Fabric and Design

Why Do Upholstery Shops Charge Cutting Fees?

Why Do Upholstery Shops Charge Cutting Fees?

This question from Joe about a policy from another upholstery shop gets more than the short answer.  Answering "why" gets to the heart of upholstery pricing tactics.  Helpful when comparing quotes from multiple shops.

Robert Allen Enchanting Fabric NJ

Robert Allen Enchanting Fabric NJ

Enchanted Color fabric collection from Robert Allen.  Moody colors and subtle textures.  30% off all Robert Allen fabrics for upholstery and cut yardage.

Fabric Durability for Furniture Upholstery

Fabric Durability for Furniture Upholstery

A non-technical discussion about upholstery fabric durability.  How it is measured.  What the ratings mean.  And how the ratings translate into everyday terms so you can select an upholstery fabric confident that it will hold up to your needs.

Modern Furniture Upholstery Look - Older Method

Modern Furniture Upholstery Look - Older Method

Reviving an older furniture upholstery technique to extend a contemporary look when reupholstering traditional furniture.

Vines and Lines: Using Fabric in Design

Vines and Lines: Using Fabric in Design

 A window treatment project becomes the basis for an exploration of contrasting design elements.  Do lines and vines contrast or complement?  Or, perhaps both - to everyone's delight!  Pictures and very nice fabrics.

Upholstery: Buttons, Channels, Tufts and Fabric

Upholstery: Buttons, Channels, Tufts and Fabric

What fabric can work with tufts?  What are channels?  A discussion of upholstery buttons, channels and tufts.  Lots of photos and some design tips about fabric choices for these upholstery styles.

Upholstery: Gimp, Nails and Welting

Upholstery: Gimp, Nails and Welting

Uncertain about the edge finishing treatment for your furniture? Learn about three of the most common: gimp, nails and welting.  When and why are they used?

What Is Railroaded Fabric?

What Is Railroaded Fabric?

A brief illustration of the difference between 'railroaded' and 'up-the-roll' fabric patterns.  With visuals and a short discussion about why they matter for your furniture upholstery project (or not).

Restaurant Booth Seats That Last Longer

Restaurant Booth Seats That Last Longer

A meeting with a frustrated manager leads to an exploration of why the vinyl on some heavily used restaurant booth seats kept failing.  And the introduction of a new high performance fabric - including tests on the Nail of Woe and The Grip of Doom

Office Chairs Re-Upholstered - The Softer Side

Office Chairs Re-Upholstered - The Softer Side

Re-upholstering office chairs with a residential style fabric gives a consultant's office a fresh, familiar atmosphere for long discussions.