Pennsylvania Dutch woodcraft in the Sunflower State
Seeking Amish furniture in Kansas? Amish have a long history in the Sunflower State, dating to the 1800s. Amish furniture workshops are found in a number of the Kansas’s Amish communities, in particular near Yoder and Hutchinson in Reno County and Garnett in Anderson County.
Whether you live in Kansas City, Topeka, Wichita, or elsewhere in Kansas, Amish furniture sellers can be found within a reasonable drive.
6411 W. Morgan Ave.
Hutchinson, KS 67501
Amish and Mennonite-crafted furniture in hardwoods including cherry, hickory, northern red oak, quarter sawn white oak. Drying racks, bedroom suites, living room furniture, dining tables, china cabinets, filing cabinets, hutches, computer desks, wedge desks, rolltop desks, more. Furniture crafted in Mission and other classic styles.
3405 E. Switzer Rd.
Yoder, KS 67585
619 East Crawford Street
Salina, KS 67401-5101
Kansas Amish furniture retailer providing furniture crafted by 30 Amish woodworkers in Ohio. Hardwood production including cherry and maple. Amish-made bedroom, office, living room, children’s furniture pieces, including desks, bookcases, office chairs, file cabinets, dressers, beds, hope chests, mirrors, benches, cribs, rocking chairs, tables, gliders, recliners, and more.
169 E Hwy 59
Richmond, KS 66080
Five-year old Amish furniture business started by Vernon and Miriam Stoltzfoos of Pennsylvania. Solid woods include elm, hickory, maple, walnut, cherry, oak, quarter-sawn white oak. Furniture produced by both Amish and Mennonite craftsmen in aproximately 50 woodworking shops. Cabinets including wine cabinets, pie and jelly cabinets, curio cabinets. Occasional tables, chairs, and a wide range of furniture pieces for the office, bedroom, living room, and children’s room. Also selling Amish poly outdoor furniture including picnic tables, folding chairs, rockers and gliders, in 7 color varieties.
Simply Amish of Overland Park
8025 West 151st Street
Overland Park, KS 66223-2115
Kansas City-area dealer of the Simply Amish line of Amish-made furniture.
Simply Amish of Topeka
3400 S.W. Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66611
Store Hours: 10-5 Mon-Sat; 12-5 Sun
Newly-opened ( Nov. 2011) Topeka branch of the Simply Amish furniture franchise.
If you’d like to search for Amish furniture dealers in other states, try the Amish Furniture Guide main listings page, featuring a full directory of Amish furniture sellers in the US and Canada.
Note to Kansas residents: Please be sure to check opening hours of any Amish furniture businesses listed in this guide before traveling long distances to visit them. While we strive to keep this directory up-to-date, business locations and availability can change. Not responsible for changes to information.
Kansas Amish woodworking
Amish history in Kansas dates to the mid-1800s; the commercial woodworking tradition is much younger. Amish have relied on agriculture as a way of making a living since their time in Europe. Furniture making, along with other businesses, has more recently emerged as a popular alternative occupation for Amish.
With less capital investment required–and a consumer furniture market willing to spend on quality work–furniture craftsmanship has attracted numerous Amish over the past few decades. Though Kansas Amish don’t face quite the same land pressures as their Eastern cousins, entrepreneurship has flourished in the prairie state.
Amish and furniture making are in some ways a natural match. As Amish finish school at the 8th grade, they tend to be oriented towards manual trades, picked up on the farm or learned from relatives and neighbors in an apprenticeship format.
Amish children go to work at age 14 or 15, often first at home, but eventually in outside businesses in the community as well. Amish furniture shops are one place where adolescent Amish boys hone their craft. By the time he opens his own furniture business, an Amish male may have a decade of experience, well before the age of 30.
Quality, value, craftsmanship
Amish furniture is often advertised as “heirloom quality“, “future heirlooms“, “instant heirlooms“, and given other such monikers. This suggests a high level of craftsmanship and quality work, which is often the case. Amish are taught to avoid pride–but regardless the Amish furniture craftsman takes deep satisfaction in work well done. Doing a good job for others comes naturally, which is one reason Amish furniture manufacturers enjoy trust and a good reputation as a whole.
To satisfy their customers, Amish have expanded beyond the traditional furniture styles that one might find in an Amish-owned home. Though Amish do create Mission, Queen Anne, Craftsman, Shaker, and other classic styles, they are typically eager and able to make a wide range of more contemporary designs. Custom Amish craftsmen create such pieces to order for customers from urban and suburban locales; other Amish furniture businesses stock full lines of diverse styles of furniture.
When it comes to customizing a furniture piece, woods and stains offer a lot of flexibility. Hardwoods are preferred by Amish; oak, maple, walnut, cherry, quarter-sawn oak, and numerous others can be found in the Amish furniture repertoire. Amish finishing shops do the painstaking work of carefully applying a layer of finish to the piece, which can be one of many varieties.
Where to buy Amish furniture in Kansas
Amish furniture is sold in a variety of venues across Kansas. First, those furniture seekers who’d like a direct experience are able to visit and order Amish furniture direct through Amish-owned shops. Kansas Amish communities such as the Yoder/Haven settlement and the Hutchinson Amish settlement (both in Reno County, KS, about a 45-minute drive from Wichita), as well as the Garnett community in Anderson County (about 1.5 hours by car from either Topeka or Kansas City) are places where Amish furniture craftsmen can be found. There are also a number of smaller settlements across Kansas, including in Labette County and Marshall County.
Retail Amish furniture showrooms, typically owned by non-Amish, also carry a wide range of Amish furniture. Amish furniture retailers are found in a number of locations across Kansas. Kansas residents can also order Amish furniture online through numerous web sellers.