Custom Furniture Design

Collaboration and Vision in Custom Furniture

When you get in touch with us about a custom furniture design we will set an appointment to discuss the general design and function of the piece either in person in our Tampa studio or by Skype (video conference) if you are unable to come to us. We prefer some form of face to face conversation in order to get the most accurate picture of your wants and needs for the furniture piece design as possible.

Some of the topics we might cover in our initial discussion include:

  • What you are trying to achieve with the piece both factually and figuratively
  • The style that works best for the piece
  • If we are the right design/build team for you

Once the initial design consultation is complete and you feel comfortable that we have a good grasp of the custom furniture piece you would like designed, the next step is for Kate Swann to create the conceptual design drawings (usually a single page of CAD drawings and/or hand sketches).

There is a non-refundable design fee that will be charged at this point – the minimum is $300 for smaller furniture projects, however, it can be significantly more for larger projects, which might include a custom dining table with leaves, a particularly difficult custom display cabinet design, etc.  Once the drawings are approved, we will present a contract, a price and probably start time – start times can vary between a few weeks and several months.
We are excited to work with you on a custom furniture piece! But we are a custom artisan shop with limited capacity, so timing is very important to us. If you decide to delay the start of the project two things happen:

  1. The design fee is usually forfeited. However, if the drawings have been approved, the contract signed and the initial payment made, the design fee is deducted from the project.
  2. If the contract is not signed within the “valid thru” time period, we will be happy to generate a new contract for you when the time is more suitable, however, your project will have a new start time assigned to it.

Once the custom furniture making process has begun, we may ask you to visit the workshop or review via Skype (video conference) to look at certain areas of the project to ensure that they are meeting your expectations.

When the project is completely assembled and finished we will ask you to review it again prior to its delivery.  Final payment is due at this time.  If a visitor video conference is not practical, we can update you by e-mailing digital photos.

The total amount of time for all production phases is usually between 4 and 6 months but may be shorter or longer depending on the custom piece, complexity of design, sourcing of woods and materials and our production schedule.

Our payment terms are sixty percent at the time the contract is signed, thirty percent prior to the application of finish, and ten percent upon completion.


We will always sacrifice a due date if it means that quality of your project will be improved. Custom furniture is always worth the wait.

If you’re ready to move forward, the first step is to fill out the form provided!