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Custom Upholestry: Made Just for You

Spring is just around the corner, and we’re already envisioning longer daylight hours and more relaxed evenings outside. Now that all of the holiday decorations are packed away and spring cleaning lists are dancing in our heads instead of sugar plums, it’s the ideal time of year to turn your attention to sprucing up your home for spring. Many of us take a second look at our living rooms and bedrooms this time of year and sigh. We know they need a refresh, but it can be overwhelming knowing where to start—and exactly what you want for the space.

Furniture of Dalton, Georgia’s largest furniture and flooring store, has the perfect solution for your spring interior design needs with our expansive selection of custom upholstery fabrics and manufacturers. Many of us don’t realize the flexibility, benefits, and gorgeous outcome of custom upholstery. In our world of mass production and sameness, leading furniture brands like Norwalk, Smith Brothers, Mayo, and King Hickory offer so many beautiful custom options from sofas, loveseats, chairs, headboards, and more. You select your own fabric combinations and finishes to create a truly custom dream room within your budget.

There is a real luxury to doing custom upholstery. It gives me the ability to create anything my client wants,” said Mia Newman from the Furniture of Dalton sales team. “I can showcase their individual personality and that is how a house is transformed into a home. The possibilities are endless.” 

To make shopping custom upholstery easier, Furniture of Dalton has divided our large store into clearly marked brand sections with inspiration walls filled with stylish fabric choices. Selecting upholstery fabrics is an exciting experience with options ranging from more formal choices to performance fabrics for busy households with kids and pets. You can browse on your own or discuss your options with one of our skilled sales consultants—or even call on our in-house interior designer. We’ll walk you through the process from selecting the furniture, seating configuration, fabrics, nail heads, wood finishes, and more.

The final outcome? Your custom upholstery furniture will be all your own, with fabric and finish combinations that best suit your unique design style, family needs, and budget. We love seeing what our customers create and encourage you to share photos with us so that we can share on our social channels.

Are you ready to get started? Contact us today!





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Sofa Story: A Brief history of 10 iconic forms

Merriam-Webster Dictionary tells us that the word ‘sofa’ emerged from the name for an “earlier, raised carpeted floor, from Italian sofà, from Turkish sofa, from Arabic ṣuffa.”  This storied origin reflects the fact that people have been sitting, in some degree of comfort, for all of recorded history.

Early seating was typically hard, with materials ranging from stone to wood, often without much cushioning. Over the centuries, upholstery gained in popularity, making way for contemporary soft seating in a wide range of styles. Join us as we explore ten iconic sofa styles.

Chaise Longue

 Chaise Longue

Essentially a long, reclining chair. Often features upholstery, one raised side and four exposed legs.


Single lounging or bench like, multiple seating.


The chaise longue is a perfect entry point into sofa studies, having existed in some form in ancient cultures across the world. From Egyptian to Olmec, artifacts depict gods or nobility lounging on bench-like daybeds. Greeks called their chaise longues ‘klines’ and Romans used their long chairs for dining.

Today, chaise longues are generally longer and lusher. Options have multiplied over the years, and you can find almost any variation - from velvet divans to plastic by the poolside. Choose your level of imperialism, and kick up your heels…

 Love Seat

 Love Seat

Intimate seating for two, traditionally marked by a high, upright back and taut upholstery. Many modern styles have evolved to mimic plush sofas, and appear as miniature versions of current couches.



Small spaces, or as additional seating paired with a full sized couch.



Your favorite seat for snuggling was not intended for romance. Instead, the double wide seat was designed to accommodate a single woman, circled by the wide skirts in fashion in the 1800’s. As fashions changed, the loveseat was made more comfortable, and expanded to encourage close seating for two. Today, you’ll have no problem finding a loveseat to match your living room set, or a single stunner for your boudoir.



Namely: curved cabriole legs. Also, an exposed wooden frame, slightly lowered arms, and lack of unattached back cushions.



Elegant entertaining with a touch of formality, lightened when mixed with pops of color and eclectic pieces.



This is the form you picture in a parlor, with teacups in hand and pinkies raised. This sofa takes its name from the cabriole leg, an s shaped support characteristic of the Louis XV period. We also find the cabriole leg attached to elegant tables and chairs, often claw footed. Today’s cabriole sofas shy away from stuffy and incorporate comfort within their elegant lines.






