The beauty about people is no two are the same and this concept is one that can also be applied to your home! Whether it is the art you hang on the wall or furniture you select, the furnishings you choose to live with every day is a personal decision. Often though, it can be difficult to find pieces that are firstly attractive to you and secondly of a high quality that will last.
While flat pack or inexpensive furniture may seem like a good idea (and it is for certain stages of a person’s life!), it simply will not stand the test of time.We all know how easy and satisfying it is to source cheaper furniture to help you spend less and trick you into thinking you’re scoring a bargain. This feeling will be validated at the initial point of purchase, however over time, cheaper furniture can actually cost more since it will usually need replacing and requires more care. Yet on the other hand, it can be daunting when you start browsing the prices of high range furniture retailers. So where is the middle ground?
When you have your mind made up about a style of furniture or built-in design — something that truly speaks to your idea of beauty — but you can’t find it or don’t know where to start, you might as well just make it yourself. The answer?: Custom furniture.
As an interior designer, I know more than anything that clients want to invest in not only the appearance of their home, but also the quality of materials and furnishings. Custom or bespoke furniture enables you to decide on numerous factors such as: size, function, material and quality which you do not find in mass produced furniture. So what is it that makes bespoke furniture a better option? How much does it cost? How long does it take? While there is certainly a time investment, but more pressing a financial one, bespoke designs are beneficial in a number of ways, and here are three golden reasons why:
Like we mentioned in our article about what homebuyers don’t want to see in a home, bespoke furniture and designs can actually add value to your home. Both high-end bespoke furniture and designs (such as closets and cupboards) come at a higher cost but if executed well, this high quality service and investment will enhance your home. Not only will you be able to enjoy visually stunning pieces, you can also increase the desirability and value of your property.
Bespoke designs can range from not only furniture, but built in shelving / cupboard units for bathrooms, utility rooms, TV units, walk-in closets, pantries and more! Once you describe the purpose and style that you’re looking for, most interior designers will know exactly how to move forward and execute the designs into fully functioning additions in your home. The best part is, no matter how large or how small you think your bedroom, kitchen or bathroom is, any empty space has potential even if you might not see it!
Bespoke furniture offers a wide range of materials including wood, metal, glass and fabric, all of which have subcategories and implemented in a variety of ways to enhance your piece(s). Often the type of material will impact the price, for example if you choose birch or maple hardwood for a table, they will be cheaper in comparison to mahogany or walnut. However, your chosen materials will help stand the test of time and can combat the various elements of your lifestyle, whether you have children, or pets. If you like the design of an existing piece but would prefer a different table top or base for example, you can enquire about whether they can manufacture a bespoke, one-off piece for you.
With bespoke cupboards and shelving units, the material is still important such as the type of wood or glass panelling, but you can decide whether you smooth over the wood or paint it a particular colour!
Uniqueness & Personal Touch
Throughout the design process, it is important that your designer works closely with you. This will ensure you have a piece which incorporates the style, form and function that is best for you and your requirements. Personal service is vital to ensure that all these aspects come together. So while it may appear to be overwhelming at first with the array of options, every choice is yours with any guidance you desire.
Another benefit to bespoke furniture is very often you can be confident that no one else will have the exact same design as you, especially when it comes to furniture and upholstery. Since you are in charge of selecting which fabric(s) you would like to use in curtains, sofas, armchairs or cushions, it’s extremely unlikely that anyone else will have the same piece as you which really emphasises this notion of having a unique home.
High-quality, bespoke furniture will give you pride and as a result, a better daily life in the long run. When you make smart investments in high-quality furnishings from time to time, you will slowly curate a collection of enviable pieces while also ensuring smart investments in the quality of your daily life. Just like no space can be decorated overnight, it is nearly impossible to design a collection of custom furniture at once which makes the journey all the more exciting!
We offer complimentary bespoke furniture, design and upholstery (sofas, curtains, cushions, armchairs, ottomans) services so why not get in touch today to receive a quotation? You can alternatively browse any design on the website or flip through our textiles library and enquire about custom options.