Custom designed and built furniture can be the crowning achievement of your home renovation, the element that lifts your Toronto home from dwelling status into the rarified air of showcase. Like any custom item however, custom furniture can be expensive and should only be commissioned after you’ve thought the entire process through and decided that it’s the right thing for both you and your home. In this post we’re going to look at some of the things you’ll need to consider before plunking down your money for one-of-a-kind furniture.
Ordering Custom Furniture: Be Thoughtful Not Impulsive
Before you decide to commission furniture pieces there are certain decisions you’ll have to make that will determine in large part whether you get furniture that makes you happy and what kind of relationship the new furniture will have with the rest of the home. Below are 5 such decisions.
1) Can you afford it? – This one is kind of obvious but it needs to be raised. Some folks decide they need custom furniture to finish off their decor and then wind up paying more than they can afford. This creates an uneasy relationship between the owner and what should be their prized possession. If you’re going to have to go into debt to acquire the pieces you want it’s probably better to hold off and start saving.
2) Are you willing to wait for it? – Customized furniture is not something that you order on Friday and have delivered on Monday. Quality workmanship takes time and it can take several weeks, perhaps more in some cases, for the furniture to be completed. If you’re ordering it in the hope that it will be ready for the big holiday party next week you’re likely to be disappointed.
3) Are you willing to compromise? – Some folks just have unrealistic ideas about what is possible when it comes to one-of-a-kind furniture. They arrive at the craftsman’s studio with a fixed idea of what they want and they are not willing to listen to the furniture builder when they say it’s not possible. Do yourself a favour and don’t show up at the first meeting with an all-or-nothing blueprint. Arrive with a concept and then work out the details with the designer. You’ll probably wind up with something far better than you imagined.
4) Are you confident in the designer/fabricator? – The creation of first class custom furniture is not something a person goes to night school to learn. It takes years of hands on experience, a comprehensive knowledge of furniture history, a thorough understand of which materials are best in which circumstances along with the patience of Job and the steady hand of the artisan. True custom built furniture is kind of like love: it’s hard to define but you know it when you experience it.
5) What about the kids? – If you have children in the house you’re taking a chance that your precious new custom chair may wind up with a scratch or chip in it simply because, well, kids are kids. Before you go ahead and commission an expensive piece or pieces of customized furniture make sure you are absolutely at peace with the possibility the kids or one of their friends may inadvertently cause some damage to the piece.
Custom built furniture can be the gift that keeps on giving if it’s properly thought out and executed by someone with talent and vision. If you’re thinking about commissioning furniture pieces for your home take a deep breath and relax. Then call the professionals at Custom Furniture Toronto to discuss your ideas and get the ball rolling in a productive direction.