Furniture selection comes with endless considerations, but one of the key decisions you’ll make is whether or not to choose custom upholstery. For those newer to design, opting for custom can feel unknown and maybe even a bit risky. But, as a designer who’s firmly rooted in the “team custom” camp, I’m here to say that it’s my favorite way to go.
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed in the custom upholstery process or uncertain whether it’s the right move, it’s time to help convince you otherwise. Today on the blog, I’m covering the key benefits of a custom look, plus the longevity that comes with selecting the right fabrics for your home.
CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY: BESPOKE STYLE
Raise your hand if you’ve ever witnessed the same recurring sofa, chair, rug or bed popping up all over your social media feed. More than likely, you’ve encountered this scenario both online and in friends’ homes, thanks to national retailers who produce for the masses. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with shopping a major brand’s stocked fabrics now and then, it can become uninspiring and repetitive when everyone’s home ends up looking exactly the same. Not only that, but some of the most popular upholstered pieces tend to have a shorter style “life cycle,” meaning they’ll end up looking dated in no time.
When it’s time to design your most important furniture pieces, I always suggest custom upholstery options for a more bespoke look and feel. This gives you a furnished home that will remain classic and true to your tastes both today and for decades to come. I like to remind my clients that when all is said and done, you don’t want your space to look furnished by an assembly line. Instead, you want a space that’s thoughtfully crafted by artisans who truly care about their work with pieces that help tell the story of your home.
ENDLESS OPTIONS WITH CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY
Needless to say, one of the most significant advantages of custom upholstery comes down to the endless options at play. Whether you want to renew your grandmother’s chair with a fresh fabric choice and updated cushions or you want to start a new legacy with your own custom, commissioned pieces, the investment you make now will benefit your family for years down the line. Designing with custom upholstery allows you to work with a vast array of patterns, colors, textures and styles, so you’ll never be boxed into a standard look.
To begin customizing your home, start with the details that matter, mainly the details providing the best mix of style and function. As one example, many of our clients opt for custom furniture design and upholstery on their headboard and footboard. While upholstered bedroom furniture is widely available, they all tend to have similar designs and standard stocked fabric choices. When working with custom upholstery, we’re able to ensure our client’s pieces are different yet classic, all while feeling fresh and cohesive with the flow of their entire home.
CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY OFFERS INCREASED LONGEVITY
When you get right down to it, custom craftsmanship provides what mass-produced items cannot: design details, character, integrity and longevity. Not only do custom fabrics often win out from an aesthetic perspective, but they allow you to hand-select materials that best suit your unique lifestyle. For households with kids or pets, performance fabrics are always a go-to option. These easy-to-clean fabrics give active families total peace of mind that their furniture can withstand the spills and stains of normal life.
Whether you’re looking at linen, velvet, cotton, leather or anything in between, I love helping clients select fabrics for their lifestyle through the custom upholstery process. If you’re still feeling on the fence about the custom design route, remember that opting for the right upholstery selections will help better serve your family for the long haul.