Here at Paul Schatz Furniture, every sales person is also an interior designer. We don’t hire anyone who doesn’t have a background in design.
What does that mean for you, our beloved customers? Quite a lot. When you buy at Paul Schatz Furniture, you consult with a designer who’s with you every step of the way and will help you create a sanctuary you’ll love.
Whether you’re focusing on a piece or two, a room, or an entire home, one of our 11 designers will customize a look and feel that is just right for you, your lifestyle, and your budget.
We caught up with Sue Amos, our trade liaison and a designer here at the Tigard showroom since 1997.
“Buying furniture is an investment,” Sue noted. “When you purchase furniture here, you buy for longevity. Good design is timeless.” She emphasized that design services are always complimentary.
To make the design and buying experience enjoyable, Sue shared some tips:
- Visit the showroom (instead of calling.) A designer will personally greet you and ask guided question to get a sense of what you’re looking for.
- Bring photos of your space and/or style of furniture you like. Snapshots or pictures on your phone will suffice.
- Sketch an outline of the room, noting windows, doorways, a fireplace, etc. It doesn’t have to be super-detailed; this just helps with the preliminary design.
- Include measurements in the sketch.
- Be crystal clear on your budget from the beginning.
After initial review of the photos and sketch, and a discussion of your needs, desires, and lifestyle, the designer will tour you through the store for ideas. Every single piece of furniture is customizable.
According to Sue, 80% of all Paul Schatz Furniture customers place special orders. And special orders are the exact same price as furniture on display in the showroom.
Your designer will take as much time as you need at each consultation. They will also send home fabric samples with you to study and consider. Depending on the scope of the project, a designer may suggest a home visit.
Paul Schatz Furniture designers also use computer design programs to design the layout of a room or space. Sue also likes to use hand-trimmed pieces to physically maneuver on the layout. These reveal the floor space in proportion to the furniture.
As the design project evolves, color is added. Your designer will provide a color palette to help you visualize the furniture and accessories more accurately.
From start to finish a special order for a redesign takes 10-12 weeks. If you buy furniture off the floor it will be delivered within two weeks.
Either way you choose, you can be confident you will enjoy the process and end up with timeless and superlative furniture for the price point. Sue pointed out that Paul Schatz Furniture has much less overhead than the big box stores, which means you enjoy much higher quality and better value for your dollars.
What are you waiting for? Come visit with a Paul Schatz Furniture designer today and start transforming your home into the sanctuary you’ve been dreaming of. And our Stickley Winter Sale is still going till February 4th!