11 tips for you who want to make customized furniture in your home

 

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Planned furniture is a great way to make the best use of space in an environment. As in this case, everything is designed exclusively for a project, the space is better used and it is possible to make changes to adapt everything to your needs. At the end of this entire process, you have in your home a completely customized furniture in the style you want.

The options in this world of custom furniture are quite varied, which can probably leave you with that feeling of “I don’t know where to start”. At this point, being aware of what you want, budgeting in various places and also taking into account your possibilities are essential measures to avoid negative surprises.

Bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, living room, pantry, laundry, garage or porch: there isn’t a room in the house that can’t be fully planned to look exactly the way you want it. So, we have prepared 11 tips that will serve as a basis for making your environments personalized, with style and taking full advantage of all the space at your disposal.

1. To start with, define what you want

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The initial step when thinking about planned furniture is, in fact, planning. As obvious as this sounds, it is important to pay attention to everything you want in relation to your furniture in terms of models, styles, concepts and so on. This step is essential and will guide everyone else.

After that, keep in mind that the ideal is to evaluate the practicality and comfort that the furniture needs to offer. “You should think about what your family’s specific needs are, aiming to create a pleasant environment that meets your daily routine”, suggests Milton Gadioli, managing partner of the Tokstil customized furniture store .

Another very important point to be taken into account is the space you have for installing furniture, a crucial detail for everything to work well. “The smaller the property, the more important it is to plan to buy furniture and make better use of the space,” says architect Tatiana Valério, from Inspirate Arqutitetura.

One more essential step you should take is to assess the issue of resource availability. If you have enough money to furnish the entire house, for example, you don’t necessarily need to prioritize any particular room. However, if the money is short, try to assess which spaces most urgently need the furniture. Remember that there is no room that necessarily costs more than another, as the final value always depends on factors such as size and type of material applied.

2. Make budgets with all the information at hand

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Having an outline of your idea, now is the time to move on to another tricky part: budgeting. With what you want more or less polished, contact stores, talk to sellers and try to have the most accurate view possible of how much everything will come out.

To facilitate the negotiation, the ideal is to have in hand the measurements of the place where the furniture will be installed. It is obvious that a measurement will be made by the professionals hired, but having this data at your disposal greatly facilitates the negotiation with sellers.

Finding out about alternative materials and colors is also an excellent tip to get options with different prices. Also, don’t be shy about asking the seller about the possible existence of more affordable alternatives in relation to those initially offered by him.

3. Now, define how you want each environment

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Thinking about what each environment should look like can be more complicated than it sounds when you don’t have any benchmarks, so scouring the internet for inspiration is highly advisable. Anyway, the important thing is to have some ideas in mind when you go to talk to the seller.

“The ideal is to take into account whether the plan chosen has the style and manages to convey everything you want in terms of colors, shapes, personality and costs”, explains architect Thaïs Kalinin, from Kalinin Interiors. This way, when you are negotiating with a store attendant, evaluate the options shown by him always taking into account what you want for your home.

An important point is to know how to receive the seller’s tips, but keeping in mind if all that will be really useful in your space and how much a style suits you, for example. Of course, a professional in the field will have valuable tips, so the important thing is to know how to balance everything before making a decision.

4. You are not required to close with the first store

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This tip is general for basically any purchase process, especially those that spend more money: make multiple budgets. Avoid shopping at the first store before checking the price at other establishments — that’s why it’s also important to have at least approximate measurements of the space you want to furnish.

In addition, companies do not usually discard projects like this, all of a sudden. When they carry out a projection of what may become your furnished space, this material is kept for some time just in case you continue the negotiation. So, think carefully, analyze the options, and decide on the one that suits your needs.

Also remember to check if a company does not cover offers offered by others, this can always be decisive to spend a little less. It is necessary to evaluate numerous details here too, such as deadlines offered, reputation and materials used by professionals to choose which store will bring their dream furniture to reality.

5. is custom furniture too expensive?

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You might already imagine that the answer to this question varies a lot depending on a number of factors such as the size of the furniture and the materials applied to them, but we will try to help. Here, the important thing is to highlight that custom-designed furniture, so it tends to be significantly more expensive than standard ones.

Sometimes, furniture purchased for installation in a large space ends up being proportionally more affordable, precisely because of the greater ease in preparing and executing the project. Small spaces are often more challenging, which can increase the cost of a job.

So, once again, answering whether the final value will be high will depend on what you are looking for. Do you just want closets for a bedroom, or do you also want a bed and a desk? Is your kitchen limited in space and you need multiple cabinets and niches? All of this will influence the final price, so you need to be very careful and make several budgets to get an idea of ​​what is expensive.

6. What are the most affordable colors?

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Still within the scope of how much it costs to purchase furniture designed for your home, we arrived at a very important point: the color. “White, without a doubt, is the most affordable”, guarantees Milton Gladioli. “It is also widely used for the lightness it brings to the environment”, continues the Tonsil director, reaffirming the idea that the white color goes well with almost everything.

A practical and real example: a cabinet budget of R$ 16 thousand with dark cabinet and light doors fell by half the price with the white cabinet and dark doors. So, the tip is to always talk to the seller and make it clear how much you are willing to pay. This helps to adapt store options to your pocket.

