Sunday, April 17, 2005

Custom Built Sofa

This sofa won me Upholsterer of the year!!

I was chosen as one of Upholstery Journal's 2004 Upholsterer's of the year. Thanks to my dear friend, and commercial partner, Cheryl, who submitted my profile and application. Each Year, UJ chooses 3 upholsterer's from each region. I was chosen from the 10 state Midwest region because of the custom built sofa above.

Would you believe that when I took this picture, the sofa had been in our house and had already been used for almost 5 years! Now let me ask you a question: Does your store bought sofa look this good? fudging.  Benton Evening News did an article on this:  Midwest Region Upholsterer of the Year - Ted Howard

I build high quality upholstered furniture that looks better and outlasts mass produced manufactured furniture. Folks, it is not hard to do. Did you know that the factories kick out a sofa every 10 minutes? And they skimp by using such things as plastic legs, cardboard arm shapers, poorly made plywood frames that incorporate low quality methods of joinery, cheaply lined skirts, low quality dust covers, dacron only filling in the inside backs and poor quality sewing- just to name a few. This is very typical of new sofas selling for less than $1500. I know, because I do warranty work for 3 new furniture dealers. I see these sort of failures everyday. Stop by the shop sometime and I will show you the warranty repairs I am doing that day.