Ask an Upholsterer: Yes, You Too Can Be a Furniture Designer

I enjoy shopping for furniture, and I’m a fan of the crate and barrels and the pottery barns as much as the next person; but sometimes I just want a piece of furniture that no one else has.  And that’s when I turn to my personal upholsterer, my husband, Gary. 

Besides being able to refresh a cherished family heirloom or restore that comfy couch, an upholsterer can enable you to create that one-of-a-kind piece that has you written all over it.

Want a camouflage arm chair with a matching gliding ottoman for your cabin in the mountains?  You got it!

One thing that Gary has learned over the years is that furniture is very versatile.  So if you haven’t quite found what you’re looking for at traditional furniture stores (either aesthetically or price-wise)… why not try creating it?

For example, say you want a mid-century modern chair for your living room with faux brown leather and a button-tufted back cushion…

Here’s what you do. 

Visit your local thrift shops and antique stores and look for a chair in your desired shape that has a solid frame.  You’ll be able to tell if the frame is solid just by sitting in the chair.  There’s no need to pay attention to the style or condition of the fabric of the chair.  Remember, you’re looking for shape and sturdiness. 

Be patient in this part of the process, though; as it might take you some time to find what you’re looking for. 

Once you find your chair, work with an upholsterer.  You can customize just about everything:  cushion thickness and density; fabric color and texture; and other aspects such as use of buttons, tufts, etc. 

The end result could look something like this!

Believe it or not, this chair was once a pink-and-orange-polka-dot monstrosity.

If we can do it, so can you!


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One response to “Ask an Upholsterer: Yes, You Too Can Be a Furniture Designer

  1. The Redhead Riter

    Looks fantastic!

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