Furnishings 101

Types of Wood Joints: Do You Know the Difference?

Types of Wood Joints | The Stated Home When you’re talking about wood furniture, joinery is how the pieces of wood are connected to each other. If done well, it can create a stable piece. If don’t poorly, you’ll have a wobbly table in the not-so-distant future.

If you’ve ever assembled a piece of flat-packed furniture from Ikea or Target, you’ve actually participated in the process of furniture joinery (and you’ve probably discovered that kind of joinery isn’t the best if you want a sturdy final product). There is a great explanation of furniture joinery here, but we wanted to give you a quick rundown of what to look for and what to avoid. Keep reading to find out more about joinery (and check out our selection of gorgeous wood furniture here). (more…)

Veneer Wood Furniture: Is It All Bad?

Veneer Wood Furniture: It's Not All Bad | The Stated Home You’ve heard some about veneers in our recent post about wood types, but we want to dig in a little deeper and tell you what they really are. And that includes debunking the main myth about veneers: Not every piece of furniture that uses veneers is poor quality.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Keep reading to find out more about veneers (and check out our selection of gorgeous wood furniture here).


Wood Used for Furniture: Where Does it Come From?

The Best Wood for Furniture

The Best Wood for Furniture | The Stated Home While there are so many different kinds of furniture—loveseats, china cabinets, ottomans, benches, dressers—they can really be classified into two major groups: Those covered in fabric (a.k.a. upholstery) and those made of wood (what we call “casegoods” in the industry). We have a series of posts discussing upholstery furniture quality, so if you’re shopping for a sofa or chair, check out our posts on frame material and construction, springs and suspension and seat and back cushions. But if you’re shopping for wood furniture and want to make sure you’re buying something that’s high quality, you’ll need to learn about four elements: wood, veneer, joinery and finishes. First, we’re going to dive into the main material of casegoods: the wood itself. (And check out our selection of gorgeous wood furniture here.) (more…)

Retail Furniture Stores: The Truth About the Big Chains

The Truth About Major Retail Furniture Stores | The Stated Home We recently went over the nitty gritty of what goes into a high-quality sofa, explaining all the options manufacturers have when making the frame, suspension, and cushions. But that’s only one piece of the puzzle; the other is explaining what you’ll actually find when shopping in some of the more popular retailers. We took a look at the offerings in RH (Restoration Hardware), Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Room & Board, and, of course, The Stated Home. We compared the qualities and prices of a basic, large, slipcovered sofa across all the stores, gathering info from the stores’ websites, other online sources, and reviews. What we found was that not only does quality vary between retailers, but within the retailers as well. No wonder the whole process can be confusing! Here’s more about what you’ll discover while sofa shopping: (more…)