Building Custom Furniture

Custom furniture is as much about beauty as it is about workmanship. You're limited only by your imagination, so you really need to know what you want. Designer Kirsten Marshall takes us through the steps of building a custom chair.


Above: chair frames: Louis Interiors

Step 1: Building the frame

When going custom, ask for a hardwood frame and look for double dowel construction, which is much more durable.

Step 2: Coils

Coils are hand tied with twine - each coil is tied with eight knots. This will last 30 years.

Step 3: Cushions

When selecting cushions, visit the showroom and sit on their samples to ensure you are happy with the level of comfort.

Step 4: Fabric selection

There are thousands of fabrics to choose from, and how the fabric is sewn adds yet another level of customization. Consider neutral fabrics for larger custom pieces so they will stand the test of time.

The final product

Make sure you plan ahead if you want your custom piece ready for a specific function at your home. It can take up to 10-12 weeks for a custom piece to be produced ... but it's also well worth the wait.