What allows CSI-Montage Galleries to stand apart from the crowd?

That is a very good question that I do not get asked often enough. The questions were asked of me last week while talking to a potential client. My response to them was “how much time do you have?” Hundreds of responses came to mind & for a second, I could not decide where to start.  My first response was simply “We are CSI-Montage”. Yes, it is a bit vague & possibly a bit arrogant of me to say this. And yes, I may be a bit bias on this subject; however, I do believe that we produce/manufacture some of the finest & luxurious upholstered furnishings available on the market today.

There are literally thousands of furniture companies competing against each other. Sure, you can break them down into furniture segments such as B2B (wholesale), retail, specialty, case goods, upholstery and the list can go on & on. In our “niche” in the furniture industry, I feel that we are one of the best at what we do.   And just to reassure you that I’m not just saying this because I own a stake in the company, I will give you some of the most important reasons why CSI-Montage goes above & beyond.


We offer over 50+ years of family owned & operated experience. Lenwood Upholster was started in Hickory, North Carolina in the mid-60’s as a reupholster shop by my Grand-Father. As the business grew so did our clients. We were contracted out by some of the largest furniture companies to provide upholstered components & seats. From there My Father started CSI-Montage Galleries in 1992, branching out to the designer markets producing contemporary seating & furniture design/development. . When I took over in 2000 we branched out exclusively to the Trade dealing primarily with commercial & residential Interior Designers/firms & high-end furniture stores nationwide. That’s three generations going strong & a fourth on the way. That concept also coincides to our family of employees, from our plant manager, upholsterers, fabric/foam cutters & sewers and our Master Frame Builder (my brother). You can rest assured that your new furnishings, designs & projects are in well qualified hands.


Our Standards in quality & comfort to rigidity & upholstery are set high.

We take great pride in every piece of furniture that comes through our plant.   Each order is handcrafted from start to finish. Whether you are ordering a catalog piece, are a part of our Private Label Program, or having a custom piece of furniture custom designed & built They all start from hand selected hardwoods. From frame design/development, foam fabrication, fabric cutting/sewing and is topped off with quality upholstering. No two orders are the same & that is what keeps us striving to manufacture quality upholstered furnishings at the highest of standards.


Customer Service that cuts out the middle man/woman. In 2009 we had to consolidate & do what we could in order to keep our doors open during the “Great Recession”. Our decision to part ways with our secretary was a hard hit & forced us to put on yet another hat. Over the next few years however, I came to enjoy answering every phone call, responding to emails & over-seeing our operations in the plant and in the office.   Our clients come second to none & deserve the respect that is due. At times it can be a bit over-whelming when we are in the middle of five or six projects, but the end results are well worth it. I think of it like this: When a client has a question, when a potential client wants to call in to get a feel for our company or even when vendors call to confirm specs on an order I am there to answer any & all questions without having to go through someone else.


I could keep going, but I do not want to give you a babbling blog… Please feel free to contact us if we can help you out in any way, and thank you for reading.


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Custom Sofa Sectional for Christmas?

7500 sectional

That’s no problem at all, however, time is running out… Our standard lead time for most catalog furnishings is between four to six weeks. If ordering a catalog piece that you wish to have customized by altering the width, depth & other minor changes can also be shipped out in four to six weeks as well. Cataloged furnishings have frame, foam & fabric patterns & takes less time to manufacture.

Our lead times for a custom pieced of furniture such as a custom sofa sectional would be six to eight weeks all the way to eight to ten weeks depending on design specifications, material availability, and the design process varies form order to order. Pattern work & initial frame mock-up can take anywhere from two/three days to two/three weeks. Once approved, your new custom sofa sectional can go into production. Each order, weather custom or catalog, is “made-to-order” & starts by hand selecting the solid kiln-dried maple hardwood that will become the frame. We build all of our upholstery furnishings at our manufacturing plant that has been since my grand Father started us going in the mid 60’s.

Fortunately, there is still time to give your clients a quality, comfortable & handcrafted sofa sectional that will become a focal point of any living room, great room, den or family room for this Holiday season & many to follow.

