If you have specific storage and design needs and haven’t found “off-the-shelf” solutions, you are probably familiar with the flexibility that custom built-in storage can provide. We have been working with our amazing woodworker Ben at Ark Woodworking for many years and have gotten into a nice rhythm with him regarding him translating our designs into functional reality. A lot goes into planning and designing for a custom built-in, and the results are a beautiful piece of furniture that functions exactly as intended. Here are some of the benefits and considerations for your next custom built-in project.

Often custom built-in storage is the key to marrying both function and aesthetic in a space. Many of us have unique storage needs that simply cannot be met by a standalone furniture piece and investing in a custom built-in is the best way to go. If you are considering a custom built-in storage piece in your space, here are a few things you should consider:

1. The most important aspect for making sure your built-in meets your needs is hiring the right woodworker for the job. Make sure that he or she is a careful listener and can show you successful projects he or she have implemented for other customers. Pay attention to their level of detail, the types of questions they ask and their way of showing you what your finished product will be (computer-generated sketches with details, finish samples, etc.).

2. Make sure you have considered exactly what your storage and display needs are so that you can effectively communicate those to your woodworker or designer.

3. Have photos of pieces that appeal to you aesthetically and functionally. The more you can visually show to your woodworker, the better chance you have of getting exactly what you want.

4. Have a clear, reasonable budget in mind that you feel comfortable sharing with your woodworker from the start. Again, the clearer you can be about your expectations, the easier it will be for him or her to design to your needs.