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Lakota Custom Designs
Solid Wood, Custom Furniture and Accents, Handmade Just for You and Your Home!
My mission is to provide you, my valued customer, with fine, handmade furniture and accents that catch your eye every time you walk into a room. I want your friends and neighbors to ask, "Just where did you get that piece?," and compliment you on your fine sense of style and furnishing selections. Whether you need a single piece, are adding to an existing set, or are ordering an entirely new set of furniture, your satisfaction is my number one goal.
Custom Furniture that is Handmade Just for You
Handmade furniture is getting harder and harder to find these days. Some people think it's crazy, but I drive and set every nail by hand. I don't own a single nail gun actually. Purchasing a piece of handmade furniture made just for you adds life to your home. Look around it today and think of where your current furniture came from. Most likely a factory across the ocean, where each piece is one of many. It's a special thing to add a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of furniture to one or more rooms of your home. It's quite a feeling to walk into a room, look at a piece of furniture, and know the person who built it for you.
Your satisfaction is my number one goal. Bar none. The only kind of customers I want are happy customers. Your satisfaction is what drives me. Please let me know what I need to do to make you happy. To see what previous customers have to say about their custom furniture, please refer to my testimonials and reviews page.
Custom Furniture: Stained, Painted, or Left Natural
Whether I finish your handmade furniture or not is entirely your choice. When deciding upon a stained finish with a protective coat, it is important to understand that although we strive to give you a smooth finish, we cannot provide a factory-smooth finish. Again, I work to attain a smooth finish, but please let me know if this is of the utmost importance to you. I can focus more on this aspect of your project if it is a key element. In some cases I may recommend that you have a dedicated, professional finisher do this part of the project.
Unique Furniture Made Exclusively for You
Because all of my furniture is made to order, I have a zero returns policy. If for some reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, I will work with you to strike a balance. If merited, I will provide a discount on a previous order, or offer one on a future order. My goal is to make you happy, but I also understand that sometimes things just don't work out that way. As I have shown in the past, I am committed to working with you when those situations arise (though very, very infrequently).
Why is Solid Wood Important?
When you walk into a furniture retailer or big box store, 99 times out of 100 the furniture they have on display is made from particle board or plywood. You can easily tell by looking at the underside of a table top, or the back of an entertainment center. The sad truth is that the only real wood is usually just a 1/16th inch layer on top of the plywood or particle board. Over time, that small layer of real wood separates from the substrate layers and causes a piece of furniture to quickly become one that soon needs to be replaced. Because Lakota Custom Designs uses only solid wood, there are no wood layers that can peel off. You don't have to worry about veneers detaching from their substrates. The next time you go into a furniture store or big box store, take a close look. You will start to notice the signs.
You Really Use No Particle Board At All?
Zip. Zero. Zilch. Particle board has its usefulness, but it is certainly not appropriate in the realm of quality, furniture. Plywood, on the other hand has its usefulness in this space. For Lakota Custom Designs, though, just a couple. I use 1 quarter inch oak and other varities of plywood for backing and flat door faces. That's it! And, because of the nature of how oak plywood is used by me, there are no exposed corners. As a result, you do not have to worry about veneer-from-substrate detachment with my short list of applications for plywood.
Removable Jewelry Tray: An extra feature for an 8-drawer chest of drawers. This felt-lined tray fits in any of the eight drawers.
Long and Low Bookcase: This bookcase is part of a 3-piece set that also includes a small bookcase and a television stand. All done in golden oak stain to match.
Wood Bracelet Stand: This cute little stand is made from three types of wood (maple, oak, and poplar). Take a close look at the pattern of the bottom board.
Radiator Covers: A radiator enclosure with a round-over style top.
Dove Tailed Beer Crates: These sturdy beer crates are strong enough to hold your craft brew even when trying to outrun the long arm of the law! Click here for another view.
Custom Bathroom Storage: A radiator and toilet can really get in the way when it comes to providing storage in a small bathroom--unless you build around them!
Dark-Stained Radiator Cover: This radiator enclosure will make steam heat safe and attractive for its owner, while also providing a large shelf for just about anything.
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Modular Media Wall: Turn a wall into a room's focal point with a modular, custom cabinetry and shelving solution. Save thousands of dollars (and hours) when compared to messy, on-site building.
Radiator Enclosure Bookcase: A unit like this makes for safe, efficient heat, as well as adding a large amount of storage space where previously not possible!
Mudroom Hall Tree: Take control of the entry point of your home with a modular system like this. Provide storage of coats and shoes for family and friends. De-clutter to de-stress!
White Maple and Oak Spice Rack: Treat the cook in your life to custom cabinetry deserving of a chef. Click here to open and take a look inside!
Poplar Ottoman Tray: A custom tray for an oversized ottoman. Solid poplar and stained in ebony to compliment the room's decor. This ottoman tray is nearly 2 feet by 3 feet!
Pine Dog Crate: Penthouse style lodging for your best friend! Click here for another view.
Media/Entertainment Stand: I'll make the perfect size stand for your room and television.
Radiator Enclosure Cabinet: Custom built for a small bathroom, this cover provides ample shelf space and even a bay for warming towels.
Black Stand for Wine Fridge: Built to be just the right size for the model of appliance.
Custom Vanity for a Flat-Bottom Sink: The ebony stain gives an economical and eco-friendly appearance of walnut wood.
Radiator Pipe Cover/Box Out With Wine Shelves: What do you do after the plumber runs a new heating pipe between floors? Contact me!
Radiator Enclosure: A radiator enclosure with a chamfer style top.