Custom Furniture: A Growing Trend

If you’re looking for that perfect piece of furniture to fit into a special place or serve a certain purpose, you might want to have it custom made.

Quality custom-built Amish furniture made by local and area craftsmen is a rapidly growing segment of sales at Fairfield Galleries, 5010 Goshen Road, Fort Wayne.

Fairfield’s Pete Byal has been with the company for more than 40 years and has observed the trend.

“More and more people are looking for something in a particular size, finish, or for a specific function, and yet they can’t find what they are looking for. Almost anything you can think of, we can do. The versatility is endless. Our designers work with customers to find out what they need, and I draw up the plans.”

He has helped people find solutions for a variety of cabinets, wine storage, bunk beds, tables, chairs, chests, bedroom sets, under-bed storage and more. Some people want an additional piece to complement or match other furniture they previously bought, he says.

“A lot of times a customer is looking for something and realizes it’s not available. Most of us working here have been in the business a long time and know the manufacturers and what is available. Sometimes, the only option is to have something custom made.”

And contrary to what most people believe, it costs no more than other quality wood furniture. All of the custom furniture is made in the United States, most of it coming from Amish communities in Indiana and Ohio, he says.

“The Amish don’t cut any corners. Their products can be made from a variety of solid woods, such as hickory, oak or cherry, and are put together with the finest construction techniques. Many finishes are available.”

Fairfield Galleries is a third-generation, family owned business operating in Fort Wayne for more than 70 years. It was founded by Don Polley of Fort Wayne. It offers quality home furnishings from an array of manufacturers from high to mid-grade as well as custom options. Fairfield offers complete interior design services, which include home visits, floor plans and more. Delivery is free within 50 miles of the gallery.

For a free estimate, call (260) 489-5526.
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