Buying Custom Furniture Can Be Easier (and Cheaper!) Than You Think

For most people, the idea of custom furniture seems super pricey, time-consuming, and generally unattainable—and we don’t blame them! For a long time, the only way to get custom furniture was to commission a designer or craftsman to build something just for you (let’s not even talk about what that would cost and how much trouble it would be to procure). Luckily, a whole host of companies have emerged to fix this very problem, making it easier, cheaper, faster—and not to mention, way more fun—to mix and match patterns, finishes, sizes, and shapes to create a piece of furniture that’s perfect for you and your space. Now the world is your oyster! Or, at least, your living room is. Here are some of our favorite companies making custom furniture more affordable.

Campaign

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While most ‘fast furniture’ is made on the cheap and susceptible to warping and bending, Campaign’s have steel frames made to last a lifetime. Their pieces are modular and easy to set up (15 minutes! That’s it!), meaning you can disassemble and reassemble as many times as you need, and take them with you from home to home. Campaign offers 17 colors and fabrics and their legs come in two different colors, but their cover sets and leg sets let you switch it up so you’re not stuck with one color forever. campaignliving.com

IKEA

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When it comes to customizing furniture, IKEA is the OG. Sure, they might not offer all of the bells and whistles themselves, but there’s tons of companies out there to help you add some personality to your pieces. Want custom slipcovers for your chairs and sofas, or maybe new fronts for your cabinets? We also asked ten design professionals about their favorite IKEA hacks, which are sure to inspire your next DIY project. ikea.com

The Inside

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Design guru and Clever contributor Christiane Lemieux brings her A-game to the table once again with The Inside, a line of customizable furniture. The Inside invites customers to bring their bold fashion sensibility into their homes with a mix of punchy prints and neutrals that still make a statement that are at once chic standouts and fashionable neutrals. Plus, no matter how you customize the pieces will ship to you in 2-3 weeks. theinside.com

BenchMade Modern

If you’ve got an awkwardly-sized space to fill and can’t find any sofa or chair to fit, BenchMade Modern is your new best friend. You can customize most of the pieces down to the inch which is perfect for those spots where nothing else fits quite right. Like many of the other companies on this list, they offer a wide variety of fabrics and colors, as well as different leg options. benchmademodern.com.

Civil

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We love Civil for their customizable storage systems, because one size never fits all. Not only are the colors customizable to match your space perfectly, but it’s a modular system, which means you can add as many pieces together as you’d like. From bookcases, credenzas, media units, and workstations, Civil’s mix-and-match storage systems are a game-changer. civilspace.com.

Maiden Home

SHOP NOW: The Sullivan Sofa by Maiden Home, Mist Fabric with Black Wood Finish and 60″ wide, $2,275, maidenhome.com

Maiden Home’s offering of sofas and chairs is on the smaller side, but each piece packs quite the punch. Their shapes are classic and thoughtful but peppered with personality and charm, and can be customized in 47 fabrics and leathers and a variety of sizes and configurations for the sofas. Each piece is handcrafted by skilled furniture craftsman in North Carolina. maidenhome.com.

Interior Define

Like many of the options out there, I/D offers a wide range of fabric choices, colors, finishes, shapes, and sizes, but the real game-changer is their nifty iOS app. Free to download in the app store, the I/D app lets you play around to your heart’s content with various combinations, and then visualize that piece in your room to see how it fits with your existing design. The technology lets you see the piece from all angles, and even walk up to it to inspect the details of the fabric. interiordefine.com.

Rove Concepts

RoveConcepts brings customization to reproductions of classic high-design pieces like the Coconut chair, the Flag Halyard chair, the Milo Modular sectional, and more. While not all of the pieces they offer are available to be customized, they make it easy to sort by the ones that are (just change “in-store” to “custom” while searching). roveconcepts.com

Burrow

Every piece of Burrow’s line of sofas, sectionals, ottomans, and armchairs, and loveseats are entirely modular, which means you can customize them to your heart’s content. Their pieces are designed to move with you, so you can remove or add a section or two whenever you’d like. burrow.com.

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