All of us has at least once in lives, considered re upholstering a piece of furniture, be it an occational chair, a couch or whole lounge suite.
This decision is usually based on sentimental value or the fact that you just LOVE this piece of furniture! A very important aspect to take into consideration, is the sturdiness of the frame? Lets face it folks, there is no use in re-upholstering if the chair will not last for another couple of years.
The most exciting thing about upholstering is the hunt for new fabric. By now you have an idea of how this “new dress” must look — modern, country, contemporary, classic or do you have a specific theme in mind. This is your starting point in looking for fabric.
Know in which room the chair will be placed. Remember there is a multitude of fabric available and it is easy to get side tracked when confronted. However, this does not mean you have to be plain and boring. I for one, love experimenting with different fabrics and colours. I know, I know… weird and wacky, but sometimes you have to shift your boundaries and be creative…
Many people buy fabric before consulting an upholsterer and end up buying an unsuitable fabric. The fabric must meet the requiring for upholstery purposes. Curtain fabric, for example, will not stay in tip-top condition if applied in upholstering. The correct measurement is the rub count (this is the amount of wear and tear the fabric can endure).
Furniture pieces that is in much use or for decorative purposes only, can be upholstered in fabric with a rub count below 15 000. For domestic use, 15 000 — 25 000 is sufficient. Rubs exceeding 25 000 is excellent for contracting, i.e hotels or offices.
Many of you don’t have an idea of how a chair looks when stripped bare. This is why I thought it would be good to show you how a chair is once again, build up from the frame, to completion.
I hope this information makes it easier if you need to have furniture re upholsred. Keep in touch for the next chapter!