OrWaDesigns

Custom & Handmade ~ Modern Furniture

Portland, Oregon · 4632 Sales

OrWaDesigns

Custom & Handmade ~ Modern Furniture

Portland, Oregon 4632 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(1120)

Announcement   Check our shop updates for finish and wood examples! Our furniture is made from solid wood. Timber is usually classified as either hardwood, from broad leafed trees like walnut, oak, or softwood from conifers like pine and fir. Softwoods are not weaker than hardwoods. Simply because they're replaceable, fast-growing species like pine trees tend to be more sustainable than slow-growing trees like oak or walnut. Choosing pine is a more sustainable solid wood option for beautiful furniture while allowing the trees to quickly grow. Bamboo is a hard grass, harder than wood. It is the most sustainable option for furniture as it grows super fast and does not take from our forests and wildlife.

We want to keep our business small. That means we take longer than the big guys. We do everything ourselves. We own the business and we do all of the work to ensure quality and love. Amazing things happen to those who wait! Our projected processing time range from 1 month to 6 months, depending on the item. Coffee tables have the shortest turn around time.

We are a tiny operation. When ordering our furniture, if it is not marked as an "IN STOCK" item, then it will take time to build and ship. Each item states in the description what the turn around times are. Please read carefully :) All turn around times are just an estimate, because we get new orders daily, it is really hard to keep up with the correct estimated ETA's. We always ship orders as quickly as we can, we super triple promise!!

Our custom built hand made furniture is worth the wait! Sure you can go buy something now from a store but that is just not very special, now is it. I'm sure it's not made with love either.

We always try to respond to your questions in a timely manner. You can expect a quick response 7 days a week.

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 21, 2017

Check our shop updates for finish and wood examples! Our furniture is made from solid wood. Timber is usually classified as either hardwood, from broad leafed trees like walnut, oak, or softwood from conifers like pine and fir. Softwoods are not weaker than hardwoods. Simply because they're replaceable, fast-growing species like pine trees tend to be more sustainable than slow-growing trees like oak or walnut. Choosing pine is a more sustainable solid wood option for beautiful furniture while allowing the trees to quickly grow. Bamboo is a hard grass, harder than wood. It is the most sustainable option for furniture as it grows super fast and does not take from our forests and wildlife.

We want to keep our business small. That means we take longer than the big guys. We do everything ourselves. We own the business and we do all of the work to ensure quality and love. Amazing things happen to those who wait! Our projected processing time range from 1 month to 6 months, depending on the item. Coffee tables have the shortest turn around time.

We are a tiny operation. When ordering our furniture, if it is not marked as an "IN STOCK" item, then it will take time to build and ship. Each item states in the description what the turn around times are. Please read carefully :) All turn around times are just an estimate, because we get new orders daily, it is really hard to keep up with the correct estimated ETA's. We always ship orders as quickly as we can, we super triple promise!!

Our custom built hand made furniture is worth the wait! Sure you can go buy something now from a store but that is just not very special, now is it. I'm sure it's not made with love either.

We always try to respond to your questions in a timely manner. You can expect a quick response 7 days a week.

OrWaDesigns

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1120)
H. Finley Moses

H. Finley Moses on Aug 15, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This table is perfect for a small space. The unusual shape is ideal for my area. Vendor very good to work with.

Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips on Aug 12, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Received my table today. It is perfect! Beautiful and well made. I'm in love!! Customer service was great too. I'll definitely order again!

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Updates

Walnut finish on solid pine

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Solid pine in Kona finish

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Walnut finish on pine and featuring our new thicker more solid legs! Woohoo!

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About

When you shop with us you really shop small!

We are a super tiny furniture company! It was not easy when we first started this business. We lived in a small 2 bedroom house 800 sq ft house. No garage, no shop, no covered patio or work space. We turned our 2nd bedroom into a wood shop and as our sales increased, our entire house became a wood shop. Coffee tables lined the kitchen counters. The living room was a shipping area. Eventually we were able to afford a tuff shed out back to work in. That was a tight space but at least we had our 2nd bedroom back! Removed dust from the walls and ripping out the floor to replace it. Not many can say they had a table saw set up in their bedroom.

Thanks to all of our loyal customers, we were able to purchase a home with a real workshop space! We now have a home on 1/2 acre with a workshop.

How did we start this business? We started out fixing up old furniture and giving it a new life, as a hobby on the weekends. When we both lost our jobs we had more time to get more creative. We started transforming antique sewing machine tables into gorgeous one of a kind laptop desks. Once those were becoming more difficult to find we moved on to mid century style furniture as we began to love and admire the style. Such amazing style they had back then! We shopped at garage sales and estate sales looking for mid century tables to refinish and sell. That also became difficult to find at affordable prices. Mid Century furniture is not easy to find at an affordable price!

So, finally we decided to attempt actually building the furniture ourselves. We started out with a tiny little record player cabinet and a bookcase that we picked up for $4 at a garage sale and based those items on our construction. We added our own style and a modern touch and created a design of our very own.

After the first few pieces sold on Etsy (that did take a while) we started getting requests for other things. TV stands, desks, nightstands, etc.... Now we have a huge line of furniture that we offer in custom sizes and colors! Our customers love us and we love our customers! We are so excited to have accidentally fallen into this business and we are so lucky that we found something we are both great at. We never imagined our new career would be our own business building hand crafted custom furniture. It is a dream come true. This is a stressful business but also very satisfying that our designs and creations are enjoyed in homes and offices all over the world.

Thank you so much for reading our story and for choosing us to furnish your house. We work really hard to make your home pretty! By purchasing from us, you will know that your furniture was made with hard work and love.

Shop small and shop local!

Christy & Randall
OrWa Designs Corp.