Traditionally leather clad, known for its tufted, deep buttoned upholstery. Rolled arms and back are equal in height, with exposed nail head trim.



Studies and libraries; a staple for any space seeking a time-honored spin.



Cue the cigar smoke — the Chesterfield sofa is an icon of British gentleman’s clubs. It was created in the 1700’s for Lord Philip Stanhope, the Fourth Earl of Chesterfield. The purported aim was multiple seating that did not cause unsightly suit wrinkles, and the style caught on. Emblematic of upper class England, the Chesterfield design was exported by Royal Army officials to British Colonies far and wide. Leather versions improve with wear, and add substance to a room.





An arched back, peaked at the center and sides. Like the cabriole, traditionally features exposed legs, scrolled arms, taut upholstery, and a lack of separate back cushions.



Elegant, emphatic style. Works well poised between windows.



The Camelback sofa hearkens back to the late 18th century and the design studios of Thomas Chippendale. Chippendale was an influential British furniture designer and cabinet maker at the fore of fine craft. The Chippendale style, associated with various forms of furniture, was the first style to be named after a designer rather than a monarch. The camelback sofa is a tried and true favorite of the ages, and will happily hold court in your living room.

Lawson Style

 Lawson Style

The American standard, designed for simplicity and comfort. Generously sized with three separate seat and back cushions. A simple boxed shape with low arms and serious sinkability.



Casual spaces, focused on simplicity, comfort and ease. The best sofa for midday naps.



The Lawson style is the the most common American sofa-- the form your picture when you hear the word ‘couch.’ This style is designed for comfort, overstuffed and generously proportioned. The Lawson style was created at the turn of the 20th century for copper magnate Thomas Lawson. You can’t find a more comfortable couch for movie lovers and bookworms alike.


Tuxedo Sofa

Tuxedo Sofa 

A square, pared back style defined by back and arms of the same height. Tuxedo sofas are often taller than other designs, and are traditionally designed with exposed legs and a single row of tufting.



A stylish space with a nod to glamour. Toss in some extra pillows for added comfort.



The Tuxedo sofa takes its name from the village of Tuxedo Park in New York, the same place that christened the formal suit. Notable residents of upscale Tuxedo Park included Emily Post, the grand dame of good manners. Tuxedo Sofas appeared in the 1920’s, and with their clean lines and simple shape, hinted at modernism on the way.  A Tuxedo Sofa is a principle of good taste, a style that makes any living room feel upscale.



 Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern 

A streamlined look, with low, exposed legs.



The ‘it’ sofa for modern spaces and urban living.



Mid-century modern was a design movement evolving from the mid-1930’s to 1965. Mid-century modern sofas were designed for post-war, urban living. They were made to be slimmer for small spaces and lightweight enough for frequent moves. This sofa style is wildly popular today, a darling of minimalist and eclectic homes alike. The Mad Men televisions series pushed this style back into the limelight, and updated versions are in high production. Choose this style for a contemporary, clean-lined look, equally at home in a living room or gallery.





A multi-piece, modular sofa, often comprised of 3 to 5 parts. Commonly arranged in L-shaped or U-shaped configurations, and made to seat a crew.



Entertaining. Provides generous seating, well suited for cocktail hour or Superbowl parties.



When envisioning a sectional, you might jump to the overstuffed standard. But you’re just as likely to find a slim, streamlined version. Sectionals these days run the gamut, with a stunning variety of contemporary options. Though earlier examples exist, the modern sectional found widespread popularity in the 1950’s, as American designers like Charles and Ray Eames re-imagined furniture form. Depending on your space and taste, you can seek sleek, streamlined sectionals, or well-cushioned sets with all the bells and whistles.


Sleeper Sofa

Sleeper Sofa

Appears to be solely a sofa, folds out into a guest bed.



Expanding your sleeping space. Plays double duty: living room by day, guest room by night.



