How to Design Your Child’s Playroom

Every child deserves a playroom. It gives your little one a place to have fun and stretch their imagination. You want to create a room that inspires your child through the ages, so when designing their playroom, keep these things in mind:

Use multiple, bright colorsHow to Design Your Child's Playroom

Color is the key to creativity. You can paint the walls a bright color, or you can keep them neutral and have multi-colored furniture and wall art. You could even cover one wall with a hand-drawn design that relates to one of your child’s favorite stories or hobbies.

Add cubbies and storage bins for organization

Let’s face it, this room is going to get messy. Your child has a lot of toys and they all have to go somewhere. Invest in some storage bins for organization, or cubbies to display your child’s toys, adding some personality to the room.

Have a table for arts and crafts

If your child loves painting or crafting, it’s best to give them a proper place to do that other than your new hardwood floor. Find a small table and some chairs, either wooden or plastic, that goes well with the room.

Display your child’s artwork

When your child starts using that table for art projects, be sure to find someplace to display them. Keep some wall space clear so you can hang up any drawings, using wooden hangers or a wire clothes line. If your child is more into crafting than drawing or painting, put up a shelf to display the items.

Add comfortable seating

Comfy seating is essential, especially for reading, nap time, or playing with toys. Put in a few bean bag chairs, a small daybed for naptime, or some upholstery furniture. Here at Design Craft Upholstery, we make special, creative upholstery for children’s rooms and play spaces. Give us a call at 435-775-7620 to see what we could design for your child’s playroom.

Tips for Buying Antique Furniture

Antique furniture adds extra charm and class to your home, but buying an older piece of furniture is much different than buying it new. So how do you start?

Find a good place to shop and visit oftenTips for Buying Antique Furniture

First off, you’ll likely be buying it from an auction house, antique store, or flea market instead of a reputable retail store. Sometimes you can also find these pieces online, but it’s always best to examine them in person. Try to scope out the different antique stores, flea markets, etc. in your area and see what kinds of items they sell. Get to know the salespeople or vendors, get information on the items, and wait for bargains. If an item has been sitting out for a while, sellers will lower the price, and by checking in often, you can take advantage of this.

Try to find a signature, label, or stamp

You want to make sure that the item you’re looking at is a genuine, antique item and not just a knock-off. To ensure this, find a signature, label, or stamp showing who it was made by and when. You may not always find one, especially if it’s from the 17th or 18th centuries, but if you do then that will tell you a lot about the item. Check the backs and undersides of drawers, or the back or bottom of the entire piece.

Look for quality

You should make sure the item was made well and is still in good shape. Ensure that the materials and workmanship are high quality and check that the item works as it should. Drawers should slide in and out easily, and frames should be sturdy, not shaky.

Don’t be deterred by scratches

You want to try and find gently used furniture, but the older the piece, the more likely you’ll find scratches. Surface scratches, however, can be fixed, so don’t let those minor flaws scare you away. If the item you’ve picked out does have defects, use that as an opportunity to bargain for a better price. Then, bring it to Design Craft Upholstery. We can restore your antique item so it looks like new again.

5 Rules for Mixing Patterns in Your Interior Design

Incorporating a vibrant mix of textures and patterns in your interior design adds visual interest and contrast to any room. Yet for the interior design newbie, it can be a challenge. Here are some simple rules for mixing patterns in your interior design:

Pick a Palette5 Rules for Mixing Patterns in Your Interior Design

Mixed patterns look best when they fall within the same color palette. Do you prefer warm reds and oranges, or cool blues and greens? Choose which colors look best in your space and find patterns in those hues. Also, pick patterns with the same color intensity, and avoid those that don’t match. For example, avoid mixing pastels with jewel tones.

Choose Three Patterns Per Room

You can have more, but odd numbers always seem to make things work. Just make sure they’re varied in scale. A general rule is to choose one large pattern, one medium and one small.

Distribute Patterned Pieces Evenly

If you’ve got a couch with mixed upholstery and throw pillows in the middle of an otherwise simple room, it can look odd. For best results, design your interior with patterns distributed throughout the room.

Consider Texture

When mixing patterns, mix textures as well—some smooth, some rougher, some embroidered, etc.

Function Matters

Larger patterns will pull a space together and establish a sense of harmony, whereas smaller patterns are best used to draw the eye’s attention to one area of the room.

Ready to decorate your home with a mix of patterns? At Design Craft Upholstery, we can reupholster your furniture in a wide variety of fabrics. Give us a call today at (425) 775-7620 to find out more.

Pet Owner’s Guide to Choosing Upholstery Fabric

Reupholstering your furniture allows you to recapture your furniture’s original beauty and integrity.

While you have a large deal of choices when it comes to upholstery fabric, as a pet owner, you must consider a few factors.

