So you just bought a house or planning on redecorating your old one and you find yourself facing a big dilemma: should you go for retail furniture or bespoke furniture? Which one out of the two options is suitable for you?
To make the correct choice, you must assess each options and evaluate the pros and cons.
Bespoke (aka fitted) furniture will have the exact measurements you need and it will fit perfectly in the space available, even in the cases where the room has an atypical shape. Obviously, it will meet all your demands and expectations and there won’t be an issue if you want a vertical bookcase, a lot of drawers, comfy sofas, extendable sofas, all designed to fit in as little space as possible. Besides these, the shape and colors will also be designed to please you, the furniture wearing your unique touch and personality. It all seems perfect in theory, but you must consider one aspect: if you choose to work with a small carpentry shop, you may not have access to a wide range of materials. Of course, by choosing a big company, you can choose any material you like and might also get a 3D model of the furniture instead of a simple sketch; however, the prices are considerably higher in this case.
Retail furniture has the obvious advantage of being produced (most of the times) in large factories, equipped with last generation machines and crafted by experienced people, therefore they should have superior quality. However, since it’s available for everyone, it’s possible to walk into a friends living room and see that he has “your” coffee table and shelves. Besides, you also have to arm yourself with a measuring tape and carefully measure everything (including the doors and access paths) before buying retail furniture.
There is, of course, the mid-option. Custom, but not really. It’s what IKEA has been doing and had a great success. We are talking about modular furniture.
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