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Tips & Tricks

Looking to order something from the Viesso line of custom furniture? Here are some great suggestions that will help you in your quest of creating the perfect version of our products to suit your needs.

Still seeking more? Give us a call at (877) 884-3776 or email us at [email protected] your questions and we’ll be happy to help.


Some Tips and Tricks

You can change the height of the custom sofa with the height of the legs.

If short on space but need maximum sitting area, think about having no arms on your sofa.

Fabrics best for children and pets are easy to clean, maintain a high rub count, and have a simple construction. Fabrics with these qualities will hold up better when subjected to heavy use. Look for synthetic materials like polyester, nylon, and acrylic and avoid natural fibers like cotton and rayon which are more likely to sbsorb stains. Avoid weaves and intricate fabrics which are easier for claws and fingers to snag, and often make hair removal more difficult.

If you are looking for very sharp lines on your upholstered pieces, use 100% foam on your cushions (no feathers). Feather fills make cushions slightly more rounded.

The smaller the cushion, the firmer the sit. With larger cushions, the weight is able to be displaced over a larger area so it will feel like you sink a bit more.

When choosing legs, think about the depth and design of the model. Typically, the deeper the frame the lower the leg should be. If the leg is too tall for a deep frame, the sit will not be comfortable. Also consider the thickness of the arm, as well as the angles of the sofa frame, and find a leg that is complimentary.

Protect your floor by adding small rubber pads on the bottom of the sofa legs. Not only will it prevent scratching, but it will make sure your pieces sit still when you don’t. Use felt pads for the opposite effect, allowing easy movement of your furniture on hardwood floors.

If you want an “L” sectional but don’t want the corner piece, think about placing an ottoman in the corner or even an end table.

Accent pillows can be used to provide needed color, texture and additional back support.


Functionality and Size

Here are just a few questions to ask yourself when picking furniture, especially big pieces like sectionals and sofas:

1. Placement: Is the furniture against a wall, or free floating in the middle of your space? Where is the TV, fireplace or window view, or is there another focal point in the room? Do I want to section off the room, or keep it as open as possible?

2. Configuration: Do I want a one armed sofa plus a chaise to create a fixed setup, or a two armed sofa plus an ottoman to increase the flexibility of your configuration? Maybe chairs are a better solution? Do I want a corner “L” sectional, or a standard sofa plus some chairs? Is this space used primarily for movie watching, talking, listening to music, lounging or other activities? Will I be moving soon or should I be specific to my current dwelling?

3. Use: Do I want to use this as my main piece, or more supplementary to existing pieces? Is it going to be used for lounging or more conversational, formal or casual

Here are two easy steps to determine the appropriate size for your space:

4. Size: We suggest determining what the maximum space you have to work with is, given the constraints of your space as well as the existing pieces of furniture. The best way to work through this is to take some blue painters tape (to prevent harming the floor) or masking tape, and place it on the floor in the shape of the basic outline of the piece you are creating. Consider how many people you would like to accommodate with your furniture, be it for seating or dining.


Fabrics and Colors

Thankfully, we have about as many options as you would ever hope to find. However, before sifting through fabrics at our showroom or online, it’s best to do some strategic thinking beforehand. These tips below will help you focus on what you are looking for in your custom furniture, and cut down on the time and energy spent while searching for the right color.

Existing colors on furniture and artwork in the room

Take a look at what you already have in the space. Tables, upholstered pieces, curtains, paintings, rugs, etc. all need to be taken into account. You can try and match existing colors or compliment them with something new. Either way you should try and make it feel like the room was put together at the same time, not a bunch of individual pieces thrown together.

How long will you be in your current dwelling?

If you will be there for a long time, choose something that works well with the existing color scheme. If you may be moving fairly soon, it might be wise to choose a color in the neutral family that will work in multiple environments and not just the current one.

How loud do you want to be with your colors?

You can make a statement with your piece by choosing bright colors or large patterns, or choose to have your custom furniture blend in with subtle tones and textures. Depending on if you want your piece to be a focal point or not can determine the color you go with. Remember, you can always get some accent pillows to add some needed color.

Contrasting with the floor and walls

In general, it’s good to have some contrast between your furniture and the floors and walls. If you have light floors/walls, choose a color that is darker (and vice versa). You can try and match, but this is more difficult and will result in a more monochromatic setting.

Are stains or pet fur a large concern?

If you have young children, dogs, or even messy friends, you may want to stay away from lighter colors. Certain fabrics are easier to clean than others depending on the material they are made from (synthetics are easier than natural fibers) and their cleaning code (link to cleaning code). In general though, darker colors will hide stains better than the lighter ones.

U.S. Rub Codes

6,000-9,000 = light use
9,000-15,000 = medium use
15,000-30,000 = heavy use
30,000+ = contract/maximum use (high traffic areas like hotels, restaurants, etc.)

The best way to measure the durability of any fabric is by looking at its “rub count”. This test, known as the The Wyzenbeek test, is the most common way to assess the fabric’s abrasion resistance. We carry fabrics with rub counts up to 1,000,000 to meet all your needs. A machine is used to rub the fabric until it has eroded through, so the higher the number, the higher the amount of rubs it took and the more durable the fabric.