We love our pets and so often treat them like family, allowing them to lounge about on the furniture with us. However, this means we must take caution in which fabrics we choose for our sofas and which we should avoid.

Upholstery fabrics to choosePet Owner's Guide to Choosing Upholstery Fabric

With pets, the best fabrics to choose are those that offer durability and are easy to maintain.

With its durable nature, leather is one of the best fabrics to choose for pet owners. Pet hair does not stick to leather and you can easily clean the fabric with a damp cloth without damaging the surface.

Because natural leather looks weathered as it ages, cat and dog scratches will go practically unnoticed and in some instances can help enhance the vintage look.

Another great option for pet owners is synthetic fabrics that are not prone to tears and scratches and which you can clean easily.

Fabrics like microfiber are resistant to stains and bacteria.

Fabrics to avoid

Fluffy pet fur, muddy paws, kibble residue: our furniture easily becomes a magnet for our pet’s messes depending on the type of fabric each piece has.

When it comes to reupholstering your furniture, avoid fabrics like tweed, which attracts pet hair. Pet fur and dirt embeds in rough-textured tweed, making it difficult to remove. Fabrics like suede, while durable, are also difficult to clean when soiled.

Silk and velvet are two other fabrics to avoid, as their delicate and luxurious materials are easy to destroy and tear. Silk also stains easily and is very vulnerable to dog paws and cat claws. Stay away from fabrics containing loose weaves or loops that pets may get stuck in.

Pick the “purrfect” upholstery fabric to suit your pet owner lifestyle from Design Craft Upholstery!

We offer furniture reupholstering and furniture restoration services in Lynnwood, so give us a call at 425-775-7620 to get started!

4 Tips for Caring for Your Antique Furniture

Antique furniture adds personal style and vintage charm to your space and makes a bold statement, as long as it’s well taken care of, of course!

Here are some best practices for caring for your antique furniture:

Clean carefully4 Tips for Caring for Your Antique Furniture

Your antique furniture only stands the test of time if you put in the proper care and delicate maintenance required for upkeep.

Dust off your furniture with a very soft cloth, and avoid common household cleaning products. Trust a mild cleaner designed for your furniture’s material to remove stains or built-up dirt. Never use abrasive brushes on your furniture; use only soft materials to avoid scratching or wear.

Pick the perfect spot

Keep your antique furniture out of direct sunlight, which can degrade finishes and wood. Try instead to illuminate your furniture as evenly as possible to avoid uneven fading.

Move your furniture away from heating vents, as heat can cause shrinking that loosens veneers, glue joints, and inlays.

Air conditioning vents also subject your furniture to changes in temperature that may lead to cracking or damage. Use a dehumidifier to regulate your home’s humidity and to avoid the effects of too much moisture on your furniture, such as stuck drawers or mold growth.

Give it some polish

Owning antique furniture comes with the important responsibility of making it look its best.

Protect your furniture with a little wax and polish. Choose a high-quality paste wax to give your furniture a varnished finish and to provide protection from moisture and dust.

Wax your pieces only a few times per year to avoid dulling your furniture’s finish.

Call in the professionals

Maybe your antique furniture was passed down to you, or you found your beautiful pieces at a yard sale or online. However, you acquired these antiques, they’re likely to need a bit of repair some time down the line.

At this point, it is best to call in the professionals to artfully reestablish your piece. Some of the best antique restoration services include individual refinishing and upholstery to remove all signs of damage and to revitalize the character of your furniture.

Trust Design Craft Upholstery for antique restoration guaranteed to bring your furniture back to life!

Interior Design Trends: 2019 Edition

With 2019 underway, it’s time to bring your home décor to life with this year’s most popular trends!

Read on to learn about the interior design trends of 2019 and some tips for how you can incorporate these into your décor overhauls.

Go natural

Having greenery incorporated in your living space not only invites more oxygen and an earthy vibe, but also catches the eye. Think of including big bold plants and trees and be sure to hold on to the care instructions!

Bold and modern living room

There is nothing worse than watching a plant wilt away. Tender love and care are key.

Get bold

Thinking of a fresh paint job? Consider going dark and moody instead of the traditional light grey and blue hues. Think dark navy, an eggplant purple, perhaps even a deep burnt orange to spice it up!

Not sure you can commit to painting an entire room in a bold hue? Consider painting one ‘accent’ wall with a daring color and compliment the other walls with a more natural color. Looking for more color ideas? Check out the top 15 of 2019!

Go soft and luxurious

Get ready to see velvet make a comeback in 2019.

From women’s fashion to room décor, velvet is having its moment this year. Doesn’t laying on a soft velvet sofa sound cozy? Get inspired to incorporate this lux fabric into your room overhaul.

