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How much does furniture cost

How much does custom furniture cost? Custom Bench by Denver Maker Brian Benham

The cost of furniture can vary widely depending on several factors, including the type of furniture, the materials used, the brand, the region where you’re purchasing it, and whether it’s mass-produced or custom-made. Here’s a general overview of the price ranges you can expect from different types of furniture retailers:

  1. Big Box Retailers (e.g., IKEA, Walmart, Target):
    • Low-End Furniture: Big box retailers are known for offering budget-friendly furniture options. You can find basic items like sofas, tables, and chairs at relatively low prices.  However, don’t expect these pieces to last long term. They are often low quality to meet a price point.  This furniture type most often exploits the labor market and environment to make a quick buck.
    • Price Range: Low to moderate. For example, a basic IKEA sofa may start at $300, while a dining table could range from $100 to $500 or more.
  2. Mass Market Furniture Stores (e.g., Ashley Furniture, Bob’s Discount Furniture):
    • Mid-Range Furniture: These stores offer a wider selection of furniture options compared to big box retailers. You can find both budget-friendly and higher-quality mid-range furniture.  However, many of these types of companies often exploit the labor market and environment to make a quick buck, just like big box retailers.
    • Price Range: Moderate. Sofas might start at around $500, while dining sets could range from $300 to $1,000 or more.
  3. Custom Furniture Makers:
    • High-Quality and Customizable: Custom furniture is typically of higher quality and can be tailored to your specific preferences, including materials, size, and design.
    • Price Range: High. Custom furniture is often significantly more expensive than mass-produced items. Prices can vary widely but expect to pay several thousand dollars for a custom sofa, dining table, or other pieces.
  4. Bespoke Furniture Makers:
    • One-of-a-kind and Luxury: Bespoke furniture is the most personalized and luxurious option. Each piece is unique and crafted to your exact specifications by skilled artisans.
    • Price Range: Very high. Bespoke furniture is the most expensive option and can cost tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the complexity of the design and the materials used.
Custom Furniture Denver Colorado, Designed and Fabricated by Benham Design Concepts - Bespoke furniture for sale

It’s essential to consider your budget, style preferences, and the specific needs of your space when deciding where to purchase furniture. Big box and mass-market retailers are suitable for those on a budget or in need of readily available options, while custom and bespoke furniture makers are ideal for those seeking unique, high-quality, and personalized pieces.

Keep in mind that prices can vary greatly based on location and individual factors, so it’s a good idea to shop around and get quotes from different sources before making a decision. Additionally, consider the long-term durability and quality of the furniture when making your choice, as investing in higher-quality pieces can often save you money in the long run.

I’m the owner of Benham Design Concepts, a mixed media art studio where I design and build custom furniture and other works of art using wood, glass, stone, and various metals.
In this blog, I talk about the art I create, my journey, and the things I learn along the way.