I was just walking a customer through Arrange-A-Room, the software I blogged about in the last post when we realized how helpful it is in customizing your furniture to fit into your space. Kelly is furnishing her bedroom with a bed, 2 night stands, and some combination of: a chest of drawers, a dresser, a TV armoire, a gent's chest and a sweater chest.
She's now having fun playing with Arrange-A-Room and is happy to be able to size our furniture up or down to fit perfectly into her layout.
I blogged about our Vermont Woods Studios selection of drawer and door pulls the other day. We're happy to install your favorite hardware on any of our chests, dressers, cabinets, buffets, armoires and so on.Anyway, I was looking for an American company that makes handcrafted drawer and door pulls so I could provide a link to them for our readers and a customer suggested Knobworks Vermont. They provide beautiful blown glass, lathe-turned wood and milled brass hardware. Check them out!
If you're shopping for a cabinet or a dresser or really any type of furniture that has doors or drawers, how important is the style of the door or drawer pulls to you?
Have you ever found a chest or armoire you like, but didn't consider it because the knobs were awful?
At Vermont Woods Studios, all of our door and drawer pulls are customizable. You can choose from the custom hardware shown here, or send us your own pulls if you're looking for a more colorful or exotic knob.
I've been looking for a company we can link to that provides American-made, handcrafted door-drawer pulls, knobs and handles you might like, but I haven't found anything yet. Do you know of anyone?
I did find a company called Sunburst Knobs that has all kinds of cool knobs. Theirs are made by artisans in India and each is unique. Check them out and let me know what you think!
- Select the furniture maker who has crafted pieces most similar to
what you're looking for. This is critical. It's much easier and more
affordable for them to customize something they've already designed and
built than to start from scratch.
- Ask the furniture maker about customizing existing pieces with your
choice of wood, finish, hardware, dimensions, molding, leg style and so
on. Note: there is a big difference between commissioning an original, unique custom work of art and customizing an existing piece of furniture.
- Discuss wood choices and characteristics with your furniture
maker. Are you trying to match this new piece with existing pieces in
the same room? If so, you may want to bring in that furniture or
photos of those pieces to the workshop.
- Discuss furniture finish with your furniture maker. Do you want a
natural oil finish or one that provides more protection against
moisture and perhaps small hand-prints and such. Or something in between. There are many choices to consider.
- Spend the time upfront to discuss the details of your furniture
order up-front with your furniture maker. Remember the old saying,
"measure twice, cut once". You don't want to have any surprises when it's time to install your furniture.
- Have fun and enjoy the process. Get to know your furniture maker.
His or her personality will be a significant part of the meaning of
your new heirloom!
Rebecca, our new Vermont Woods Studios Furniture graphic designer has been working back and forth with a customer this week on a customized dining table. Adam liked our Oval Trestle Table shown on the website in maple, but he wanted it in a 2-tone combination of cherry and walnut wood.
The first idea Adam wanted to try was a solid walnut base with a cherry table top. Rebecca photo-shopped this image for him, but they both thought is was a bit too much walnut for his space.
So they toned down the walnut some with this version where the table was almost all cherry except for walnut feet, trestle and buttons over the trestle joints. Still too much walnut for Adam's taste.
Rebecca then emailed Adam this option and it turned out to be the Goldilocks version–not too much walnut, not too little, it was just right. I like it a lot and am hoping Adam will send us photos of his dining room once the new table is installed.
Looking for custom furniture or customized furniture? Check out our Vermont Woods Studios furniture website for ideas and give us a call. Ask for Rebecca. She'll show you how to customize our furniture for your space and taste. It's easy, affordable and lots of fun!
Of course, your height is just one of many reasons to choose customized furniture. Maybe you have a narrow space between two windows, and you can't find the right size chest of drawers to fit. Or perhaps your kitchen is long and narrow and you need a table that's 7 feet long and only 2 feet wide.
Whatever the reason, you can have your furniture customized to your exact specifications, so it fits perfectly into your home and your family's lifestyle. And why not?
At Vermont Woods Studios, we build each piece of our fine, handcrafted furniture to order, especially for you. So it's easy for us to shorten the height of your dresser, or widen the width of your table or make any number of other customizations you might need. Often alterations can be made for little or no charge. Give us a call (888-390-5571) and let's get started now!