Custom leather sofas are a great way to express your inner creativity and at the same time have a unique piece of furniture in your home. Until wholesale or retail furniture, you had to go to a special designer for your custom sofa. There are a number of stores that will do custom pieces for you, as well as have retail pieces - it isn't going to be Macy's, Nordstrom's or bigger department stores like that. Most times you will have to go to a locally owned specialty store.
Keep in mind that custom furniture is much more expensive than wholesale or retail furniture. This is because the sofa is made with your unique taste in mind and will not be mass made to sell at large stores. The custom leather sofa cost more for the designer to make and that price will trickle down to you, and cost more for you to buy. Often times the designer will ask that you put a percentage down before they start making the piece just to make sure you're committed to the project and they don't waste their time making something for you, that you really are interested in buying.
Leather is a fun material for your custom sofa to be made from. Leather is durable and creatively great to work with because it has the ability to do so many things. Leather is a luxurious material that makes a bold statement in the room and sets the atmosphere and dÃ©cor for everything else to fall into place.
Custom leather sofas can be anything you want them to be. There are several options you have to choose from; full length sofa, love seat, or sectional; distressed or traditional leather; a contemporary/modern or traditional style; and features.
A full length sofa is good for a medium or average size living room. It's normally about 86 inches long and can sit 3 adults comfortably. A love seat is a smaller version of the full length couch and can only seat 2 adults comfortably. A sectional can either be a set of the regular size sofa and loveseat, a longer version of the regular sized couch with or without an ottoman. Sectionals also come in different styles; for example there are sectionals with a rounded shape, or a squared shape. Sectional sofas are made for especially large rooms and designed to seat up to 8-10 adults at one time.
Leather normally has the option of coming either distressed or traditional. A distressed leather sofa is made to look like an antique sofa and has been artificially aged through different processes.
Another thing to keep in mind with your leather sofa is you have to take care of it. Unlike other materials leather was actually once alive and in order for it to maintain its luminous look and shine it has to be taken care of. Most leather sofas come with a leather care kit, and it would be wise for you to actually use it. And rubbing natural oils, with the exception of mineral oils and petroleum, on your leather sofa will help it to keep its shine and looking new for years to come.
There are also different styles of sofas. There is the traditional/modern style which is trendier. Contemporary furniture by definition means modern, up to date and present time. So you're going to be looking at trendy styles, sometimes a sofa that's traditional with a little twist. Custom leather sofas are great for people who like to stay on top of the trends and have the latest greatest thing. Be mindful, though, that because it's contemporary furniture it's going to be more expensive than more traditional pieces. The other option is to go more of a traditional route; something that is more common.
The features are the last thing you need to decide on. Features include overstuffed pillows, reversible pillows, have the ability to turn into a sofa bed or recline. Most of these features are standard on any sofa and should not cost you any extra money.
As you can see there are a wide variety of options to choose from, and if you don't like any of these choices talk with your designer and see what else you all can brainstorm.