Design: Consider the purpose of the piece and show the maker your idea using pictures and words. Choose a craftsman that has the particular expertise you are looking for, whether it’s the materials they use or the style of pieces they make. If you are unsure of what you want, many can also design furniture that will suit the space in your home. Budget: Custom-made items are usually created using a higher grade of wood, often from reclaimed or sustainable timber. While this may cost a little more, your furniture will be sturdy and made to last. Discuss your budget expectations with the furniture maker before the project begins. Measurements: As well as ensuring the piece is created to fit perfectly within your home, remember to take measurements of the entry point. If you’re expecting a large item, this will avoid a delivery disaster.