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Step by step guide- How to buy bespoke furniture

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You’ve recently moved house or you’re ready to upgrade your existing furniture at home.

It’s time to start looking for that special piece – sofa, armchair, coffee table, dining table and chairs, bed and headboard etc. – that will just finish off the living/dining/bed room.

You really don’t want to buy something off-the-shelf on this occasion – it’s time to treat yourself to an bespoke item made especially for you.

You have two options when buying a bespoke piece of furniture.

  1. Have an image in mind and look online for a bespoke furniture maker who you feel confident could make exactly what you’re after
  2. Contact the bespoke furniture maker and ask them to design something especially for you.

But where do you begin the search for this right person?

You enter “bespoke furniture” into your search engine and you’re overwhelmed with the choices available. So how do you go about finding the right person to make your special piece?

  1. Consider your budget. Having things made especially for you is a luxury and isn’t a cheap option. Remember you’re paying not just for the finished item, but for the expertise and creativity of an artisan
  2. Before you do anything, consider what’s important to you about this piece – is it purely functional/aesthetic etc.? How important is it that the materials used are ethically sourced? If it’s a table or desk, is it imperative that you have it made from a particular wood? Would you want to choose your own fabric if it’s for a sofa or chair or would you be happy to be guided by the expert?
  3. Once you have a degree of clarity in your mind, carry out an internet search. Be specific about location so if you live in Manchester for example, type “bespoke furniture maker Manchester” into the search engine
  4. Narrow it down further by identifying the actual item you’re looking for so type in “bespoke coffee table maker Manchester”
  5. Go down the list of businesses – both from Google Ads and from organic listings – and look at each one to see if you feel confident they can make what you’re after. Check out websites and in particular look for testimonials and whether they specialise in bespoke furniture
  6. Contact all those who look capable of making your bespoke item and ask questions such as:
  1. Do you make each item yourself in your workshop, or do you subcontract to a third party, possibly outside of the UK?
  2. (if you know more or less what you want) Are you able to make this (sofa/dining table/bed/writing desk etc.); will you make a 3D drawing; would I be able to make changes to the drawing before you start production?
  3. (if you’re not sure of a specific design but you know what sort of piece you want) Can you design something for me, if I give you dimensions of the space where it will be situated
  4. You may want to know what would be an approx. cost and lead time, but the designer might find this difficult to answer at this stage. It does no harm in asking though.
  5. Is there somewhere that I can visit to see what you’ve made, or are working on? Or can you send me images of similar types of furniture you’ve made?

As with any other purchase, it’s probably a good idea to speak to 2 or 3 artisans and get a feel for who they are and whether they understand precisely what it is you’re looking for. You will know quite quickly if they are the right match for you. Once you’re very confident in one of them, you can then start the process ….

If you would like us to design and make something specific for you, we would be delighted to work with you to find the perfect piece to match your home, space and budget.

Contact us at isaac@novitafurnituredesign.co.uk or call us on 07967 333430.

From May, we will have a showroom in NW London where we will be delighted to meet you to discuss your furniture requirements.