Custom furniture is more popular than ever, as it offers an excellent and surprisingly affordable way to add a unique look to any room. Below are tips that any furniture buyer should follow.
- Research your manufacturer!
Research is one of the best ways to start any personalised timber furniture project. As custom furniture costs more than standard pieces, you need to be sure that your manufacturer is reputable.
You should research the company’s previous works, both for quality and style. You need to be sure the designer can create something that fits your vision, and be sure it won’t fall apart straight away! Alternatively, if you’ll be supplying the design, find out if they have worked in this way before with a previous client.
- Consider your lifestyle
Be sure that your custom furniture manufacturer knows how you’ll be using the finished furniture. It makes no sense to create something expensive but fragile if it is utilised in a house with a lot of kids and pets. The manufacturer can then aim to produce something that’s hardwearing and functional if visuals are not as important.
- Understand the payment terms
Consider how you’ll be paying for the design. Will it all be an upfront payment or instalments? Work with your manufacturer to create a payment plan that suits your bank balance. It might be a good idea to ask about interest-free payments, pay later deals, or even get your bank involved to get the best deal.
- Survey your room
The worst thing that could happen with any design project is that the finished product won’t fit your space! After having your drawings made up, measure the room where your custom furniture will be situated. It’s good to know if it will fit before it is put in place, so now’s the time to make any adjustments if it’s too big or too small.
- Will it fit
We’ve often heard horror stories of people building incredible furniture only to find out that it cannot fit through the door or up the stairs to the room where it is supposed to be in! Fortunately, responsible personalised timber furniture designers consider this as part of the project. Ask your designer to measure the entry way to your room and compare this to the size of the proposed furniture. If the entry way squeezed, ask for a smaller design, but a good solution would be to get a piece of furniture that can dismantled when transported. That way, you can have a great looking table, sofa or chair with the size you originally wanted.