If you want something other than white in your bedroom, for example, a good tip to reduce total costs is to opt for white in “secondary” rooms in the house, such as a guest bedroom or even the office. Combining predominantly white furniture with colored walls or wallpapers can be a good way to leave your space stylish and well-priced.

In case you’re more concerned about current trends than the price itself, some colors are pretty hot right now. “Grey, wood and metal are the darlings of this year”, highlights Deism Mau’s, director of Sandrine Ambiences Planejados. “Furthermore, metallic lacquer and copper have appeared a lot in environments”, complements the professional.

7. What are the most affordable woods?

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When it comes to materials that combine affordable price and quality, MDF (medium density fiber board) is the name of the time. “It is much easier to work with and also cheaper”, comments the architect Thais Kalinin. Gladioli already points out other advantages of this type of material. “Undoubtedly, today, MDF dominates the market due to its practicality in maintenance and diversity of smooth and wooden patterns”, highlights the professional.

Despite all the prejudice around itself, this is a tough material and one that can be very welcome in your furniture. It has some issues regarding disassembly and reassembly, but when we’re talking about a piece of furniture that will probably never be disassembled and reused, this issue doesn’t exist.

8. Simpler handles greatly reduce planned values

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If you’re looking for a knob full of pomp, chances are you’ll shell out a few more dollars per piece. However, currently there are several more affordable options that do not give up on beauty. “One of the big trends is the use of profile-type handles, which are inserted in the MDF itself and not installed on the door”, comments Gladioli.

So the options you have are built-in or overlapping handles. Prices will vary according to material and thickness: for example, a 51mm silver stainless steel built-in handle sells for R$69.90 on the Leroy Merlin website. At the same store, you can find external handles made of various other materials, such as plastic, wood or resin.

Plastic parts are usually the cheapest, but obviously they are also the least resistant. Thus, aluminum and wood appear as the best relationship between cost and benefit. By way of comparison, in the Leroy Merlin online store you can find wooden handles starting at R$8.29 and aluminum handles starting at R$20.90 (prices verified on February 7, 2017).

So, the tip here is to evaluate which type of handle matches your furniture. Opting for simpler pieces of furniture in less-used rooms, for example, can be a good tip to reduce the overall cost of the work.

9. Overhead doors are more expensive

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Other details that can make the planned furniture project more expensive involve the use of up-and-over doors — the doors that open upwards and are thus supported by shock absorbers. Prices vary according to each store, but this type of material can be 20% to 30% more expensive than conventional doors.

In addition, another very important point that must be taken into account when you think about an up-and-over door is the height of the people who will use the space on a regular basis. Imagine a kitchen in which you keep some utensils high up in a door that opens upwards: closing it can be a very laborious act.

Anyway, if you choose this type of furniture, a cheaper alternative is to choose pneumatic shock absorbers. It is possible to find options with different capacities from R$ 20, depending on the region in which you are located. Again, researching well and talking to the seller can be extremely helpful in saving a few hundred dollars on the entire project.

10. Do you really need to have that piece of furniture planned?

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When thinking about the furniture in your home, the idea of ​​custom furniture always seems to be the best of all. However, a good evaluation of the options for at least part of your decoration can reduce costs without neglecting style and practicality. Another real example: while a rack with a custom-made panel was budgeted at R$4,000, a ready-made, beautiful and quality similar piece of furniture came out for R$2,000. Such an economy makes it worthwhile to do some research before closing the deal.

And if you’re still looking for something more personalized, going to stores and decorating professionals can also help. For architect Tatiana Valerio, “hiring a professional consultancy or looking for fast design stores is ideal in these cases, as they offer an interesting mix between customization and reduced costs”.

For the architect Thais Kalinin, the tip is not to miss a trip to a good cabinetmaker. “The joinery can do many things even better than planned, as it is free of modules and makes the exact size furniture the customer needs, with cheaper materials and as beautiful as those planned”, suggests the professional.

11. Don’t pass out with values

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If after all these tips you are convinced of the choice for custom furniture, get ready to pay the bill. The value will probably be high, so the important thing is to assess what your real needs are in order to stay within the budget. As mentioned earlier, professionals in the area emphasize that there is not exactly one room more expensive than another, as everything will depend on the project and what you want for the space.

Here, the important thing is to always try to avoid the provisional, because going down this path sometimes ends up generating more costs than investing a little more in something definitive at once. Often, the financing conditions by Caxias Economical Federal or by installment payments offered by the store are interesting solutions for this.

Those who are able to pay everything in cash have a great card up their sleeve to negotiate. Payments made at the time of purchase tend to allow a slightly larger discount margin on the part of retailers, so know how to use this to your advantage – even if you pay part of the project in cash and at a discount and the rest in installments, for example.

Furnishing your home or office with planned furniture is an interesting option because it allows you to take advantage of the space at your disposal and also ensures that everything goes out of your way. Assessing the options well, making budgets at various stores and talking a lot with whoever will design the project for you are essential items so that, in the end, everything meets your needs.

 

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