Style, stitch, staple: basic upholstering skills to tackle by Hannah Stanton
By Hannah Stanton
Revive your lounge with those effortless upholstery techniques!
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RECONSTITUTED FOAM A mix of recycled foam pieces bonded together. Available in various grades. Check that it conforms to fire safety regulations in your country. Foam can be hypoallergenic, but check this with your supplier. POLYURETHANE FOAM The most commonly used filling in modern upholstery. Available in many grades or densities. It is usually sold in large sheets, but can be cut to size by your supplier. Check that it conforms to fire safety regulations in your country. Can be hypoallergenic, but check this with your supplier.
Upholstery by Florrie+Bill. Making fabric You can print onto fabric, embellish premade fabric, or even weave your own. When designing fabric, be inspired by what’s around you. Think about color, pattern, and scale in relation to your piece and the room it will end up in. Whichever printing technique you use, experiment with materials or play with scale. Be open to ideas, keep a sketchbook, and create something unique. Love London photography by Barbara Chandler, fabric design and printing by Digitex, upholstered by Urban Upholstery.
MAINTENANCE Plumping up cushions keeps upholstery looking fresh, and rotating them can also prolong their life, as it spreads the area of wear. Fabric repairs If your furniture lives with children, pets, or the inherently clumsy, then it’s likely to become damaged. However, a small tear or a popped button doesn’t really call for a total upholstery overhaul. Ripped fabric YOU WILL NEED • Good-quality thread in a matching color. Slipping thread is ideal • A small curved needle • Fray check 1 Cover the frayed ends of the fabric with fray check.