Friday, April 1, 2011


Today I'm working on a project for a client that calls for COL - Customer's Own Leather...and it brought to mind the different ways that items can be customized, which then lead me to searching the net for definitions because my Textiles book from school is on-loan (isn't that just the way it goes? we always need something when it's on-loan to someone else)...anyway, I found the following definitions very useful for 3 of the most commonly used customizable options for furniture and thought I'd share. This was originally posted at: I love the Eyvind bed by Ironies that they posted in the 1/10/11 entry. I used that bed in my Residential Thesis Master bedroom - gorgeous!

Anyway, onto the definitions...
COM – Customer’s Own Material – The yardage specified by a manufacturer is generally given as plain goods (no repeat), 54″ wide. If the fabric is narrower or has a repeat, additional yardage is required. Repeats are generally figured on whichever is greater, vertical or horizontal. For example, if the fabric is 48″ wide with a 36″ repeat, an additional 40% more fabric would need to be ordered. Care should be given when choosing fabric; the location of the dominant motif, repeat size and scale in relation to the frame, and the pattern weave direction, all can affect the final product.

COL – Customer’s Own Leather – The amount specified by a manufacturer is given in total square feet required. As leather is a natural product, there is not a “standard” hide size, but generally hides run between 40-55 square feet of usable goods. Usable goods is the amount of leather that can be used for the upholstery process, and does not include the waste or scrap. The leather supplier will supply enough hides to fill the order, and depending upon the supplier, will or won’t charge for any overage. There is generally a 10-20% upcharge for upholstering with leather.

COT – Customer’s Own Trim – A somewhat lesser known term, but still part of the upholstery process. Custom welt cord or fringe trim for a throw pillow, is just as important as the perfect fabric. Always given in yards required, some manufacturers will charge an additional fee for applying the custom trim.

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