Sometimes a piece of custom furniture is as much informed about the space it lives in than the object itself. Even the finest George Nakashima slab-top tables and Sam Maloof chairs need to four walls with the right dimensions and decor in order to truly sing.

Things to consider when designing custom furniture for a room in your house

Scale & Proportion

If you’re commissioning fine furniture for a particular space it’s really important that the piece is designed in such a way that its scale and proportions are in harmony with the room.

Many people make the mistake of selecting furniture that is far too big or small for its intended space. The result can be a look that is uneasy on the eye; people are left with the feeling that “something’s not quite right”.

It’s usually the case that this mismatch of room and furniture is not a slight on the formal qualities of either object or space, it’s simply a bad pairing. If you take the furniture out of that context and into something more scale-appropriate you can give it a new lease of life.

Let It Breathe

There’s nothing worse than a cramped room where people have to turn sideways in order to get past overlarge, or poorly placed tables and benches. Leaving plenty of room for thoroughfare around the room’s main objects is really important. If your piece is intended for a particular space then we’ll factor in the room’s dimensions from day one.

Pre Existing Wood Features

We like to take into account pre existing exposed wood details in the space. Features such as door and window trims, built in shelving, and solid wood floorboards may have been a built in a wood type that we can either match, or complement through species selection.

Types of Spaces

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