You may wonder why upholstered furniture ordered with a designer can be more expensive than furniture purchased in a retail store. Today we’re going to tell you why custom upholstery costs what it does and why it is well worth the investment.
When it comes to buying furniture, interior designers offer convenience, customization, top quality, personalized service and peace of mind. We ensure that your furniture is uniquely yours and will be with you for the long term. We know that the furniture we put in your home will be perfect in every way. How?
Designers have the professional expertise and experience to select furniture best suited to your needs. We begin by measuring your space for a perfect fit. One of our many services is space planning. We often draw your floor plan to scale to show how the piece works in the room. There are no surprises and no worries about buying the wrong size or style. We make suggestions you may not have considered because we do this every single day and we have relationships with the best furniture companies in the business.
When it comes to the upholstery fabric, what’s wonderful about doing a custom piece with us is that you’re not bound to a limited selection of fabrics as you are in a retail store. We can take virtually any appropriate weight fabric and have it applied to your sofa or chair. This is called using COM to cover the frame. (COM stands for Customer’s Own Material.) You will get exactly the texture, durability, color and weight fabric you desire. No compromises. We hand select fabric samples and bring them to you for consideration right in your home. You can feel, touch and live with these large sized samples before committing. We source 0nly the finest fabrics from the best textile companies. Trust us – we have access to the most gorgeous fabrics around!
In addition to choosing your own fabric, furniture manufacturers who work with designers offer many areas for customization. We can choose the type of fill for the seat and back cushions – whether it be all down or springs wrapped with down, etc. We are able to specify the arm style, the leg shape and finish, and the cushion design (boxed, knife edge, welted, etc…) We have the option to do a skirt on the base – or skip that for a more modern look. Very often we are able to adjust the dimensions of a piece for an exact fit. We can specify a contrasting welt fabric for the cushions. We can have the piece tufted – or not. We can add nail head trim – and decide what finish we’d like it to be! We can even select a separately applied decorative trim detail for the welting, so that your piece stands apart. The throw pillows will also be uniquely yours – luxuriously plump and covered in absolutely whatever fabric you’d like.
Once we make all those personal choices…then the process of making your masterpiece begins. We order the needed COM fabric yardage from the fabric vendor and receive a cutting sample which we verify for color accuracy. Once the fabric is approved, it ships to the furniture manufacturer who applies it to their frame, along with all our specifications. Your finished piece is then transported by truck to our local receiver where it is inspected and then white glove delivered to your home.
As you can see this process differs from the typical furniture buying experience you’d have in a retail store. Working with a designer is a costlier approach – but you will end up with the perfect piece, eliminating any possibility of dissatisfaction or compromise. The furniture is higher quality and more durable. So, in the long run, your investment saves you both time and money. Trust us – custom furniture is worth every penny! The difference is clear from the moment you first sit down.