Cost and timeline
5 FACTORS INFLUENCING THE COST AND TIMELINE
Clients occasionally query what a bespoke furniture piece is likely to cost. Ultimately, the cost is extremely variable and it really comes down to a question of what you want and value.
Here are five of the key variables influencing the cost of ordering and producing a custom-made:
1. MATERIALS. What type of materials and colors are desired?
The cost of different materials that we work with vary considerably.
Available mass-produced furniture will often use a preselected MFC (melamine) or veneer type and color range to minimize costs. These materials are stored in advance for fast production as well as have the negotiated price for high quantities from the suppliers.
A particular material and/or color required for a customized product is often ordered specifically for your project use and therefore has an individual delivery timeline, as well as frequently processed by hand giving it a customized color or surface.
2. CONSTRUCTION QUALITY. What specification of build does your design request demand?
Bespoke production sometimes is unlikely to be based on a flat-pack design and most definitely not manufactured to be mass-produced at the lowest possible cost.
As one of our company’s key values is to produce every piece of furniture that would meet the high quality requirements and be built to last, every customized product is individually designed by the professional constructors, as well as preassembled to pass the quality control in the Custom-made Production Department before shipping.
3. INDIVIDUAL DESIGN OR BASED ON OUR DESIGN PRODUCTS. Has it been produced before?
We often customize our standard products by adjusting the size, changing the material and color combinations used and making similar adjustments in order to fit particular needs. This type of design work takes less time and is more cost-friendly as there already is a design base and a notifiable number of solutions coming from the original standard piece.
Meanwhile bringing a new idea to life, custom-made furniture construction and production teams need to spend time on individual design piece, as it requires special attention and timeline corresponding to the complexity of design solutions in order to ensure the quality and durability.
In all cases, construction design effort should not be underestimated as it represents a fundamental step in the production of any quality product.
4. VOLUMES. Is the item being designed and produced in certain quantities?
The ‘per unit’ cost of production will typically reduce when making multiples of the same design at the same time. On a 'per item' basis, there will be less time spent sourcing particular materials, taking measurements and setting up tooling.
An entirely one-off item, therefore, should be expected to cost considerably more than those produced at volume.
5. THE ADDED VALUE OF EXPERTS. Who is manufacturing a custom-made?
Getting something custom-made by an expert team is not an exercise in buying something at the lowest possible price. If you have found something available in standard range of any quality manufacturer specializing in automated mass-production, it is very unlikely that he or his competitor will be able to produce the same quality customized products for you at an equal cost.
The additional value of getting a well-produced custom-made will often exceed the price paid. You are getting exactly what you need directly from an expert furniture manufacturer and receiving a quality product that is built-to-last. It is an investment in the best solutions specifically tailored to your workplace requirements. In addition, working with big projects the bespoke products reach you together with standard furniture order saving your time, when you no longer need to deal with different manufacturers and plan separate logistics and other office installation works.
The best way to estimate the cost and timeline involved for any particular project is by communicating directly with our Sales representatives that work closely with Custom-made production teams.