1899 saw the emergence of the first center fold bed. The Murphy bed followed in 1908, a pivoting mattress that folded into the wall. But it was the 1930’s that saw Bernard Castro, an Italian immigrant to America, invent the modern sleeper sofa. The hallmark of his designs was that his sofas retained the sleek appeal of high end furniture, with mattresses seamlessly hidden from view. The engineering has only improved over the years, and contemporary sleeper sofas offer top notch dual function without sacrificing sofa style.

Your sofa is so much more than a place to sit - it’s an icon of rich and varied history. Whether your take is classic or modern, you are now staged for your own sofa story. Are you ready for the search?


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Upgrade your outdated living room in style

Do you step into your living room and feel like you’ve stepped back in time?

Do you occupy guests with snacks in the kitchen to distract them from your shabby sofa?

If your living room isn’t seeing much living lately, it’s time for an update. This room should be the place to get cozy, settle in, and catch up.

If your decor has some catching up to do, we are here to help. We’ve come up with a list of living room trends that are past their heyday, and fresh options to turn to instead!

Keep reading below to find your new living room style! 

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  • Out: Cave-Like Den

  • In: Light, Bright Spaces

  • Out: Oversized Furniture

  • In: Pared Back Pieces

  • Out: Overused Patterns

  • In: Minimalism in Moderation

  • Out: Matchy Matchy

  • In: Eclectic Space

Colorful Dens


Out: The Cave-Like Den

Could there be a bear hibernating in your corner? Are you surrounded by dark walls, dark furniture and dark carpet?

The days of oppressive living rooms are over, and it’s time to lighten up.

Trade up from all dark decor, and bring in some light details to offset your favorite dark tones.

Do you have a mahogany chair you love? Highlight it with pale walls and pillows.

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In: Light, Bright Spaces

Living rooms should feel fresh, alive, and open. Let in the natural light by doing away with heavy drapes or window treatments.

Pale paper or bamboo blinds will still control the light come movie time. To make a small space feel larger, try a lighter shade of paint on the walls.

Painting wood paneling or low, dark ceilings white makes for an instant update.

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Out: Oversized Furniture

Does a hulking sectional in faux suede dominate your den?

Large, overstuffed pieces monopolize a living room and leave little room to breathe.

It’s time to donate these behemoths, and find pieces that effortlessly integrate into any space.

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In: Pared Back Pieces

Elegant couches abound, that are geared for comfort without overshadowing space.

Rather than square sofas that box out a room, opt for curved pieces with feet, to provide lift from the ground up.

Say goodbye to faux finishes, and choose natural wood and classic colors for timeless styles.

We love pared back styles still worthy of sinking in.

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Elegant Furniture 

Out: Overused Patterns

It’s time to gather up your chevrons, your quatrefoils, your herringbones, and toss them to the birds.

These patterns have seen wild popularity that morphed from perfect pops a few years back, to tired tunes we’ve heard a hundred times too often.

Now’s the time to clear them out for a fresh approach.

Related: Ring in Spring!

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In: Minimalism in Moderation

Banish the chevrons, but don’t feel trapped with head to toe white. Light tones and clean lines open a space, but are best highlighted by other interesting pieces.

To bring in pattern that plays well in a contemporary scene, focus on high quality. A beautiful oriental rug under a pared back couch adds classic charm with a modern feel.

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Out: Matchy Matchy

Does your living room look like it was purchased with a single click?

Time to mix things up! Perfectly coordinated spaces are a thing of the past.

There’s no longer a need for everything to be one color, era, or style. Breathe life into your space with variety that reflects your personality.

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In: Eclectic Space

Fallen in love with a mid century modern sofa, but not sure if it will work with your antique end table? Try it!

Now is the time for unlikely pairings. Opt for individual pieces that still work together as a whole.

Seek balance through simplicity, first. With light walls and a classic couch, you can add in bohemian elements without running amuck.

With this approach, you can edit and refresh your outdated living room, adding new energy to the heart of your home. Here’s to bringing your living room back to life!


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How To Get Your Living Room Ready For The Big Game

How To Get Your Living Room Ready For The Big Game

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Posted on: January 7, 2020

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Football season is in full swing.

That means you've spent hours, either joyous or heartbreaking, in front of your TV watching your favorite team compete every Sunday, Monday, or Thursday.

Whether you are a die-hard fan that can name every person on the 53-man roster, or you are just there for the food and social aspect, football season offers the perfect opportunity to be with your friends and family.

