Custom Office Furniture vs Ready-Made Office Furniture – Pros and Cons Discussed
When it comes to furnishing your home or business, you have the option of using custom-made or ready-made furniture. Often, people don’t give enough consideration to the idea of decorating using custom furniture; there is a general perception that it is a costly extravagance. In truth, both types of furniture offer pros and cons, and it’s important to understand the differences fully before making a final decision.
If you are debating installing custom office furniture to your interior office build out, here are some pros and cons worth considering. There are a number of benefits and drawbacks to standard furniture as well as custom furniture; the right option for you depends on your budget, the timeframe on your lease, and a number of other factors.
Custom Office Furniture – Pros and Cons
- Specific design and dimension requirements are all on you; pick any colour, shape, style and it’s yours!
- Custom furniture can make any space more functional
Custom office furniture is made to fit your exact space, and as a result it provides the most functional approach to outfitting an office. No space has to go to waste because furniture orders can be detailed down to the last centimetre.
- Custom office furniture offers a luxurious look to any office space
Custom office furniture is made piece-by-piece with careful attention to detail and high quality materials. The end result is luxurious looking furniture that gives your space a truly personalized touch.
- Custom furniture offers long-term value (as long as you don’t plan to move any time soon)
Custom office furniture costs more than stock furniture made in bulk, but these extra costs are met with higher quality and longer lasting furniture. As long as you plan to stay in the same location for many years to come, custom furniture can offer long-term value in that it can outlast stock furniture by decades.
However, there will always be a downside or two:
- How much does custom office furniture cost? It’s expensive.
It’ll cost more money to order custom furniture as opposed to heading to a large retailer and buying office desks in bulk. Costs for custom furniture can go up more than expected if someone isn’t carefully monitoring the production process, or if you do not receive a flat rate quote from the get-go.
- You can’t change your mind 2-years from now
Once you invest all of this money into custom furniture, chances are you won’t be changing it anytime soon. If you tend to change your mind a lot or you do not plan to stay at the same location for more than a couple of years, it’s probably not worth the extra costs. On the other hand, if you plan to keep the furniture for many years to come it may be worth it to make the investment in furniture that’ll truly last.
- It takes longer to order & produce custom office furniture
Stock furniture is stored in a warehouse ready to go, but custom furniture is made to order and can take a considerable amount of time to design and create. If you plan to add custom office furniture it is recommend to start the design and ordering process as early as possible. If your project is on a tight time crunch you might want to consider stock office furniture instead.
- What if you don’t like your custom furniture after it arrives?
If your custom furniture turns out to be less than ideal for your space, you’re more than likely stuck with it.
Ready-Made Office Furniture – Pros and Cons
Generally speaking, factory-produced, ready-made furniture will be available much more quickly, with wait times ranging from none to a couple of weeks, if you have selected a colour or style not immediately in stock. Conversely, a custom-made item could take months or years depending on the popularity and schedules of the designer and carpenter. If your need is immediate, it’s clear that you cannot opt to wait for something to be custom-made. However, if you have the luxury of time, it’s worth evaluating whether purchasing something less expensive, but that may wear out and need replacing, truly saves more money in the long run.
When it comes to price, ready-made furniture will have more easily available replacement parts and typically cost less than having something made; although, not necessarily by as much as you might think. Built into the cost of ready-made furniture are the overheads of the cost of materials, running the factories, transportation, and profits made by the middlemen. Taking these things into account, you may find that having a custom-designed piece of furniture, of higher durability and quality, is not that much more expensive after all. Also, while ready-made furniture will only depreciate with time, a quality custom piece may turn out to be an investment that increases in value.