Monday, July 16, 2012

The Need for Custom!

Last week on the One Room Challenge ... from here on referred to as ORC ... I mentioned that I would have a week of posts on custom furniture.  

You asked, so here it is!

As a designer and as a shopper, I am increasingly frustrated by the fact I can't find what I need in the right size or shape.  It is like when you are in need of a plain white t-shirt.  Have you ever been able to just find it?  So.. I build it.

Today we are taking a look at a custom headboard and armoire I did ( I love saying I DID this ... really I have the resources to GET it Done!) for a teenage boy's room.

Lucky boy got some fabulous furniture ... 

The room isn't really "styled" ... the family was on vacation last week when I went to snap photos and "boy" was staying at a friend's house ... I just asked him to please run by and make his bed!!

He did a pretty okay job ... wouldn't you say?

Yes, you can find armoires everywhere ... but can you find one 84" tall and 48" wide made from re-claimed pine?  And solid, no veneers, and the shelves where you want them, and the exact amount of drawers?

And the cool, chunky hardware that suits the "boy's" taste?

And a headboard to fit the Queen - Extra Long mattress, because "boy" is TALL?

And then of course we threw in some Industrial Deer chicness!!

Calling it "custom" seems to scare some people ... Don't be scared ... venture in and you will find that you can get EXACTLY what you want !

Are you ready to go custom? I'll be bringing you more tomorrow ... 




  1. This is great! I love the headboard and light fixture!

  2. Nice! I completely agree with you Kim. I often find I need to go custom...right now for the ORC I am customizing matching ottomans and I made a bench...often those are the pieces I love the most in a space anyway!

  3. I love custom pieces. My grandfather used to make custom furniture for me. fabulous headboard!

  4. Custom is a hard sell. Most of my clients say No! before I can even finish the sentence. Hopefully as I grow my business I'll get better at selling it, and my clientele will have bigger budgets that can handle it. The evidence is in the pics. Turned out awesome Kim!

  5. It is hard to find someone who can so it right, but there is nothing like custom.


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