When your favorite sofa gets an upholstery makeover, how does the process work?
Let’s start with the definition of “upholstery”. The term refers to anything that covers your furniture. The fabrics, cushions, padding, stuffing, and slipcovers can be included in that umbrella. Upholstery also extends to car seats, window curtains, and anything made with leather or some kind of textile.
If one wanted to re-upholster a couch, or something similar. Here’s how it gets done:
1. The piece is stripped down to its framework
2. The existing fabric, foam and straps are replaced, and there are a few ways to get this done. A few methods of stitching the fabrics and such are known to the upholstery experts.
Welting or ribbing: Threads making up the fabric are aligned in horizontal or vertical pairs. They run alongside each other in opposite directions. You’ll see different lengths, textures, and thicknesses of the strings for visual effect. You’ll also see multiple colored threads welted together in many different pieces.
8-Way hand tied: An array of coils are built into the bottom of the frame, and (as the name suggests) are hand tied from every direction, 8 times. Up, down, left, right, and each way diagonally. The coils comfortably support the weight of the fabric that sits on top, and the person enjoying the furniture.
How many years experience do they have? You wouldn't want a shoddy looking design after putting money into the customization or repairs.
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