Furniture

Customizing your furniture

We have heard many stories from home owners settling for temporary fixes just to fill a void in their space. They settle for cheaper furniture, those they would toss out once they are bored with them or quickly find an average replacement that is to their taste but fall short in terms of optimal function. 

Are you looking for custom-made furniture pieces that is one of a kind, and beautifully crafted? Do you need specific pieces to fit into the confines of your limited or even odd-shaped space? Do you have some funky ideas for your furniture, but don't know how and where to realise this dream piece? Perhaps, we can work with you to achieve that!

So, how do we normally do this?

First, we like a face-to-face meeting. Nothing beats knowing your environment and getting your style. We'll discuss what you have in mind for your space. We dive into details such as your needs, likes and dislikes, space layout, colour schemes, material preferences, wood types, talk budgets and take measurements (yes, we are crazy about precision!!).

With a pretty good idea, we come up with a few ideas and present them through sketching with the exact measurements. This gives you a clear idea of our design while we get more of your input and feedback to ensure that we are on the same page. We re-work the design until you are satisfied.

Once the drawings and materials are finalised, we get you a cost estimation and time needed for crafting. A quotation is done up and deposit paid to us prior to commencement of work. This dynamic discussion process takes about one to two weeks on average, depending on the complexity, artistic expression and certainty of owners in knowing what they want.

What are the main cost consideration? 

  1. Design – Simple or complex. This has direct impact on "Design & Crafting Fee".
  2. Size – Big or small.
  3. Materials – choice of solid wood, veneers or laminates, tiles, marble, etc, building in some buffer supply for the "just-in-case".

We keep our charges transparent and they are generally as follow:

  1. Materials - we endeavour to keep this at cost because solid wood is expensive.
  2. Design & Crafting Fee – Time taken by our team to conceptualise, design, sketch and craft. 
  3. Miscellaneous Charge – surfacing oils/lacquers, glue, screws, packing materials etc. It can be a long list and they seem like small stuff, but they do cost!
  4. Installation Fee – We do our own installation. Depending on how large the project is, cost goes up if we need to engage more manpower.
  5. Transport & Delivery – This varies according to size of the delivery. 

Keep your creative juice flowing and make things happen.

Our First Milestone

We have a good story behind us that led to our business in Singapore.

In 2013, Till made a few trips to Singapore to meet up with people in the design, interior and carpentry trade. As much as there is keen interest in his very specialised carpentry & joinery skills, there was no one particular place we felt was a true fit for him. Nevertheless, we are very appreciative of the warm responses and time offered to us. Mindful of obstacles and challenges before us, we took the decision to forge ahead with our little startup. We named it “+49 Woodcraft” because of Till’s background and our goals. 

One of the first things we did was to immerse ourselves into the local “hardware” scene, something foreign to the both of us. We scouted for makers’ spaces and checked out numerous hardware stores & raw materials suppliers across the island. We were thrilled by our finds, discovering treasure troves with a wealth of tools and materials. What made the treasure hunting even better was how helpful the shops’ “tow kays” are. As the jigsaw pieces slowly fall into place, we decided to stress-test the available resources making our first product, a coffee table.

Hardware

Just what can we build here at a Singaporean makerspace, given the lack of good commercial machinery that Till is used to? What are the available resources around here? Home-Fix provided us with a comfortable “lab” to work from while others offered supportive roles. We are both grateful to have so many wonderful, creative and helpful people around us. That definitely makes starting +49, a concoction of fun, doused with both pleasure, coupled with uncertainties, topped with hope.

We believe timing is everything.

On 9th June 2014, the day we completed our first "Made-in-Singapore" coffee table, the Straits Times did a coverage about us and so did the Business Times a month later. 

This marked our first milestone. We have our eyes set on our second!

Photo Credit: Matthias Ho, published in The Straits Times on 9 June 2014.