The beauty of be­spoke fur­ni­ture

Chris Baylis, prin­ci­pal of Ox­ford­shire-based mak­ers The Real Wood Fur­ni­ture Com­pany, waxes lyri­cal about com­mis­sion­ing a be­spoke piece of fur­ni­ture

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Be­spoke or off-the-peg?

Be­spoke fur­ni­ture need not cost as much as you might ex­pect, and pound for pound it can of­fer much bet­ter value than ‘off-the-peg’ so­lu­tions.

So how does it work?

Be­spoke mak­ers are more of­ten than not smaller, in­de­pen­dent com­pa­nies or ‘one-man bands’. The na­ture of such busi­nesses means they can and will re­act to and ac­com­mo­date your re­quire­ments more eas­ily than ‘vol­ume’ man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Imag­ine you are look­ing for a new din­ing ta­ble… there is so much choice out there, so where to start? There are many High Street op­tions avail­able with a range of prices - but do they rep­re­sent value and meet your re­quire­ments?

Ap­proach­ing a be­spoke maker can un­lock a myr­iad of pos­si­bil­i­ties that you may not have even thought of. It’s al­ways use­ful to talk to peo­ple who truly un­der­stand what they are of­fer­ing and not to some­one who is just try­ing to sell. At The Real Wood Fur­ni­ture Com­pany, for in­stance, we are al­ways happy to spend time with our clients to dis­cuss what they re­ally want and to ex­plore all the as­pects of de­sign, ma­te­rial, fin­ish, etc. We also do home vis­its to help ad­vise on size, pro­por­tion and fine de­tail.

Some be­spoke mak­ers will have ex­am­ples of their work to phys­i­cally view, whilst oth­ers will have pho­to­graphs and hope­fully tes­ti­mo­ni­als from sat­is­fied clients. In our case, we have ex­am­ples of most of our de­signs avail­able to view in our show­rooms. View­ing these dif­fer­ent de­signs, dif­fer­ent tim­bers, vary­ing grains, fin­ishes and dif­fer­ent sizes will hope­fully give in­spi­ra­tion and pro­vide a start­ing point for your be­spoke jour­ney.

A be­spoke com­mis­sion can be a leap of faith, so it’s al­ways ad­vis­able to do your home­work, and per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tion can be a pow­er­ful re­as­sur­ance!

A unique piece made just for you

Com­mis­sion­ing a be­spoke piece of fur­ni­ture means that you will be able to en­joy some­thing unique, some­thing that will hope­fully give you plea­sure ev­ery day. In the event of you hav­ing a dif­fi­cult space to work with, then a be­spoke op­tion will solve the prob­lem. If you al­ready have pieces that you want to match for style or fin­ish/colour, then the be­spoke route will also pro­vide the so­lu­tion. The piece will nor­mally be well made, durable and of the kind of fur­ni­ture that can be handed down and ap­pre­ci­ated through gen­er­a­tions.


Most mak­ers will be able to tell you from where the ma­te­rial has been sourced. If they, or a High Street re­tailer can­not do this with cer­tainty and you care about the en­vi­ron­ment, then move on!

Some of the cheap­est op­tions will in­evitably be the most en­vi­ron­men­tally chal­lenged. At our com­pany, for ex­am­ple, we work only with tim­bers in­dige­nous to these shores and, wher­ever pos­si­ble, with FSC (For­est Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil) ap­proval. These tim­bers will not have been pil­laged from the Rain­for­est and trans­ported half way across the world… and re­mem­ber some cer­ti­fi­ca­tions need to be in­ves­ti­gated! By find­ing a lo­cal be­spoke maker to work with you can sup­port your lo­cal econ­omy, have the small­est car­bon foot­print in terms of lo­gis­tics, and help to pre­serve tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture mak­ing skills as well as en­cour­ag­ing in­no­va­tion!


In short, if you are look­ing for new fur­ni­ture, Google ‘be­spoke maker’ in your area and you are bound to dis­cover some in­ter­est­ing op­tions. Never has there been more choice in the mar­ket­place of de­sign, ma­te­rial and fin­ish, and never be­fore such op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge your dreams…

En­gage in the process and you will then get to de­light in a spe­cial piece of fur­ni­ture made just for you. It can be a highly re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence!

‘Ap­proach­ing a be­spoke maker can un­lock a myr­iad of pos­si­bil­i­ties that you may not have even thought of’

The Real Wood Fur­ni­ture Co

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