If you are looking for custom furniture that is made in America, then any American furniture outlet should be able to meet your needs. However, if you want high quality American furniture, then you should make sure you have thoroughly checked out the outlet before parting with your money.
That is not to infer that some furniture outlets are poor, only that you should make sure they offer professionally constructed items and that the furniture is genuinely made in America. Check the outlet’s website if it has one, and you should see the ‘Made in America’ logo. This does not guarantee that all products offered by the company are made in America, but it helps you to make a decision and you can easily ring them and ask!
Once you have been assured that you are dealing with a firm you can trust, check out the products and to what degree they are customizable. Some furniture firms believe that alternative upholstery colors or options in the finish of the wood mean customization. Others go further, and can customize the dimensions and even the functionality of chairs, sofas and sectionals.
You can customize a new bed by adding underbed storage drawers, or even storage units than run on castors, and can be pulled from under the bed when needed. The question is, what is meant by custom furniture, and what is a genuine American furniture outlet? Does the term infer that the outlet offers only American furniture, or that the furniture outlet is American? Such semantics can be very important, particularly if you are unhappy buying a Taiwanese cabinet when you expected it to be made in America.
We shall discuss custom furniture in general terms by discussing what true customization should involve. When you decide to purchase new furniture you have three options:
1. Standard Stock Items
Your furniture outlet offers only stock items. You can purchase pieces that you feel matches your existing furnishings or decorative style. Such standard products are usually fine for most people who can fit standard living room, bedroom and dining furniture into the space available to them. Sometimes you can find sofas, tables and bedroom furniture available in colors and designs to suit your home décor, and sometimes you can’t but decide to make do with what is available.
2. Partial Customization
The furniture outlet you use markets products manufactured by American furniture companies that offer a customization service. In many cases you can choose the type of wood, the color: whether each piece is a stained to a specific shade or painted, and the finish – whether it is a high gloss, matt or satin finish.
You can also select the color or design of the upholstery, the type of trim or even the style of cushions. Some prefer their sofa cushion to match the sofa upholstery, while others prefer a contrasting color, such as bright red cushions on a white leather sofa. Fundamentally, this type of custom furniture offers several options, although the actual products are generally the same dimensions and design.
3. Total Customization
Some American furniture manufacturers will construct furniture to your design and specification. You choose the dimensions, the wood, the upholstery designs, colors and in many cases, even the overall concept of your furniture. You can be certain that your furniture is made in America, and in many cases can even visit the manufacturer and watch it being crafted.
Naturally, the greater the degree of customization, the higher the cost. You cannot expect an American furniture manufacturer to offer a custom built cabinet, or even an entire kitchen, for the same price as a stock item. However, if you can finish with a piece of furniture that you designed yourself, imagine how interesting a conversation piece this would be!
Not only that, but you can be sure of several things:
• It will match your home decor perfectly
• It will be made in America
• It will be solidly built
• It will be of very high quality
Plus more, but the overriding aspect of buying custom furniture from an American furniture outlet is that you know it is genuine, and that it is crafted from genuine American wood using the best carpentry techniques. You will find no joints using screws or nails, only genuine dovetail joints and mortise and pinned tenons where appropriate. The result is furniture that will last a lifetime, and that can be passed down the generations as family heirloo