The Custom Shoppe Furniture Review: Design Your Own Fine Furniture

In this review of The Custom Shoppe furniture we explain how the company helps you to design your own fine furniture by selecting from a number of variables offered to you that enable you to modify standard pieces to your own specific needs. Not only does this furniture manufacturer offer a wide range of bespoke furniture, but you can also choose from their standard products without modification.

This firm started life in Wisconsin in 1981. A few woodworkers got together and started making bespoke furniture, and eventually developed the company to producing a line of furniture that was easily modified in all three dimensions: width, length and height. It developed to the extent that you could select your own starting designs and your own woods: the nearest thing to totally bespoke furniture at mass production prices.

The Custom Shoppe: What it Offers

The Custom Shoppe offers many things that you would never find in a regular furniture store – online or offline. It has developed a range of standard products based upon previous clients’ wishes. You can then modify these designs to suit your needs. Their furniture is not stocked anywhere – it is made specifically for you.

Given that degree of personalization, your order can be ready in around one month. If your order is very large then it will take longer, but a month is amazing for furniture made to order by skilled carpenters. This stuff does not come from Taiwan or China – it comes from the USA and is made from solid wood, not, in their words, ‘compressed sawdust.’

Who Designs The Custom Shoppe Furniture?

You do! You might not be the best furniture designer in the world, but you can design you own furniture by ticking the boxes and filling in the numbers – no drawing or sketching required! Simply decide on a base template and let them know your dimensions and modifications, and you are all set to go.

Rather than building loads of items of furniture and hope that people will like and buy it, the Custom Shoppe does what its name suggests: it offers what it refers to as ‘a toolbox of choices’ and you do the rest! How cool is that!

Alternatively, you can choose from the standard items they have to offer without further modification. These are high quality pieces made to the same high standard of craftsmanship you would get had you designed your own custom furniture.

Who Makes the Furniture?

The individuals that make up the company make the furniture by hand. There are no employees as such: they are all in it together. Every joint is hand-made and hand glued, and every dowel, pin and screw is inserted by hand. The Custom Shoppe furniture is truly hand-made.

Every person in the company designs their own furniture for modification by you, and they decorate their own offices – there is no ‘us and them; this is a business where creativity and originality is encouraged and recognized. You design what you want and they make it, then you pay. What’s more natural than that! No assembly lines and no massive overheads.

The Custom Shoppe Review: Product Range

The product range is extensive. You can design your own office from scratch – at home or at work. Choose what pieces you want and at what size. Choose your own wood: oak, maple, pine – you name it, you can have it. Design your bedroom armoire with as many doors and drawers as you wish, and choose your bed – as long or as wide as you choose. If you are a seven foot giant that is no problem to The Custom Shoppe.

Want a kitchen? No problem with The Custom Shoppe furniture: choose your cabinetry, worktop, doors, hardware and even your type of glass. You can have your choice of handles on your cabinets or touch-open hinges.

The Custom Shoppe: Negatives

Like any other company, this business has some negatives. They are pretty mean on tables, but they likely have their reasons. The longest you can have is 5 feet, or for a round table, 3.5 ft. Not much good for anything but a small family dining table. Your choice of wood is only maple or cherry, but they can be painted or lacquered in different colors. If you want a beautiful French polished dining table to seat 10, then look elsewhere.

There are no other negatives to be truthful. You get what you pay for, and The Custom Shoppe furniture prices are very reasonable for furniture made to your specifications. It is less expensive that a lot of major manufacturers, and the quality is good. What more can you ask!

How To Organize Your Dining Room

The holidays are right around the corner and for most of us, it is the one time of year that we use many of the items in our dining rooms. In order to organize this space, you’ll want to start with some type of storage.

Buffets, sideboards, or hutches are great but they aren’t the only options. You can repurpose an old dresser, armoire or just about any piece of furniture with storage to organize your serving pieces. Have a piece of furniture that is old or outdated? Furniture can be completely changed with a fresh coat of paint, a change of hardware and a little creativity. It may even end up becoming the focal point of your room.

Let’s move on to those tricky items that are usually kept in your dining room. But before we do that, I do want to mention that when you are organizing any space, it is a good idea to purge before you organize. Be realistic about how many options of each item you need and how often you entertain. Remember that the goal is not to cram as much as possible into your space, but rather to store things in an organized manner, so you are able to find them when needed and keep them protected when not in use. Onward!

1. Tablecloths: If you are lucky enough to have the closet space, hanging them is best because it keeps them wrinkle free. Any hanger will do but tiered pant hangers take up very little room. If closet space is unavailable, your tablecloths can be folded or rolled on mailing tubes and stored neatly in a drawer or on a shelf. Safety pin a tag to each one with the size and shape to make finding the one you need much more efficient.

2. Placemats: Placemats are best stored flat so they don’t curl or have creases when you go to use them. They can be neatly stacked in a drawer or on a shelf. If space is limited, an undershelf placemat holder is another option.

3. Cloth Napkins: Cloth napkins are best folded and store well in a drawer or basket so they don’t topple over. Binder clips are handy for keeping a set of napkins together and make grabbing them easier.

4. Napkin Rings: Napkin rings store well in drawers. I like to use drawer dividers to keep them sorted but storing them on paper towel tubes is another option.

5. Silverware: Many hutches come with a flatware storage tray built into one of the drawers. If you don’t have one, they can easily be added. Other options include a flatware storage box or flatware storage rolls.

6. China: If your china matches your decor, it is a lovely thing to display. Use easels to place some of the plates upright. This will bring height and variety to your grouping. If you don’t have a place to display your china, it can be stacked creatively in a cabinet or stored in quilted storage cases.

7. Stemware: Stemware is another item that is pretty enough to display if you have a place to do so. If not, they can be stored on a shelf or in a stemware rack. If you are using a shelf, alternating them right side up and upside down will make the most of your space. Another option is to take advantage of wall space by using floating shelves that are specifically made for stemware.

8. Silver: Do not store silver in plastic bags because they trap moisture which not only accelerates tarnishing, but can also cause pitting. Instead, use silver keeper bags and anti-tarnish strips.

9. Platters: Platters can be used for display with plate stands or stored vertically in a cabinet, making them much easier to access.

10: Centerpieces: Centerpieces are bulky and need to be covered to keep them from dust. Use a white trash bag labeled with a sharpie. Cover your centerpiece and place it on a shelf in a basement, garage or other storage area.