Furniture includes items such as tables, chairs, couches, dressers, and wardrobes. Most pieces of furniture can be custom-made to fit particular tastes and needs.
Also including furniture reupholstery, contemporary, hand-crafted, and designer pieces, the beauty of custom-made furniture is that it has design and functionality at its fore.
Sometimes need arises to repair or recover old and damaged furniture. Furniture re-upholstery gives a new lease of life to old and battered furniture. A recovered antique made from quality timber will always trounce imported furniture, which tends to have a shorter lifespan.
Why go custom
In the arena of custom-built pieces, furniture is not one size fits all. Commissioning for custom-made furniture can be the difference between the satisfaction of having the perfect furnishings or the constant displeasure of living with mistakes that cannot be easily corrected.
The following are the major reasons for choosing custom furniture:
- To have furnishings that are an exact fit for the need or space they will fill.
- Custom furnishings may be designed to detach for easy movement to a new location or they may be built into a specific space.
- In some situations custom-built furnishings may be cheaper than those on the market, or savings may be realised by modifying a regular product to suit a particular need.
- Custom furniture is often built locally. Selecting this option supports local carpenters and designers.
- Some custom-made furniture is assembled from recycled material. If you are a proponent for a green and sustainable environment, this is a good option.
How custom made furniture is created
Many consumers of custom furniture are home builders or renovators seeking to add a personal touch to the style of their homes. When completed, custom made furniture in the house can be a valuable addition that is special and unique.
To come up with an idea of how the furniture should look, you need to ask yourself the following questions.
- How will the furniture be used?
- How much weight will it have to support?
- For whom is the furniture being designed for?
- How long does it need to last?
- What is the budget? Are there cost-cutting measures that can be considered?
- Will it be stationary or will it need to be moved from time to time?
The process starts by customers providing a photo, sketch or an imaged description of the piece they would like made.
He/she then proceeds to choose the fabric and wood to suit his/her style, needs, and tastes. The final product is a true representation of the client's personal touch.
Finding the right fabricator
Key to a satisfying experience is finding the right person or company to undertake the project.
The best leads are usually recommendations from people who have recently contracted someone for a similar project. Shops that sell wood and fabric may also recommend to you good carpenters and wood fabricators.
Additionally you can ask several fabricators to bid on a job and compare the responses carefully. Weed them out from your list by using the internet to investigate them further.
Whatever route is used, always take into account a fabricator's capabilities and reliability before commissioning a product.