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Custom-made wooden furniture - a recommendation

johnk

Active Member
New house, new opportunity for AV spending. Wonderful. Best of all, I have a dedicated home cinema room.

However I still wanted to make the TV room look good, and find a good home for our plasma TV and Yamaha YSP-1100 soundbar.

Which was very, very difficult. If you discount all those chrome and glass stands that everyone seems to sell now, there's not much left. I wanted something made of wood, and I knew a custom build was probably the only way.

I found a shop on Ebay called Solid Wood Interiors who made something close to what I wanted for £195, and they said they offered a bespoke service. So I contacted them, and they said they would build me a (bigger) unit, to my spec -- for an extra £30. And here it is:

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The picture won't, of course, do it justice. But it is gorgeous.

Four weeks turnaround. Immaculate customer service. I realise this just reads like an ad, and I guess it is one, but I have rarely been so pleased with a purchase, and as I know how much it can cost to get stuff custom-made, I thought I'd share it here in case anyone is after something similar.

Their web site (currently "under construction") has a link to their Ebay shop
 
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simonoaks

Active Member
It just seems to me that none of the manufacturers seem to grasp the concept and shelf gaps required fit a 50 inch scree, amp, sky, blu ray, dvd and games console. They all seem to be too small, particularly the wood ones
 

Knightshade

Active Member
The trouble is most people don't want something like you're suggesting.
Most people who have corner cabinets want to put a TV, DVD and Skybox on it. So manufacturing companies make something to suite.

Bespoke cabinet makers who have had experience of building AV/Hi Fi stands for Audiophiles tend to know what they are doing with shelf spacing/ventilation. The down side is it costs a lot.
 

simonoaks

Active Member
I suppose it makes sense as a manufacturer to cater for the masses, but there could still be plenty of money to made from a niche market, even if you captured 25% of all members on this forum.

Anyway, the only solution I can think of my situation is to just buy 2 X £200 wood cabinets and put them together!
 

Knightshade

Active Member
I suppose it makes sense as a manufacturer to cater for the masses, but there could still be plenty of money to made from a niche market, even if you captured 25% of all members on this forum.
Sadly most members on this forum have blown the budget on Hi Fi and AV and don't have much left over when the wife says 'No way are you having that on show in the living room!'
:suicide:
 

gerbilly

Active Member
I have went the same route for our bedroom. I have a unit 85cm w by 85ch h and 50 inch deep. I have a shelf for my yamaha soundbar one for my dvd/hd recorder and another for my dab radio, which I designed. It will come in a stained oak and is costing me £270 and of course my 32 inch Panasonic tv will sit on it.
None of the av places had anything suitable and the prices are horrific, I am now going to design something similar for my living room which will hold my centre speaker, amp, ps3, wii, apple tv and V+ Box and my 40 inch LCD. It will suit the decor in my room and will give me easy access to the back for wiring unlike the horrible black glass dust collecting horror I have at the moment and it will probably only cost around £400 max.

Totally agree with the OP.
 

gerbilly

Active Member
I would like to bring this one back up. I have went to a furniture company in the west end of Glasgow and they are making a custom build to my specs stand in oak for £270.
If I went to a specialist av company we are probably talking 4 times that and thats due to it meeting my spec. Most in my opinion are vastly over priced and I hate glass stands also due to the dust they attract.
I will collect this unit on friday and will try to post a pic with my kit on it.:)
I see this section of the forum is taken over now by companies fighting for business, again I would ask people to look at local furniture stores first rather than the AV shops are targeted. If you have a largish sound bar speaker practically no stand I have seen could accommodate it and most av stands are practically the same in the numerous websites I have been on.
 
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t72bogie

Well-known Member
very nice - its amazing how many good VFM custom furniture makers you can find out there these days :smashin:

we live in an old barn, so havnt got a "modern" look ....all the furniture we have is solid oak, with some custom pieces for the AV gear - just a cupboard really, open back, folding doors, adjustable shelves - cost £280 I think

when I was younger and starting out in my first home, of course I had loads of self-assembly furniture....paid quite a lot for some of it...only for it to fall apart during house moves

what surprised me the most is that I can buy a solid oak basic bookcase for £100 that weighs like 25Kg ...or a 70Kg solid Oak coffee table for £180 - if you shop around then its really not *that* much more expensive to have custom solid furniture that will last a lifetime, rather than some "designer" stuff from the the high street in glass, veneered chipoard and plastic, that really is disposable :rolleyes:

/of course, not everyones wives will be into it, but personally Im not a fashion follower and will quite happily keep the furniture I have until I retire and move into a small place somewhere LOL ;)
 

GavT

Active Member
If you can find a local joinery firm, you'll be surprised what they will knock up for a decent price if you provide the drawings with dimensions etc. I had a new sash window made at my local joinery firm to replace an aluminium monstrosity a previous owner had put in - they charged about £80. Definately worth a phone call if nothing else.
 

SilverJDM

Active Member

t72bogie

Well-known Member
their prices seem about spot on to be honest, Im guessing they are just a warehouse with a few delivery guys, and import furniture by the container load from the Far East ...its amazing what those Chinese carpenters can turn out these days :)

I kitted my whole house out when we moved a couple of years ago from this place, which is similar

The Furniture Market - French Furniture, Oak Furniture & Mirrored Furniture Specialists

I ordered a couple of small pieces from one of their oak ranges to start with to check the quality - it was great....the coffee table turned up, weighed 70Kg and took 2 blokes to lift it - it needed a good coat of danish oil, and then looked lovely ...after that we spent a couple of grand with them :smashin:

the boxes have Chinese shipping marks on them ...that may be how the money is saved ...and not having a huge showroom in a prime location with 20 sales staff to pay for ;)
 

gerbilly

Active Member
well here is mine at a cost of £270, I tried so many companies and none could take my yamaha soundbar so I had to get custom made. More than happy with this.

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not bad for a bedroom system.
 

jazmin2309

Standard Member
their prices seem about spot on to be honest, Im guessing they are just a warehouse with a few delivery guys, and import furniture by the container load from the Far East ...its amazing what those Chinese carpenters can turn out these days :)

I kitted my whole house out when we moved a couple of years ago from this place, which is similar

The Furniture Market - French Furniture, Oak Furniture & Mirrored Furniture Specialists

I ordered a couple of small pieces from one of their oak ranges to start with to check the quality - it was great....the coffee table turned up, weighed 70Kg and took 2 blokes to lift it - it needed a good coat of danish oil, and then looked lovely ...after that we spent a couple of grand with them :smashin:

the boxes have Chinese shipping marks on them ...that may be how the money is saved ...and not having a huge showroom in a prime location with 20 sales staff to pay for ;)


Well Oak Furniture Land seem to be a huge company - I've called them a few times to extend my order and change delivery and I've always spoken to someone new eachtime - so they seem to have a massive sales and customer services team! So Im not so sure that they "just have warehouse guys"
 

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