Identifying A Competent Bespoke Furniture Manufacturer
The first step towards your purchase is listing the manufacturers that can do the job you want. Recommendations from friends are great – you know their history and you can see their craftsmanship too. But wherever you find a competent designer and manufacturer, before hiring them, be sure to see their portfolio. If their work is inclined to one particular style, that is, if you do not see versatility in the designs, you may not want to entrust them with reflecting your persona. What you are looking for is evidence that a maker will be able to see your vision and realise it as an extension of your personality and style.
Once you have ascertained the competence of the establishment you want to hire, get specific about your project and list what you expect out of the process – designing, measuring, choosing finishes, manufacture, aftercare and guarantees. The process of getting bespoke furnishings takes time, and you want to be sure that you can effectively communicate your needs throughout the process. For instance, how would the team in charge of your project feel about slight revisions to your plan; what would they charge for the same? And at what point are changes refused? Will you get a qualified designer to give you ideas and when you indecisive about what you want? What can you do if the finished product was not what you were expecting?
What to Expect, What to Demand
One of the advantages to choosing bespoke fitted furniture is that you are not a nameless face in the crowd of consumers… towards whom most high street product styles are loosely targeted; you are the most important priority to a bespoke furniture manufacturer. Request a co-operative effort and willingness to share ideas. The usual time frame for delivery of a regular order is between 8 and 10 weeks; so take care to discuss the estimated duration of delivery beforehand. Maintain regular correspondence with your furniture manufacturer to stay on the same page as the designers and fitters – this will help ensure your delivery targets are met.
Aftercare and guarantees – a good furniture maker will be on hand to respond to any aftercare queries too, like which cleaning products to use and how often, and what to expect while your furniture is ‘settling in’. Your furniture will be crafted to last as long as possible. Expect guarantees of 10+ years!