Whether you are looking to customize furniture for your home or you own a small business and need a more homely way to furnish your office space, customization is always a great way to add personality without paying over the odds.
Scour flea markets and vintage stores for the best old pieces and then get to work in your garage transforming them from old and dusty to fabulous and modern. Here’s what you need to know.
With the right type of paint, you can paint almost any surface almost any color. For example, to customize a really boring set of cheap wooden chairs, you could simply sand off any existing varnish and re-paint in bold, vibrant colors and patterns for a completely new look. There are lots of sets of drawers that sell incredibly well for sky high prices that make use of this simple trick.
There is a current fashion for tropical prints and paint is an ideal way to add a little bit of the essence of this trend. All you need to do is paint your surface in a single color and then use stencils to create leaf patterns with another color on top. Of course, you can choose any pattern to fit with the style and theme of your room.
Swap the Top (or the Legs!)
Tables can be more difficult to customize, but when you think about it, they are just a top on legs. This means that if you have a set of table legs you really like, you could explore different table tops to reuse them. Similarly, if you have a table top that needs updating, new legs could give it the modern feel it needs.
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Sofas and chairs also benefit from new legs, often to give them a slightly lighter feel than the cheap bulky legs they come with. Castors are also a good idea, especially if you are planning to move your furniture around a lot. These little wheels add a sense of fun to your furniture as well as practicality!
Sofas, chairs and any other soft furnishings are most often customized by replacing the old upholstery with new. You might want to keep the vintage feel of the old fabric and replace like with like, but this is a really good opportunity to have a bit of fun and do something different with your sofa.
Try adding contrasting throw pillows to make the color of your sofa pop a bit more and use a range of different shapes to achieve different feels. If you want to prioritize comfort, large square pillows are great for sinking into, but you might like to use long rectangular pillows to support your lower back if the sofa is a bit hard.
Customizing your own furniture is a really good way to explore the design of each piece and reimagine old and vintage furniture for the modern age. Happily, this method isn’t just cheap, it’s also the best way to find amazing and unique pieces that you can be certain no one else around has. If unique is your thing, customizing your furniture is a definite must.