If you enjoy unique items or you're the type of person who wants their outdoor patio set to stand out, custom woodwork may be suited to your style. Many people opt to purchase custom woodwork because it's an excellent way to furnish their home with furniture that suits their preferences and represents them. Because who likes their home to mirror every other house on the block? Probably not you!
So, let's dive a little deeper into everything you might want to know about custom woodworking. At any time, you can call %COMPANY% and speak with a custom woodworker about your specific project.
Is Custom Woodwork More Expensive?
The short answer is: it depends. Like many customized items, many factors make each piece unique and affect the price. Some questions that you can expect to be considered when pricing out a custom wood piece include:
What type of wood is needed, and is it locally sourced or ordered in?
How much wood will be required?
How long will it take to complete the project?
Which machines are needed to complete the project?
How complex is the project?
Even though custom pieces are made from scratch, it doesn't always mean they’ll be more expensive. For example, you can purchase an accent chair that's relatively simple to make if it has a straightforward design and doesn’t require much material. In this case, there's a good chance you’ll save money getting it custom-made rather than store-bought. A little bonus, of course, is that no one else will have the same chair.
When it comes to more complex furniture pieces, you might find them at a big box store for less than what a woodworker would charge. That’s because the item was likely made along with hundreds of other identical ones in a factory with the workforce and machines to drive down the cost. What you save in price then is sacrificed in quality and originality.
Keep in mind that even if you may be paying more for a custom piece, there are many added benefits. You will get to decide precisely what the work will look like, you control what material goes into it, and along the way, you’re supporting local businesses and craftspeople. Also, with custom woodwork, there’s typically a very high standard of care and attention to detail that goes into it making it, so it will likely outlive any store-bought item.
What Type of Items Can Be Custom Made from Woodworking?
You can get almost anything made from a custom woodworker so long as they have access to the appropriate machines and material to build it. Here at %COMPANY%, for example, we have the equipment, inventory, and skills to make most things confidently. When clients come into our shop looking for a specific item, we can turn their mental blueprint into a reality.
Below is a list of some of the projects we regularly create:
All our benches are custom-made to the customer's preference, and there isn’t much we can't do. We have an inventory of sustainably harvested hardwoods from Northern Michigan. Due to the wood's durability, we can build benches that are both suitable for an indoor space and can withstand the outdoor elements for an extended period.
We've had the honor of adding a beautiful centerpiece to many customers' homes, all distinctly unique from one another. Some include a beautifully contoured, tempered glass tabletop held up with finished wooden logs, and others are entirely made from wood.
Many of our customers find that shopping for an office desk at the store can be challenging because it needs to be a precise size, style, and layout. That’s why custom wood desks are a common request for us. Since we have an inventory of high-quality wood of various colors and styles, our desks are built to last a lifetime, and they can be designed to match any office.
Fireplace mantels are another high-demand product customers regularly request. When mantels are custom made, they can be created to perfectly match the design and layout of a room, making it the perfect focal point. At %COMPANY%, we use Northern Michigan hardwoods, and we have an inventory of barn timbers that can be used to add a homey touch to living rooms.
Why Choose Customized Woodwork
If you're looking for something unique that will stand out, custom woodwork is the way to go. It's one of the oldest ways of creating furniture and offers a type of quality and appeal you’ll never find in a big box store.
If you're on the fence about getting your next furniture piece custom-made, here are a few compelling reasons you should go to a custom woodworker rather than buy a mass-produced piece.
Most people consider their new furniture’s materials in terms of style, color, and maybe durability, but not many people remember to consider their healthiness. Items purchased from a big chain store often have been treated with hazardous chemicals. Moreover, you won't know where the material was sourced from and whether it’s natural or synthetic. However, when you purchase from a local woodworker, you’ll know precisely what chemicals and materials were used on your piece because you’re speaking to someone who’s overseen its production from start to finish.
When you hire a woodworker to build something for you, you’ll be given free rein over the design, specifications, and material used. It's an extension of you! Custom woodworking pieces not only add a personal touch to your home but will undoubtedly be the source of constant compliments whenever someone enters it.
Quality of Craftsmanship
Although there is a range, you generally get decent quality when purchasing furniture, accent pieces, and decor from stores. Decent quality will never compare to the incredible artistry you get from a local woodworker. They've spent years honing their skills and will generally go above and beyond to give you precisely what you're looking for. Moreover, a local woodworker will usually source their material locally, so you’ll benefit from materials hand-chosen by local experts.
While custom woodwork is one of the oldest furniture-making trades, it's still considered a relatively small niche. Your customized furniture piece will stand out as custom woodwork hasn’t saturated everyone's home. Here at %COMPANY%, we include every customer in the design process and allow them to guide us through everything from the shape, color, material, and overall design. Our years of experience have given us the ability to confidently build almost anything, despite its complexity.
So, if you're looking to add a new custom luxury piece of furniture to your home or business, feel free to contact our office to discuss your vision.