- Posted by Debra
- On May 28, 2019
Most of us know that Goldilocks was a discriminating young lady who knew what
she wanted. She was on a mission to find comfort in the House of Bears. These
comfort details in upholstered goods are key to every design project, and many
choices are readily available for your perfect fit. I have found, in my 30+ years of
experience, that subtle changes can have a very positive effect.
Ergonomics is an applied science concerned with designing and arranging objects
that people use and how those items interact most efficiently and safely. Focusing
on ergonomics is an essential element in Interior Design. Function, efficiency, and
safety are combined with aesthetics and decoration to perform as the perfect
In specifying upholstered furniture, the proportion, balance, style and detailing
will follow the theme of a project. However, the internal workings of these
upholstery items, (chairs, loveseats, sofas, sectionals, etc.) can be tailored to a
client’s specific needs and comfort level. Sometimes changing the inserts,
webbing or frame construction can happily marry beauty, form and function.
These nuanced changes can even occur on multi-cushioned items such as sofas or
sectionals. I have had projects where one person has back problems and needs a
firmer cushion construction, and another in the same family may like a softer,
more enveloping seat and back. This can be accomplished by an experienced
upholstery company creating these internal modifications while still maintaining
the overall consistent appearance of the furniture. Each person gets their specific
needs met without sacrificing the beauty of the designed space. When working
on that individual fit, I recommend what I call the “Tush Test”. Clients should
visit the local workroom with their Designer to try out the modifications, and make
any adjustments prior to the final installation.
You may think these custom modifications are expensive, and they are not. They
are a small up-charge, and become priceless in a client’s overall comfort level. They
can be completed on new or existing furnishings as a person’s needs change,
especially as we get older. Communicating and understanding a client’s lifestyle,
heath issues and “wish list” can help to accomplish these important changes.
Finding the proper ergonomic fit for a client’s upholstered furniture can be the
“just right” feeling that Goldilocks was trying to achieve, and can be part of your
life as well. Putting together a strong creative Design Team can get you there.