Furniture is the heart of a place, much like the people are the soul. Be it an office space, a home, or anywhere else, the furniture is what makes it comfortable and inviting.
Unfortunately, like most good things, it doesn’t last forever. Styles change, the assembly gets creaky; it threatens to break with age and eventually patchwork isn’t an option.
Are these the symptoms of your furniture? If so, then it’s time to roll up your sleeve and explore your options.
Now that you’re sure new furniture is what you seek, you have two choices:
Ready Made Furniture
This is the store-ready product that takes a maximum of ten days to be delivered to you, completely ready for use.
It is machine made and easy to produce in large numbers, perfect for office spaces and other public places. It is also lightweight and cheap, ideal for moving around and large-scale purchase.
Lastly, it is easy to maintain as it doesn’t need to be polished more than once in five years.
The downside, however, is that this type of furniture is not very durable; it is flimsy and will fall apart in a maximum of eight years- even with the best care.
It is usually made of MDF or particle board – which is light and easy to move around but falls apart just as quickly.
The designs are limited to what the factories decide to mass produce, so there’s a restriction in the creativity and uniqueness of a place with such furniture.
Hand Made Furniture
Woodwork crafted by carpenters, using human effort more than machine production comes under this type of furniture.
Made from Teak, Mahogany, Maple, Oak and other hardwoods, the products are durable and long-lasting.
These pieces are often topped with soft plywood like Pine, Fir, Redwood and Cedar to give it a particular shade of brown and an elegant finish from the intricate bark patterns.
Hand making furniture ensures that you use the materials of your choice, ensuring the quality of your furnishing products.
The drawbacks are that they’re heavy and hard to move around, far more expensive than machine-made products as handcrafting is more tiresome, and there’s always the worry that the carpenter might make a blunder, and you’ll be stuck with faulty furnishing.
While both have their pros and cons, the final deciding factors are usually your budget and how long you expect the products to last. The perfect option is the right blend of both.
Products like Sofa sets and dining tables have ever-changing trends and can be durable enough to last the fashion season and a little longer. This will make offices more compelling and give homes a new look.
It is also a very good idea to have computer tables and other such desks as ready-made furniture, as it makes rearranging any room convenient and straightforward.
It is preferred to have permanent furniture like kitchen cabinets, cupboards, cots and dressing tables handmade, as it’s rare that these will need moving around and the classics always look the best.
Dressing tables should be made to fulfil your needs and cots that are handmade are more reliable and have sentimental value, spreading a homely vibe through your living space.
Furnishing is an art, and it is easily mastered – some have it in their blood. It’s always advisable to consult an interior decorator to get the best results at an affordable price.