FAQ

What is meant by real wood?

Real wood furniture is defined as furniture made of all natural wood or plywood, except that unexposed backs and drawer bottoms may contain fiberboard. Real wood furniture contains absolutely no particle board. Real Wood Certification is offered by the Unfinished Furniture Organization and exclusive when NOT using MDF or particle board.  Furniture in the Raw is a certified Real Wood dealer.

What is meant by solid wood?

Solid wood means that all exposed parts of the furniture are made of solid board, either softwood or hardwood lumber. No veneers are used. Solid woods can be repaired, sanded, or refinished. The majority of unfinished furniture is made of solid wood.

How do hardwoods and softwoods differ?

They look different. Some are smooth, some have bold grain and some have knots or bird eyes. They finish differently. The density of the various woods change the depth and tone of the color. The region where the furniture is made, the style, and the historical period of the piece determine the wood used.

Is veneer less desirable than solid wood?

Veneer has a different look than solid wood, but is not necessarily better or worse in quality. Veneer is a thin layer of wood applied in sheets over underlying layers of plywood. Originally developed to be an art form, veneer can be cut as thin as a dime and in intricate patterns. Uniform graining can be achieved, unlike the more random graining of solid wood.

When is plywood a good idea?

When strength and stability are needed. Plywood is made of thin layers of sold wood glued over each other with grains running at 90-degree angles to produce a strong core. It is used to provide maximum stability on the sides of desks, entertainment centers and other units where solid woods would crack and warp. A veneer is often glued on top and sides for an even and attractive appearance.  Cheaper furniture will be made with veneer over particle board or MDF (medium density fiberboard).

Does price reflect quality?

Yes. Just as with other commodities, the price of a piece of furniture increases when its quality improves. Higher prices reflect refinements in grades of wood and better construction features. The benefits to you: Less sanding and prepping work to finish.

Is furniture finishing hard to do?

Using our step-by-step instructions, finishing is fun and easy. Match your existing décor or start fresh. With today’s finishing products, the possibilities are almost endless. Create your own style; express your individuality. We recommend General Finishes products.  They are not the cheapest, just the best.  Customers love their project when they use quality finishing products.

What supplies are needed, other than the stains?

For most finishing projects, you will need a drop cloth, clean rags, paint brushes (bristle or foam), sandpaper or 3M sanding pads, q-tips and paper towels. If using oil-based finishes, have mineral spirits handy for cleanup.  Feel free to reach out regarding finishing your REAL WOOD product.  Be proud of your project and use good quality stains and paints.  We highly recommend the made in the USA General Finishes products and proudly sell the Gel Stains, Milk Paints, a limited supply of the new Chalk Paints, as well as the very popular and award winning High Performance Top Coats.  We are a stocking dealer in Austin and San Antonio.  

Does the furniture require any assembly?

We will assemble your furniture at no cost to you upon request. This free service is available on every item in our showroom with local pickup or white glove delivery. Please allow up to 3 days for assembly. Many items arrive from the manufacturer fully assembled.

There are some exceptions:

  • Table legs and pedestals require attachment using the bolts provided
  • Stools need to have the top swivel seat attached using the bolts provided
  • Desks need to have the components attached to each other using the screws provided
  • Each bed frame has slightly different holes to attach the headboard, you do need to drill the holes and attach the headboard using the bolts provided.
  • Some chairs come ready to assemble and only ship this way.  Custom finished chairs will be assembled on pick up or delivery.

Do you deliver to all 50 states?

We ship to all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii (surcharges will apply to Alaska and Hawaii).

Do you ship internationally?

Yes. We will assist in arranging a carrier for your freight.  We ship to Hawaii and Alaska, Mexico and Canada often.

How will my order arrive at my home?

We will deliver larger orders using residential curbside freight delivery. A freight driver will place the boxes as close to the curb of the destination address as possible.It’s your responsibility to move the items inside your home. We do also offer “White Glove” options on many items. White Glove delivery is your turnkey delivery solution. It brings your item inside, unpacks, assembles and takes away any packaging materials. The freight carrier will call you prior to delivery to set a delivery appointment that is convenient for you. Smaller items ship either Fed Ex or UPS.   For white glove delivery options, please contact us!  512-451-0213.