Do you have a piece of furniture that you love but could use a velvet upgrade? We reupholster—this simple switch can truly transform your space!

Get brassy

It’s time to leave stainless steel in 2018 and welcome brass into your home in 2019. Think about making the switch on cabinets and faucets with this classy alternative.

Go printed

From contemporary shapes to florals, you can choose how bold you want to go. Oversized geometrics can make a bold statement, while subtle prints, including floral can be an easy and chic way to refresh the feel of a room.

Incorporate these patterns into your wallpaper, statement-making décor, or furniture! It makes sense to keep the sofa and comfortable chairs that treat you well, so reupholstering is the way to go, especially with so many more fabric options and increased durability.

There’s really no limit to how you can spruce up your living quarters this year. And for all of your reupholstery and restoration needs, contact the team at Design Craft Upholstery!

What to Consider When Choosing a Sofa Color

So, you’re on the hunt for a sofa; this means you’re looking at the levels of comfort throughout your options and at the size of each, of course, to ensure that your new piece can actually fit in your space.

Now it’s time to think about color!

Here are a few things to consider before choosing the color of your new sofa:

Your sofa’s aesthetic purpose

First determine the aesthetic purpose of your couch.

Bright Living Room with PlantsMore often than not, a sofa serves as either the focal point or an accent of a room. The color of your sofa, then, depends on how much you want the furniture to stand out.

When your sofa is the centerpiece of your room, choose vibrant colors and patterns that instantly attract the eye. Select a subtler, more neutral color for accent sofas that aim to highlight other more important parts of your space.

Your room’s color schemes

How do you choose just one color for your sofa?

With so many hues and patterns to pick from, committing to one choice can be overwhelming. Make the decision a bit easier by using the existing color scheme of your space.

If you plan on adding a couch to an already decorated space, simply choose a color that meshes well with your pre-existing color palette.

If you plan on redecorating, try first choosing your room’s accents and artwork and then selecting a sofa color that complements your choices.

Your family’s habits

Having young children, messy family members, or furry pets should be factored into your color choice. Your family’s habits, such as eating and drinking on the couch, are another determining factor.

Dark colors hide stains and spills better than light colors, and pet fur is harder to clean off of white fabric.

How often you use your couch and for what purposes can help guide you in selecting the best color sofa that suits your lifestyle!

Haven’t found a color you like yet or are reluctant to let go of your old comfy couch? The team at Design Craft Upholstery, Inc. can help! With reupholstering, you have the opportunity to choose from a wider range of patterns and fabrics.

Give us a call at 425-775-7620 today to learn more about our upholstery and restoration services!

3 Signs that Your Sofa Cushions Need to Be Replaced

There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day of work and collapsing on the living room sofa.

But after a while, sofas can become less comfortable and less aesthetically pleasing from years of wear and tear. When your sofa begins to lose some steam, it may be time to replace or reupholster the cushions.

Read on for a few tell-tale signs your sofa needs to be revamped or removed from the premises!

Loss of compression

One of the biggest factors in replacing your sofa cushions is loss of compression. Over the years, your couch sees a lot of action eventually causing the cushions to become flat and dull. If you notice your cushions are sinking into the springs, it might be time to invest in a new one.

Replacing Sofa CushionsThe color is fading

Maybe your couch is still beloved and comfortable, but it’s starting to show some age. After a while, the color of your cushions may begin to gray and lose their vibrancy.

Under these circumstances, it might actually be a good idea to consider reupholstering. That way you can hold onto the couch you love while breathing new life into it.

It doesn’t fit with your other décor

If you’ve redecorated the room, there’s a chance your couch no longer fits in with the style of the other elements anymore. Once again, reupholstering can be a great plan of action to save money and keep your sofa looking young.

After assessing your sofa situation and determining whether you need to put it on the curb or restore it to its former glory, you need to find someone you can trust to do the reupholstering!

Design Craft Upholstery specializes in furniture reupholstering and furniture restoration in Lynnwood, Everett, Seattle and the surrounding areas. Learn more about our upholstering restoration and call us at 425-775-7620 and receive a quote!

3 Benefits of Leather Furniture

We’ll be honest here: we love leather.

Not only is it sleek and is a favorable choice among interior designers, leather is full of advantages that make it particularly ideal for furniture.

Leather Furniture RepairLeather will never go out of style

Let’s think about leather for a second. Where else have you seen a material that is both associated with an age-old couch, and a modern one? Right? That is not by coincidence. L

Leather has been attracting furniture lovers for generations, as a comfortable material that can very much live on in whatever era’s it is in. Perhaps it’s due to the unique look that leather provides, or its utility.

Leather is no match for stains

Speaking of: utility. Someone dropped juice or red wine on the furniture. Now, what are you going to do?

