Window Shopping:: Custom Dining Tables

While purchasing a new dining room table is not exactly a priority in our house right now, my casual little visit to the Restoration Hardware outlet, along with poking into Arhaus, Ethan Allen, Jordan's Furniture and Pottery Barn lately, has me thinking hard about this purchase that looms in our future.

I saw many a gorgeous table, well made and built to last, at these stores (I absolutely loved this one at Arhaus, and one of my BFs just bought this beauty).  But I also saw pieces of furniture that are not even made with solid wood, and yet fetch thousands of dollars because of the trendy name on the store.  

For kicks, I perused the websites of local furniture companies.

From what I can glean from friends and some of these sites, prices on a custom-made table are comparable to the RH tables and Arhaus tables I have been lusting after.  They are not cheap, because the tables are custom built and finished, but in the end you are purchasing exactly what you want.   How I would love to buy a fine piece of furniture made in America by a true craftsman.  

Just look at these gorgeous tables - some of them are truly works of art!

{Staples // Massachusetts}

{eCustom Finishes // Massachusetts}

{Homestead Tables // Rhode Island}

{Art By Harris // Connecticut} - love the bowtie joints!

{Good Wood Tables // Maine}

{Cottage Maine Home // Maine}

{Cottage Maine Home // Maine}

Most of these companies don't post prices on their websites, but a couple of them allow you to choose options and give you an estimate.  After choosing options on three different tables, estimates for my dream table were $2800, $3360 and $4350.  

Um, yeah.  Did I mention that in 4 short years my eldest goes off to college?  Followed the next year by his sister, and two years later by their brother???  

Maybe someday I will have a fine piece of furniture custom made, but not this time around!

Have you ever had a piece of furniture made by a local craftsman?

Join me tomorrow for Craigslist options for dining tables….you won't believe some of the affordable beauties out there!


Maury @ Life on Mars said...

I LOVE the second one and the last one. So beautiful!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i'll take the third please! my neighbor can do this.... he is going to build our island piece when we do our kitchen! :)

pam {simple details} said...

Ha! As I was reading I kept thinking...Craigslist. Such gorgeous furniture, dang those kids of ours, I know you wouldn't trade the life you have with them for all the beautiful custom furniture in the world! :)

My Crafty Home Life said...

I'm with you, dram big. My daughter will be in college in 4 years, too. Fun to look, and I agree with your choices.

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

So beautiful! I love the idea of owning an heirloom dining table that you can pass down. It just seems like one of the most sentimental pieces of furniture you can buy, so it makes sense to get a nice one that will last forever.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh rats! After reading your post yesterday I was thinking "I wonder if she could get a custom one made?" I never dreamed they would be that close in price to the original. Can't wait to see your CL finds!

Dana Frieling said...

You're hilarious...it's like the dining table soap opera. I keep tuning in in anticipation of what you'll end up with!

Urban Orchard Interiors said...

Those are beautiful! But it's almost cheaper to take carpentry classes and make it yourself. :) Seriously, I agree, it would be so lovely to have a custom piece made. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with here. I know it will be great!


Chair Cover Factory said...

My vote goes for the first one. Such a beauty...

Jenny Moore said...

These are beautiful designs. I wish I can have one of these in our dining room.

Gracemaria Alcott said...

I love the finish on all these tables. They all remind me of the cedarwood and mahogany tables I used to see before in the old county fairs.