How to Commission Custom Upholstered Furniture
11 Distinctive Details for Upscale-Looking Upholstery
However, “if you’re good at doing your research and feel comfortable explaining yourself,” says Los Angeles designer Lori Dennis, “you can go directly to a furniture maker.”
Find an interior designer or decorator
Also, “be sure the manufacturer provides a CAD drawing of the piece to scale before you sign off on the order,” advises designer Jennifer Jones. “You can catch a lot of mistakes before a piece is made. Do your research and find a reputable manufacturer that has a good track record.”
1. What will the frame be made of? “Kiln-dried solid wood is best,” says Jones.
The welt detail on this sofa was done cleverly in a darker color to boldly outline the rest of the yellow upholstery.
The more design details you can determine before talking to an interior designer or furniture maker, the easier the customization of your dream piece will be.
Don’t go into a meeting without a good understanding of these different levels of firmness. Take a day to visit a furniture store and sit or lie on everything to figure out what’s most comfortable for your body.
The best and worst fabric choices. Jones says, “Avoid 100 percent linen if you have an active family and don’t like wrinkles. Beyond that, whatever fabric you are interested in, check its details; all fabrics should list their content and durability ratings. Then check to make sure the fabric you select is recommended for use as upholstery.”
Upholstery That Can Stand Up to Anything
These chairs are upholstered in a straight style.
It can also make a difference in whether you love your new piece or are frustrated by the experience.