Do you want your dining room set to be a certain finish?
Do you like the arms of one sofa but the legs of another one?
If you want furniture that reflects your unique style, then custom ordering is the way to go.
Most of the time, you’ll find that there are little to no choices when it comes to customizing furniture.
Fortunately, some retailers have custom order programs that give you different choices in frames, finishes, and fabrics; in fact, depending on the line, the number of options can be overwhelming!
The process of ordering custom furniture may understandably seem complex and daunting to some, especially those who have a hard time making decisions, but we’ve broken it down into several simple steps.
Before You Get Started…
Just like with any other big purchase, you should do some research and prepare before you begin customizing your furniture.
Think About Your Wants/Needs
Custom furniture isn’t cheap, and retailers won’t allow you to return your order without a restocking fee, so think about what you really want and need in your furniture before placing a custom order.
For example, you may want a large sectional for your den but take into account the room’s dimensions and decide that a sofa with a chaise and a loveseat would better fit your space.
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Whether you’re redecorating an entire room or just getting a new sofa, take some time to gather ideas of styles and colors you like.
Also, envision how your custom piece will look with other new or existing furniture as well as your walls, floors, and decor for a cohesive design.
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Measure Your Space
It’s especially important to measure your space before placing a custom order so you know that your new pieces will comfortably fit.
In addition to the room, you should also measure your hallways and entryways as well to make sure that you can get your new furniture into your home.
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The Custom-Order Process
Now that you’ve thought about your wants and needs, gotten some ideas, and measured your space, you’re ready to start shopping for custom furniture and checking out all of your options.
Choose Your Style
In a given custom order program, you’ll have at least several styles to chose from whether its stationary upholstery, motion (reclining) furniture, or dining room sets.
Sometimes, with stationary upholstery, you can even pick out the arm style, back cushion style, and leg/skirt style- talk about custom furniture!
Choose Your Finish
When custom ordering dining room furniture, you can choose the wood finish for both the table and chairs; sometimes, there are even color options like white and black.
If you’re custom ordering stationary furniture, you might possibly have the option of choosing the finish of the legs; often times, you’ll have two or three options.
Choose Your Fabric
Of all the elements, you’ll likely have the most options when it comes to fabric types and colors. Most fabrics are polyester or a polyester blend, and main differences come down to how the fabric is woven and how the fabric feels.
In addition to fabrics, you may also have leather options and even leather-like fabric options; if you want the most durable leather, however, make sure to go for top-grain leather that’s fully aniline-dyed.
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Choose Power Features
With motion furniture, you often have the option of upgrading to power so that the footrest goes up and down with the tap of a button.
In recent years, power options have expanded to include power headrests and even power lumbar support; then there’s heat and massage for recliners.
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Things to Keep in Mind
You’ll have to wait on your custom order because it certainly won’t be made overnight. Custom orders are almost always made-to-order, and craftsmanship takes time, so expect to wait anywhere from three to ten weeks on your custom order depending on the manufacturer.
When you receive your custom order, you might notice a couple of slight differences from the floor model.
For one, you might notice that your custom order sits firmer than the floor model; this is to be expected as the floor model has been “broken-in” after being sat in numerous times.
Another different you might notice with your custom order is that it might have a slightly different feel because you chose a different fabric from the floor model.
Speaking of fabrics, you may also perceive your fabric color to be slightly lighter than the swatch, which can be expected since a material looks darker on a small swatch than it does on a larger piece of furniture.
The custom-order process is as simple as making a few choices and waiting for your order to arrive. If you experience some indecision, don’t worry because your salesperson will be there to make recommendations based on your preferences as well as popular choices and trends.
Do you have a custom piece of furniture that you love? Tell us about it in the comments!