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Things To Consider Before Buying Bespoke Furniture

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We can and do supply many types of bespoke furniture, but take care, bespoke furniture will tend to take longer than range products – typically at least twice as long.

Bespoke furniture will also cost more than similar range products – from around twice as much. As all bespoke items are unique, costs and timescales can vary considerably. Bespoke furniture will not be factory tested and comes with no guarantees though it can be independently tested see robustness page.

Bespoke furniture is an involved process as follows:
1. Concept
2. Reality check – is it possible?
3. Detailed specification
4. Quote and time-scale
5. Prototype (maybe)
6. Production

What types of bespoke items are easiest to produce and where are they made?

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Metalwork

Simple metal structures using off-the-shelf components with welded joins are probably the least complicated bespoke items to design and manufacture. There are a number of UK-based welding shops that can carry out this type of work. The metal can have a range of finishes. Watch a video of our supplier welding a bespoke stool here.
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Upholstered furniture

Upholstered furniture that has foam under the upholstery can be relatively easy to produce. Foam is a flexible, forgiving material that is easy to shape and the sub-frame (usually made of timber and MDF) can be simple. These are made throughout Europe but bigger pieces are often made close to the point of delivery (to reduce transport costs).
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Wooden dining chairs

Shaping wood for bespoke items is skilful, but also labour-intensive, so wooden bespoke furniture usually comes from countries with low labour costs and a history of furniture production – Portugal has a number of factories.
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Table tops

Most wooden table tops are produced to order with a wide choice of sizes, shapes and finishes. Most of these basic choices are well-understood and as the factories are flexible, simple changes are also fairly easy. This also applies to stone and marble tops. These top manufacturers are mainly in the UK.
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Combinations of materials

Combining two of these materials (such as wooden tops with metal edging) is also possible – but two factories for one product means multiple opportunities for mistakes.

Topics: Bespoke furniture, Furniture knowledge

By Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth on 05/02/18 11:28
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