About Custom Furniture And Customized FurnitureG P2019-05-10T23:12:04-04:00
The Difference Between Custom Furniture, Customized Furniture And Made-To-Order Furniture
Learn the differences between real authentic custom furniture and customized (semi-custom) furniture and made-to-order furniture sold in the United States.
When you buy completely 100% custom furniture or a woodworking project from CVCF you choose ALL the materials and you also approve the design drawings. You can submit your custom furniture design and get a price for fabrication and assembly. The professional furniture builders and handmade furniture makers at CVCF embody the American-Made spirit that Gabriela Barkho refers to in her article on Martha Stewart’s website titled “Meet 11 Furniture Makers Who Embody the American-Made Spirit“. Our designers actually draw the furniture and present design drawings and furniture plans to customers for their approval before we start making the piece or pieces of furniture. When we submit a custom wood or metal furniture design drawing to our customers for their review, input and approval, prior to commencement of the furniture fabrication, we also submit a finalized quote for approval. To request furniture design concept drawings, dimensional drawings, furniture detail drawings and creative sketches of a custom furniture or woodworking project you have in mind, call us at 440-591-5511 and ask to speak with a designer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to complete a webform. Don’t worry about feeling committed if you start talking to a designer about a piece of custom furniture. We never pressure our prospective clients – it’s not the way we roll. We just love making furniture and working with wood, stains, varnishes, fasteners, hardware, metal, glass, upholstery, leather, steel, fabrics – and most importantly – tools. Custom furniture design and custom woodworking tools make the world of our workshops go-round. Interior designers all across the U.S. also shop for custom furniture for their clients at CVCF.
CVCF Frames And Mounts Custom Furniture And Woodworking Design Drawings
The designers at CVCF love drawing custom furniture and woodworking projects. We go through more pencils than you can imagine. Some of the design drawings we produce for our customers are so special to us that we actually frame and mount them in our showrooms. Pictured below is CVCF founder Shel Myeroff, in action drawing a custom furniture design with a pencil on a drafting table. No AutoCAD here.
Custom Furniture Making Is Not A Lost Art At Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture
In most states in the U.S. (Maine and Vermont Excluded), custom furniture making has progressively become a lost art. Woodworking skills that were once passed down from generation to generation have disappeared, but not at CVCF. We have a father and son team on staff. Our craftsman cherish their ability to make custom cabinets and real custom furniture. We carve, join and turn wood till our heart’s content. We don’t use CNC machines and CAD programs. Believe it or not, we use pencils and rulers. In the 1700s and 1800s in the USA, the woodworker was the “indispensable artisan” in every town and village across America. CVCF is now one of only a handful of national custom designed furniture companies in this country that have revived the traditional woodworking, cabinetry and wood carving skills of our forefathers. We use mortise and tenon joints and dovetails to make custom designed chests, chairs and tables. We don’t make custom furniture with particle board, fibreboard and chipboard. We use TREES to make life comfortable for our customers. And yes, there are apprentices and master craftsmen in our workshops that make honest-to-goodness custom furniture for our cherished customers located from coast to coast.
Sustainably And Ethically Sourced Solid Woods, All-Natural Lumber And Live Edge Wood Slabs
Our craftsmen are good old fashioned woodworkers that specialize in building completely unique pieces of solid wood furniture and home furnishings that not only meet our customer’s exact specifications – they exceed their requirements. Our designs delight our clients. The hardwood, solid wood (not engineered), lumber and live edge wood slabs we source are milled directly from trees. We don’t use composite woods to make truly authentic custom furniture from scratch. The solid woods that we buy are all-natural. The wood we use to make custom furniture, cabinets and other woodworking projects is sustainably and ethically sourced from vendors in Ohio and across this country. We don’t rely on imported materials of doubtful origin to build 100% custom (not “customized“, made-to-order or “semi-custom“) dining tables, sofas, chairs, bedroom sets, conference tables and other pieces of high quality handmade wood furniture for residential, contract and commercial customers in the US. Completely custom designed furniture fits your needs precisely – kind of like a brand new wedding dress.
Furniture That Expresses Traditional “Made In America” Values
The woodworkers at CVCF carry on many of the historic American traditions first expressed by the New England joiners and turners of the colonial era. Normal, everyday people, as well as upscale homeowners in America, commission custom “Made In The USA” wood furniture from CVCF because they treasure the comfort and luxury handmade furniture pieces express and convey. The wood we use to handcraft one-of-a-kind high-end custom furniture is harvested from responsibly managed forests in the Land of Liberty. Unlike many “custom furniture makers” and “made-to-order” furniture dealers who simply customize preexisting furniture designs, every piece of indoor and outdoor furniture we build is domestically produced 100% REAL custom furniture.
