Mass production has made it possible for consumers to buy anything they need in their homes whether it’s from a brick and mortar shop or an online shop. But when you go for a furniture hunt, you will find several selections ranging from machine-crafted to plastic-made furniture that promises durability and comfort. But where have all the custom-made furniture gone?
Anything handcrafted is hard to find these days. But in case you find one, the first thing you notice is quality. Handcrafted furniture these days often come from artisans and crafters who consider their work an art form. So the design is unique, and the material is often of the best quality. But why would you buy one?
A Distinct Look
The unique design of handcrafted furniture relies a lot on the workmanship and skill of the builder. It can take years for woodworkers to develop their style, and though many take inspiration from classic wood furnishings, some are also willing to explore more modern techniques. Some woodworkers prefer to work on driftwood, while others prefer logs or salvaged wood for their creations. All of these create a distinct look that makes the piece unique, but choose one whose style suits your decor ideas.
There are also artisans who choose to fix old furniture, and though not completely handmade, often the final piece is unique enough to make it look distinct and special. You could do the same. Spend some time looking at garage and vintage furniture sales. Look for pieces that are special but do not cost much. Check how much work needs to be done, or whether it’s only a paint job or a parts replacement.
Wood Complements Everything
Apart from the customizable features (one can custom-order a chair based on preference), wood could complement the design or color of any house or environment. You could also choose wood that suits your home’s color palette, whether you need something light like pine or ash, or something darker like mahogany or ebony. Ask the artisan about the material they prefer to use and whether its hardwood or softwood, and they can build it to suit and complement your home.
Design that Transcends Time
Any furniture that has been handcrafted is durable and can last for years, often increasing in value when maintained properly. Some antique furniture are carved and created for one purpose, which could make it a collector’s item. The condition, rarity and the period it was built make a piece more valuable. For some people it becomes a statement piece in a room, whether it’s a clock, a table, or a sofa from another era.
Designing a home to make it suit your tastes can be expensive, especially if you want a handcrafted or custom-made piece. But you could look for a woodworker who uses salvaged or recycled wood. They could cost considerably less than other types of wood. You could also look for old furniture and refurbish it. The only thing you have to consider is how much effort and time you need to make your dream home into a reality.