Choosing furniture for your business is a lot different than choosing furniture for your home. You need patterns that can hide stains, designs that can stand the test of time and construction that can withstand lots of use. Hi, my name is Mandy, and I love choosing furniture for businesses. When I was a kid, my parents actually owned a couple of hotels, and I would look through the catalogs with my mum to choose duvets and beds for the hotels. It was super fun, and I wanted to do something like that now, so I decided to create a blog on choosing furniture for your business.
In the age of trendy, gigantic chain stores selling flat pack furniture, is there still a place for smaller businesses that produce custom made furniture? The proliferation of chain stores creates a kind of decorating uniformity, and you might see the exact same dining table in an apartment in Berlin, as well as in a flat in Brisbane. But sometimes you want a piece of furniture that is truly unique and made just for you. The services of local cabinet makers can be used to create an original storage unit, and a local carpenter can make a beautiful table exactly to your specifications. So what are some of the key benefits of custom made furniture?
Those who produce custom made furniture have been honing their skills for years. You know that the piece of furniture made just for you will be of excellent quality and will be delivered in a complete form. There's no messing around with a screwdriver and wondering why the piece of furniture you've just assembled seems to wobble.
A skilled furniture maker can work with you at each stage of the process. There's a transparency in the method that doesn't exist when you buy pre-made furniture. It's designed to complement the aesthetics and dimensions of your home.
If you should ever wish to part with your custom made furniture, its unique nature means you can command a higher price than selling a generic piece of furniture. There is always a lot of second hand chain store furniture for sale, but your piece will be a one of a kind.
Custom made furniture can be made from reclaimed timber. This is usually a cheaper option, as the wood has already been treated, weathered, and cut to size. This also allows you to choose from a wide variety of wood, including wood that is somewhat rare, such as teak. Repurposing timber to create a new piece creates less greenhouse gas than making a piece from scratch, using raw timber.
Supporting Your Local Community
While larger businesses serve their purpose, there's also a clear benefit to buying from a small, local producer. The distinctive flavour of local communities can be maintained when a number of unique businesses thrive. You probably don't want your local community to feel like one big shopping centre. You're also putting money directly into your local community, rather than larger businesses whose profits generally go elsewhere.
Yes, custom made furniture is generally not the cheapest option. But by using the services of a local furniture maker, you will create a piece that you can actually have an emotional connection with; something that can be passed down to future generations. Sometimes it's hard to put a price on that.