Material Guides for interior design
Responsibly forested hardwoods. Durable fabrics. Natural steel. Easy-care tabletops. We use only the finest materials and construction techniques to create our furniture. Use our material guide to learn more about where our materials and fabrics come from and how they’re used, to choose one that works perfectly for your space.
Our sophisticated selection of leathers is sourced from all over the globe to bring you unique colors, supple finishes and exceptional quality.
Quality & Character
Leather adds rich character and comfort to your home. All Room & Board leathers are top-grain or full top-grain—a high standard within the furniture industry. Made from the hide's top layer, these leathers are desired for their thickness, strength and supple texture. Natural markings and color variations, considered the hallmarks of fine leather, are part of each hide's inherent beauty.
When you purchase leather furniture, you are investing in a material that offers superior durability and provides natural stain resistance. Our expertly-tailored leather furniture achieves a rich patina with age and use, providing years of comfort and enjoyment.
We stock many of our sofas, sectionals and chairs in leather, and also offer the option to personalize your furniture with select custom leathers. Our custom upholstery options allow you to choose a leather that works perfectly for your home.
We use clear "float" glass that has undergone an annealing process in which the glass mixture is heated, and then slowly cooled to a solid state. This process results in extremely flat, parallel surfaces, and offers a high level of light transmission and visibility.
To achieve a frosted texture, a panel of clear sheet glass is sandblasted on one side, making the sheet translucent, but not transparent. Frosted glass is useful for transmitting light while partially concealing and blurring images (for example, dishes in a cabinet).
Our colored glass is created by applying a satin etching to one side of the panel, which becomes the top. Then a colored film is silkscreened onto the underside to create a colored glass tabletop.
Wood & Wood Veneers
The true beauty of solid wood emerges gradually. Over time, wood develops a rich yet subtle patina that reveals the unique personality of each piece. All our solid wood furniture is constructed from responsibly forested maple, cherry and walnut. Built to last for generations, our tables, chairs, beds and storage pieces offer timeless designs that feature characteristics that make wood such a naturally beautiful material, such as intricate grain patterns and varying coloration.
We use oil and wax to finish many of our solid wood pieces—a warm, natural way to protect wood that allows air and light to enhance the finish. Carefully applied by artisans to reveal the subtle characteristics of the wood, it adds dimension and a rich, low-luster sheen. Oil and wax seals in moisture, protects the wood and allows it to develop an heirloom-quality patina.
Veneer refers to a sheet of wood positioned by hand and glued onto a solid composite board. We use veneer as a construction technique to ensure greater consistency in grain patterns across large surfaces, such as doors and drawer fronts. Our high quality wood veneers also keep joinery tight and increase structural integrity.
On certain collections, we offer reclaimed wood salvaged from a variety of sources. In addition to being a sustainable sourcing practice, using reclaimed wood lends unique character to each piece. The wood, rich with patina from nail marks and color variation, is enhanced and protected with an oil or lacquer finish.
Our butcherblock table tops are created by fusing together a series of full-length, solid boards. Also known as face-grain butcherblock, our table tops are sealed with lacquer for a long-lasting, low-sheen finish suitable for a variety of uses.
We also offer end-grain butcherblock exclusively for our kitchen islands. End-grain butcherblock is an ideal food preparation surface. The orientation of the grain helps maintain sharp knives and minimizes the appearance of nicks and scratches. Sealed with food-safe mineral oil, end-grain butcherblock has a distinctive checkerboard pattern and can be restored and resealed after heavy use.
Paints and Stains
All of our paints and stains are durable and easy to maintain. The paints used for our kids' furniture are no-lead and phthalate-free.