When we lived in Florida, we always bought our furniture from large department or furniture stores. When you shop at places like that, you can’t have anything customized. In fact, they only give you two options: buy it or don’t.
We certainly never considered meeting with a furniture builder to have something handmade to our specifications. That seemed like a luxury reserved for rich folks — or at least folks with a lot more money than we had.
My ideas about the affordability of handmade furniture changed when we moved to Mexico.
Mexico’s Furniture Builders
Since moving to Mexico, I have met several highly-skilled woodworkers and furniture builders. They build furniture out of real wood, not that laminated particle board that most of my furniture in Florida was made out of.
I’ve been impressed with both the quality, price and level of customer service that these businesses provide.
Many will come to your home to discuss the options, take measurements and allow you to view samples under the natural light of the room. In fact, we’re having someone stop by today to give us an estimate on building a desk that fits in a specific corner of the condo.
As far as prices are concerned, you’ll find that they are comparable to those of furniture sold in department stores. When you factor in the superior quality of the handmade pieces, they often become the more economical choice.
Our newest neighbors just bought several pieces of handmade furniture and they let me snap a few pics to include in the article.
Let’s Wrap This Up
The vast majority of the expats that we’ve met have at least one piece of handmade furniture in their home.
I considered visiting several of them to get more pictures for the article — but then the sun came out and I went to the beach instead. Seriously, can you blame me? In any event, you get the idea.
If you do decide to go with handmade furniture, take the time to shop around and visit multiple locations. Also, don’t be afraid to negotiate the price — especially if you’re buying multiple items.