How to Design Bespoke Furniture

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Bespoke furniture gives you the opportunity to take those thoughts and ideas, and get hands on with your décor. When you commission fitted or freestanding furniture for your home, you’ll have complete control over the style, finish and hardware of your new wardrobe or storage unit. So before you approach a furniture specialist, it’s a good idea to fine-tune your vision and decide what you’d like the finished product to look like.

To make this process easier, we’ve got some expert tips on how to design bespoke furniture:

Focus on features

You should already have at least a vague idea of your requirements; perhaps you need fitted wardrobe storage, or a bespoke chest of drawers. But think carefully about how you’d like your unit to look.

Are you seeking a long-hanging wardrobe for dresses and coats, or a short-hanging wardrobe with drawers or a shoe rack below? Do you need lighting or mirrors inside, or could you incorporate mirrors into a sliding wardrobe design?

With these fundamental specifications in place, it will be much easier to communicate your vision to your furniture designer, and find a solution that fits in with your needs and measurements.

Select your material

The type of material you choose for your bespoke furniture will have a big impact on the overall design and cost of your project. Solid wood such as pine and oak is not only expensive; it’s also heavy and poses limitations on the routing and finish of your furniture.

To this end, many designers use high quality MDF to create bespoke units, particularly for fitted bedrooms, kitchens and home offices. By partnering with a furniture specialist that sources high quality, European MDF, you can keep your budget under control, without compromising on the appearance or durability of your units.

Finish with a flourish

Now comes the fun part! Indulge your creativity as you add the finishing touches to your furniture, by discussing handles, colours and finishes with your designer. From wood- and marble-effects to spray painted and hand-painted furniture, your choice of finish will influence the look and feel of your commission.

Consider how each element slots in with your overall interior design concept. For traditional rooms, a lacquered finish will give your furniture a touch of class. Shaker-style is a practical choice for classic bedroom furniture, to give this key room of the house an elegant finish.

If you’re opting for contemporary design, the possibilities are endless. For a minimalistic style, choose small button knobs or remove the handles altogether with sleek touch panels. Alternatively, create a warm and modern space with brushed chrome bar handles and a wood-effect finish.

Creating bespoke furniture gives you a chance to design something that meets your needs and showcases your eye for detail. With the help of an experienced design consultant and furniture creator, this process couldn’t be easier.

Need a little more inspiration? Visit our Pinterest page or pop into our Skipton showroom – we would love to give you a tour. 

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