Every fan will prepare for and watch the game a little differently, but there are a few essentials every fan will need around their living room to show their allegiance and keep them going until the game is over.

If you haven't done so already this season, before you make your Sunday plans (or Monday or Thursday), you need to assess your family room.

There will be adjustments that will have to be made so you can accommodate your guests for the big game and give them a memorable experience.

In the article below, we will discuss a few of those adjustments.

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Frame The Good Stuff

The longer you've been a fan of your team, the more stuff you've been able to accumulate.

Most of the stuff you accumulate will be better off in a basement or garage and not in your living room, but there will be things here and there that will warrant a spot in your living room.

For the die-hard fans, it is not unusual to frame a jersey, signed memorabilia, or the tickets to the first game they attended.

Newspaper clippings are also very popular to hang in the living room for everyone to see.

Use these unique pieces of memorabilia you've collected over the years to hang on your walls, turning your living room into a museum of your favorite team during the season.

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Repurpose Athletic Antiques

Although you want to decorate to show off your team pride, there's a fine line between tasteful and too much.

You don't want to make the mistake of decorating too much with your team's colors or covering every available inch of your living room walls with team memorabilia.

A unique way to decorate your living room without going overboard is to incorporate athletic antiques. Things like old trophies, athletic equipment, or repurposed seats can add a vintage feel to your room.

Combine those items with your typical decorations to create an authentic feel in your living room that will also complement the more prominent pieces of memorabilia.

Make Sure There Is A Flow

If your home is to go-to spot among your friends on game day, you will likely have a lot of guests coming and going throughout the fame.

To make sure your living room doesn't feel cramped, you should arrange your furniture in a way that allows for a steady flow of foot traffic.

You shouldn't have chairs or tables blocking any entrances or exits, and there should be plenty of room for people to get around without bumping into each other.

Your space should be laid out in a way that maximizes comfort, style, and functionality equally.

Adjust The Lighting

One of the last things people think about when they are getting ready for the game on Sunday is the lighting.

However, the lighting in the room can have a significant impact on how everyone experiences the game.

Depending on what time of day your team plats, you'll have to adjust the lighting in the room accordingly.

If your team plays the afternoon game, make use of any natural lighting you have, and use table-side lamps if necessary.

If your team is playing in the evening past sunset, make sure you will have enough lighting to keep your space well-lit for viewing.

Appropriate Furniture

Getting ready for the big game goes beyond decorations.

It will also encompass your furniture, and the more functional the furniture is, the better it will be.

Comfortable seating for all of your guests is obvious, but you also need enough flat surfaces to go along with the seating.

Let's be honest, not everyone is as into your team as you are, and some people are just there for the food.

That means you need to be sure there are enough flat surfaces available so everyone will have a place to keep their food and drinks.

Outlets should also be available so people can plug in their phones or tablets during the game if it is necessary. Try not to block any outlets with your furniture.

If you're in the market for new furniture, pick out pieces that can pull double-duty and provide storage for extras like blankets and pillows when they aren't being used.

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Make Your Living Room Fit For The Superbowl

Getting your living room ready for football season is an exciting time.

When you are getting your living room ready, you should be creating an experience as you decorate, so don't limit yourself to the same-old decor you use the rest of the year.

Pull out the memorabilia, the old trophies, and create a room where people will want to watch football.

If you're in the market for some functional furniture that will help you get the most out of your living room during football season, visit Furniture of Dalton.

They have a wide selection of furniture that will have your living room ready for the Superbowl, no matter how long it takes your team to get there.

Need some new living room furniture before your party? Shop our LIVING ROOM items now! 
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7 Signs You Need to Update Your Living Room Furniture

7 Signs You Need To Update Your Living Room Furniture

Why is updating your living room important? Well, apart from the time you spend sleeping in your bedroom, the living room is likely where you spend most of your time in your house.

It's definitely where your visitors spend most of their time.

The living room is where your family gathers over the holidays, and where you entertain family and friends during house parties.

Your living room needs to be comfortable and inviting.

When people come over, they have to want to spend time in your living room.

If they aren't comfortable, they might leave early and have reservations about coming back.

