Have you ever found yourself half-heartedly admiring a piece of furniture in a store window thinking it would be perfect if only it were a different color or pattern? With a vision of the perfect space in mind it dawns on you,wouldn’t it be great if you could select something that is simply a better fit? Well don’t rule out the sexy sofa just yet. There are options out there for everyone because no project is too big or too small to infuse a personal touch.
By now you've probably noticed that traditional furniture vendors will offer a variety of fabric options for their upholstered pieces hoping that you will feel as though you’ve created a one-of-a-kind piece. Some vendors will offer a wide range of colors and patterns, while others are more limited. Regardless, for those who have fallen in love with that upholstered headboard with only two fabric options, as bland and boring as it may be, do not despair because there is hope!
Although seldom publicized by vendors, there are two common solutions that will often fit within a reasonable budget. The first solution, most vendors will allow you to provide a fabric of your choice, commonly referred to as a COM, which you would purchase separately and then send to the vendor's manufacturer for installation. The second solution, which involves an upholsterer, is less common but may be necessary if the perfect fabric is a must and if the vendor does not work with COM's. In this case you will purchase the furniture and have it delivered to an upholsterer who will usually take care of the rest.
A good designer can help you choose the best approach as there are many pros and cons. For instance, COM's are terrific and can often be accommodated at a small cost however they can add 1 to 4 weeks to the production time. On the other hand if a custom upholsterer is your last resort then you are less likely to be worried about the production time - which would be similar to a COM - since a perfect piece of furniture is worth the wait. However, the overall cost may increase by several hundred to several thousand depending on the additional shipping and the complexity of the upholstery.
In either case, if you like the idea of customization beware there are characteristics that deem a fabric feasible for upholstering and for a marginal cost an architect or designer can guide you to the right fabric and recommend a vendor that suits your specific needs. Furniture and especially fabric shopping can be overwhelming so don't hesitate to rely on a professional to get you going in the right direction. Most professionals are friendly and if you have any questions or are feeling inspired feel free to contact one - and of course if this is the case we hope you'll start by contacting us!