Also, just in case your were wondering, yes, we offer more than just custom made to order sofas & sectionals that are handcrafted from start to finish using only quality components & topped of with luxurious upholstery. We offer traditional, contemporary, modern & custom upholstered furnishings such as ottomans, storage benches, bar & club stools/seating, dining room arm/side/host chairs, custom upholstered headboard/bed combinations & any other custom upholstery project that you can think of. And just as a side note, all of our furnishings can be used in any commercial or residential environment, COM fabrics are welcomed at no extra charge & we do not have a minimum order requirement.

Please feel free to contact us today to get started on you Holiday projects.

Thanks for reading. Please contact us if we can help you out in any way.

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Custom designed luxuriously handcrafted recessed tray ottoman/coffee table/cocktail table.  Featuring an 18”Sq. powder coated wrought iron center tray, beautifully finished exposed wooden legs, powder coated wrought iron accent rails/stretchers & is topped off with handcrafted upholstery.  Shown in COM upholstery & the dimensions are 40”Sq. x 19”H.  Can be customized to meet your sizing specs.
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Custom designed luxuriously handcrafted recessed tray ottoman/coffee table/cocktail table.


So, what is considered custom & what is not? Basically any furnishings sold through large chains offering their own brand or the ones offering multiple brands under one roof can be considered “as is” or not custom. For example, a sofa or sectional offered by one of the large furniture chains do not differ from one store to the next. The only thing that may change is the fabric, but even then it is a basic less expensive fabric no matter what color pallet offered that you have no say=so in. Some larger, more quality furniture manufacturers offer a “custom” option that lets you pick the fabric, finish and if you are lucky, seat & back foam options. Granted, this is more than the others can offer, however, the expense may be too exuberant giving the nature of the “custom” work that would be put into such options…

At CSI-Montage, our definition of custom upholstery furnishings can range from fabric choice all the way to producing a totally unique piece of furniture based on our clients own design(s). As an example: say one of our clients likes our #3500 sofa, however, it needs to fit their clients tastes.   After a COM fabric is selected, welt added above a two inch wooden base rail, the width changed to 92” to accommodate an interior wall, loose cushions instead of a tight back system and a feather-down seat cushion up-grade this catalog sofa is now a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture that will last for years. Now lets say that one of our clients has an inspiration photo, drawing or sketch of a new living room sectional in mind along with dimensions such as width, depth, height, seat height, arm height, seat depth and leg style/height. After our quote is given & they are ready to move forward, the sectional is a blank canvas. Options such as COM/COL material, seam selection, cushion fill material/layout, exposed wood stains/finishes, contrasting fabrics/welts, nail head trim options are all options that are on the table. You can be assured that there will not be another piece of furniture built the same. That is our definition of custom upholstery furnishings.

Please feel free to visit our on-line Designer catalog to imagine how one of our furnishings could look in your clients residence, office space, board room or even your own living room.

Thank you for reading,

CSI-Montage Galleries

Defining Custom Upholstery Furnishings

What are “Contract Furnishings”?

Contract furniture is nothing more than commercial furnishings that are usually manufactured in bulk quantities.  The term commercial furnishings casts a very large net, since CSI-Montage Galleries specializes in upholstery, we will focused in on that particular area.

Commercial seating is all around you & chances are you use it almost daily.  Waiting rooms of all types from a  doctor’s office to a lawyer’s office will have comfortable chairs, a sofa or two & possibly an ottoman. Restaurants, bars, and clubs are full of them.  From waiting benches, booth & dining chairs, bar stools and club chairs adorn them all.  Hotels & resorts complement their lobbies, concourse areas, and conference rooms with a variety of upholstered seating.  With sofas, sectionals, chairs & ottomans in high traffic areas, let’s not forget about the individual rooms.  Most hotel/resort rooms offer a living room environment offering a sofa/sleeper sofa, a chair or loveseat, and usually have two or more dining/office chairs around a table.  There are also commercial upholstery seating in a in places such as malls/shopping centers, movie theaters, beauty salons/boutiques, churches/places of worship, government building, colleges/schools and even your office break room.  CSI-Montage has manufactured, sold & installed furnishings to everyone of the industries listed above.


