The first choice you will need to make is whether to order an existing design or take a hand in designing an original piece. When discussing a new furniture design it is extremely helpful to have a sketch or photos of other furniture you like. It could be a magazine clipping or an image found on the many online resources available(see below). Images and sketches serve as a great tool to get an idea of the features, lines, hardware, and wood species you favor. It is not uncommon for me to spend as much time on the design process as I do the actual build. Therefore the more guidance you provide during the early stages will result in less cost to you. Depending on the project and budget I will often work up digital renderings.