From the time my sisters and I were toddlers until just recently, our father kept the same ugly stuffed chair. The comfy chair had to be at least twenty-five years old, and showed it. The cushions were flat and threadbare, with frayed edges, tears and tons of tea stains. My sisters and I continually urged our Dad to buy a modern stuffed chair, but she could never find anything she liked. He insisted that modern furniture is constructed of sub par materials, costs too much and is generic looking. Plus, his den is oddly shaped and needs a specific height chair and ottoman to fit within the space. He didn’t want a La-Z-Boy–we couldn’t find anything which met with his approval. After listening to our father tell us repeatedly about his requirements for a stuffed chair, my sisters and I were able to task with a custom furniture designer. It was a entirely interesting and detailed process. The couch was entirely built in-house, which gave us a say in the dimensions, style, fabric and detailing. Custom built furniture is quite a bit more high-priced than an item bought at a department store. There’s also a lengthy wait for the item to be constructed. Fortunately, my sisters and I shared the expense and we were able to get the stuffed chair in time for Christmas. The custom furniture shop was extremely helpful. My sisters and I got our father out of the house, and the furniture shop delivered the stuffed chair and ottoman and set it up while we were gone. They even put an immense red ribbon on the modern chair and hauled the old comfy chair away. It was an awesome surprise for our father–he was tickled. The stuffed chair is obviously well made and of superior quality; so much so it makes the rest of the furniture look seasoned and shabby. The three of us now are putting money to order a matching armchair for Dad’s birthday.