If you have leather, then the answer is clear: don’t worry! Leather is one of the most stain-resistant materials on the market and is recommended for the more social of hosts.

It’s as if leather could last a lifetime

And since it’s stain-resistant, leather tends to last a while. Durability of a product here is key, which is why, often, leather costs more than fabric materials. But the upfront cost is seriously worth the investment: you’ll likely have that leather furniture in your possession for longer, given its ability to be cleaned with ease, and affect any room’s decor positively. Like many furniture pieces before it, leather will live on in that way.

Now you can see why at Design Craft Upholstery, we love leather. Which is why we offer upholstery services for all types of furniture. If you’re looking to ensure proper leather furniture repair, restoration and upholstery, call us at 425-775-7620 today!

The Advantages of Reupholstering Furniture

Reupholstered FurnitureLet’s face it, buying furniture can be an overwhelming task, especially if you’re living in a large home with lots of rooms to refurnish. Where can you get the best quality? What store is going to have all the style options you need?

One thing that people often forget about when they’re ready to update the look of their home is that buying new furniture isn’t the only option!

If you reupholster the furniture you already have, you could end up saving money in the long run—and you’ll be able to transform the look of your home with ease.

Here are a few advantages that come with reupholstering furniture, as opposed to buying new!

Reupholstering offers better quality furniture pieces

If you’re thinking about reupholstering your furniture, chances are you bought it for the first time quite a while ago. The pattern on the fabric is probably a bit outdated, and if it’s been well-used and well-loved for many years, it could look a little worse for wear. Here’s the thing: buying new furniture might seem more cost effective in the moment than reupholstering, since having each piece of your furniture completely reupholstered can get a little expensive. However, most of the furniture on the market these days is mass produced, which means that the materials and the construction leave a little bit to be desired in terms of quality.

Sure, you could spend a few hundred dollars on a couch from a large, mass-produced furniture store, but you’ll just need to replace it in a couple of years when it starts to wither and fall apart

Reupholstering your older, sturdier furniture can end up saving you money in the long-run: you reupholster once, and you won’t need to replace the furniture until you’re ready for another fabric change years later.

Consider the price you paid for your furniture many years ago, and compare it to the price of today’s cheap, mass-produced furniture: it’s more cost effective to spend a bit more now to have it reupholstered and repaired, rather than toss it and buy a new piece that will not stand the test of time.

Design your reupholstered furniture to your liking with any fabric, pattern or style

Upholstered FurnitureAngie’s List says that if you have unique, antique or craftsman furniture, you’ll have a hard time finding something with a similar style at today’s furniture stores that doesn’t come with a ridiculous price tag. Instead of sacrificing sentimental pieces and foregoing your preferred style, simply keep the pieces you love, and re-wrap them in a more modern looking fabric.

Plus, when you reupholster, the sky’s the limit when it comes to what the finished product will look like. When you’re shopping for new furniture, there are only so many options that fit with the vision you have for your home in your head. However, when you reupholster, you can pretty much choose any fabric, pattern and style that will complement the design of the room.

Don’t compromise your comfort when you reupholster your favorite cozy couch

If you can’t wait to relax on your couch with a movie and some popcorn at the end of a long day, then you probably have an exceptionally comfortable couch. Would you risk replacing it with a less than comfortable version, or would you rather reupholster the couch so that it keeps its comfort and integrity?

Many products made today are made with cheap materials, and it can be hard to find something that’s comfortable, affordable, and well-made. If you already have something that’s comfortable, already paid for, and well-made, refresh it’s look with some new fabric, and get back to your regularly scheduled programming in no time!

Reupholstery FabricAdd value to an already valuable antique

Some antiques are simply worth a great deal of money, and you shouldn’t have to part with them, even though the upholstery is a crazy, loud Victorian pattern! The answer is simple: reupholster. By reupholstering your antique furniture, you are restoring it and adding value to an already valuable item.

 

Reupholster and help the environment

If you like to recycle and keep your trash to a minimum during the year, then reupholstering your furniture can be a great alternative to tossing old pieces that will eventually end up in a landfill. Take care of the Earth and recycle your old furniture with new upholstery; you’re basically recycling your couch right before your own eyes!

Many of you may be interested in the idea of reupholstering your furniture, but you may not be sure where to start. Luckily for you, here at Design Craft Upholstery, Inc., we’ve been reupholstering all kinds of furniture since 1975, and we know just what your old, experienced furniture needs to look brand new again.

Our team of experts offers several services to breathe life back into your chairs, couches and other furniture pieces. Give us a call at 425-775-7620 today to learn about working with us for your next re-upholstery project or restoration needs or receive an estimate for your antique furniture repair!