customizing your upholstery

In this day and age, we can customize and build our own anything…which is great, right? We get to decide on our personal coffee flavor, order custom fit jeans or update our phone case with a picture of our new puppy. But did you know, you can also customize your own upholstered sofa, chair, or even a headboard?


It’s true! And the choices and combinations are almost endless! Choose from: over 500 fabrics, hundreds of styles & configurations, wood color on legs, nail head trim, or fabric piping.


What does this all mean? How do you choose when the selection is so overwhelming? Let us help. You can do it in 4 easy steps:

What’s your description?

Think of a title or headline for your room, how you will describe it to your friends? “This is my light and airy sunroom” or “This is my kid’s TV room!” This may help bring a visual to you…will you head for the white and yellow florals or ask to see the toughest leather that can withstand 6 year old boys?

Take a seat

Do you like to sink in or float on top? Different cushion options will provide different feels. The best way to choose, is to determine if the feel is right for the way it is going to be used. In other words, is it movie-watching cozy or do you want it to be grown up conversation sitting? Down feathers in the cushion will make it more sink-in-comfortable and dense foam will make it a firmer sit.

Choose a fabric, or two

So now the “sit” is right and you are staring at a rainbow of colors in fabrics. Knowing the answers to some of these questions will help you narrow down your choices a bit:

  • How important is durability and care-free maintenance to you? Is it family gathering nightly or only open on holidays, no kids allowed?
  • Do you see the sofa as the main piece in the room that you will create a fun palette around by adding fun pillows and accessories? Or
  • Do you want the biggest piece in the room to be a show stopping pattern?
  • Is this an accent chair that can allow you to be a bit more creative in your choice of fabrics or finishes?


conrad chair: peacock, ice bluepewter [sunbrella]

Prices of these fabric selections can vary, so be sure to ask questions, although, it may not necessarily cost you more to get the qualities and colors in a fabric that matter to you most.

 Add the finishing touch

You’ve done all the heavy lifting, and now you can focus on the fine details to complete the look so it’s just what you envisioned. Pillows are the most natural place for color or pattern. Don’t be afraid to have fun with your choices on the pillows.   In addition, you can use a contrast fabric, on some styles, for the piping on your piece to add a little unexpected punch. Or maybe on a headboard, you could add nail heads detailing for a fresh look. And if the legs on your chair or sofa are showing, you can often choose your wood stain color to match the other pieces in your room.

So, have fun customizing your new furniture and be sure to enjoy it as you sit back and drink your personalized coffee drink while flipping through the latest news on your custom covered phone.


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18 Responses to customizing your upholstery

  1. Susan Murphy says:

    I was interested in purchasing fabric to place over the arms of 2 chairs which I purchased to prevent wear/tear. How do you sell fabric, by the yard? also, other thought is, do you have to purchase arm “protectors” for chairs?

    Thank you
    Susan Murphy

    • Hi Susan, thanks for reaching out! If you purchased the chairs from Boston Interiors, please contact the store you purchased from and we can look into your order to see if that chair frame offers arm covers by special order. We don’t carry pre-made arm covers but we do sell yardage if you’d like to purchase fabric only and have them custom made elsewhere. Feel free to speak to one of our knowledgable Design Associates for more details. Have a great day!

  2. Katharine says:

    Hi, I love the Palmer Scoop Back Chair, but I see that you only carry it in store in Grey is that correct? I want to see if there is any way I can order this chair in a teal/grey/light blue color? Can you order in different color or only grey? Thank you?

  3. Kristin Bouchard says:

    I purchased two chairs that the Saugus store and wondered if I can have them redone in a new fabric? I love the chairs and they are only a few years old. The store does not seem to carry these any longer.

    • Hi Kristin, we don’t offer a re-upholstering service but do have a large fabric selection to choose from in our showrooms. If you find something you like you can order fabric by the yard and bring it to an outside service to have the chairs reupholstered. Feel free to contact the Saugus store if we can help any further 781-233-0614. Thanks so much!

  4. Joan Kramer says:

    I purchased 2 Fairbanks sofas about 6 years ago.
    At the time you sold slip overs for this sofa in store.
    Do you still carry ready made slip overs ?

  5. Michele DiBello says:

    I live in a Philadelphia suburb. Can I customize furniture on the website?
    Looking at Conrad chair and a sofa

    • Hi Michele, Thanks for reaching out. One of our Design Associates would be happy to help you customize the Conrad! Simply call 1-800-847-1336. Unfortunately, this feature is not currently available on our website at the moment. We are constantly working on ways to optimize our website capabilities so check back with us often! Thank you and have a great day!

  6. Joy Banks says:

    I would like to see some fabrics to use on your full size headboard. Plus shapes &

  7. Donna Nixon says:

    I also purchased a Fairbanks sofa with slipcover. Can a new slipcover be ordered only through Boston Interiors, or can a slipcover be ordered through the manufacturer?

  8. Rebecca Sneider says:

    I bought a dining room set over 15 years ago and would like to have the chairs re-covered. The chairs are such that it doesn’t look like we can do that on our own. Could we bring them to you and have you do it with another fabric?

    • Hi Rebecca, thanks for inquiring! We do not reupholster product but we do have a great selection of dining room chairs if you’re looking to change up the look of your space. If we can help with anything else don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our Design Associates: Thanks so much!

  9. Karen Schmidt says:

    Hi. I purchased FB sofa, but now would like to get new slipcover. i have moved from the area. any suggestions? thank you!

    • Hi Karen, we have hundreds of fabrics in-store to pick from for a new slipcover for your Fairbanks sofa. One of our Design Associates would be happy to assist you. Please contact your nearest store.

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