Both here in the UK and on a global basis, the appeal of handmade farmhouse furniture is universal. Full of character, uniquely durable and with the kind of timeless beauty that never goes out of style, some items of furniture are simply of a higher-calibre than others. Nevertheless, there will always be those buyers who choose to settle for second-best, sidestepping exquisite handmade items for mass-produced alternatives.
Of course, the most obvious and immediate benefit of the latter is the initial purchase price. If you’re simply out for the cheapest furniture on the market, it’s hard to find anything more affordable than generic mass-produced lines. But at the same time, it’s worth considering exactly what you’re forfeiting by doing so. After all, the appeal of handmade farmhouse furniture goes far beyond looks alone.
For example, much as many may try to convince you that this isn’t the case, the only priorities among those mass-producing furniture are quick and cheap results. As such, craftsmanship really doesn’t come into the equation at all. Even if the piece looks sound enough on the surface, it’s still likely to have been thrown together with near-zero time, thought or attention – certainly not by a human being. With bespoke farmhouse furniture, every item is a product of time and commitment at the hands of a dedicated, passionate professional.
Mass-produced furniture may be cheap, but it’s also specifically designed to wear out in a short space of time. After all, if it lasted any longer, the manufacturer would lose out on frequent/repeat sales. Over time, this ends up being both expensive and wasteful. At the other end of the spectrum, handmade farmhouse furniture is built to last indefinitely. This isn’t the kind of furniture you simply throw away – it’s the kind of furniture that stays with you for life.
Attention to Detail
Then of course there’s the way in which a skilled craftsman is able to create items of furniture with the kind of attention to detail that surpasses any machine. It’s the smallest of touches and details that add up to the biggest of differences, when it comes to bespoke furniture made by skilled craftsmen. When furniture is meticulously crafted by hand, the result is a piece that is literally the best it can possibly be. When thrown together by machinery, it simply becomes another generic, imperfect piece of furniture.
Something else to bear in mind is the way in which each and every piece of furniture made by hand is unique. Even if orders were to be placed for two very similar items, each will still have its own unique attributes and exist as a genuine one-of-a-kind. This in its own right has limitless value and appeal, which applies to all handmade farmhouse furniture across the board. Mass-produced furniture may bring you home something practical, but certainly nothing out of the ordinary. By contrast, bespoke farmhouse furniture of the highest quality is nothing short of extraordinary. And of course, the kinds of incredible designs you may come across when you begin exploring the world of bespoke furniture can be nothing short of mind-blowing.
Every Piece Tells a Story
Particularly in the case or furniture made using reclaimed wood, which may have existed as any number of things prior to being put to work in its current guise. All handmade wooden furniture tells a story. Where the wood came from, who invested so many hours into its creation, what was their inspiration and so on. Mass produced furniture also tells a story, though one that’s the same for every other piece and doesn’t exactly feed the imagination!
Free of Defects
When furniture is produced in large quantities using automated machinery and robots, it is more or less impossible to prevent occasional defects and quality issues. Consistency simply isn’t something that can be guaranteed when dealing with automated production lines. In order for items to be produced 100% defect free, it’s necessary for human craftsmen to be involved in the process from start to finish. Once again therefore, an attribute that positions handmade farmhouse furniture in a league of its own.
Incredible Value for Money
Lastly, while it’s true to say that an ornate piece of bespoke wooden furniture will usually cost more than a mass-produced counterpart, it’s worth taking into account what you actually get out of the deal. For example, if you were to purchase a bespoke wooden coffee table which then gave you 50 years of use, this would represent a far more cost-effective investment than buying ten substandard coffee tables during the same period. Not to mention, a lot less wasteful. It’s the classic story of buying right and buying once – perhaps the single biggest benefit of high-end custom wooden furniture.