When my partner, Eileen and I bought our first home we didn’t want to keep any of our old furniture. Our couch, chairs and tables were all cheap quality, old and in bad shape. They weren’t worth the trouble of moving. We decided to buy all new. And we were switching from a small cabin to a bigger cabin and didn’t have nearly enough stuff to fill the place. We needed everything from curtains to end tables and bed frames. I figured we’d head to a local store, pick out a bunch of furniture and have it delivered to the new cabin. Eileen and I then spent hours going to one store after another, looking over all unusual styles of furniture. We weren’t happy with the quality, colors, or the options available. When Eileen brought up the idea of working with a custom furniture shop, I immediately assumed we wouldn’t be able to afford it. However, the difference in cost wasn’t all that much. While the custom furniture was truly more expensive, it’s of way better quality and should last far longer. I’m hoping not to need to replace our couch because of a sagging cushion. A guy from the custom furniture shop came right to the cabin to take measurements and discuss our preferences and goals. He discussed everything from price to how we planned to utilize each room. We talked about color choices, the mood of the room, and numerous styles of furnishings. We also sorted through endless fabric swatches for upholstery, pillows, curtains, carpets, and bed linens. It was a long and difficult process, however the end result was truly worth it. Eileen and I couldn’t be happier with how our cabin turned out.