Do you ever feel like you can never find the right mixture between your aesthetic value, functionality, and budget? It sounds like a lot to ask for right? Well it is, especially if you have a partner in crime and are trying to integrate both of your needs can sometimes feel daunting. Not to discourage you, but if this is a challenge for you, you are not alone. As my partner and I are slowly building the home we want to live in, we realized that we have to slowly curate this process to meet both of our needs and to create items that are truly functional, meet our budget, and is beautiful. Together we have been able to create custom pieces of furniture that truly meets all of our needs. As a designer I have the skills to draw up our crazy ideas and source vendors to create the items at an affordable price but if are not familiar with how the design world works, this can often feel like a daunting task. I am here to hopefully help alleviate some of the pain and share some tips and tricks.
Collaborate with yourself or your partner:
1. What type of furniture do you need (I.e. night stand or coffee table)
2. What type of space do you live in (i.e. Studio or 4 Bedroom House)?
3. General dimensions that would work in your current or future space.
4. Does the furniture need to be versatile?
5. In a perfect world, how would this piece of furniture serve its functionality (i.e. place for remotes to live or storage for books)
6. What type of design aesthetic do you prefer (i.e. industrial or bohemian)?
7. Any other wants, desires, or dreams. It is always better to go big and pare down.
You can sketch up your ideas on a piece of paper, trust me it does not have to be pretty, it just needs to convey some basic information for the vendor to understand what outcome you are looking for. You can also source inspiration images as well so the vendor can get a sense of your personal style preferences.
If you feel like you need some general guidance call up a designer in your area. Most designers would be more than happy to help you out on a consultant basis for a couple hours to help you figure out how to get what you really need or post it on Up Work where there is a multitude of design savvy individuals who would be more than happy to help you for a reasonable fee.
If you do not know about Etsy yet, you world is about to get blown! You can find anything from mittens to custom furniture, just source out shops that have a similar design aesthetic and reach out to them to obtain customized quotes and lead times. You will soon have a new piece of furniture in your home!
Check out our custom Coffee Table! In the bay area we lived in small house that no room for a dining room table, so the solution was to create a coffee table that could not only be used as a coffee table but a dining room table, a desk, and a shadow box where we keep collectibles from our travels. This table is made of solid walnut with a clear coat and also has two drawers where we can store misc. items for the living room.