As custom furniture becomes more and more accessible, we see it appearing in homes all over Toronto. With seemingly unlimited options in terms of style, materials and applications, it only seems natural that people would be interested in it when furnishing a new house, or when refurbishing a room. Choosing to go with custom furniture isn’t all that simple, though – it’s much more difficult than selecting something you like from a catalog or a showroom.
How to Go About Choosing Custom Furniture
Choosing custom furniture obviously requires planning and thought. You’ll need to consider a whole range of issues, such as how much space you have, finding materials which complement the room and other furniture, how the new items will suit your family in terms of ergonomics, child safety and so on. Unsurprisingly, you’ll have a long list of questions to ask. With all these things to remember, you could easily forget some of the most important questions, such as:
- What Is the Time Frame for Delivery? – Once you have agreed upon a theme or a design, you set in motion a chain of processes which all take time – coming up with technical drawings, sourcing the materials and actually building the furniture. Even if your project isn’t particularly complicated, it’s important to ask, as your contractor may be busy with other orders, or might not have the staff to deliver quickly.
- How Eco-Friendly Are the Materials? – Sourcing eco-friendly materials is of great importance these days, as many potential buyers are attracted by the idea of low-impact living. Where possible, find out if your contractor can source replenished and green materials for the furniture.
- How Will It Perform as an Investment? – Aside from ordering furniture that you can enjoy in terms of aesthetics and functionality for a long time, you might also want to look at designers and manufacturers whose works have a record of appreciating in value over time. It is possible to get a five or six times return on your investment in as little as fifteen years, so be sure to ask about this.
- Will You Visit My Home? – This is perhaps one of the most important, but often forgotten questions. Just as a sleek skyscraper would look appalling in an Alpine village, even the most wonderfully crafted furniture can look out of place in the wrong room. The designer not only needs to take measurements, but they need to see the colours and materials that are already used in the room. Even if you are having everything designed from scratch, factors such as lighting and outside views still need to be taken into consideration.
- What Is the Payment Plan? – If you work with a designer from scratch, you may find it easier to break down payments into manageable sizes. Rather than pay a lump sum and be left waiting, you might want to pay in stages – once the designs are complete, for example, or upon delivery of each individual item. Breaking down the payment into smaller parts allows you to prevent unforeseen costs from getting out of control, too.
If you’ve decided to join the discerning ranks of those Toronto families with custom furniture in their homes, be sure to take your time about it. From choosing a contractor, coming up with designs, settling on them and commissioning the work, you’ll find plenty of questions you need answering. Taking your time over each stage will ensure that you get time to consider the answers and weigh up all the options, in order to get the best results.