The term “contract furniture” was also synonymous with quality.  That is where the term “contract grade” came from.  Now days, you can tell the difference of quality seating just as soon as you set down.  For example: a solid seatboard with a thin foam top verses a seatboard with a routed center, latex webbed support & at least 2.5 inches of foam/fiber.  Which one would you rather be sitting in, waiting on the nurse to call your name?  Think about your favorite restaurant, are their booths/chairs comfortable, or are they stiff/rigid?  The term “contract grade” has really hit a crossroad in my opinion.  Where has the quality gone…


When we build commercial furnishings our main goal is to “beef” up the frame & spring system to ensure the piece can withstand the frequent use by persons of all shapes/sizes.  Foam is our next concern & this must be considered from many angles.  Higher density foam will give you more years of use, but may be a bit to firm for some applications.  Lower density foam will give you a softer seat, but may not hold up as long due to consistent usage.  One of the last steps in the manufacturing process is the fabric.  Depending on where the furniture is going & how it is going to be used has great impact on what type of fabric to use.  There are contract grade suede’s, woven prints, and coated vinyl’s just to name a few.  Wear ability of fabric is determined by the “double-rub” test.  A good contract fabric will at least pass a 30,000 to over 100,000 double-rubs.  When all of these factors are added together, you get a quality piece of furniture that will be a great ROI for your business, corporation or brand.


At CSI-Montage Galleries, we stress the quality of all of our furnishings.  The only difference between our contract & residential furnishings are the foam and the fabrics.  We build our frames to stand the test of time using quality hardwoods & other building materials.  Most of the fabrics we offer are both commercial & residential approved as well.  All of our furnishings are made here in Hickory, NC along with most of the materials that go into the manufacturing process.  We do not import frames & other materials, upholster them in the USA & call it “made in America”.


We encourage any & all commercial interior designers/decorators, hotel/resort purchasing agent/building managers, architects, local business owners and anyone in the hospitality trade to view our website to see how  our services can help meet the needs of your industry.  And as always, please feel free to contact us via phone, email or website forms if you have any questions or would like us to quote out a commercial bid for you.


Thank you for reading,

CSI-Montage Galleries

Why go it alone?Interior Designers & Decorators are there to help.

Whether you are doing a complete over-haul of your dining room, looking to switch up your living room or simply updating your Fourier furnishings: Going it alone can be a challenge. Most major renovations can cost anywhere from $10,000.00 to $50,000.00 depending on what you would like to have done. In our opinion, that is an investment & when you make large investments it is wise to consult someone with knowledge of that particular investment. In this case, an Interior Designer or Decorator is exactly what you need.

For our example, we are going to focus on a typical living room or family area within your home that you want to update. So, where do you start first? Just to list the essentials, wall treatments, flooring, window dressings, art/pictures, lighting, and furnishing. Each one to these categories can also be broke down into color pallets, textures, finishes fabrics and lets not forget about the quality.

We are going to focus on the furniture aspect only. Living room and/or family area rooms have furniture options ranging from traditional, casual, contemporary, modern & everywhere in-between. Once you figure which design motif you are looking for, there are literally hundreds of places to acquire your new furnishings. There is huge chain furniture stores that will offer up what they claim are great deals. You can search through dozens of small furniture stores that have limited stock & options available to you. You also have your “factory overstock” stores that offer hundreds of products in basic fabrics & styles. And let’s not forget about on-line furniture retail stores that usually offer nothing that you haven’t seen before.

After much research, hours of window shopping & countless encounters with sales clerks and you have found something you liked: Do you know how it is made, where it was made & the quality of the frame, foam, fabric and of the workmanship? Chances are that the sales clerk did not go over that at all.

Admittedly, I am a bit bias. At CSI-Montage Galleries, we handcraft each piece of furniture that is ordered. We start from scratch, hand build every frame out of quality hardwoods, we use locally made quality foams & our skilled craftsmen & women in our upholstery department are some of the best in the industry. And here is where Interior Designers and Decorators are an invaluable asset to have.

We work with Interior designers & Decorators on a daily basis. Whether we are working on a set of living room chairs ordered strait out of our catalog, or building a custom designed sofa sectional; It all starts with them. Interior Designers work closely with their clients to understand what they are looking for & present them with a whole range of options including furniture style, fabric color & patterns/textures, stains & finishes, seating/cushion options and let them make an informed decision.

