There comes a time in every homeowner’s life where it’s time to move beyond the hand me down couches, the curbside acquisitions, and the prideful purchases at IKEA. Once you’re settled in your own house or condo, it’s time to look for high quality furniture that speaks to your style and is of a high quality that will endure. Think back to your parents’ or grandparents’ furniture, when pieces as simple as tables or beds were made to last and were passed down for generations. Today’s versions of furniture made to last comes primarily from the bespoke category. Here’s what buyers need to know.
What is Bespoke Furniture?
Bespoke furniture are pieces made for every room of the house, from the bedroom to the living room, which are custom designed for your space. Typically, designers such as Paolo Marchetti Interiors develop sample layouts that integrate the latest in design trends. Each setup uses a variety of furniture styles, textures, fabrics, colors, and design sensibilities to create a distinct look ranging from minimalistic and practical to luxurious and decadent. The options can be viewed online in detail, in catalogues, or set up in one of the company’s showrooms.
Surveys and Measurements
Once you’ve decided which furniture set you’d like, the real fun begins. A professional agent will work with you to understand the layout and dimensions of your home. A designer will work with you to take exact measurements so that the core needs of your space are understood. He or she will collaborate with you to customize any elements of the layout you’ve chosen, from the placement of furniture to the materials or colors selected. Everything will be uniquely and distinctly yours.
Contract and Manufacturing
Once you’ve decided how you’d like to proceed, your interior designer will develop a contract that reflects everything that you’ve discussed. The setup you’ve selected, the individual furniture you’ve chosen, individual tweaks, and the timeline you’ve agreed upon are captured in a contract. Once that contract has been signed and returned, all you need to do is wait. The specifics of your order are immediately sent to the craftsman creating your furniture to your specifications. Use this time to plan how you’ll get rid of your existing furniture, or make a storage plan for your items to be contained in areas such as new under the bed storage or a built-in wardrobe.
Installation and Warranty
When your furniture is ready to go, the design team will contact you to arrange installation. Then, on the day of your scheduled installment your old furniture will be removed and everything will be installed. Normally, most homeowners find this can be accomplished within a single day but it’s wise to check with your interior designer to determine your individual schedule. If at any point you discover a problem with the furniture, contact the store that you bought it from as it’s likely covered by warranty.