By Cheryl Conway
No need to trek to the country for Amish Furniture now that Berk’s Furniture & Mattress in Hackettstown offers an expanded showroom featuring custom- handmade sets for dining and bedroom.
This past February, the owners of Berk’s Furniture renovated the back portion of its showroom, by 14,000 feet and brought in some new lines of furniture made by the Amish. Located at 320 Mountain Ave., next to the Paintpourri and AutoZone, Berk’s is known for its all brand name furniture, mattresses, recliners and area rugs at discount pricing.
Owned by siblings Amy Berkowitz of Green Twp. and Justin Berkowitz of Sparta, Berk’s has added onto its inventory offering even greater selections to its customers.
Choose from this new line of Amish Furniture, a huge area rug display, an
expanded mattress and bedding department, a new line of American upholstery, top of the bed essentials, a greater selection of outdoor furniture and an online website to purchase online.
“We are committed to growing the business,” says Amy Berkowitz. In business with her brother since 2012, Berk’s just celebrated its sixth anniversary in May.
Just four months ago, “We put up new walls, molding and painting; made it a whole new showroom,” she says. “We put in a Dining Gallery,” with an “entire wall with sample blocks of the woods.”
Berkowitz says, “We want to make it easy for the customer to physically see and touch the furniture, the quality is so impressive there is no way you could ever see if from a computer screen.”
After shopping for two years and checking out 20 different companies, they decided to go with Trailway’s solid wood custom dining furniture by Amish craftsmen in Ohio, where the largest Amish settlement in the country exists, notes Berkowitz.
“Better furniture comes out of there,” she adds. “It’s gorgeous,” she says referring to the “all custom handmade furniture. The best quality and most options at the most affordable pricing.” It's so beautiful that Justin and I both replaced our kitchen set’s with the new Amish Furniture as soon as it came in!
In its expanded showroom, “We have an entire wall dedicated to the species of wood,” she says. There are “five different species available in 20 different finishes each; 20 different nobs to choose from; they’ll even make their own size.” This makes it very easy for the customer to take the sample down, look at the finish and see the quality of the wood.
Berk’s is currently focusing on dining room furniture made by the Amish but plans to bring in bedroom furniture as well, says Berkowitz. Currently customers can choose from seven different dining sets with different sets of chairs.
Custom made to order, customers can pick size, shape and wood choosing between maple, cherry, hickory, wormy maple, regular oak and elm. They can choose from the template or catalog when making their selections.
“You can customize whatever you want,” says Berkowitz, whether they want a table wider or longer. “You can change the edge,” get chairs upholstered or non-upholstered.
The best part, says Berkowitz, is the Amish furniture is “American made and we discount on top of it; it’s an amazing product. They specialize in just wood.”
Berk’s is also a great place to shop for rugs and with its new area rug display, with “about 90 rugs hanging right now all well priced,” customers can find what they are looking for.
When ordering rugs online, a customer may not see the exact colors. What looks like a burgundy may actually be red upon delivery, she explains, when ordering online.
“Here you can see them and we can drop ship them,” says Berkowitz, “and they are available in all different sizes. All at discount prices! We won’t be beat by any pricing on line, and if someone does find it, we will always match or beat it!”
For mattresses, customers can now choose from an expanded mattress and bedding department at Berk’s. Electrical adjustable bases are now being offered with different options for head, foot, massage with lumbar support or zero gravity, she says.
“We deliver and set them all up,” says Berkowitz, “Adjustable bases provide the ultimate comfort for anyone who likes to read, watch TV or just play on their Ipad in bed.”
With outdoor furniture at Berk’s “just last year was the first summer; this year expanded upon it,” says Berkowitz.
Berk’s selection of outdoor furniture has also expanded with greater choices in sectionals, living room, dining room, swings and fire pits.
“We committed ourselves to carrying better outdoor furniture, all cast aluminum, powder coated furniture that will last for years,” she says. “Before we were in the business I bought a set that I thought looked great. After one season I had to throw the entire set away because it completely rusted. We committed ourselves to purchasing quality outdoor furniture so our customers never have to experience that.”
For living rooms, Berk’s recently added another “American made upholstery line.
“We stock everything the way we show it,” says Berkowitz, “but can custom order with very little upcharge for special order. We can also have custom made furniture in the customer’s home within four weeks which is the fastest custom available anywhere!”
The furniture is made with an “all wood frame” with “high density cushion foam.”
There is a “big difference in quality with American made compared to others made in China.”
Also new is top of the bed essentials says Berkowitz including bedding, pillows, shams and comforters.
Berk’s is offering its Fourth of July special: Now through July 9 “We are paying sales tax,” says Berkowitz, and customers can get 24 months interest free on purchases. Plus free white glove delivery.
For more information, call 908-269-8725. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To order online, visit www.berksfurnituremattress.com.