By Glacial Wood / June 27, 2016

Questions to ask Regarding the custom capabalities of manufacturers


Custom work takes time. When you buy a custom piece of furniture or custom cabinets you should ask yourself if you want them to be mediocre or the best of the best? If time is of the essence to you – then custom products might not be the best option for your next project. Not to say that a new, customized piece of furniture will take years to make, but if you want good quality pieces of furniture for your home or store you might have to be patient, and trust the process.

This is why it’s always good to ask the manufacturer who is customizing your piece how long the time frame will be to get your new purchase. Being on the same page when it comes to the production timeline ensures accountability for the manufacturer and peace of mind for you. 


If you decide to customize your stairs, cabinets, or dining room table you have to remember that you are getting a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. This won’t be a generic piece that everyone on the block has in their living room – this will be unique. Woodworking and custom-making a unique piece of furniture is a hands-on craft that entails a specific attention to detail, which can cost more money. You’ll want to get a price quote before starting your project with a manufacturer and determine if customization is in your price range. 


Customizing wood furniture or stairways allows for endless design options. Wood comes in many different sizes, shapes, colors, and hardness. Before deciding on a specific wood species, you’ll want to do a little research on the qualities you’re looking for in the wood you choose. Each type of wood is unique in its own way and can be combined with another type to create an even more one-of-a-kind feel. You’ll want to make sure the wood you choose matches the lifestyle you live. If you’re rougher on your furniture, you’ll want a piece of wood such as Hickory or White Oak that is harder and is more durable.  If you’re ever in doubt about which wood species to pick, use the Janka Rating System to compare and contrast the hardness of each wood species. 

It’s also important to consider whether or not the wood you choose matches the other wood in your house or office. Bring in a sample of the color and grain that you’re trying to match with this new custom project in order to ensure the design elements match. You’ll want to ask your manufacturer which types of wood species they offer while considering the finishes that you will use on the product. There’s a difference between types of woods manufacturers use and the quality you’ll get out of your custom piece when you ask the right questions. 


Depending on the manufacturer, the design process can be a little different. Most will encourage photos or ideas you have seen in magazines or in other homes to help guide you in customizing your own piece. However, if you’re customizing a kitchen or stairway, they shouldn’t be a replicate of another design, they should be unique.

Customizing a piece or project will entail multiple meetings to ensure your dream staircase or cabinets come to life. Designing can be tough, but that’s what the manufacturer is there to help with. They’ve seen everything from iconic floating staircases to traditional cabinetry and furniture parts. Through the design process, every element from the materials to the shape can be created in a way that meets your specific needs.


Although it seems like an obvious question to ask, delivery is an important process of ordering custom turned wood and square parts. If you can’t get the piece that will complement or complete furniture or cabinets that have been hand-crafted and tailored to your design and home, there’s going to be a problem. 

Ready to start customizing your next staircase or cabinets? Click here to get a quote and learn more about customizing your next turned wood project. 

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