Form and Function in Today’s Furniture Trends

In today’s society,  simplistically styled furniture pieces have become more popular.   Many individuals are using less patterns in their furniture and more in smaller accent pieces.  One reason for this is that it is more economical for furniture manufacturers to create solid pieces because the time involved in cutting the fabric is considerably less than trying to pattern match. It is too cost prohibitive to manufacture and ship very detailed, patterned furniture from overseas so most stores carry more solid pieces.


This is not bad news though because there can be many perks to creating a room by starting with a large solid piece.  When walking into a room which has mostly solids and textures, my first reaction is not that it is boring, but that it may be more enticing.   The reason for this is that the less  pattern in the room the less you will be distracted from the form of the individual pieces. The structure and lines of a sophisticated style will be more evident.  Many of the classic contemporary looks are often shown in solids because they have details in their design, such as tufts and pleats, that carry the eye all the way through the lines of the piece.  For most designers, furniture is art that is functional.  The thought process in creating a custom design is the same approach as an artist, the difference is ergonomics.

Chair Frame

When creating a custom piece of furniture, it is very important that its  functionality is well defined.  Louis Sullivan stated that “form follows function”.  If we create  furniture that has no function incorporated, it is almost guaranteed that the piece will be uncomfortable which would make it useless as furniture.   When creating pieces the height and depth of the piece are as important, if not more so, than the length which is what most consumers look for first. All elements of design must be considered during the creative process.

Another important criteria for you to consider when you decide to look for a sofa is to understand pricing.  Pricing is usually associated with quality and design.  The same look that you will see in lower end stores will not be identical to a similar one at a  high end retailer.  Although you may be looking at the same classic style in both lower end and higher end markets, the way it is upholstered and the materials used will be quite different.  Higher end pieces will generally give you many more years of good service. Today we live in a disposable world which is why many  lower end manufacturers design with economics rather than ergonomics in mind.


For a company like Fabrics and Frames who is known as a manufacturer of high-quality custom furniture and a superb upholstery shop, creating ergonomical, functional pieces is most important. We have seen many different qualities of frames throughout our 35 years and understand the difference between a great sofa vs. one that is not.  By properly analyzing your own unique needs and making educated comparisons, you will get a better product as well as a unique design that will best fit your lifestyle.  For those who enjoy creating their own look or need help envisioning a space, let Fabrics and Frames help!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir


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