Opting for custom-made furniture is a great way to add some personality to your space, as opposed to mass-market pieces. However, the process of creating a bespoke piece can be daunting. Below, we’ve compiled some tips to help you out.
1. Find a Good Craftsman
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Having a good craftsman is crucial for a smooth design process. When searching for bespoke furniture designers, ask to view their portfolios. It also helps to visit their workshops to see their designs in action. Pay close attention to the build quality. Does the furniture feel sturdy? Are there any unsightly joins? Is it well painted and furnished?
2. Consider Your Needs
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Find out what materials the craftsman is willing to work in. View some samples and think about how the material will look in your home. Consider also the level of maintenance required. Does it fit into your lifestyle? You will be paying a lot to have the furniture made, so it helps to ensure that the money invested is worthwhile.
Furthermore, consider the purpose of having your furniture custom made. Are you looking to create a statement piece, or something multi-functional for your home? If it’s the latter, ensure that your designs are truly functional and practical for your space.
3. Arrange a Consultation
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Have the craftsman come over to have a look at your home and to discuss your ideas in-depth. He or she may have recommendations that are better suited for your present space.
4. Make Use of Reference Pictures and Design Tools
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Designing your custom-made item is arguably the most challenging part of the process. The good news is, you don’t have to go it alone: the craftsman can help, just make sure to provide pictures of what you have in mind for easy reference. Design tools such as SketchUp are handy for helping you translate your ideas into print.