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Phone: 323-599-8169

Angel City Woodshop

1021 S. Fairfax Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90019

If you are new to buying custom furniture, here are a few simple tips on how to prepare for your purchase:

  • Have dimensions ready. If you're not exactly sure about the measurements for your piece, that's ok! Simply having an approximate guess is still very helpful. 
  • Industry Standards: Some types of furniture, such as dining tables, desks, benches, and bathroom vanities have a range of standard dimensions. Other pieces of furniture ​​do not. There's a lot of room for creativity and personal preference.

 

      Here are a few guidelines that may help you as you prepare a design or quote request:

Dining Tables

Standard Height: 30"

Height Range: 28"-31"

Width: No Standard

Length: No standard

Desks

Standard Height: 28"

Height Range: 26" - 30"

Depth: 24"+

Length: No Standard

Bathroom Vanity

Standard Height: No Standard

Height Range: 30" - 34"

Depth Range: 20" - 24"

Length: No Standard

Seating

Standard Height: 18"

Width: No standard

Length: No standard

Dimensions

Materials

The materials used in a project are very important to consider and have dramatic effects on the esthetics, quality and pricing of any project. 

  • Wood Species:

    • Do you know what species of wood you'd like to be used in your project?​

    • Do you know whether you'd like your project to be made from solid wood, plywood, or another material?

  • Secondary Materials:

    • Does your project also include other materials, such as metal or special components?​

    • If so, do you have any preferences or reference images for what you'd like?

  • The Finish:

    • Do you know what type of finish you'd like to be applied to your project?​

    • The finish used on any project is very important. If you're not sure what type of finish you'd like, that's ok. 

Here are a the finishes we use most often

Oil

Standard Height: 30"

Height Range: 28"-31"

Width: No Standard

Length: No standard

Polyurethane

 

Standard Height: 28"

Height Range: 26" - 30"

Depth: 24"+

Length: No Standard

Lacquer

 

Standard Height: 18"

Width: No standard

Length: No standard

Conversion Varnish

Standard Height: No Standard

Height Range: 30" - 34"

Depth Range: 20" - 24"

Length: No Standard

Seating

Standard Height: 18"

Width: No standard

Length: No standard

Bathroom Vanity

Standard Height: No Standard

Height Range: 30" - 34"

Depth Range: 20" - 24"

Length: No Standard

Different projects vary widely in the type of design and engineering decisions that need to be considered. Here are a few examples that can help you as you prepare:

 

Bases:

Most pieces of furniture have what you would call a "base," such as tables, credenzas, and coffee tables.

 

It's helpful to decide whether you'd like the base made from wood or metal and in what general style. If you're not sure about this, that's ok! We can discuss this together.

Hardware:

Furniture pieces like credenzas and bathroom vanities typically have wide variety of hardware options. We have certain brands that we often use, but there are always options that can be made available. 

Drawer and Door Pulls​​

  • Do you have a style of drawer or door pull that you like?

  • Is there a specific finish you'd like? It's always a good idea to coordinate your hardware finish with other pieces of hardware or metal in your space. Common finishes include painted colors, chrome, brass, nickel, etc.

  • You can also choose not to use drawer and door pulls. If you want a clean no-hardware look there are two options: push-to-open or finger pulls. We build push-to-open door and drawers from time to time, but we don't highly recommend them as the mechanisms can fail over time and, if heavily used, your interaction with the wood can cause ware over time. If you prefer not to have visible hardware, we recommend finger pulls incorporated into the door/drawer design, such as a 45 degree edge on the top or contoured pulls.

Drawer Slides

  • Though there are certainly many options, we typically prefer to use Blum undermount soft-close drawer slides. These slides are adjustable on all three axes.

Hinges

  • There are also many good options for hinge brands, but we prefer to use Blum soft-close hinges for all swinging doors.

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