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Protecting Furniture From Kids

Children are a wonderful, fun-filled addition to any family, but they can be extremely hard on furniture—especially if it wasn't meant for rough-housing kids. I learned this lesson the hard way after I brought my daughter home to a living room filed with cream-colored couches. Her bottles were constantly dripping everywhere, and it was frustrating to see how many stains they accumulated. This blog is all about helping parents to protect their furniture from their kids, so that you can like your house as much as you love them. In addition to making your house look great, protecting furniture can help you to keep your investments intact.

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Custom Upholstery Ideas

If you're a collector of vintage items, chances are high that you have a chair that you love but that is in need of new upholstery. Rather than getting rid of a chair with a good, solid structure, you can personalize it with custom upholstery services

Not only will fresh upholstery breathe new life into an old chair, it will also give you a chance to design a seat that will coordinate with all of the other decor pieces in a specific room. For instance, if your bedroom or living room has a specific theme, such as tropical or garden, you can choose a fabric that blends seamlessly into the look. You could search through several different home furnishing stores and never find a chair that matches as well.

You can upholster almost any type of seating element, such as dining, kitchen, lounge, or even patio chairs, as well as couches and love seats. When upholstering an outdoor seat, make sure you choose a fabric that is made to withstand or resist the natural elements, such as water, mold, and mildew. 

To get you started, here are a few custom upholstery ideas.

Dining and Kitchen Chairs 

1. Velvet Upholstery

If you want to give your kitchen or dining room a romantic and elegant appearance, consider upholstering the chairs with lush, velvet upholstery. The rich fabric will add a dramatic flair to the dining space, as well as provide a soft touch.  You can stick with a simple color, such as white or cream, or you can go for a more sophisticated look with either burgundy or black velvet upholstery. Since you'll be eating on the chairs, pick upholstery that features a stain guard.

2. Whimsical Patterns

For a more casual kitchen or dining room look, go with upholstery featuring a whimsical pattern, such as fruit, flowers, or roosters, depending on the decor theme. If the space is largely neutral-colored, consider adding a pop of color, such as banana yellow or cherry red, with the upholstery.  You can also add visual interest by using a few different patterns that feature similar colors for a contrasting, yet coordinating, appearance. 

Couches and Love Seats

1. Cotton or Microfiber

Revamp an old or second-hand couch or love seat with customized upholstery. You can either go with a traditional cotton fabric or with a more modern-looking microfiber fabric that replicates the look of suede. If you have a busy household full of pets and kids, choose a fabric that can be cleaned with water and mild soap so that you're able to spot-clean it as needed. 

2. Faux  Leather

If you prefer a more edgy appearance, you can have your couch or love seat upholstered with a realistic-looking faux leather material. Go with either white, cream, brown, or black upholstery depending on your personal decor style.  You can choose either smooth cushions or opt for a tufted leather look.