Design Insider: How to Customize Furniture and Show Off Your Personal Style

customize furniture at Homemakers Furniture

Ready to take your interior design style to the next level? If you’re thinking about incorporating your own personal style in your home but aren’t sure how to do that, we have the answer: customize furniture. Many of our products feature a “Customize this product” option that allows you to get in contact with a specialist to start the personal design process. From endless customized dining options to bold upholstery choices, you’ll find a lot of design power is in your hands here at Homemakers.

We spoke to a happy Homemakers customer, Susan Verhulst, about the design customization process. Susan worked with one of our design consultants to create area rugs specifically designed to fit the layout and style of her home. No stranger to the design process, Susan has many other custom Homemakers pieces and was looking for the perfect accessories to pull them all together. Susan shared photos of the custom pieces commissioned through the design process and explained how easy it is to bring her own personal style to custom pieces.

Read on to find out more about the customization process!

Customize Furniture at Homemakers

customize furniture at Homemakers Furniture

What design needs motivated you to work with the HM team?

Rugs!  Trying to select the right size, colors, patterns and material that would look great on our new hardwood floors by myself was really intimidating.

I have worked with Homemakers designers to buy several custom sofas, chairs and our kitchen tables and chairs. Surprisingly, I have found that working with a designer saves a lot of time and money. They take care to help me select furniture that fits well in my home and my budget.

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Walk us through the process of working with a design consultant. What knowledge/questions did you come in with and how did your consultant help you?

I called Homemakers and asked to speak with a designer. One of the consultants returned my call and set up appointments in the store and in my home. We discussed my style and budget and I showed her some photos of rugs I liked. When she visited, she took photos and measurements and gave me some tips on how to make my furniture work for the layout of our home.

Her selection of rugs really complemented my décor and layout. She was really patient with me as we swapped out some of her choices for others I liked better. One rug she selected for my living room wasn’t what I was thinking about at all, but after she explained why it would look great, I took a chance and ordered it. Of course, it turned out to be my favorite and gets rave reviews from friends and family!

customize furniture at Homemakers Furniture

What advice would you give to others who are considering working with a design consultant?

Take some time to think about your style and budget and then communicate honestly with the designer. Keep an open mind when your designer makes suggestions. Some of my favorite pieces were not something I would have picked out myself at all, yet they were perfect in my home.


To work with a specialist on customizing furniture for your home, simply visit our store! If you are shopping online, look for the customization button below the shopping cart and wish list buttons. You will be put in contact with a specialist who can help you create the perfect customized piece.

customize furniture at Homemakers Furniture

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