and can be done with little trouble.  Once again we do enjoy customers coming in to visit us so that we get the chance to meet face to face but it can all be done over the internet and phone.  For some wood example click here.