Whether you’re moving into a new home or just renovating, choosing furniture can be quite challenging. Before getting to the fun part of selecting patterns, styles and colours, you have to decide if you’ll be buying the furniture from furniture stores or contact a carpenter for a custom order. Both these options have their benefits and drawbacks and in the end, it’s all a matter of preferences and practicality. Here’s what you need to know about carpenters and furniture stores.
When should you buy pre-made furniture?
Nowadays there are so many great furniture stores that it’s impossible not to find one to match your aesthetic. From large online store selling popular furniture to small boutiques that sell uncommon designs, there is something for everyone. Prices can vary as well and you’ll find tables on sale for as little as $50, as well as expensive items that cost a few thousands. If you find an item of furniture that looks exactly like what you’re looking for, it’s best to buy it as it is, because the carpenter might not be able to replicate it. Also, if the item comes unassembled, but it’s not complicated and you don’t mind some DIY, in-store furniture is also a good idea. When it comes to small items such as a nightstand or a chair, most people prefer to buy them as they are, because some carpenters do not accept small orders or they put you on a waiting list and it might take a few weeks until you receive a chair that you could have bought in a couple of minutes
The benefits of hiring a carpenter
In some cases, furniture stores have a limited offer and you might not always find what you’re looking for, so you could hire a carpenter to decorate your home as you want. If you’re looking for a one of a kind item, something that your local market doesn’t have, carpentry services are exactly what you need. A carpenter can create unique designs that stand out, so you won’t know what it’s like for guests to come into their home and say that they also have the same wardrobe or coffee table. Although many furniture stores sell beautifully detailed items, many homeowners don’t like them because they feel generic and mass produced. On the other hand, a carpenter can add more life and more personality into the items he creates, giving them a bespoke look. Last, but not least, you can hire a carpenter if you have a large scale custom project, such as a kitchen, because the default items you find in store might not fit your room very well and the carpenter could make them to scale. Last, but not least, you can hire a carpenter to join a piece of furniture that you can’t assemble yourself because of the size and complexity, or to make slight adjustments to some furniture you already bought.