What is the Difference between Millwork, Case Goods, and FF&E?

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Millwork, case goods, and FF&E fall under the umbrella of the joinery and woodwork industry, but people rarely understand which attributes make these branches distinct from each other. Here are a few things you should know about each category to learn how to order each in a way that boosts cost-efficiency.

What are Case Goods?

Case goods or casework, as popularly known within the woodworking industry, refer to pieces of furniture that are not upholstered. They include bookcases, built-in cabinets, cupboards, kitchen island drawers, and various other forms of storage cabinetry that are partially prefabricated based on standard measurements to be assembled later onsite. Any ready-to-purchase cabinetry, shelving, and storage units are classified as case goods.  

Although they are available in several finishes, varieties, and budgets, case goods are not meant to gel in with the room’s layout or fit into a particular space. They are manufactured using pre-defined dimensions and measurements. Although they can be made with unique specifications, they are mass-produced and less expensive than custom millwork.

What is Millwork?

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Any type of woodwork, including crown molding, wall paneling, doors, flooring, and trim produced in a ‘mill’ is considered millwork. It includes tailor-made woodwork that serves both decorative and practical purposes but only requires screws, nails, or adhesives to be installed comes under the expansive umbrella of millwork.’ From standard length woodwork to painted or stained products, millwork can include products made from various elements fabricated in unique shapes, dimensions, and materials. Since custom millwork can be altered according to style, taste, size, and decorative preferences, bespoke millwork furnishing pieces are usually more expensive than run-on-the-mill case goods. When buying millwork, it is important to ensure that enough of a particular product is purchased to ensure the project is completed because millwork is not always consistent.

Custom millwork pieces such as commercial cabinetry or wood paneling designs are built on millwork shop drawings tailored to the property’s and customer’s unique requirements. For any finished piece to be considered millwork, it has to fit into the particular space for which it was intended.

Architectural millwork, another type of millwork, involves millwork designed within the architectural framework that includes elaborate accents, moldings, and trim mounted onto a building’s structure. Because every item is custom-made, it helps achieve a one-of-a-kind intricate result that’s built exclusively to your style, taste, and requirements. ADDMORE Services offers custom millwork drawings with experts who make quick revisions to suit your needs so that the project can move forward to the next step.

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What about FF&E?

Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E) refers to the interior movable assets that businesses use during operations, such as fixtures and furniture that would not damage the building’s structure when moved and the equipment needed to perform day-to-day operations. The first part of FF&E includes case goods and loose furniture, such as beds, desks, tables, and other pieces that are not fixed or built in the space. Built-in kitchen units, closets, cabinets, or other joinery are not included.

Fixtures, the second part of FF&E, includes products that are fixed in the room, such as headboards, built-in closets, and other furniture that is actually fixed or installed. It also includes ceiling fans, light fittings, plumbing fixtures, wall sconces, and more.

The last part of FF&E, equipment, refers to electronic or other widely operational equipment, such as computers and telephones. Before FF&E procurement for any project begins, the interior design team specifies all the components that would be used in the project. A quantity surveyor prepares a Bill of Quantities (BoQ) with all propriety specifications and products listed. The project team used the BoQ and specifications to set a budget, which the business owner approves before sending it to the procurement provider.

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Whether you’re looking for drawings for case goods, custom millwork, or FF&E, ADDMORE Services can help you get ahead of the game with cost-effective and precise millwork and casework drawings using 2D and 3D AutoCAD. We can also connect you with qualified quantity surveyors or provide full-service, end-to-end FF&E, and OS&E procurement solutions to suit your budget while adhering to all compliance standards.

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