Shop members

  • Randall

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Builder

    Randall is very talented! He does the woodworking, he hand cuts the stars and diamonds and he is a profectionist. Randall is originally from Vermont, he moved to the NW several years ago and has lived here since.

  • Christy

    Owner, Designer, Curator, Customer Service, Shipper

    I handle 100% of the customer service and shipping! I also apply clear coat, stain, paint, etc... I am one busy lady! I am originally from Scappoose, OR so I have lived in the NW my entire life.

  • Pearl

    Be Cute

    Pearl doesn't have to do anything. she just has to be adorable! She does her job well.

  • Tupper

    Shop Dog

    Tupper is our 14 year old Jack Russell. He likes to come visit us out in the shop.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 3, 2017
Welcome to our Etsy shop! We hope you find something you just can't live without. We always accept custom orders, send us a picture of what you like or a color you like. We create custom sizes, colors, etc..... We are here to help you customize!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
Full payment is due at time of order placed. We accept credit cards via Etsy direct checkout and PayPal. Your credit card will be charged at the time of the order. Washington state shoppers will be charged sales tax. Please allow the appropriate amount of time for us to build and ship your order. Please make sure you are willing to commit to your order, as we do not accept cancellations. Cancellations hurt our tiny business :)

Once your payment has been submitted you will be placed next in line and all orders are built in the order of received. First come first served. Your card will be charged at the time you place your order.
Shipping
We ship via Fedex. We have found that they are the best at handling our furniture. We rarely encounter damage claims. We package each piece with the highest amount of care to ensure safe delivery.

Our shipping times range from 1 month to 6 months. Each item for order in our shop will say how long to expect. Coffee tables without drawers or doors have the smallest time.

IF you do receive a damaged shipment, send us a message with photos right away. We will file a claim for you. Damages shipments, depending on the circumstances and the severity will get a full refund, partial refund or full replacement. That will be determined after the claim has been filed.
Refunds and Exchanges
In the furniture business, returns and refunds are tricky. We only allow returns in special cases and on smaller items and for a very limited amount of time. If you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact us immediately and we will do our best to resolve the issue. Returns are handled on a case by case basis. If you realized you ordered the wrong size or color, we will work with you to get you the correct size. We have previously done a local pickup sale of a coffee table from a customer, and then we were able to send that customer the size they wanted once that table was purchased. We always do our best to make everyone happy :)
Additional policies and FAQs
We only use solid wood for the structure of our furniture. We do not use particle board, ever! We do use birch plywood for backs and doors. It's beautiful and strong. We never use plywood for the structure of the furniture, as veneer will chip over time on corners leaving unsightly chips that are not repairable.

The birch ply doors and drawers along with the solid pine, gives a beautiful wood grain contrast, keeping our furniture more modern looking than your standard pine furniture. Our pine furniture does not look outdated or old fashioned it looks modern and sleek.

More information

Last updated on Aug 3, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

We love custom orders! Send us a message with what you want and if we can build it, we will! Send photos, drawings, dimensions, etc.... We NEVER charge extra for custom. We only charge extra or charge less if dimensions or additions change enough to alter the price up or down.

Care instructions

We use non toxic water based polyurethane to finish our furniture. This provides a smooth finish that brings out the beauty in the wood and is great for standing up to moisture. Simply wipe clean with a water damp rag or use wood cleaner, such as Murpheys orange or Method almond wood cleaner. We also like to use the natural disinfecting wipes, they work great too.

What if my shipment arrives damaged?

Damage rarely happens because we are professional packagers. If it does happen, we don't make you file the claim like other furniture makers do, we file the claim for YOU! All shipments are insured. Any damage claims will be handled on a case by case basis. If your furniture does arrive damaged, take photos right away and notify us. Repair kit, partial compensation, full compensation or a replacement will be issued, depending on the circumstances.

What wood types do you use?

Timber is usually classified as either hardwood, from broad leafed trees like beech and oak, or softwood from conifers like pine and fir. Simply because they're replaceable, fast-growing species like pine trees tend to be more sustainable than slow-growing trees like oak and walnut. Bamboo is a hard grass, harder than wood and grows like weeds. It's is a super sustainable option for hard wood furniture. It is harder than wood.

Solid pine: quality affordable solid wood, sustainable.

Solid bamboo: harder than wood, a grass. Very sustainable, does not destroy our forests. Has water resistant properties. Very heavy.

Solid poplar: harder than pine, has a gorgeous smooth modern wood grain with beautiful color variations. Has a walnut like look

ETA's and Turn Around Time

Our turn around times can vary. We continue to receive new orders daily. It can be difficult to determine when your order will ship but we do our best to keep it around 30 to 90 days for smaller items and around 90 to 120 days for larger items. Sometimes we encounter delays, as we are only human. You are welcome to check in with us regarding your order and we might be able to provide an ETA. We promise to ship all orders as soon as we can. No slacking here! :)

What is your return policy?

In the furniture business, returns are more difficult. Furniture is large, fragile and difficult to package. We can accept returns on legs, since they are easy to package and do not damage in shipping.

If you are unhappy with your furniture order, please contact us. We handle unsatisfactory situations on a case by case basis. We want you to be happy with your purchase!

Why choose OrWa Designs?

We offer high quality and low prices! We use screw free joints with dowels for extra durability and the strongest wood glue on the market. Our furniture is made to last! If you ever have a question about our products or your order, we will always answer super fast and with a smile :) unless we are sleeping or at the movie theater! Proudly made in the USA!!

You can trust our quality. We are always friendly.

Can I cancel my order?

We are a very tiny business and cancellations do hurt us. Before placing your furniture order, please make sure you are willing to commit to our turn around time frame. We do not usually accept cancellations especially on custom orders.