dining table, customised furniture, HDB flat
Space Sense designed and built this dining table with unique legs for a HDB flat belonging to a young couple  

It is an additional source of pride for homeowners to say they designed the furniture in their home (especially if it turns out well!). Depending on the materials used, and the construction methods, creating your own bespoke furniture could even save you money.

Kelvin Teo of Space Sense says that the most commonly requested pieces he is asked to design and build are dining tables, benches and bookshelves. “I don’t get asked to do sofas, as people usually want to sit and try the sofa before they buy,” he says.

According to him, a customised dining table can cost as little as $1,500. For this price, he has 
built one with metal legs and a homogeneous tile surface which looks like wood. “The tile had a realistic texture, is waterproof, and resistant to scratches as well, unlike real wood,” he recalls.

He has also built more unique designs, such as a table resembling an aeroplane wing, which cost $3,600. It was wrapped with an aluminium plate, riveted, and with an I-beam as the leg, connected to a metal base. Bookshelves can cost between $2,000 and $3,200 to build. Customised furniture can be done in a month or two.

To save money, clients sometimes ask Kelvin to replicate the look of furniture they see in shops. “I can recreate the look, but because we can’t get the same material, it won’t look exactly like the original, although it might be cheaper,” he explains.

Moulded plastic furniture and other pieces that require specialised equipment cannot be made either, he adds.