Commissioning Bespoke Furniture: Key Things to Consider

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Bespoke furniture is an exciting investment, and one that will endure for years to come. High quality furniture tailored to your taste and specifications allows you to give your home a personal, elegant touch, for interiors that are truly unique. However, with so much to think about, how do you ensure that you get the best results first time?

We’ve got some expert advice for anyone thinking of designing bespoke furniture, including key things to consider before you go ahead.

What do you need?

Necessity is the mother of invention – if you’ve decided that you need bespoke furniture solutions in the first place, it’s likely that you have already exhausted ready-made options. However, your search for the perfect piece of furniture won’t have been in vain.

Think carefully about what made other options unsuitable – was it the size, colour, style or shape? Or is the item of furniture you need a totally new creation, based on your unique requirements?

Pinpointing your needs before you approach a furniture company will make the design process much easier, and give you a clear idea of what you want from your commission.

What do you like?

From materials to finishes and styles, the options for customisation are endless. Whilst this is one of the most exciting stages of commissioning a piece of furniture, it can also be the most time-consuming.

Your designer will be able to match your interests to a suitable plan far quicker if you can brief them on the trends you like from the start. So spend some time looking for inspiration beforehand.

Do you prefer classical designs, or contemporary trends? Would darker shades of wood suit your décor, or lighter ones? Some furniture companies have showrooms, which can help you identify your likes and dislikes.

How does the design process work?

When choosing a bespoke furniture company, it’s wise to look at their design process first. Do they offer a free consultation and design service, or will this cost extra? Do they offer a home measurement visit? You should also find out what their stance is on finalising the design – you want to be sure that you’re absolutely happy with your furniture before it goes into production.

What’s your budget?

Of course, price is never far from our thoughts when planning an investment. However, you may be surprised to learn just how far your money can stretch if you choose the right furniture designer.

Set a ceiling for your budget to ensure that you don’t spend beyond your means. And when securing quotes, always check that they include the design, manufacturing, delivery and (if relevant) installation of your new furniture, to avoid nasty shocks from hidden fees!

Know what you want and choose a flexible, transparent furniture company for the process, and commissioning a bespoke piece of furniture can be a fun and pleasant experience.

Looking to start your journey? Why not visit the Hartleys Rooms showroom? Give us a call on 01756 700471, or email today.

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