With the current boom in interest in the world of interior design continuing to gain traction, our interior designers are frequently finding themselves fielding questions about the merits of investing in quality, custom furniture, more than ever.
By now you know, a high-end sofa can look and feel considerably similar to a lower-end one, however, with many differences separating them to boot. So what is it that makes custom furniture all the more viable? And when it comes to investing in collectible custom furniture, where do you start? And then there’s the cost. How much does it cost to get furnishings custom made, and how can you justify the initial sticker shock?
With that in mind, we’ve set out to uncover some of the factors that make custom furniture seem all the more luxurious and worthy of your time, and investment.
You’ll Get What You Pay For
When it comes to custom furniture, that cliche saying rings true, especially when it comes to quality furnishings. After all, we know how easy it can be to feel tempted to source cheaper furniture to help you spend less. While this might be true of the initial thrill of paying the least amount possible, cheaper furniture can end up costing you more over time, while requiring more care.
But at this point, all of that should come as no surprise. Cheaper furniture will always have a limited lifespan because lower quality construction and materials lead to quicker wear and tear over a shortened amount of time. And if you’ve had the chance to walk down a New York City sidewalk riddled with like-new furnishings that are beyond repair waiting to go to the scrapyard, you’ve probably noticed that it doesn’t take long before new pieces begin falling apart, needing to be repaired or replaced by yet another cheap, poorly made item. Over time, this will quickly end up costing more than a quality piece of furniture, which, unlike fast-furnishings, are built to last a lifetime.
You Can See + Feel Quality
Because sometimes you’ve got to be realistic about the facts: cheap furniture generally looks cheap, even at first sight.
While furnishing your first apartment or a child’s room may merit the acceptable compromise of decorating with inexpensive furniture, it’s not a smart direction to consider moving into adulthood. Plus better quality furnishings boast a much more inspiring visual appeal while flowing better with the rest of your decor. And more so, since everything you bring into your home should benefit you and your family before anyone else, source quality custom furniture that you’ll be sure to enjoy every day while taking pride in your home long after visitors have left.
Better Quality Brings Better Comfort
Besides needing more frequent care and replacement, you’re certain to find that cheap furniture will provide you way less comfort and satisfaction than quality or custom furniture will.
Inexpensive, poorly made furniture will never be as comfortable as high-end furnishings, even more so after extended use. The pressure furniture receives from daily use will show tell-tale signs with cheaper pieces, from their upholstery to their construction. Timeworn upholstery, wobbly tables, and thinning fabrications will never offer proper, effective support – and they’ll never look fresh, as well.
It Can Affect Your Health
It should go without saying that when furniture is uncomfortable, it will negatively affect your body over time. And while it may be a nuisance at first, over time, it can take a more serious physical toll.
Soft furnishings you use daily for even a short amount of time, such as an office chair or sofa, can impact the health of your back, posture, and overall wellbeing. Even worse is the idea of spending years sitting on soft furnishings that fail to provide proper, consistent support as it can lead to permanent ailments to your back, neck, and hips, as well as causing minor to severe damage to your circulatory and nervous systems. And with such problems comes costly and time-consuming medical treatments that in the end, can cost much more than any piece of custom furniture ever will.
You’re Investing In Your Daily Life
Even in this day and age, our designers still find customers who think custom furniture is excessive, just like people do with fine art or fashion. But if you’re the type of consumer who wouldn’t think twice about spending a large sum of money on different hobbies and passions, especially one that will become dated in a short matter of time, consider adjusting your approach to the way you invest.
High-quality custom furniture will give you pride and a better daily life for the long run. Not only they inject a joyful visual appeal in your home, but they will also ensure easier maintenance, and the best physical support and soothing comfort. By making smart investments in high-quality furnishings from time to time, you’ll slowly create a collection of enviable pieces while ensuring a savvy investment in the quality of your daily life. That’s because just like no space can be decorated overnight, it’s nearly impossible to amass a collection of custom furniture in one go.
Have you ever had the unfortunate ordeal of ordering ready-made furniture that didn’t quite fit or meet your needs aesthetically? That’s because furniture from large retailers are made in larger quantities to fit into standard spaces while being ordinarily pleasing to the masses – i.e common.
When having a particular style, direction or piece in mind, custom furniture will always allow for the creation of something unique that no one else will have.
More For Your Money
Our decorators were quick to point out that even a novice in the design world can quickly spot the difference between cheap and luxurious furniture, yet still find themselves shocked when they see the differences in price between hand-crafted custom furniture compared to mass-produced, much more affordable and readily available furnishings.
However, there’s no doubt about the difference between the two. The materials that make custom furniture last so long are often significantly better in quality, and along with them, you’ll have an endless selection to consider. Custom furniture will always stand the test of time and will be ready to combat the various elements of your lifestyle, whether you have children, or pets.
Make It Unique
Though it can seem overwhelming at first, another obvious benefit to sourcing custom furniture, are the endless styling options available to consider. From frames to fillings to upholstery to every detail, the options are tremendous, and every single choice is yours to make.
Just like a beautifully crafted heirloom gown, handmade custom furniture should be considered a privilege to own. Unfortunately, unmistakable craftsmanship is a trade that is quickly becoming a lost art thanks to fast-consumption and throw-away culture, which makes quality custom furniture all the more vital, however, elusive. Be sure that when creating custom furniture, you ensure that it features a story to be shared for generations to come.
More often than not, you’ll find that the artisans creating your custom furniture come from not only a place of know how, but also a place of passion and dedication to form and quality. From hand-carved wooden tables created exclusively for the dimensions requested, to spring coils that have been hand-knotted, consider every item a one-of-a-kind piece of art. This will allow custom pieces to feel all the more unique because they bring with them their own story.
Lessen Your Environmental Impact
With more and more of our clients conscious about the state of the environment and the way they impact it, we find ourselves fielding more requests from them to realize their homes to reflect a green way of living while lessening their footprint. There are many custom furniture firms who ensure that every aspect of construction features careful attention to detail, including gestures as small as the type of wood, glues, and finishes they use, with many exceeding North America’s somewhat relaxed standards.
Although custom furniture is more expensive, in the end, as you can see, the pros outweigh the cons – that is if you can extend your budget. With that in mind, before purchasing your next piece, explore the idea of bringing in custom furniture designed exclusively for you, as in just a short amount of time, you’re certain to find them a worthy investment.
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