What Actually is Bespoke Furniture? (What Is)

29
Nov

What Actually is Bespoke Furniture? (What Is)

Danielle Walton


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This is a question that hundreds of people have when they first come across us and hear about what we do. People will often use the term “bespoke”, but what does “Bespoke Furniture” actually mean?

But we get it… Bespoke Furniture isn’t something that everyone has heard about, and isn’t a phrase everyone will use!

So I’m going to answer this question and give some questions and pointers that will help you decide whether or not it is right for you!

What is Bespoke Furniture?

In short…

Bespoke Furniture is custom made furniture designed for exactly what you need, where you need it for and exactly how you want it to look.

It’s really about you get exactly what you want whilst getting the best use of your space.

Bespoke Furniture will vary in what the actual product is, whether it’s a Kitchen, Bathroom, Reception Desk, or Home Office… You probably don’t realise it but every day you will be surround by Bespoke Furniture in some shape or form!

What form does Bespoke Furniture Come In?

First of all Bespoke Furniture can come in many shapes and sizes! But what things can you get from a Bespoke Furniture Company? What products do they actually supply?

I have made a little list of typical items that a Bespoke Furniture Company would make. However if you are looking for something a bit more unique that isn’t on this list… all you have to do is ask! That’s one of the amazing benefits of using this type of company… they can create anything you want!

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Types of Bespoke Furniture

Below is the list of products that a Bespoke Furniture Company can make. For ease I have separated them into different types of residences and businesses so you can see clearly what each establishment can include.

For Your Home:

  • Bathroom
    • Vanity Units
    • Cabinets
  • Closets and Walk-In Wardrobe
    • Cupboards and Units
    • Display Shelving
    • General Storage
  • Dining Room
    • Dining Room Tables
    • Side Boards
    • Consoles
    • Wine Racks
  • Home Office
    • Storage
    • Desks
    • Library Shelving
  • Kitchen
    • Cabinets
    • Storage
    • Islands
    • Worktops
  • Living Room
    • Media Walls
    • TV Units
    • Coffee and Side Tables
    • Shelving Units
  • Staircases
  • Wall Panelling

For Offices

  • Bathrooms
  • Boardroom Tables
  • Desks
  • Fitted Seating
  • Kitchens
  • Reception Desks
  • Storage
  • Wall Panelling

For Cafes and Coffee Shops

  • Counters
  • Display Units
  • Seating
  • Storage Units
  • Wall Panelling

For Restaurants and Bars

  • Counters
  • Bar Tops
  • Storage
  • Fitted Seating
  • Bathrooms

For Salons

  • Colour Bar Counter
  • Hair Stations
  • Nail Stations
  • Reception Counters
  • Storage

For Hotels

  • Bedroom Furniture
    • Bedside Tables
    • Desks
    • Wardrobes
  • Fitted Seating
  • Reception Desk
  • Restaurant and Bars
  • Wall Panelling

As you can see Bespoke Furniture pretty much covers all around the board. So why would you want to get Bespoke Furniture instead of mass-produced furniture? What is the difference in their furniture and say, IKEA’s?

The Benefits of Bespoke Furniture

1. You’re Unlimited

With mass-produced furniture you are always going to be limited to the sizes, colours and styles available, whereas with bespoke furniture you have to opportunity to decide exactly what colour, shape and size your furniture will be. The end product is that you will own something that no one else has, a completely unique piece made to suit your tastes and needs.

2. Higher Quality

Many of our clients are looking for something that is of a much higher quality than what is available off the shelf. People who purchase Bespoke Furniture are looking for something that is built to last, and to achieve that you have to use better materials that can provide longevity.

This type of furniture isn’t just going to be created over night. You can’t go into a store and walk out with what you want then and there. It takes time to create something that is handcrafted and specific to your requirements. So generally you will have to wait from anywhere around 4 weeks to 12 weeks. The larger the product or quantity, the longer it will take to deliver.

For most people their biggest concern when it comes to Bespoke Furniture is cost… You will pay more, but you will ultimately get more. You are getting so much more with furniture that is tailored specifically to your needs, and the company has to do more. They have to advise, design, purchase materials, create and install. I always come back to the general rule that “the better the quality, the higher the cost”.

3. Longevity

I know I’ve mentioned it already but because furniture makers put so much passion and thought into what they create they are more likely to want to care for that furniture long-term. And because it lasts so much longer than any mass-produced piece it can be appreciated for years, moved house to house and even passed down through generations.

4. Unique Design

By going with a Bespoke Furniture Company you are getting experts to design something completely personal to you. You get taken along through the process so together you can achieve a piece of furniture that is exactly as you want it.  You won’t have to compromise on any aspects of design, but instead you’ll get a completely unique piece…

5. On Hand Experts

Because you work so closely with a company to get what you want, the guidance and advice they offer is priceless. In my opinion the best benefit of going bespoke is you get incredibly talented craftsman working on your project. I really don’t think craftsman get enough recognition, everything they create is beautiful… Craftsman are the ones who bring your dreams to life. I love seeing how passionate the men in our workshop are about projects we do. As a result when our customers come to see the progress of their project and they can speak to the people who are actually making it, it makes the whole experience ten times better for them.

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Is Bespoke Furniture Right For Me?

First of all figuring out if Bespoke Furniture is for you can be tricky. It’s takes a lot of consideration before you buy Bespoke Furniture. Because this isn’t going to be a normal piece of furniture, it’s going to be something a lot more personal to you…

So I have listed a few questions below to help you decide whether or not you would want to purchase Bespoke Furniture… Whether its a Kitchen, Boardroom Table or a Reception Desk.

  • Is quality more important than price?
  • Is individuality important to you?
  • Do you have an unusual space or specific dimensions to work with?
  • Would you like to customise or personalise your furniture in some way?
  • Would you like to choose the materials to suit your interior design?
  • Are you looking for something that will be around in 50 years time?
  • Would you like the reassurance of knowing you’re dealing with highly experienced professionals?
  • Do you need advice to take your ideas to the next level?
  • Would having full control of every aspect make life easier?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions above then Bespoke Furniture could be the right fit for you.

So… What to Do Next?

So there you have it folks. I hope this article has helped you understand more about what Bespoke Furniture really is.

As always, please feel free to leave your questions or comments below.

Furthermore if you’re now considering buying Bespoke Furniture and need more help and guidance please check out our Learning Centre here. It’s all about education.  Or why not get in touch? Our team would love to hear from you! You can contact us here.

And if you want to see what some Bespoke Furniture can look like then why not check out our Pinterest account. Here there are lots of different boards designed to give you inspiration about your project.

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Danielle Walton

Digital Marketer at Colinton Furniture
So who am I? Well, my name is Danielle Walton and I am a Digital Marketer at the family business, Colinton Furniture. We make beautiful, made to measure furniture for peoples Home and Office. In fact, we were actually awarded the title – Scotland’s Best Furniture Company. Pretty cool right?! But when it comes down to it, we are just a family who loves working together, towards the same goals.

Outside of work you'll find me traveling to my favourite places, drinking margaritas and eating pizza. In my spare time, you may find me at my sketchbook drawing the faces of the people I have met along the way.
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