CVCF’s founder, Sheldon Myeroff and the other artisans at CVCF are at the forefront of the domestic “American Made Movement“. None of the furniture sold by CVCF is imported. Not only that, we don’t buy furniture from other companies and then claim that it is “custom furniture”, as do many other “custom furniture makers” in the United States of America. CVCF sells “high-end” custom furniture because we don’t even try to compete on commodity price levels with furniture makers in China or Vietnam. Only about 31% of residential wood furniture sold in the United States is made in America, and that’s OK with some folks, but not our clients. CVCF realizes that our furniture only appeals to a small percentage of furniture buyers in the “Land of Opportunity”. We don’t mind the niche market – we can barely keep up with the demand for our furniture and home furnishings.
Why You Can’t Place An Order For Real Custom Furniture Using A Virtual Assistant Or Computer
Many people wonder what the term custom furniture really means. There is more to this than meets the eye. Most homeowners and business owners don’t really want to order authentic custom furniture because they think it will be a challenging and time consuming process. We get that. This is why there are so few national custom furniture makers in the land of drive-thru restaurants. Many individuals think that “custom furniture” means that they can choose from a wide selection of furniture in stock and choose from multiple styles, sizes and colors. That’s not the point of ordering custom furniture. Ordering custom furniture means that nobody else in the country has a copy.
Just to be clear, you can’t buy truly custom furniture in the Good Ol’ USA on the Internet. As unfashionable as it is these days, you have to talk to a human being to order good old fashioned custom furniture. Don’t worry, talking with a designer about your vision for a new live edge dining room table or reclaimed wood “speakeasy” man cave bar top, can be enlightening, satisfying and fun.
As advanced as websites have become, it is impossible for someone who wants genuine custom furniture to click a few buttons and have their dreams come to life. Custom furniture starts with a vision, not a mouse or a smartphone. As convenient as online shopping has become, legitimate custom furniture can only come to life through conversations between a designer (Shel Myeroff, Zach Shulte, Ed Johnson, etc) and a custom furniture buyer. Emails need to be exchanged, pictures need to be shared, sketches need to be reviewed and modified, materials need to be confirmed, artistic concepts need to be refined – only then does a piece of custom furniture begin to take shape.
As futuristic as it may seem, somebody who wants to buy pure custom furniture, simply can not place an order for original custom furniture with Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or some other type of intelligent personal assistant that buys products online using verbal commands. The principals at CVCF get a chuckle out of advertisements on Google that read “Custom Furniture In Stock”. It doesn’t work that way. If the furniture is in stock, it is not 100% authentic custom furniture. If you want to learn about furniture dealers that advertise “custom furniture”, but that are actually selling customizable furniture, read this article “Everything You Need To Know About Ordering Custom Furniture” published by ELLE Decor.
Custom-Made Luxury Handmade Wood Furniture – From Start To Finish – From Design To Delivery
When customers commission a custom furniture project from CVCF we have preliminary discussions before we start sketching a shop drawing that graphically illustrates the crucial design concepts and dimensions. We evaluate every custom furniture project with our clients to determine their needs, goals and budget. One of the first question our designers ask is “What type of wood would you like us to use?” This often startles our clients because they rarely expect us to give them the freedom to completely control the artisanal furniture design process. We develop conceptual designs and color schemes and offer multiple suggestions for materials and ﬁnishes.
During the design phase of a custom furniture manufacturing project, our designers will ask questions about our customer’s lifestyle, interior design goals and functional needs. We work with our customers to create the perfect furniture design and we put it down on paper, yes paper. Of course, we can digitize the design into a JPG or PDF. We then present the design drawings to our customers in person at a showroom, or email the file to our client. Sawdust doesn’t start flying in our workshop until our customers review and approve the fabrication drawings, type of wood, finish or stain requirements, hardware details and documented material specifications.
When our customers want to order custom furniture at one of our showrooms, we often invite them to pick out the wood slab we will use for their custom dining table. If our customer wants to order remotely anywhere in the USA, we text or email them pictures of live edge wood slabs so that they can pick out the exact one they want us to use to build a custom kitchen island or counter top. After a careful dialogue with our customers over the phone, in person, or on a videotelephony product such as FaceTime, we really do HAND-DRAW (Not CAD) the design of the custom furniture, scan it, and email it to the customer for approval. We don’t start cutting, sanding and joining furniture until a design drawing has been approved. Once our woodworkers carefully complete construction of a piece of furniture, we deliver and assemble the furniture for our client, or we ship it directly from our workshop to the customer’s residence or commercial establishment in the continental U.S.
