…And are retail brands a waste of your money?

We are answering some big questions in today’s post.

First and foremost, we are tackling this valid debate: Why should I buy custom furniture from a showroom when I could instead buy less expensive “regular” furniture

from retail stores? There is no straight answer to this question and it all depends on your situation, from your budget to your family’s

lifestyle and even your aesthetic needs. Today, we are addressing all three of these areas to help you make the

best decision for your unique space.


Yes, retail furniture is cheaper. But also, retail furniture is cheaper.  Redundant?  Of course, but you get the point. I

If your child is getting ready to furnish their college dorm or first apartment, retail reigns supreme. However, if you

are outfitting your home and don’t want to haul furniture to the curb within three years or end up

with a “used” vibe around your space, you will want to avoid retail furnishings. The finishes scratch and ding easily,

and the structural components are often made of softer materials. Simply put, cheap doesn’t keep.



Designer brand furniture is a bigger investment because it is made of high-quality,

genuine materials and constructed by trained artisans. When paired with stain-

resistant fabric, your custom sofa and arm chair pair will  stand the test of time,

toddlers, pets, and anything else that might land on them unceremoniously. Is custom furniture more expensive than retail? Not quite. If you compare the cost

of one custom sofa to the three  or four retail sofas you’ll need to keep

repurchasing, the cost-benefit analysis is quite revealing.


Styling and furnishing your home in a way that is true to your lifestyle and personality isn’t exactly a one-size-fits-all

situation, especially if having a home that mirrors all your friends’ homes isn’t on your list of #housegoals. If you are

looking for the perfect living room furniture, a more beautiful bed frame, or an elegant dining set and haven’t found it

yet, you might never find what you need in a ready-made brand. Instead, you would be better served by working with a designer and a custom furniture line. We are huge fans of

Miles Talbott, Hickory, and Four Hands Furniture. Each line allows us to specify fabrics, wood stains, chair heights,

cushion density, hardware, and so much more. We are in the business of helping you create furniture pieces that

last, much like the heirloom furniture you’ve inherited from your grandparents.



Glossy finishes first.

As current design trends become a hybrid of new and old, traditional and

rebellious, glossy wood finishes add a bit of modernized gleam to your furniture.


Design for long-term use.

When ordering custom furniture pieces, tell us how you plan to use them, the age

range of your children, whether your pets are allowed on the furniture, etc.