The upholstery process may seem complex, and time-consuming. In the hands of an experienced professional, however, even the most difficult tasks will be completed quickly and to a high standard. To give you a better idea of what our dedicated upholsterers do, here’s a quick guide to the upholstery process.
Before we start:
Strip the furniture:
The first thing to be done is completely strip the furniture, to its framework if needed. Once all fabric is removed, a full and frank assessment of the piece can be made. If there is anything that needs to be repaired, such as the frame, any springs, or perhaps additional padding is required, then this can be planned for.
Fit the fabric:
Fitting the fabric to the furniture piece is typically the most complex and time-consuming process, as it tends to get a tad fiddly. There are, however, two possible options for you to choose from; fabric that is directly fitted to frame, or a loose cover set.
Fitted to frame
Simply put, fabric that is fitted to frame is exactly as it sounds. Your chosen fabric is stencilled, and cut based on the furniture measurements, before being stretched around the padding and stapled in place. Finishing touches, such as the additions of deep buttons, can be added after the fabric is fitted for an elegant, upmarket look. Seat cushion covers will also be made to match.
If your sofa or armchair currently has loose covers, or you’re looking for a simple and easy maintenance solution to your upholstery needs, then having new loose covers made might be the choice for you. The furniture is assessed and prepped the same way, however, if it is in good condition it is unlikely to be completely stripped to its frame. As with fabric that is fitted directly to the frame, the necessary shape is drawn on your chosen fabric based on the measurements of the furniture before being cut and sewn together.
Loose covers typically comprise of a frame cover (the back, arms, and base), and a selection of cushion slipcovers. The great thing about loose covers is that they can easily be removed from the piece of furniture in question. You could opt to have multiple covers made, and they’re easy to clean, making them a versatile and long-lasting choice.