If you are tying to complete the custom furniture ordering process as quickly as possible, for instance in 20 minutes, in just a few clicks, we suggest you shop online for semi-custom furniture or customizable furniture that you can buy from reputable companies such as Vaughan-Bassett, Ikea, Live Edge Furniture Company (Full Disclosure – This is CVCF’s e-commerce made-to-order store), Vermont Wood Studios, Simplicity Sofas, Ethan Allen, Crate and Barrel, Joybird or Unruh Furniture. You can also order semi-custom furniture or made-to-order furniture from skilled artisans on CustomMade.com and Etsy, but the chances that you will find a custom furniture designer that will actually provide you with a design drawing for approval are slim to none.
High Quality And High-End Custom Furniture Costs More Than “Customized Furniture” and “Semi-Custom Furniture”
So just in case you are wondering, our furniture is more expensive than other so-called “custom furniture” sold by online and “brick and mortar” retailers in this country. But then again, our customers value quality and honest business practices. You can buy small, simply designed pieces of custom furniture from CVCF for as low as $800. Clients of CVCF buy the custom furniture we sell because they want it to last a long time. They want to pass on these valuable possessions to their children – and they want their children to pass on the home furnishing we make to future generations of their family. CVCF very proudly manufactures what is called “heirloom custom furniture”.
Preserving Woods From America’s Past To Make Treasured Pieces Of Handmade Furniture
The skilled woodworkers at CVCF specialize in manufacturing custom reclaimed wood tables, desks, chairs and beds. The reclaimed wood we use includes wood from barns, homes and old furniture. We use reclaimed wood and reclaimed lumber sourced from 100 year old Amish barns in Ohio. We make custom furniture from longleaf pine (Heart Pine) that has been extracted from shuttered factories and warehouses built during the 1800s. We also make custom furniture for our U.S. customers from other types of “antique lumber” and “upcyled lumber” such as Elm, Redwood, Maple, American Chestnut, Beech, Ash and Oak. Our company slogan is “Where Rustic Meets Modern”. We make custom furniture using historic woods that have a simple countryside appearance, and yet, the furniture designs themselves have a modern and contemporary flair.
No Pussy-Footing Around – Customized and Semi-Custom Furniture Is Not Custom Furniture
Unfortunately, many e-commerce companies and chain stores advertise “custom” furniture, yet virtually none of these merchants actually make 100% real and authentic custom furniture. These stores have simply co-opted the phrase “custom furniture” for marketing purposes. Fortunately, in 2019, consumers are more educated, thanks to the resources of information provided by the Internet. Furniture buyers are catching on, albeit slowly. Custom furniture shoppers are starting to comprehend the false advertising claims made by most national custom furniture retailers or online e-commerce companies that advertise “custom furniture”, but are actually offering customers a few customization option choices such as size, style, wood, furniture type, fabric, shape, height and finish. Almost every national “custom furniture company” in this country, don’t actually want to talk to their customers and conduct a back-and-forth design collaboration process. They want their customers to choose from a small range of choices in order to sell them furniture that they have in stock. If furniture is in stock, it is NOT custom furniture.
How To Tell The Difference Between Actual Custom Furniture And “Advertised and Marketed Custom Furniture”
Let’s get to the real truth about solid wood custom furniture for sale in the USA. If you do not approve a design drawing, as you do at CVCF, then the furniture is not actually custom in the true sense of the word. Integrity and honesty are the basis of the core business practices established at Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture. When we say “custom-made” we mean it – from start to finish – from design to delivery.
When a person or company orders custom furniture from CVCF, we make it ANY WAY THEY WANT – down to the very last dimensional requirements, the type of fasteners, the exact wood materials and upholstery, the precise colors and stains, the epoxy and varnish and every other component that makes buying honest custom furniture in America so special. We don’t bait and switch our customers from “custom” to “customized” just to make a larger profit. Luckily for our customers, they have learned to see through this Internet marketing gimmick.
About Our Custom Furniture Makers And Builders – We Love American History And USA Traditions
Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture is a team of experienced craftsmen, woodworkers, metalsmiths and creative designers that manufacture and construct beautiful, handcrafted custom hardwood and unique metal furniture. CVCF originally started out making custom furniture for private and commercial clients in Cleveland and the Midwest. When word of the quality of our woodworking, and the professionalism of our staff, spread to places like Denver, Colorado, we started taking orders from customers and delivering our woodworking products to LA, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Austin, St. Louis, NYC, Atlanta and other far flung locations. Because of our ability to make authentic rustic custom furniture, Denver Colorado is one of our main markets, outside of Cleveland, for custom wood furniture. People in Denver must love reclaimed wood tables and handmade solid wood furniture made one at a time.
It is great to see that home grown companies such as Rustbelt Reclamation and Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture, both located in Cleveland, Ohio have found a market for exceptional quality custom furniture that feature unique materials and reclaimed lumber that is handmade in the USA.
Live edge furniture captures the one-of-a-kind beauty nature offers within every piece of lumber. In this video, we walk you through our shop, introduce some of our artisans, and show you the step-by-step process of ordering live edge custom furniture online, or by phone.