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If you desire a beautiful home that reflects your own unique taste, custom furniture will add panache to your environment. Local furniture builders and designers specialize in creating customized designer sofas, coffee tables, dining room furniture, bedroom sets and other items made just for you. These pieces may be handmade and/or hand-finished, and showcase the skills of the craftsman. Local furniture builders and designers can be found in a variety of ways. Start by asking family, friends and neighbors if they know anyone who builds handmade furniture. A personal recommendation is an excellent step toward finding a skilled furniture builder. Visit model homes and request the names of the cabinet makers, who may do furniture building and designing on the side when home building slows. Realtors refer local remodelers to cclients preparing their homes for sale, and can be a good source for finding local furniture craftsmen. When you visit big-box stores specializing in building materials, the retail personnel are often hobbyists or handymen who have knowledge of how to build and design furniture, or they may have business cards from area craftspeople. Another excellent way to find locally made coffee tables, bedroom sets, custom furniture, and home accessories is to visit local craft shows. There you will find furniture from local artisans who specialize in various styles and finishes, from antique reproductions to Western or Southwestern style, art deco style, country looks, and more. You will see hand-painted designs, distressed finishes, hand-rubbed finishes and personalized items. Often the designer or builder mans the booth during the show. You will have an opportunity to see his work, decide if you like it, assess the quality, and perhaps even talk with the builder about your needs. In addition to craft shows, some cities have craft malls where artisans keep their furniture on display year round.

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Don't forget about regular furniture stores and antique stores. They may custom design furniture themselves, or they may know local handymen who do this kind of work. The salespeople usually have training in interior design and can be a valuable source of information in your quest for local furniture craftspeople. Some furniture stores advertise "custom built sofas" or "design your own" furniture. Cities have sections where furniture or antique stores are clustered together, and suburbs and smaller towns often have historic downtown areas with specialized gift shops that sell locally-crafted furniture and accessories. Remember to check the classifieds in your daily newspaper and in local, smaller news circulars. Most newspapers feature a "service directory" section where small businesses advertise. The Internet can be another source of leads for local craftsmen. Use your favorite search engine and enter terms such as "local furniture builders" or "local furniture designers" and contact the resulting numbers. Whether you are seeking a one-of-a-kind dining room set, a hand painted coffee table, a child's bedroom set that looks like a pirate ship, or a custom-built leather sofa, these tips will enable you to network to the right source for talented local furniture builders and designers.

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