When you decide to go furniture shopping for a new item of French furniture such as a bedstead, a dressing table, or perhaps a chest of drawers, there are a few things which you should take into consideration.
You’ll want to find pieces of furniture which fit in with your existing home interior design scheme – something which is durable, but will also stand the test of time. Another important factor is, of course, the price – you need something that works with the budget you have in mind.
While we are thinking of these important factors, it’s very rare that we also consider how a piece of French furniure is made. French furniture design – and furniture building in general – is a skill that takes many years to perfect. Having an appreciation of the craftsmanship behind French furniture design can really change the way that you feel about a piece of furniture in your home.
To choose a piece of French furniture that you can be proud of having in your home, you should avoid the chain shops that churn out reasonably priced but unimaginative replica furniture. Instead, seek out shops and individual furniture-makers that put a real emphasis on their craft, such as The Orchard.
Feel free to ask lots of questions about the piece or pieces that you are interested in. No furniture designer, furniture-maker, or distributor will shy away from having a dialogue about the products that they put so much effort into stocking.