The Upholstery Process
The upholstery process usually includes adding padding, springs and fabric to
the wooden structure of furniture to make it both comfortable and colorful.
We begin by removing the old fabric, padding and springs. We carefully check
the frame for possible needed repairs to extend the life of the piece. Our
upholsterer then adds new jute webbing and re-ties the springs. New burlap and
padding (cotton, hand-sewn edge-roll if needed)are added and covered with
upholstery fabrics. Cushions are hand-made, and in some cases are made from
foam or cotton with springs.
Upholstery repairs are also important to extend the value of the furniture as
well as preserve its lifespan.
‘Spring-ups’, are commonly done to improve the comfort of a piece. Everything
is removed from the frame and the springs are re-tied to fix an uneven area in
the couch, springs protruding through the padding, or when the piece becomes
uncomfortable. New webbing and padding are always installed. Original fabric
can be re-installed if desired, or a new fabric can be chosen to give a new
look to the piece.
Wooden parts in the infrastructure of the piece can be replaced as well as legs
or other wooden pieces if needed.
New horsehair can be replaced instead of foam if desired. Horsehair lasts
longer than foam, and is more flame-resistant. Many older antiques use
Our upholsterer can also do ‘wrap seats’ — one piece of fabric that covers the
wooden foundation or sewn seats without seams or stitching shown. This allows
for a more designed appearance and a thicker roomier cushion.