Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Decorating tips: upholstery basics

The advantage of custom-made furniture is that you can create and build your exact vision, and when it comes to sofas and chairs, this includes upholstery. 

Seats with tight backs and tight seats are more formal and tidy. These styles are also typically smaller in size, which makes them perfect for compact spaces such as condo units.

Most homes have at least one piece of upholstered furniture. Upholstery makes sofas and chairs more comfortable and stylish. However, upholstery is more than just picking a fabric material, color and style. While these create a huge impact in rooms, the upholstery fit and the number of cushions also contribute to the furniture piece’s design potential. 

The upholstery fit has to do with how tight or loose the sewing construction is. This will affect the comfort and even the ambiance it brings to the room. 

Seats with tight backs and tight seats are more formal and tidy. These styles are also typically smaller in size, which makes them perfect for compact spaces such as condo units. However, these types typically don’t have cushions, so a drawback is that stains can’t be hidden. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, pieces with loose backs and loose seats have a more relaxed vibe to them. They are also very comfortable to lounge in. These seats are usually bigger to accommodate the loose upholstery. A downside to this type of upholstery is that cushions tend to look sloppy over time. To avoid this, choose firm cushions that can hold their shape. 

You may also opt for upholstery fit with a tight back and loose seat. This provides the best of both options, as the loose seats offer comfortable seats, but combined with the tight back, the profile still looks neat and tidy. 

Tuftingis a great way to add style to a sofa or armchair. You may opt to tuft only the back, the seat, or both. Tufts may also be close together or farther apart, depending on your preference. Tufting is a European style, most commonly seen in Chesterfield sofas. Avoid small-patterned fabric in tufted seats, as these make the look too busy. 

The number of seat cushions will also affect the look and level of comfort of sofa. A single cushion offers a sleeker look. It can also accommodate more people, as there are no uncomfortable cracks between cushions. Having more than one cushion creates a cozier vibe. Stains can be hidden more effectively, as the cushions can be flipped. You may also prevent lopsided cushions by switching them around for even wearing. - Aislinn Kee  


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