Modelling and Rendering Bespoke Furniture
Updated: Apr 23, 2019
01. A Big Purchase
Bespoke furniture can be a big purchase. Whether it’s freestanding or built-in, a piece of furniture can change the whole appearance of a room. Giving your customers rough guide sketches or even a line drawn CAD drawing, can be hit or miss, when it comes to your customer understanding what they are getting. So it’s really important to get high-quality renderings so that your customer can really understand what the furniture piece will look like.
I’ve made mentioned in another post of a carpenter who I’ve worked with for years, who built a large cupboard unit for a living room alcove. When he installed the unit, the customer was really upset because they had absolutely no idea how much the unit would overwhelm the room and hadn’t realised just how tall it would be. As the carpenter hadn’t had any customer agreed drawings and the design had been very loosely discussed, it was down to him to foot the bill, for lowering the unit, which cost him a lot of money, as on top of the adjustments, some sections required a complete re-spray. He now gets drawings done and agreed by the customers before starting any work, so doesn’t have these issues any more. The relatively low cost of drawings far outweighs the issues and cost of adjusting furniture once it’s been built.
It’s so hard to imagine what a piece will actually look like from a simple drawing. It’s particularly hard to get a sense for the proportion of a built-in piece, without seeing it actually in the room. This is why, so often, customers are left unhappy with the work, as it’s simply not what they were expecting. Having furniture modelled in the customers room with photorealistic renderings can really help solve this problem, as they can se, before buying, how the furniture will actually fit and look in their room.
02. Freestanding Furniture
It’s always best to draw and render built-in pieces in-situ but freestanding pieces can be rendered as a studio shot. One of the great benefits to this is that once you have a rendering it can be used for multiple customers, as it’s not tied to a particular project, it’s more a catalogue piece that can be used over and over.
You may even want to get multiple renderings produced, showing different material and even design options (see below images of a drinks cabinet in three different materials).
03. Give Customers The Option
Sometimes, a customer might be absolutely happy with the design and proportions of the furniture you’re proposing but really can’t work out what materials will look best. A quick change of material on a 3D rendering, giving your customer different material options to chose from, can be all it takes to solve this problem. The same can be said for a little re-modelling when it comes to various design options, maybe it’s having a door instead of drawers, or square handles instead of round ones (see images below showing various colour, material and design options).
It’s so much easier and cost effective to make changes at the drawing stage, rather than at the end of a project, when the furniture is finished.
Contact me to get a 3D rendering for your next furniture project.