Historically, buying custom-made furniture was reserved for only those with champagne-level interior design budgets. However, in recent years, even those whose spending capacities are more on the beer side of things, have been able to curate their living spaces with customized furnishings. This is partly due to the explosion of direct-to-consumer manufacturers, and the fact that millennials have a take-charge approach to decorating.
“Consumers are craving access to personalized interiors that feel like they’ve had a designer’s touch, but at an affordable price point,” Christiane Lemieux, co-founder and CEO of The Inside, explains to MyDomaine. “Because home is our most meaningful place—it’s where life happens—and people want to feel empowered to create personal spaces that express who they are, make them feel great and become the place that they are excited to come home to.”
Whether you are looking for a timeless and traditional tufted bed frame or a mid-century modern wood dining table fit for a Frank Lloyd Wright home, here are 7 places where you can design the furniture of your dreams without breaking the bank.
Imagine being able to design every room of your house, choosing every fabric, furniture style, and upholstery like an interior designer, but on a Pottery Barn budget? Well, you totally can with The Inside, the brainchild of DwellStudio creator Christiane Lemieux. From living room essentials like sofas, sectionals, and armchairs, to gorgeously upholstered beds and benches, and even outdoor furniture, each item is available in over 125 iconic textiles and prints—including that statement-making Scalamandré zebra pattern you might have seen covering the walls in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums.
Not sure which fabric is good for your lifestyle? The Inside makes it easy, giving you the option to filter types of fabrics, such as “Kid and Pet Friendly” that will withstand more wear and tear. They have even made the process easier for men, with their seriously stylish GQ Menswear Collection. Swatches are available to order for $1 apiece with free shipping. After you place your order, your piece will be made from scratch in three weeks and shipped to your door for free!
It’s impossible to scroll through Wayfair’s Greyleigh collection without feeling like you're thumbing through the pages of a Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn catalogue. However, when it comes to price, there are few major differences, as Greyleigh’s timelessly designed collection is a fraction of the price. With its clean lines, angular track arms and tapered feet, their Habersham sofa collection is seriously crush-worthy.
What’s even more amazing is that it is available in 45 color and fabric combinations including a poly blend, microsuede, polyester, cotton, and cotton-blend. Not sure which to get? You can even order free fabric swatches, and you won’t even have to pay for delivery. After you receive them, expect a call from Wayfair customer service to check on your experience. All this for around $1,000 for a huge sofa!
If you are looking for midcentury pieces that look straight out of a Frank Lloyd Wright house, but aren’t interested in scouring vintage furniture shops, then head over to Joybird. This custom furniture purveyor offers numerous thoughtful throwback pieces ranging from their Braxton chesterfield sleeper sofa (that looks nothing like the sleeper sofa in our grandparent’s house!) available in 18 fabrics and three wood stains, to fabric and wood bed frames, swivel chairs, bookcases and wall units and dining tables. You can literally furnish your entire home with Joybird.
Another cool thing about Joybird, is that you can order a free swatch kit—a box filled with every one of their offerings so you can see and feel them for yourself. Oh yeah, and you can test the furniture out in your home for 365 days. If you don’t love it, they will take it back. And, if you can’t afford to pay for your furniture flat out, they offer a financing program.
Buying a sectional can be frustrating, as many furniture companies only offer a few options. And let’s face it, our living rooms usually aren’t a two-size-fits-all sort of situation. Enter Burrow, a newish direct-to-consumer brand offering high-quality, fully customizable seating options. Nomad is their signature Collection, and they recently launched their first sectional—composed of modular pieces so that you can literally design the size, shape and material of your seating arrangement. Is your living room freakishly tiny or incredibly odd-shaped? No problem. All of your pieces will come to your home boxed up and can be assembled in just a few minutes. It’s seriously that easy.
This Bay Area furniture company’s goal is to provide “life-friendly furniture that can evolve with you.” Not only do they build their sofas, loveseats and chairs to last, but they also offer them in three fabrics in 17 colors. Each piece is shipped to your door in a box and can be easily assembled, disassembled, and reassembled if you move a lot. But the coolest thing about their seating solutions, is that all the covers are totally removable. So say you decide that the “Harvest Yellow” that looked so chic in your little apartment doesn’t really vibe with your new farmhouse inspired home. You can go online and order a new cover, in whatever shade and fabric you want – for way less than you would expect.
Pottery Barn veteran Edgar Blazona launched this direct-to-consumer brand in 2015, offering custom seating, sofas, beds, and pillows, all which can be totally personalized from upholstery to frame. What sets them apart from other brands is that their product selection is extensive. For example, currently they offer eight different sofa styles in endless fabrics—ranging from high performance to leather and velvet—and so many color choices you will be overwhelmed. They are also totally transparent about how long it will take to make your item, however most tend to be at your doorstep in just 15 days. You can also request fabric swatches and even have them mail you a true-to-size printout of your exact sofa to see how it will fit in your home—both totally free.
A tufted bed is always a great way to soften up a bedroom filled with wood furniture. AllModern offers a few great pieces that are customizable, including this gorgeous Upholstered Standard Bed, crafted in the USA from solid pine wood frame. Even better than the fact that it comes in over 31 color and fabric combinations—including navy velvet and linen sandstone—is that it is incredibly priced with queens hovering around $600 (depending on fabric selection) and kings around $100 more.