Mass produced furniture has one benefit that cannot be denied: it’s typically inexpensive and sometimes downright cheap (hello closeouts!). That’s great if you’re on a budget or buying pieces for your son or daughter’s first apartment. If money isn’t a major concern though you have a few choices when it comes to furniture. You can buy from ‘upscale’ furniture stores in Toronto and spend a lot of money on fairly well-built factory furniture, you can comb through antique stores looking for hidden gems or pieces that speak to you, or you can partner with an experienced woodworker like Gil Avivi who will build custom furniture to your specifications. In this post we’ll look at why the last option is typically the best.
Advantages of Custom Furniture
Whether you buy from a high-end furniture retailer, an antique dealer or have your furniture custom designed you’re going to spend more than you would on run-of-the-mill mass-produced furniture. The question is: Which option represents the best value? Most furniture experts will agree it’s the custom design option and here are 4 reasons why.
- That built-in look: When you buy, say, an entertainment centre from a furniture store you go there with the dimensions of the space and typically come away with the piece that matches those dimensions best. A custom built entertainment centre won’t just be a “pretty good” fit, it will fit the space like a glove. Not only that but colours and textures can be used that will make it seem like the piece is part of the room; as if it was designed to be part of the wall.
- Maximizing available space: When you buy mass-produced kitchen cabinets you get what you get and chances are the installer will have to do some awkward work-arounds to make everything fit. If you have your cabinets custom designed there will be no awkward spaces where the fit is inelegant and you can make the interior of each cabinet match your specific requirements, thereby taking maximum advantage of the space involved. (You also won’t ever hear a guest say “Oh wow! We have the exact same cabinets!”)
- Personalization: If you spend enough time and are careful and savvy enough you may be able to find factory-produced pieces that are uncommon and that speak to your personal taste. But you’ll always run the risk of the above-mentioned “Oh wow!” moment. Custom furniture is as individual as you are and can be designed with your favourite decorative flourishes or suggest things that may be of particular significance to you. You can recreate a favourite couch from your parent’s house, use materials that evoke the part of the country your family was originally from or build pieces that accommodate your particular physique.
- Longevity and value: Your handmade furniture will undoubtedly last longer than anything you can buy at the furniture store and not only that, if it’s done well it will likely become more valuable with time not less, as is the case with store bought furniture. FYI: The most expensive chair ever sold was a custom-designed armchair owned by Yves Saint Laurent. It sold some years back for an astonishing $28 million. Try getting that for a piece of store bought furniture.
If it’s time to purchase new furniture for your home don’t settle for something ordinary. Invest in something that will enliven your Toronto home today and become a valuable heirloom your family will pass down for generations. Custom furniture is not only the luxury of the idle rich. It’s more affordable than you think. Call Gil Avivi today on 416-746-3204 to learn more about the many advantages of custom furniture in Toronto.