Greetings all. I hope your looking forward to Memorial Day weekend. If your like me and aren’t fortunate enough to be headed to a beach this weekend, I wanted to remind you both stores will be open on Saturday & Monday (although shortened hours). So while your friends are stuck in interstate gridlock, you can spend some time making your home even more beautiful at U-Fab.
I am proud to announce that on May 2nd 2012, I become a Dad for the first time. His name is Richmond Albert Hamilton (or “Richie” for short), he was a big boy at 9lbs 1 oz and almost 23″ long. Both he and his mommy are doing fantastic and he is putting on weight very quickly (wonder where he get’s that from…..). It’s been a pretty awesome few weeks, and yes I am sleeping okay (thankfully I have a pretty well behaved baby and a completely amazing wife). It has nothing to do with business, but since many of you knew we were expecting I felt obligated to share.
Introducing: U-Fab Custom Drapery Program
Until recently I knew very little about draperies other than basic yardage calculations. Over the past few months I have immersed myself in the world of custom draperies and have spent a lot of time learning the proceses, experimenting with the products and understanding the infomation required. Using this knowledge, we have developed an extensive process and workflow to maximize effecieny. This has allowed us to take most of the “mystery & mystic” (aka: confusion & expense) out of getting custom draperies made.
Our goal with this program is to make it easy and affordable for anyone to get custom draperies made. Whether you want simple grommet panels made in your favorite print or more elaborate made to size fully functioning pinch pleat draperies, we can make it happen quickly, painlessly and of course affordably.
Here are some FAQ’s about our Program:
How long does it take?: Currently we are quoting 3-5 weeks from order to completion
Do you have examples of your work?We’ve built extensive drapery rooms in both stores that show examples of every style of drapery we make as well as examples of various prints & weights of fabric. We also have a full assortment of drapery hardware on display.
What Styles do you offer?We offer 9 popular styles such as: Rod Pocket, French Pleat, Euro Pleat, Grommets, Tab Top and others.
Will you measure my windows for me?No, one of the ways we keep the cost low and process simple is by asking you to measure your windows. We will help you decide the styles, sizes and other factors you just need to bring us the measurements and possibly a few pics.
How/What do I measure? Basically Window width (including molding), Length from floor to top of window frame & Distance from top of Window frame to ceiling.
Will you offer installation? No currently we are not doing installation, again to keep costs low. We can provide you with info to install yourself (you can use your husband for this) or we will have 3rd party providers we can refer you to.
Complimentary In-Store Design Assistance
Unsure about your next design project or just need some help on a tricky space but not ready to invest in a full service designer? We have the perfect solution for you. One of our part time employee’s Susan Schmidt who’s real job is doing full service design work has agreed to dedicate one day a week doing consultation appointments in our Richmond store.
Susan has been assisting customers of u-Fab for the past year by interpreting their design needs and aesthetics through fabric selections for upholstery, window treatments and bedding. She can assist you in pulling together a room with fabric using your current paint selection, rug or room photos.
Her partnership with U-Fab offers you the opportunity to meet with her to discuss your individual fabric needs in an hour-long session. In order to make the most of your time with her, remember to bring as much information with you to the consultation as possible; paint chips, existing fabric selections for upholstery, bedding and window treatments, photos of room layout and rugs. To schedule an appointment, email Susan at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at 804-888-UFAB (8322)
Susan also offers in-home consultations if the scope of the design includes lighting, furniture selection, accessories or paint color decisions. When not at U-Fab, she can be reached at Bonne Maison Interiors at (804) 894-1401.
Congratulations!!! You made it to the end of my email. Thanks for reading I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend. You should also like us on Facebook. (It makes us feel good to have lots of friends)
Friday, May 25th 10-6
Saturday, May 26th: 10-4
Sunday, May 27th: closed
Monday, May 28th: 11-4
Please note, reduced hours for Memorial Day Weekend.
(we want to cookout too!!)
U-Fab – RVA
106 S. Robinson St.
Richmond, VA 23221
U-Fab – C-Ville
2112 Berkmar Drive
C-ville, VA 22901
A Few Pictures
My little guy
Our Drapery Style Examples
Full Size Drapery Samples
Other Reasons to use U-Fab for custom drapes:
You don’t have to try and find a reputable seamstress (or heaven forbid a friend or family member)
No appointments to schedule to have said seamstress “measure your windows”
No worries that your paying too much or that your drapes won’t get made correctly or in a timely fashion. Our prices are the best and we completely stand behind all of our work.
We won’t talk down to or judge you because you don’t “understandhow custom draperies work or are priced” heck we just learned.
After retiring from a areer in computer consulting, Susan pursued an education in her life-long interest – interior design. She received her certification in the field from the University of Richmond.
Subsequently, she opened her own interior design company, Bonne Maison Interiors in Chesterfield offering design assistance