Designing Your Hutch? Consider These 4 Design Tips

You have probably been thinking about adding a beautiful, new hutch to your home for a while. Maybe you have considered purchasing one from a store, but something inside told you not to go through with it. You wanted to investigate a little more to find the perfect piece you have in mind.


This is where custom, handcrafted furniture comes into play. There is nothing more satisfying as taking an idea you have in your mind and collaborating with a professional, experienced designer to achieve your desired results.


Let's take a look at some design tips you can keep in mind when designing your hutch:


1. Storage


Depending on what you will be putting in your hutch, will determine what type of shelving or cabinet you will need.


If you are the type of person who has a lot of beautiful collectibles that you want to display, then you may lean more towards open shelving or glass front cabinet doors.


If you are the kind of person who tucks things away in every cabinet, then a closed type shelving and doors may be better suited for your needs.


2. Wood Hardness and Grain


When choosing the type of wood you need, you must take into consideration the hardness of the wood. If it is a softer type of wood and you have young children in the home, you may end up getting gouges or scratches much easier than if you went with a harder type of wood, such as a Quarter Sawn White Oak.


What type of grain do you like? Do you prefer wood grain that resembles tiger stripes, like Quarter Sawn White Oak, or are you drawn to the straight and symmetrical lines in Cherry Wood? You may even have an appeal for the curly lines of Walnut. Whatever the case may be, be sure to look at all of the options before you make your final choice.


3. Lines


One of the main things to keep in mind when designing a hutch is the actual lines of the piece and how it melds with the other furniture in your home.


Do you prefer pieces with very distinct, straight lines? If so, you may be interested in the Bridgton Buffet and Hutch or the Bayport model. If you love the look of curved lines, then the Saratoga model may be just what you are looking for.


Home and Timber offers a number of styles to choose from to customize into the exact hutch you want for your home.


4. Stain Color


If you are adding a hutch to your home and keeping your existing furniture as well, you want it to coordinate. To do so, choose from a number of different stains that are available at Home and Timber.


If you prefer darker furniture, you may choose Briar or Burnt Umber. If your taste is on the lighter side, then you may like Harvest or Michael's Cherry.




The ability to participate in designing your custom furniture, gives you freedom to adjust the details exactly as you want it. At Home and Timber, you can be assured that a design consultant will be available to you throughout the course of your order.


There are many options available to customize your handcrafted hutch. Your choice of wood, stain, distressing, sheen and the number of doors and drawers are a few things you can consider when putting your piece together.


Keep in mind that this sturdy, well built hutch will last for generations. The memories that will be created around it will last. A handcrafted piece of furniture is very special and something to cherish. You will enjoy it now and your family will enjoy it well into the future.


For further reading, please check out: Beautiful Wooden Hutches, Just Like Grandma Used To Have and It's A Story All About Wood.


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Designing your hutch? Consider these 4 design tips.