Most, if not all, Interior Designers & Decorators we work with love what they do for a living. They thrive on creating one of a kind & unique room scapes that work for their clients. They are a wealth of information & knowledge concerning color pallets; design flow & can incorporate it all into any room.

We love hearing from our Interior Design clients about how one of our custom made sofa sectionals trilled their clients, how one of our ottomans fit perfectly into a design, and how glad they are to have a custom furniture manufacturer like CSI-Montage Galleries in order to make it all happen.

However, it is the other way round, without their expertise & hard work; we could not have the chance to create quality & luxurious custom furnishings. We strongly recommend that you don’t “Go it Alone” and partner up with a qualified Interior Designer or Decorator for any project you may need help with.

Please feel free to contact us if you need help finding an Interior Designer or Decorator, or if we can be of any assistance.

Thanks for reading,

CSI-Montage Galleries

FAQ Top 10

FAQ Top 10



  1. What do you mean by “Made to Order” custom furniture?

The term Made to Order is just that. We start each order from the ground up. That gives us the ability to custom size or modify one of our products in our catalog, or by creating a totally new piece of furniture based off of your specs & inspirations.


  1. How comfortable are your sofas & chairs?

Our combined experience in the furniture industry has given us an edge into seat comfort. Our standard seat cushions offer a 4 inch Ultra-Cell core, which is wrapped with a 1 inch foam and is then wrapped in a Dacron fiber. This option combined with our standard loop spring system offers a very soft, yet supportive seat. The 1 inch foam wrap can be very soft all the way to firm, depending on your preference. Our standard backs are foam/fiber fill which will give you years of relaxation. We also offer 8 way hand tied spring systems in most sofas, sectionals & living room chairs. Feather-down blankets on the seat cushion cores along with a 70/30 feather fill in our backs offer support comfort. The gold standard for seats is our inner-spring feather down seat cushions.


  1. What are your fabric options?

We offer quality designer residential & contract grade fabrics from Robert Allen & Deacken Hill. They have a great website & offer hundreds of quality upholstery grade fabrics in many of the hottest trends & materials. We also offer contract & residential micro-fiber suede, Nauga faux leathers & contract fabrics from Birch Fabrics. We accept COM fabric at no extra charge & COL leather at a 18% up charge.


  1. How do you ship?

We have multiple carriers that offer white-glove installation, curb side drop off & business-to-business delivery’s. We try to stick with carriers that haul furniture only, however, we can ship via UPS & FedEx Freight if needed. We do not include shipping charges in with any order. We can give you an estimate & a finalized quote when your new furniture is ready to ship out. You also do not pay us, you pay the shipping company directly. This saves you over $100.00+ in shipping costs.


  1. Do you sell to the public?

We have a variety of products for sale on Houzz.com. We cater to the trade. Interior Designers & Decorators, architects, commercial builders/planners & furniture retail stores nationwide.  Please contact us for more information.


  1. Where are your furnishings made?

We produce all of our furnishings in Hickory, North Carolina. The materials used in the fabrication of our furnishings are also manufactured locally as well. We build all of our furniture the way it was constructed over half a century ago. We do not CNC any portion of our frames, foam or fabrics.


  1. What are some trim options that you offer?

We offer welt lines in the fabric of your choosing. We can attach any trim cording that is purchased. We offer nail trim or brass nail trim & have over 155+ finishes to choose from. We can also hand tuft certain items. Please call us with any questions.


  1. Please explain your Private Label Program.

We offer this program to our clients that want to build their brand by offering them the ability to become the “manufacturer”. We put you in contact with a custom deck label printer to incorporate your logo & contact info into every piece of furniture that is ordered from us. CSI-Montage Galleries will not appear on any packaging or paperwork going to your clients.


  1. What are your lead times?

Lead times vary from order to order. A custom sectional may take 6 to 8 weeks while an ottoman from our catalog may take only 3 to 5 weeks. If we have the patterns, it takes less time to produce than a piece that we will need to draw out & design. Please contact us if you have any questions.


  1. How can I place an order or set up an account with CSI-Montage Galleries?

We do not have a minimum order or annual sales goal in order to do business.  Simply give us a call, shoot us an email or even message us through Face book & we can get the ball rolling.


Thanks for reading.                 Visit us at www.MontageGalleries.com or e-mail us at Info@MontageGalleries.com with any questions you may have.