Custom furniture and room space planning often go hand in hand: many floor plans are best followed using non-standard furniture dimensions, and often the traffic space and the furniture design itself are dictated by personal needs and preferences.
For example, wheelchair access throughout the living space might be necessary, and the standard 18 inch access width used for minor routes through a room might be insufficient. Furniture width and length might have to be customized to suit. Individuals may prefer higher or lower tables than standard, while others might prefer enhancements that can be added at the manufacturing stage but not after.
Using custom furniture is not new – in fact the early settlers all used bespoke furniture initially because they made their own. They had little enough room in their covered wagons without taking the furniture along! First they built the cabins, and then the houses, and with them they built the furniture to go in them. Room space planning was foreign to them, although they unknowingly had the concept in mind when they built their furniture.
There are American carpenters and cabinet makers that keep the old carpentry traditions alive, such as American Craftsman and The Custom Shoppe, although there are many more than these that can offer you traditional American furniture made in America. However, custom furniture is not so easy to find, but is well worth the search when you do find it.
Nobody wants to purchase an item of furniture, no matter the price, and then find it looks out of place. Nor should you rush your choice of home furniture, because you are going to be living with it for a very long time. You need help to make sure that your choice of furniture is ideal for your living space, even if that means using custom furniture manufactured specifically for your home.
What type of furniture customization is generally possible, and what can you have done if you are willing to pay for more? Here are some examples of how custom furniture and room space planning can be adapted to your specific needs.
Custom Furniture: Choice of Woods and Finishes
The most universal type of furniture customization is in the wood and the finish. Natural American options include cherry, maple and oak, including the beautiful straighter-grained quarter-sawn oak. However, cherry and maple have smoother grains than most other woods, and some people paint items made from this wood because of the smooth grain. Painted furniture does not generally go well with any but the most contemporary decorative styles, though it also suitable for a kitchen or child’s bedroom.
Most woods can be stained to produce a number of optional shades, and good custom furniture firms can match just about any sample of wood you give them. Other customizations include the finish, which can range from natural through matt and satin to full gloss. The ultimate in a gloss mirror finish for wood is full French polishing.
You have a wide choice of hardware when you buy from custom stores. You can select from a large range of handles and knobs for doors and drawers, including choice of metal, wood or plastic. The same is true of locks and other embellishments. One online firm offers over 45 optional handles or knobs.
Room Space Planning: Dimensional Customization
Room space planning is generally very specific about dimensions. However, while most online home design services will use the furniture they supply as models, you may also have to customize some elements to make the overall plan work. If you use a good custom furniture store, most dimensions can be tailored to suit your needs. Chests and dressers for your bedroom, for example, are customizable in terms of width, length and height. Many pieces can be adapted to suit the available space, and if you have an alcove to fill, furniture can be customized to do this.
Some online suppliers can construct bespoke furniture exactly to your specifications. You can choose the wood, the finish, and all three dimensions. The number and style of drawers can be customized, as can the style and dimensions of the panels, doors, backs and moldings. In fact, give some the dimensions of your room and they will manufacture furniture to fill it!
Individual pieces can be customized to your needs. Examples of such custom furniture include TV armoires, bedroom furniture designed to hold your clothes and also a TV. The height of the TV can be set to your personal preference, as can the width of the armoire. The lay-out of the shelves is adaptable, and the doors can be fitted with full-length mirrors if required.
Custom furniture is the ideal way to enable you to convert your room space planning into a reality. By collaborating with an online home design service that also supplies standard and bespoke furniture, between you it should be possible to meet all your needs with a combination of regular and custom furniture.