The furniture commissioning process
There are several stages to go through when commissioning furniture, and while the stages are unlikely to be the same for any 2 projects, there are some general steps that can be laid out to guide clients that perhaps are considering this route for the first time.
The commissioning process is an enjoyable one, and the team will be on hand to ensure you are guided along the path so you can enjoy the chance to consider different woods rather than fret over which stage you are at!
Generally, the relationship will start with a phone call that will be a broad discussion and a chance for the client to see if Simply Wood can offer the service that they are looking for.
If possible, the next stage will be a home visit to allow the designer to see the house, room, space where the piece will go. The discussion will cover (among many other things) the requirements for the piece, design influences you may have, materials you may be considering, and quite importantly, the budget you are comfortable working within. We will consider more about the budget in a minute.
At this point, if the client is looking to take the process further, there will be a requirement for a £250 design deposit. The deposit is refundable should a design be taken forward to production and provides a partial offset for the designer’s time if not.
Design deposit paid, the designer will set about producing sketches for further discussion, and with initial sketches will be able to better inform the budget discussion. This stage is important to ensure the client is happy (or hopefully excited) about how the design is being refined. Once content with the finalised design, if required, further detailed engineering drawings will be produced to allow the final price and design to be decided and agreed.
At this stage a 50% deposit is required to secure a slot in the production calendar and an indication of the completion date can be discussed. Final payment is then due prior to delivery/collection.
An interesting article on the subject of commissioning furniture, written back in 2011 and published in Country Life, can be found at the following link