That means you need high-quality furniture that creates a lasting first impression and makes your guests and your family comfortable in your living room.

Sometimes, though, it's not easy replacing our furniture. It's your furniture, you've had it for a long time, and you like it.

There's no way a new recliner can replace the recliner you've had for 15 years. There's a contour in that chair that fits you perfectly.

There's no way a new recliner will be the same, right?

That's not always true, you could fall in love with a new piece of furniture, just like you did with the last one.

If you do decide to upgrade, you will also be able to add new style and character to your living room.

And you'll get to break it in all over again.

Below we will talk about the signs that tell you new furniture is an absolute must.

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1. You're Moving To A New Space

This is one of the best reasons to get new furniture.

Whether you've just done a renovation to your current space, or you're moving to a new area altogether, there's no better time to get new furniture.

If you're moving to a bigger house, you will likely need more furniture or unique furniture that will fit the space.

Or you might need bigger furniture.

And you will want to be sure it matches with your old furniture. No one likes mismatched furniture, so this might require a complete overhaul.

Whatever the reason, moving to a new space is the perfect time to update your furniture?

When to replace your couch?2. Your Sofa Creaks When You Sit Down

You should be the only one making noises when you sit on your sofa.

If your sofa makes noises back at you, it's probably time to upgrade.

A creaking sound or sounds from the springs typically means the sofa is past it's prime, and will slowly start falling apart.

Sometimes a piece of noisy furniture can be fixed, but you'll likely have to repair something else in the near future.

Most of the time, opting for a new piece of furniture is the best option.

You don't want to wait too long to replace it and have a spring pop loose and poke someone.

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3. You Sink Into Your Furniture

Unless you have a waterbed, you shouldn't sink into your furniture.

A good piece of furniture will feel cozy, but it won't make you feel like you're sinking.

After years of use, the structure of your furniture can start to fall apart, and you could sink into your couch every time you sit on it.

This not only makes it hard to get off the couch, but it can be horrible for your posture as well.

To avoid injury and constant back pain, you should buy a new piece of furniture that provides the necessary support. 

4. You Changed Your Decor

Sometimes even if your furniture is pretty new, and feels brand new as well, a change in decor can make it seem out of place.

Changing the color scheme of the room or buying a new piece of furniture that clashes with it can make it seem old and word down, even when it's not.

Your olive-green recliner might not fit in with the new color scheme, causing it to stick out like a sore thumb.

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5. The Fabric Is Torn, Or The Leather Is Cracked

There's not a more obvious way to tell that you need to replace your furniture than this.

If your furniture has visible wear and tear, then it is definitely time to start window shopping.

This should be expected because, after years of heavy use, it's normal for your furniture to show that wear and tear.

As the couch ages, the fabric will eventually wear down and become flimsy in areas, making it vulnerable to tearing.

Apart from age-related wear, that grape juice stain on your bright white couch could be enough to warrant a new couch.

You can repair rips and clean stains, but sooner or later, you're going to need a replacement. 

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6. You Just Don't Like It Anymore

This one is simple enough.

You don't like it anymore, and you're tired of looking at it.

Maybe your tastes have changed, or perhaps you've got money just waiting to be spent on new furniture.

If you notice yourself paying more attention to your friend's furniture, or spending extra time in the furniture department, that probably means it's time for some upgrades.

Your wandering eye usually means it's time to go all out and buy the sectional you can't stop thinking about. 

7. Your Guests Complain About Your Couch

If your husband, wife, children, or your friends are taking the time to complain to you about the furniture, it's time for new furniture.

Maybe you aren't convinced the furniture needs to be replaced, but sometimes it's not worth fighting the good fight.

The complaints are only going to stop when the furniture has been replaced.

If it's made it to the point where you can't stand to listen to the complaining anymore, get everyone in the car and ride down to your furniture store.

It's time for some new living room furniture. 

Change Is Good

Change is also hard, I know.

Maybe you've had the same living room set for years, and the thought of replacing it breaks your heart.

However, if your furniture shows any of the signs we talked about above, it's time to upgrade.

If you're ready to start looking at new living room furniture, look no further than Furniture Of Dalton.

They will make replacing your old furniture easy and painless, and they'll be sure you love your new furniture.

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