Home interior is almost everyone’s worry and people are often confused between re-upholstery and buying new pieces. A key feature to remember is the frame of the furniture. Basically the older the furniture is, the stronger the frame is and it is worth the investment.
Another thing that discourages people to re-upholster is the cost. People tend to have a misconception that re-upholstery only involves the replacement of foam however, it involves a more complex and labor intensive process involving the spring structure. Use these tips to bolster your home interior design and re-upholstery experience.
1. A down-and-feather sofa or a foam sofa.
Before you go to the upholsterer decide whether you’ll be using down-and-feather or foam. Down-and-feather is more comfortable compared to foam. However because of its softness it won’t be able to retain its shape and needs constant re-fluffing. Foam lasts longer but is not as comfortable as down-and-feather. That is why a combination of the two is popular nowadays, one with foam in the center to make it sturdy and with a down-and-feather wrapping to retain its softness like the ones here.
2. Ratio between down and feathers.
Getting to know the ratio of down and feathers in your cushions is important. If you do not know the ratio of your cushions, a label indicating the two can be found inside the covers. Too much feather is bad because it’ll make the feathers poke through the fabric. An ideal ratio between these two is 60 percent down and 40 percent feathers.
3. Upholsterers should strip the old stuff before replacing it with a new one.
Upholsterers should not put the new fabric on top of the old one. You won’t really notice the difference when the new fabric is just placed right on top of the old one. However, after a few months of use, you would feel the cotton bunching up on the back of the piece.
4. Get an extra yard on that slipcover fabric.
The tendency of a fabric is to shrink when washed and when the upholsterers say you need 15 yards of fabric add 2 yards more. Remember to wash the fabric first before getting the slipcover made to know if it still fits with the measurements.
5. Caring for upholstered products.
Well there is really no special way in caring for these products. The longevity of the product highly depends on how it was made. Regular cleaning is highly suggested with the use of a vacuum.
6. Fabric resistant to pets and kids.
For pet cats, they tend to avoid a certain fabric called mohair but unfortunately for dogs they like any kind of fabric. As for the kids, there is no such thing as a kid-resistant fabric and no way to avoid it. Keep an eye on them.
7. Know if you’re paying for the right amount.
Get a bid from a few different shops and if you’ve heard £2,500 dollars thrice then one says they’ll do it for a £1000, run the other way. Paying below the expected price leads to low quality re-upholstered products.
Another bonus tip is to avoid using striped patterns on rounded pieces, as the pattern would likely get stretched and would warp the design. These tips will surely help you on getting your re-upholstery done right and getting what you paid for.