Why employ a furniture designer?
Why employ a furniture designer?
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Hannah Shanks - Editor
Furniture designers can provide the ideal solution to an awkward corner of a room where a shop-bought cabinet simply will not fit. A bespoke piece of furniture can also be a unique and personal present, or a freshly-created family heirloom for years to come. It also provides an opportunity to get involved in the creative process. If you are lacking ideas of your own, a designer may show you a few set designs which would fit the bill. Otherwise, it is an opportunity for your creativity to run wild and produce something truly unique!
When can I employ a furniture designer?
Furniture designers do not only create wooden cabinets or tables. Their vast array of skills are at your disposal. Designers of contemporary furniture – including inflatable, metal, and plastic creations – are becoming more widespread. Have a look at Leeds-based Embark Design for inspiration. You #can even employ companies to design bespoke garden furniture. Try to find a specialist who has a good reputation in the area which interests you.
From unique upholstered sofas to one-off carved book cases to beautiful fitted kitchen units, take time to track down an expert. Never say never. If you are convinced there is no piece of furniture to fit a difficult space in your home, a furniture designer can create a piece so that you can make full use of even the pokiest corner.
What is the process a furniture designer goes through?
Designing furniture can be a long process. If you need a unique piece of furniture for a specific space, it is a good idea to show the designer exactly where it will be located. To get the most accurate and satisfying results, put the designer in your shoes. Browse the Internet and cut out pictures from magazines to demonstrate exactly what kind of design you have in mind. It may even be a good idea to put pen to paper yourself to make clear what it is you want. You can't over-brief the designer – he or she will want all the advice they can get from you, so as to best meet your requirements.
If you are short of ideas, a furniture designer may offer free initial consultations. If this is in the office or studio, it might be worth taking a few photographs of the space the piece will be located. A floor plan may also help, especially if it is fitted units or cupboards you are commissioning.
When the furniture designer has discussed in detail what it is you are looking for, practicalities like materials and cost will be researched and your initial idea will be developed. It is important not to be persuaded to plump for something you are not entirely happy with, but remember that the designer is a professional. If he or she says a particular type of wood will work better than the one you had in mind, it is probably better to compromise and trust the advice.
Make sure you agree on a price and receive a written quote before committing to using a particular designer. If the project takes longer than anticipated through no fault of your own, double check that the original quote still stands. Ask the designer on day one how long the process is likely to take. You should be kept up to date with progress. If not, make sure you get in touch regularly to monitor progression. You should also make sure your product has a guarantee.
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