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What are the pros and cons of buying custom furniture?

Want to design your next piece of furniture, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you? Designing your own couch is the equivalent of going to Build-A-Bear as a child (or adult – we won’t judge). Read below as we uncover the pros and cons to buying custom furniture, as well as answer some of your top questions about the process.



Now that you have a good idea of the pros and cons of buying custom furniture, let’s go over some of our clients top questions they have when thinking about designing custom furniture.

What Types of Custom Furniture Can I Design?

The answer to this question really depends on how much you are willing to spend on custom furniture. Anything can be custom – for a price! For this article, let’s focus on more ‘mainstream’ custom furniture. The most common types of custom furniture are sofa’s, sectionals, and beds

These categories of furniture allow you to choose what size, shape, fabric you want plus you can add in decorative accents like nail heads or piping if you wish! 

Custom Sofa
Photo: Ellerston Showhome by Pacesetter Homes
Custom Sectional
Photo: Cypress Showhome by Pacesetter Homes
Custom Bed
Photo: Calypso Showhome by Pacesetter Homes

How Much Does Custom Furniture Cost?

The answer to this question is… it depends! When you are looking at designing your own couch or bed, there are a ton of different options to choose from, all of which can effect the cost quite dramatically. 

The prices shown here are based on standard sizes and a base fabric selection. 

What Types of Things Can I Custom?

Pretty much anything and everything! Below are the top 3 items our customers and designers have added to their custom furniture in the past. 

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The Fabric

This goes without saying really. Probably one of the top advantages of designing your own furniture is that you can pick exactly what color and material you want it to be. There are literally hundreds of options from neutral tones of white, beige and grey to brighter and bolder shades of pink, purple and blue. 

Don’t forget about the material as well. Have kids or animals? Choose a material that will be durable and long lasting. Don’t have kids or animals? Why not opt for something more luxurious like leather or velvet. 

The Dimensions

No matter the type of custom furniture you are purchasing, you can always make it fit into any space you have. 

Let’s use a sectional sofa for example. When it comes to building a custom sectional, you choose each ‘section’ of the couch, of which there are many. Think of it like building a puzzle. Choose a left arm section, add 2 middle sections plus a corner, maybe another single section and then pop a chaise on the end. Boom – instant Netflix and chill spot. 

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The Finishing Details

Ok so you’ve found the perfect style. You’ve chosen the fabric best suited to your lifestyle. It will fit into your space like a glove. But, there is just something not quite right still… 

Buttons! Add a row of simple buttons to the back of the sofa, and now it’s perfect. 

If buttons aren’t your thing how about adding horizontal or vertical channels, or maybe some subtle tufting or piping or even change the color of the legs! 

Can I Return Custom Furniture?

Unfortunately, the answer to this will typically be no. It does depend on the store you’ve purchased from however, like most custom products, it has been specifically designed to suite you. This is why it’s important to ensure the selections you’ve made for your custom piece can transition with you throughout the different phases of your life. Most importantly though – triple measure the space before purchasing! 

How Can I Get Started Designing My Custom Furniture?

Most stores that sell custom furniture will allow you to build, price and purchase it online, however for this type of purchase it’s always best to meet with a designer. 

By meeting with a designer or consultant, they will be able to best select & layout the piece of furniture to your space. They will also have fabric swatches on hand, allowing you to touch and feel the fabric and see the colors in person. 

Most furniture stores will have a design consultation, allowing you to book an appointment with a designer to go over your options! 

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types of window coverings

Window Coverings Simplified: All About the Different Types of Shades & Drapery

Window Coverings are an item that every home needs. When it comes to choosing the right type for your home there are many different styles available, each with their own pro’s and con’s. 

To help you better understand the differences between each type of window shade and drapery options, our team at designQ has put together a simplified guide to tell you what you really need to know about each type. 

Roller Shades

Simple & Clean Design. Effortlessly Modern. Roller Shades have a clean, simple design and go well with almost any décor. They are very easy to operate and to clean. Roller Shades come in a variety of different fabric colors, patterns and textures. Click here to view even more information about the roller shade. 

Video Filmed in the Ellerston Showhome by Pacesetter Homes.

Dual Shades

Distinct Design. Beautiful Style. Dual Shades are a unique shade with exceptional light flexibility and easy operation. With alternating vanes of fabric, 1 sheer and 1 solid, the dual shade will add a statement to any room in your home. Available in a multitude of fabric colors & materials. Click here to view even more information about the dual shade. 

Video Filmed in the Calypso Showhome by Pacesetter Homes.

Sunset Shades

Elegant and simple design. Long lasting style. Sunset Shades are a beautiful shade with light flexibility and easy operation. Sunset Shades will offer a soft statement to any room in your home, combining sheer & solid vanes of fabric for a stunning look. Click here to view even more information about the sunset shade. 

Video Filmed in the Cypress Showhome by Pacesetter Homes.


Drapery is something that can take a room from nice to wow! Whether you are looking for a simple drapery panel to seamlessly coordinate with your décor, or a custom drapery panel to make an impact, there are many different options available. When adding drapery panels to your home, there are quite a few components to think about. In this video we’ve broken that down for you to make it simple and easy to have a custom drapery look in your home. Click here to view even more information about our custom drapery program.

Video filmed in the Sansa Showhome by Sterling Homes and the Cypress & Ellerston Showhomes by Pacesetter Homes.

While there are a few other types of window coverings available, these are typically the most common, and the most affordable. To learn more about other types of window coverings available, please reach out to us