What’s the difference? Custom VS Store Bought Furniture

As a designer I’m always trying to find and incorporate custom unique pieces of furniture into every space I design.

One of the differences between custom furniture and store bought furniture is selection.

 Custom Sofa & Armchairs

Custom Sofa & Armchairs

There is a much greater selection when you select custom furniture. Upholstery is a perfect example. We are able to select any fabric in the world and make that your sofa. Custom upholstery to me is well worth its weight in gold, because of its quality and uniqueness.

Having custom furniture made in Canada, you know that it is solidly built and will last a lifetime. If you select a timeless style the extra cost of going custom is completely worth it.

 Recovered Armchair and a store bought foot rest

Recovered Armchair and a store bought foot rest

Additionally, if the piece of furniture is good quality and custom made, you have the ability to recover it repeatedly, if you feel you style has changed without worrying about the stability of the piece.

When you shop in a store for furniture you will find a lot of great pieces of furniture and more often than not you are able to purchase and pick up your furniture essentially the date of purchase. Most stores have furniture always in stock and ready to go. If you are on a tight timeline this is the recommended way to go.

 Store Bought Dining Vignette

Store Bought Dining Vignette

 Custom Table & Store Bought Chairs

Custom Table & Store Bought Chairs

However, when you purchase store bought furniture, the likelihood of seeing someone else’s home with the same furniture is higher.

By going with custom furniture, every piece is unique. As an example you can select a sofa to be particular height, width, and design to fit your specific space. If you are downsizing or have a peculiar shaped space, custom furniture is very beneficial.

 Custom Sofa paired with store bought coffee table

Custom Sofa paired with store bought coffee table

Custom furniture, of course, has a long lead time. It takes longer to make custom furniture because it is being made from nothing, being made custom, and often, by hand. If you have the flexibility of waiting, it is well worth the wait.

The one evident difference between custom furniture and store bought furniture is cost. Custom furniture can be more costly, and store bought products are more often affordable

 Custom Armchair

Custom Armchair

However, store bought furniture is not always the most affordable option. Anytime you are debating between store bought and custom furniture, get a quote and give it a try, it may surprise you at how flexible and appropriate it can be.

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My tip as a designer is to mix and match custom furniture and store bought furniture. There are always things you can save and splurge on, and mixing custom with store bought is a sure way to end up with a beautiful unique space.

Rebecca Hay