There are a number of reasons why Toronto residents are choosing custom furniture these days. It gives you an extra degree of control over how you want your living space to look and feel. Instead of awkwardly-fitting factory-made furniture, that might be too big, too small, or not quite fit right, you get furniture which is custom-made to match your space and your personality. Not only does it look just right, it works just the way you want it to. Furthermore, custom furniture is considered to be an excellent way to invest in the value of your home. However, making the decision to invest in custom furniture is much easier than coming up with the specifics of what you want.
What You Need to Know When Choosing Custom Furniture
Custom furniture tends to last much longer than mass-produced pieces assembled in a plant. That’s certainly part of its appeal, yet if you’re going to buy furniture that outlasts you, you don’t want to get it wrong. It’s this realization that often results in a period of inertia – where do you start? You might have a general idea of what you want the finished products to look like, or you might not even be sure of that. Here are some tips to help you ensure you get a finished product that you’re completely satisfied with:
- Don’t Go with the Flow – If you’ve noticed a recent trend in the design of the particular furniture you want, think twice (and then think again) about it. Trends come and go, and what is popular now is quite likely to be seen as outdated, five or ten years from now. Look at styles and designs that have really stood the test of time. Failing to do so could leave you disappointed and unable to do much about it – nobody wants to have to buy new furniture every time a trend changes.
- Start with the Big Stuff – The items of furniture that you will use the most, or the most prominent pieces in a room are going to be the most important ones. Think about the size you need, any particular functions that are important to you, and what you want that piece to say about your personality and your home. You’ll find that, by focusing on the major items, it will become much easier to figure out what you want from the more minor pieces.
- Make Sure Your Measurements are Correct – Once a piece of furniture has been custom-built, it is going to be difficult and problematic to make any changes to its size. It’s absolutely essential that you measure and re-measure the spaces you want to fill. Consider also, that you’ll still need room to move around in. It can be very tempting to order everything slightly larger than you need, only to find yourself squeezing around in your own home.
- Have a Backup Plan – This applies especially if you are interested in using materials and fabrics that typically have low availability. It’s possible to agree on a design, only to find that the price of a certain material or fabric has shot up – thus causing the price of your furniture to increase likewise. In some cases, it may even become impossible to get hold of certain fabrics, if they have been discontinued. Having a backup plan means considering what materials and fabrics you would like to use in case your first choice becomes unavailable, or too expensive.
There are more and more options available all the time for Toronto residents when it comes to custom made pieces. The tips above will help you make sure you get yours just right.