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COUCH is Hiring!

Couch Seattle is looking for a sales associate with an interest in design and excellent taste. Saturdays and Sundays are a must, Mondays and Fridays are optional. Couch is a fully custom shop that builds each sofa from the ground up to meet the client's unique needs. This means we need someone warm and communicative who can build trust and guide people through an extensive design process. Being able to visualize what a client is describing and give them constructive but gentle advice is key. Great verbal, written and visual communication skills are essential. With hundreds of styles and thousands of possible combinations you need to be able to learn quickly. Design, sales, or customer service experience will be crucial to success.

Sales will be the most important part of the job, but the position also has logistics and project management components. The environment is laid back and supportive for both clients and staff. Weekends are often fast paced, so the ability to multitask is a must. This is a great position for a budding freelance designer or someone who loves interior design and is looking to learn more.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

- Handling multiple clients at a time. 

- Drawing basic floor plans.

- Designing room layouts with appropriately scaled furniture. 

- Helping clients select styles and materials that coordinate with their existing decor and make  sense with their lifestyle. 

- Accurately calculating complex quotes. 

- Writing detailed invoices. 

- Project management. 

- Working with suppliers and managing stock inventory.

Knowledge of basic photography Sketchup, Photoshop and/or Indesign is a plus. Compensation is $19/hr plus commission.

If you think Couch may be a good fit for you please email your resume and cover letter to couchquestions@gmail.com. Due to our busy schedule we request applicants refrain from in-person visits about the position. Thank you for your understanding! 

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| COUCH | Fabric Cleaning Codes

Cleaning codes can be confusing when you're slecting fabrics for your chair, sofa, sectional, etc. Most fabrics will have a cleaning code on the back of them or listed on the fabric company website.

Cleaning Codes:

W - (Water) Clean only with water, a mild detergent, or a water-based upholstery shampoo. Do not over wet. Do not use solvents to spot clean. Always do a small test application in an inconspicuous spot before applying to a visible area.

WS or SW - (Water/Solvent) Spot clean with an upholstery shampoo, a mild detergent, or mild dry cleaning solvent. Do not saturate with liquid. You may also have this dry cleaned by a professional upholstery cleaning company (not where you take your clothing). Upholstery fabric is backed so a clothing dry cleaner can ruin the fabric. Always do a small test application in an inconspicuous spot before applying to a visible area.

S - (Solvent) Dry Clean Only. Do not use water. Cushion covers should not be removed and dry cleaned. Call a professional upholstery cleaning company (not where you take your clothing) to come to your home or take your cushion to them to treat stains.


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| COUCH | Sectionals

Most of the styles we offer can be made into sectionals. We build to the inch so sectionals can have symmetrical dimensions or one side can be longer than the other. We have three different variations of sectionals:


Standard sectionals have an arm on either end giving the sectional a closed, balanced look.

Bumper ottoman sectionals have one end that is open. It can still accommodate seating on the return but has no arm. It gives the sectional a more open look similar to a chaise.

Chaise sectionals have one (or both) ends with an extended seat, like an attached ottoman.

Reversible Chaise is where the chaise can detach and be flipped to the other side of the sofa. Only certain styles can accommodate the reversible chaise.

| COUCH | Top 10 Syles of 2017

We have over 100 styles that we work with so compiling a Top 10 list can be challenging. Our styles break down into four categories (traditional, transitional, mid century, and modern) to try and make it easier for everyone.

Claire: A classic Chesterfield style with diamond tufting and nailhead trim (all optional by the way) evokes traditional old world charm.

Caulfield: Bridges gaps between transitional and mid century. Fabrics and legs can make this style swing between the two easily. Very popular as a sectional.

Belgium: Great as a sofa or sectional. An excellent example of transitional style, the Belgium is built to create comfort without looking too casual.

Aimee: Chic and sophisticated the Aimee, can be made in many different configurations and looks. The "tight back" allows for a more upright sit great for socializing.

Durham: Great to float in the middle of the room with the exposed wood back. We typically use pure walnut but we can also do oak, or alder stained to many different colors.

Charleston: Another great transitional style, the Charleston has a tailored look while still being demure. The sloped arm gives it character and of course the tufting on the cushions is optional.

Warren: Venturing into a more modern look with a low deep seat. Great for sitting sideways with the tapered arms supporting your lower back.

Holland: A great fit for a mid century look. We have made many different configurations of the Holland. Definitely one of our most popular styles.

Maxwell Modern: Favored as a sectional with its low deep seats. Best suited for reading and TV watching.

Oliver: A beautiful traditional style and the delicate slope of the arm is very elegant. A marvelous mix of comfort and class. Also looks great with an exposed leg option.