Custom-made furniture is becoming more and more popular among the interior design community and homeowners who care about owning quality pieces. Custom furniture like tables, sectionals, bed frames, and ottomans will be designed using higher quality materials than you’ll typically find from pieces at chain furniture stores. Custom-made furniture will also be a larger investment on your part, but you will get much more out of it.
How To Get The Most Value From Custom-Made Furniture
Like any sort of ‘big ticket item’, there is going to be some inherent upkeep that’s required, whether you’ve gotten a new car, an electronic device, or even a new home! Nothing will stay pristine forever, but if you know how to take care of your custom-made furniture, it can become a staple of your home and family for years to come.
Understand Why You’re Crafting Each Piece
One of the most important things you can do ensure longevity of your custom furniture is actually have a clear idea of why you’re investing in each individual piece. More often than not, when people get rid of furniture it’s because they don’t fully think through the purpose of a piece, no matter how big or small it is. You need to ask yourself questions about the piece such as what purpose will it serve, who will be using it, is it going to be for more display than functionality, or will a lot of people be interacting with it? These are just some variables to consider, but the more you know about the real purpose of a piece, they more likely that it’s going to be a worthwhile investment.
You’re Not Locked Into One Look or Style
With a lot of furniture such as sofas, chairs, and even dining chairs, the fabric and color you choose for their initial conception isn’t the same look that you’re locked into for years to come. Most of these pieces can be customized with any number of slipcovers. Typically custom designed to fit specific furniture, these slipcovers are available in any number of fabrics, colors, and designs. These are beneficial not only when you want to change the look and feel of a room, but they’re also great in a pinch in case the cover you have in place gets dirty or damaged.
Keep Your Pieces As Fresh as The Day You Bought Them
Beyond custom slipcovers, you can do a lot more for the upkeep and maintenance of your pieces. Depending on where you live, you might not have the flexibility with weather to ‘air out’ items, especially during the winter time. However, during the summer, you should take any cushions and pillows outside to get some fresh air. Being exposed to direct sunlight and a nice breeze can help get rid of those pesky dust bunnies that may have accumulated over the long winter months. Also take the opportunity to wash any pillow or cushion covers.
Be Careful With Any Wood Pieces
For wood pieces, be mindful that different materials need to be cleaned with different substances. Never just wet a rag with soap without first learning how specific wood treatments react to different chemicals. Using the wrong type of substance can cause irreversible damage, which you never want to happen, especially if you’ve made a large investment in a piece.
Make Your Custom-Made Furniture Last
With the right planning and a certain level of care, custom-made furniture can be a worthwhile investment for your household. Not only will you have a beautiful, one of a kind quality piece, but you’ll also feel confident knowing that it will last you and your family for years to come.