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Customer's Own Material

Create custom décor with Designer Modern Homes' Customer's-Own-Material (COM) service. As the name suggests, our special service allows you combine your choice of fabrics with the style of a DMH design - giving you the ultimate in decorating versatility! There is a flat fee of $200 for this service regardless of how many pieces you purchase. The customer is responsible for the cost of fabric and shipping it to us. 

How it works:

With almost all of our pieces, you have the opportunity to create a look all your own. You simply send us the fabric of your choice. We can even help you decide how much you'll need and what will work best. Once your order is placed, we'll handle the rest, from production to delivery. Please remember that all COM furniture is Made to Order. Therefore, these items are non-returnable and non-cancellable.

How to Order:
To use our COM service, give us a call or send us an email for exact yardage to purchase. Please note that the price of a COM item does not include the price of fabric. Please call or email us for order assistance or to request an information packet.

Please mail order form, swatch and fabric to:

We must have the order form before we can proceed with your order. Please cut a small swatch of your material (at least six square inches) and staple it right side up to your order form. In the unlikely event that your material and order form become separated, this will assist us in locating your fabric.

If your fabric and order form will be sent to us in separate packages, please indicate so on your order form. On the mailing label of the package in which you send your fabric, please write "Attention COM Department," and include your name and return address.

Selecting Your Fabric

To ensure the quality of the finished product, please follow the guidelines below for selecting fabric:

  • All fabric must be continuous yardage; we cannot accept multiple pieces of material.
  • Any stripes will be arranged vertically, unless you specifically request horizontal striping.
  • If your furniture is tufted, striped fabrics are not recommended.
  • Please do not send contrasting fabrics, welt or fringe.
  • If your fabric features a central design, we will make every effort to center it on your item, if you so specify on the COM order form.
  • Before sending your fabric to us, please inspect it for flaws. We are not responsible for fabric that arrives to us with flaws. 
  • If you are sending material for a slipcover that you intend to machine wash, then please pre-wash the material. (We recommend discussing this with the person from whom you buy your fabric, as the yardage you purchase should take into account any shrinkage from pre-washing.)
  • Because inadequate fabric will delay your order and excess fabric cannot be returned, please measure carefully.
  • All fabric must be sent on a roll, not folded.
  • Fabric must be at least 54" wide.
  • Please send continuous yardage only; multiple pieces of material cannot be used.
  • If you are ordering fabric from an online vendor have them send the fabric to you for inspection - do not ship directly to us if you have not inspected the fabric fully. 

Determining Fabric Amount

How much material you send is determined by three primary fabric qualities: width, the presence and repeating frequency of a pattern, and whether or not the fabric is "railroaded."

  • Width – Fewer yards (in length) are required for wider fabric bolts (please refer to chart, below).
  • Pattern – More fabric is required for larger patterns, in order to ensure proper pattern placement on furniture. The size of the pattern is expressed in terms of how frequently the pattern repeats. For all plaid fabric, total yardage is generally increased by 30%.
  • "Railroading" – Generally, fabric patterns are printed or woven vertically along the bolt. Since most fabrics are 54" wide, a wider piece of furniture (such as a sofa) that is upholstered in a vertical print fabric will usually have two seams (as shown below).

When a pattern is printed or woven horizontally, however, the fabric is "railroaded." This means that the fabric runs across the furniture horizontally, eliminating vertical seams and creating a more professional look – and requiring a smaller amount of material (as shown below). For non-railroaded fabric, total yardage is generally increased by 30%.

Use our fabric charts to determine how much material you will need for your particular furniture body. Please note that "plain fabric" is "railroaded" material with no pattern or nap. If you are unsure about any of the terminology used here, please print out this information and take it along when buying your fabric.