Customizing Handcrafted Hardwood Furniture for the Perfect Home Furnishingsby Country View Woodworking Ltd on 2019-09-21 11:50:20
Have you ever looked for furniture online or at a big box store and thought a piece would almost work for your home, if only something were a bit different about it? Maybe you love the piece, but the color isn't quite right, or the style is perfect, but the size won't work for your home. With mass-produced furniture, many times what you see is what you get. If you're lucky, there may be a couple different options for sizes or finishes, but your options are generally very limited.
One of the many benefits of handcrafted hardwood furniture is the ability to customize it to your specific needs and preferences. In this article, we'll discuss a few of the options available. Some of these options do vary by piece, collection, or manufacturer, so when you're shopping for hardwood furniture, be sure to ask your retailer about the customization options available for the specific items you're interested in.
When it comes to choosing furniture, size is one of the most important aspects to get right because the size of your furniture greatly impacts the functionality, feel, and flow of your room. Furniture that is not sized correctly for the room it’s in can create inconveniences and discomfort for your family and guests. If you find a piece of handcrafted hardwood furniture you love, many times it will be available in a variety of sizes, and sometimes custom sizes are available if none of the standard sizes work just right for your home.
Wood Species, Stains & Finishes
Wood species and finish options are also significant when it comes to choosing hardwood furniture, especially if you're hoping to match your new furniture to existing furniture, or to your home's current woodworking. The same hardwood species can appear dramatically different just by applying different stains and finishes to it, or by applying specialty touches such as distressing. Even the degree of distressing can be customized from light to heavy. Just as the same hardwood species can look different by applying different finishes, different hardwood species absorb finishes differently, so a finish applied to one species can look different on another species. All of those options allow you to create custom furniture that matches your home's style and meets your design preferences. When in doubt about what type of wood species and finish you prefer, be sure to ask your furniture retailer to view actual samples, which can look different from what you see in printed material or on a website.
Hardware is relatively easy to change on hardwood furniture, but the challenge is that you're limited to hardware options that match the size of your existing hardware. Otherwise, you may end up having to drill new holes or leave visible abandoned holes in the process. It's much easier to choose hardware you really want from the beginning, and many hardwood furniture lines offer the flexibility to choose from a variety of options. Choosing the right hardware is as much about functionality it is about style.
If the hardwood furniture you're considering includes upholstery, you may also be able to choose different fabric or leather options for items such as dining chairs and benches or even upholstered headboards. Light or dark. Leather or fabric. Color or neutral. When you have the ability to customize your upholstery, you can choose something that will fit your lifestyle and design preferences.
Drawer and Leg Styles
On some hardwood furniture collections or on individual pieces, you may even be able to choose customization options such as different drawer styles or leg styles. For instance, on the American Modern Bedroom Collection at Country View Woodworking, you can choose from six drawer styles—each with different hardware—and three leg and base styles. With that many options, it's easy to design a look that's just right for you!
Table Top Shapes, Edge Profiles, Apron Styles, and Leaves
On hardwood dining room furniture, many tables offer the option to choose from different top shapes. For example, a simple square table may be available with not only a square table top and square corners, but a square top with slightly rounded corners, very rounded corners, or with two straight sides and two sides that curve outward to maximize surface area. A completely round table is yet another option that may be available. Different edge profiles and apron styles available on some hardwood tables allow further customization, and leaf options offer the ability to expand your table's dimensions when necessary.
At Country View Woodworking, customization options are available on a majority of our handcrafted hardwood furniture items so you can create pieces that are perfect for your home and lifestyle. Visit your nearest CVW retailer to get started!