These days it’s common for regular furniture shops to offer more premium ranges of furniture to appeal to buyers with a lot of disposable income. However, these expensive ranges still cannot compete with the products that furniture manufacturers make.
When it comes to quality, nothing is better than the kind of products made by a skilled craftsman. This is because they have many years of experience and first hand knowledge on the best manufacturing techniques. All custom furniture manufacturers make their products by hand. This means you can be sure that these many years of experience and the knowledge acquired as a result is put to good use.
On the other hand, when you buy from a standard shop, department store or even order online, the products are often made quickly, cheaply and by a robot rather than the skilled hands of a craftsman. Even the most expensive products are made in this way, as they would rather add higher margins to a product than produce something beautiful and long lasting!
The other key difference between custom and standard furniture manufacturers is the materials used in the product itself. Often, shop bought products are produced to a lower quality because of their cheap materials which are used to cut costs and boost margins. Frequently, cheap MDF is used with a vinyl coating added with a fake wood effect. But what is this? Basically, MDF is recycled woodchips glued together to make boards. Then, a plastic coating is added with a wood effect printed on. This gives the illusion of real wood from a distance, but actually up close it looks cheap.
Meanwhile, by going to a workshop you can be sure that your furniture is produced from real wood. If you specify pine, beech or oak, you can be sure the item will be built using that material! This is good peace of mind and ensures that you’re getting a high quality product.
Additional ornaments on the product also vary. Shop bought ones often use cheap plastic to add details to an item. Meanwhile if you go straight to custom furniture manufacturers, with the right brief they can produce a table or a chair with more expensive ornamental features which could include exotic metals, fabrics or even jewel encrusted features! The possibilities really are endless!
Finally, consider how the furniture will be used. The finished article really needs to be strong, hard wearing and withstand daily use. Unfortunately, under normal circumstances products bought from a high street or out of town interior design shop usually fall short of this basic expectation of quality. Products are likely to last only for around one to two years of regular and repeated use due to the low quality materials and manufacturing techniques.
Custom furniture manufactures on the other hand can produce items that last much longer and withstand a daily beating. Again, this is thanks to high quality materials and better manufacturing techniques. Additionally, by letting
the craftsman know how you intend to use the product, he can ensure it is built to the appropriate standard to allow this.
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