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Ever found the perfect piece of furniture to order, just to find out that not even one of the fabric choices work for you?

Don’t get discouraged if you can’t find the right fabric for your upholstered furniture – there is a solution!  It’s called C.O.M. or Customer’s Own Material.  Many furniture retailers don’t like to share this option as it makes the order a bit more complicated, but this is something we regularly specify and coordinate for our clients.

Graded-in fabrics, or fabrics offered through furniture manufacturers are typically not high-style.  They are usually very common textiles that appeal to a wide range of people.  Which is understandable as manufacturers can’t afford to stock specific fabric that only a small percentage of customers will purchase.  This is why most people’s furniture looks the same as their neighbors.  The good news is, you don’t have to settle for the ho-hum fabric options offered, you can bring a custom element to your pieces and let your style shine!

As most quality furniture manufacturers are willing to upholster their furniture pieces with fabric you send them, the C.O.M. process is fairly straight forward.  It’s a matter of verifying with the manufacturer that the fabric you want to use is appropriate for the piece.  Once you have their approval for the specific fabric they will provide the yardage based on the repeat of the fabric and an address to send the fabric to.  It’s that easy!

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  1. Be sure your fabric is suitable for upholstery, many lightweight fabrics are not.
  2. Be sure your fabric is of high quality, so it will last.
  3. Going C.O.M. might cost slightly more as you purchase the fabric separately, pay to ship it to the manufacturer, and pay the base price for the piece of furniture.
  4. An extended delivery time is common, due to the fact that the manufacturer will not put your piece into production until your fabric is received.
  5. C.O.M. is one of the best ways to customize your furniture and show your unique style!


The Design Team


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