About Plain and Simple Furniture

Why we’re here

Plain and Simple started in 2004 with a vision of doing three things: providing good work and steady income for members of Reba Place Fellowship, supporting the Amish, a community of people with whom we feel a strong affinity, and bringing a beautiful, high quality product to Chicago area families who are looking for something special for their homes.

What you can expect

Personal service

We are a small store with a big heart! Our sales staff– Nina Frantz, Adam Vaughan, and Josh McCallister– listen carefully to find out what you are looking for. Then we show you in-store items, help you navigate our extensive catalog and talk about custom options to help you find just the right piece for your home. We understand that a purchase like this takes time and we’re not on commission. We are also there when it comes time for delivery, or if a service need comes up in the future.

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A Small Showroom but a wide selection

Most of what we sell is made to order specifically for our customers. Because we work with so many builders, each of whom has an extensive catalog, there are actually more items available than what we have here on the website. In our showroom we try to have pieces to represent the different styles, woods, and finishes that are available to you. Since most of our pieces are made to order, you can expect to wait 8-12 weeks for your order to be complete.

Quality Assurance

Seven years ago when we got started we went with a close friend and expert woodworker to visit many of the Amish woodshops in Indiana. We were looking for attention to detail, solid technique, and striking design. We have continued to insist on these traits in our builders and are confident that you will appreciate the results. Once your special order is complete, we go to pick it up from the producers ourselves. This gives us an opportunity to notice and fix mistakes when they occur; reducing the amount of time you have to wait for your furniture.

Area producers known to us personally

Almost all of the furniture available through Plain and Simple comes from Amish families in Elkhart and LaGrange Counties in north central Indiana. We have visited most of them in their workshops and talk with them frequently at trade events and by phone or voicemail. By shopping at Plain and Simple you are participating in a strong local network of people who stand by quality, treat one another fairly, and want the best for you.

Exceptional Value

The truth is that it is getting harder and harder to find solid hardwood furniture. Where stores do carry it, there are often few options for design, wood species and finish. Other stores carry furniture with elite brands and charge as much for a name as they do for the product. Online retailers may provide low prices, but they may also be lacking in service and follow through. At Plain and Simple our goal is to provide you with exceptional value in every area.