Creating YOUR Piece of Furniture
So you would like a piece of furniture just for you but are perhaps
a little unsure of the process?
If you’ve not commissioned a piece before – this is
a good place to start. I’ve a few questions for you at the
bootom of this page that might help you think through your ideas
about what you want and to understand how the process works. Don’t
worry if you are not sure about any of them – feel free to
give me a ring to talk it through – at this stage there is
no charge and I’ll be happy to help you with anything you
are not sure of.
Most people come to me – and other makers – because
they either can’t find what they want elsewhere or are looking
for something special – perhaps to celebrate an anniversary
So how does the commission process work?
Once you have begun to think through your ideas you can email me
or give me a ring and we can arrange to meet.
I work with a 5 stage process:
1) Verbal Discussion of Your Requirements
We can either talk on the phone or arrange to meet and discuss
what you are looking for. The questions in the box on this page
may help you to think this through before we speak. At this point
we can look at some ideas and I will be able to give you a general
idea of the cost.
2) Design Brief
Once we feel that we are on the right sort of track we can arrange
to sit down together to talk through your requirements in more detail.
We’ll tease out more specific details and ideas from our initial
discussion and draft out some initial designs. At this point it
will be useful to have basic measurements to hand. We can discuss
your particular needs, any functional aspects of the piece and the
kind of timber, decoration and finish that you require. Either at
this meeting or over the next 2-3 weeks I will create an initial
design and a clearer idea of the cost.
3) Design Stage
If it feels as if we are going in the right direction then at this
point I will ask for a ‘drawing fee’ - proportional
to the likely end cost – to cover the time required to draw
up more detail plans & costing. I will then draft out detailed
designs and sketches and a final price. I will also work out likely
timings – start and delivery date. This stage usually takes
4-8 weeks. As well as the actual time taken in producing drawings
it is important to me to allow time to reflect on our discussions
and distil some of the important ideas we have considered. Often
it is in this reflective time that the individuality of a piece
4) Agreement to Proceed
Having discussed the final drawings and costing I will draw up
an agreement with the details and will take a first deposit payment.
This is usually 1/3rd of the full cost and covers the cost of the
materials. The 2nd 30% will be paid part way through the process
and the final payment is made on delivery. If you would prefer I
can also arrange to take payments in smaller regular instalments
to spread the cost.
5) Production & Delivery
Once I have received the deposit I will proceed with selecting
and ordering timber and other materials and will plan your project
into my schedule. I will keep you informed of progress and will
let you know when we are nearing completion in order to arrange
a collection or delivery date.
As you can see – anything individually designed and handmade
takes a little longer than its mass produced equivalent, but will
have greater value, longevity and beauty – as well as being
designed for your specific needs as you will have been involved
in the process.
Have a think through the following questions – (if you prefer
to make notes download the attached document and fill it in –
you can then send it back to me if that would help.)
for Commissions (PDF)
- What excites you about the idea of getting a piece made especially
- What are you looking for – table, sideboard, bench, etc
- What is it that you want it to be able to do that you haven’t
been able to find elsewhere e.g. does it need to fit a particular
space or store a specific item?
- What images do you have in your mind about it – shape,
colour, tone, design etc?
- Do you have a preference for a particular wood – oak,
- Have you an idea about the size – height, width, depth?