Updated: May 8, 2019
So what if you’re inspired by an Etsy product and you want it made by Dark Iron?
When you’re looking for a new piece of furniture, Etsy can be a really good source of research. The platform is great for makers to showcase their products to a wide audience, but there are literally hundreds of different styles, methods and designs. We get a lot of customers coming to us from Etsy having seen something they like, and wondering how much it will cost to customise it to suit them.
First things first
There are two crucial points to cover:
Our bespoke pieces won’t be a copy - The Writer Mark Twain once wrote “There is no such thing as a new idea. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope”. Though we believe that all art is inspired by something, we are not in the practice of copying another person’s designs. And no two pieces of wood will be the same, so we can’t even truly copy a product wood-for-wood that we’ve already created ourselves! Your piece will be unique.
We don’t work with scaffold boards - We work with speciality hardwoods. We’re often sent pictures of furniture made with scaffold boards and asked for a similar style. Whilst we appreciate that beautiful pieces can be made with this material, it’s not something we do at Dark Iron. If you’re looking for scaffold wood furniture, we do know some brilliant makers you can check out - have a word with our friend Garry at Old Man and Magpie or Greg at Outhouse by Hand.
So what do you need to consider when it comes to cost?
1. What do you actually like about the Etsy product’s features?
When you come to us with an Etsy link, you may already have an idea of what you do and don’t like about the product. If you’re not sure, it’s going to be the next question from us.
- Do you like that it’s a live-edge piece of wood?
- Do you prefer furniture with straight edges?
- Is this your favourite because it has an industrial feel to it?
- Would you prefer a darker species of wood?
- Does it look like the right kind of size for your space?
These are just some of the things to think about when you’re wanting a custom made piece, and the difference in materials and features is where the cost will vary.
2. Where are you on the map?
Shipping and delivery is the next most important consideration. Where you at? There's always an option to collect an item yourself from our workshop or showroom. If not we’ll figure out whether we need to send your piece by courier, or whether we can deliver it to you ourselves. With some custom built furniture such as shelving, fitted products and furnishings, we may need to visit you to get a feel for the space and take measurements, which we will factor into the overall cost.
3. Do you have a specific budget?
It seems like an odd point to come last, but that’s because we often work with customers who want something bespoke to them and budget isn’t the first consideration - (“I don’t care what it costs, I want it!”). But if you do have a particular budget in mind, it’s best to be upfront about it with us, so (it doesnt waste either of our time) that we can look at the kind of product you want that might fit with your budget. Don’t forget, if having something custom made to you is going to be too costly, there may already be an existing product that suits you in our store or showroom!