Custom ordering can sometimes seem a little bit daunting with so many options to choose from in a plethora of colors, sizes, fabrics, and configurations but here at Kensington, we are used to dealing with custom orders, as most of our customers come here to get something truly unique for their space. We are knowledgeable in all of these areas and with just some key input from you we can help you make these decisions. When considering custom furniture, there are 3 key things to think about before you come in to work with a design consultant. If you take a little time to answer these key questions, your consultation will go smoother and quicker and you'll be on your way to creating a room you'll love for a lifetime!
1.) What are Your Room Measurements?
One of the most important things to consider when ordering custom furniture is sizing. A gorgeous dining room table that is too small for your family or your space is a bad investment. A stunning Mid-Century sofa that won't fit against your wall is just going to make you angry. Now, we do offer Zero Risk Returns, which basically means you have 15 days to re-select if an error like this does occur, BUT who wants to wait another 4-6 weeks for your furniture to be custom-made and delivered! Why not fix the error before hand. When you come in to talk with our design consultants come with measurements of your room, including the area you need it to fit in. Measure the entrance ways for assembly and delivery, the width of the space you want the piece to fit in, and if it's a coffee table or small piece, make sure you consider the height and length of the upholstery it will be placed in front of. Also note the ceiling height and any special needs like long or short legs for seat depth on a sofa. Make sure to bring all these measurements with you to your consultation.
2.) How Will the Furniture Be Used?
Another thing to consider before meeting with your design consultant is exactly what you will be doing with this piece of furniture. Does it need to be pet-safe or will there be little sticky fingers on the fabric often? Is the bed for a guest room that won't be used often or is this a child's bed that you want to grow with him for many years? Answering these questions will help your design consultant steer you toward the right upholstery fabrics or construction materials. They can help take away the options that just won't work for your needs, and get you to where you want to be quicker!
3.) What Color?
Although you may not be certain about the color you want for your upholstery or the exact stain you want on a table, you should put a little thought into it before you come in. Think about the pieces you already have in the room, or other pieces you know you want in the room. If there are pillows you love and want your new sofa to match than take a picture or even bring one in with you; or maybe you have a rug that you know you want in the room with your new sofa - take note of the colors. Or maybe you already have a hutch in your dining room that you need your new dining table to go with - take note of the stain and bring pictures in with you. Thinking about the surrounding furniture that you already have or want can help our design consultants find a color palette that you'll love.
Check out some of our favorite custom designs from our customers for more inspiration!