Where would we be without custom-made furniture? I am talking about that particular space you have in that lounge, that has to fit your TV, stereo, sky decoder and numerous other electronic things; not to mention books, decorative items, magazines, some wine even, along with CDs and DVDs. Perhaps you just can’t find the piece of furniture that is the right size, right shape, has the combination of drawers, cupboards and open shelving that you require.
If you do find something that would work, what are the chances that it is made of the right material and is the right colour for your interior scheme?
Take out the guess work by having a unit designed around your own possessions. You can decide what you want you want to put in it and exactly what materials it will be made from and fits in with your scheme. Whether you want to display Nana’s precious vase, a photo of someone special, or a book, you are able to have something custom-made to fit.
Often you want some more shallow shelves or cubby holes to show smaller items and this gives us a unique opportunity to create a built-in time capsule behind a false back. I know a collector of Barbie dolls who encased a new packaged Barbie doll in the back of an entertainment unit with a note explaining she was a collector. It could be anything of course; a photo, current coins, a magazine… who knows how long it will be before someone demolishes that unit and finds the treasure.
Of course anything can be custom built, not just entertainment units; home office work stations and desks, bookcases, bathroom vanities, laundry cabinetry, kitchens, bedside tables, ottomans, occasional tables – anything.
There aren’t too many points against custom-made furniture, other than the fact it can be more expensive than buying something ready-made, but you are getting something unique to you. You could possibly end up with something that is a little different than what you were expecting if you weren’t able to visualise the finished product from drawings and material samples but if you work closely with the designer you should alleviate this possibility.
Here are some more examples of custom-made furniture designed by Gaye Adsett: