Studio C: Q&A On The Business of Design with Katie Groves

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Chaddock’s Studio C is recognized as one of the most robust upholstery options programs in the marketplace, offering consumers so many fashionable choices. In today’s blog, Chaddock caught up with Studio 882 co-founder Katie Groves to learn more about Studio C from a business perspective. Aesthetics and fashion aside (just for a moment!), here’s the behind-the-scenes lowdown on how Studio C performs on a busy design floor. 

CHADDOCK: Can you describe the perfect project or customer fit for Studio C?

KATIE: Studio C is what I like to call a “workhorse” program because it suits so many different customer and project types. For example, Studio C is perfect for clients who want a sectional, or a deeper sit, or a stylized arm and base style. It’s also great for clients who need a matching sofa and loveseat. I could go on. Studio C has something for everyone.

CHADDOCK: How do you present Studio C to your clients?

KATIE: I share the Studio C program at the very beginning of the design process, BUT I usually have pre-selected the options that work best. It really helps to guide clients through the series of options, and it gives them more confidence in our final selections.

CHADDOCK: How do you merchandise Studio C on your floor?

KATIE: We have a Studio C vignette featuring different types of upholstery with different arm, base and cushion styles. In this one setting, we can walk customers through the program’s many options. But, we also display Studio C sofas and chairs in other areas of the showroom to highlight how well Studio C seamlessly integrates with other Chaddock’s upholstery, or even existing upholstery in the client’s home.

CHADDOCK: How does Studio C compare to other options programs?

KATIE: Studio C style goes well beyond basic. Many other programs simply offer one roll arm style, one pleated arm style, one track arm, and so on. And maybe only one or two skirt styles. The importance of additional options is more than vanity. With Studio C, I can specify an arm style, for example, that’s better scaled for a particular room or project; or a skirt style that’s just spot on, and a cushion type that is perfectly cohesive with the arm and base selections.

CHADDOCK: Pretend I’m a new designer at your store. Give me the skinny on Studio C.

KATIE: “Creating the perfect piece of upholstery is as easy as 1, 2, 3. With Studio C, we get to pick an arm style, a base style and a back/cushion style, and other features too.” I’d remind the new designer that for some clients, this can seem like an overwhelming set of choices, and quickly point out that with Studio C, Chaddock has already weeded out the bad decisions. The program is a collection of the best options. I encourage designers to start with the arm selections. So often, the rest of the decisions naturally fall into place.

CHADDOCK: Studio C is a feast of options. What are your favorites?

KATIE: I like the raised panel roll arm. It’s a fashionable twist to a roll arm. I also appreciate that Studio C has a both roll arm and small roll arm options, a raised panel roll arm and a small raised panel roll arm, a pleated arm and a small pleated arm option. Also, the round corner box back cushion is a great option absent in most other programs.

CHADDOCK: Fashion aside, does Studio C make good sense for your business?

KATIE: Customers invest time with us, and we invest time in our customers. It’s part of the Studio 882 experience. But one of the most important parts of the sales process, ironically, happens after the sale when the furniture is delivered. If we furnished rooms that look good but aren’t comfortable, our relationship with that customer probably wouldn’t continue much longer. But, if we deliver rooms that look great and are comfortable, we probably have a customer for life – and great word of mouth. Simply put, Studio C upholstery exceeds customer expectations. That’s good business!

CHADDOCK: Can you share Studio C secrets to selling success?

KATIE: I usually introduce the Studio C with a quality and comfort story. When clients are settled on Chaddock for these essentials, they can then get invested in creating something beautiful and unique with all the options.

CHADDOCK: Any other sage selling advice others might be missing?

KATIE: I like to pair Studio C sectional options with Chaddock’s expanded collection of Sunbrella fabrics for the perfect family friendly sectional.

CHADDOCK: Any famous last words as we close?

KATIE: Continue to stay in touch with designers (and through us, customers) on what options are most important. Great programs, like Studio C, evolve!

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