Testing things out for yourself is the only way to ensure they're up to snuff, unless it's Copenhagen Fine Cut, cause you can't argue with like 190 years of wild sneezing. Get house-fittings from dudes who self-tested their handmade furniture before selling it: Galahad Dumfries.
A three-man collective of design-schooled GA Tech alums, Galahad creates "contemporary minimalist" tables, consoles, and other home furnishings from high-quality ATL-sourced lumber; it all began when the guys graduated and made their own furniture to save money, when they could've just gotten a futon, which does like, everything. All goods're made when ordered, including coffee tables like the glass-topped, zebrawood veneer Fife, w/ a dual-beamed, satin clearcoat-finished bottom (also available with a clay-hued, Douglas Fir bottom), plus another where half the table top's solid walnut, and the other half's thin strips of wood juxtaposed with cut-out spaces called the Dundee -- no, it's not a knife, it's a table. For your butt, there's the plywood-seated, welded-steel-legged Whithorn barstool w/ rust-resistant finish, electronic storage's handled by the low/flat Corby console (painted green inside, w/ a gated steel back for your cords), and for duds there's the 80"-tall Inverness wardrobe w/ dark maple detailing and hollow-core doors, which make it slightly easier to break on through to the other side.
They'll also do custom stuff: just send GD a link to any design you like, and take measurements/photos of the area in which you'll place it, and they'll whip something up in about a month. They can also alter anything in their catalog to fit your needs, whether you wanna change lumber types or get different colors, cause sometimes, you just need to dip the script.