One of Fabric Hut’s many offerings is a wide range of home decorating fabrics and services. But if you’re not familiar with interior design, all those rows of heavy fabrics can be a little intimidating. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!
We sat down with Randy to answer some of your questions about upholstery basics and re-covering your furniture.
WHY SHOULD I GET MY FURNITURE RECOVERED INSTEAD OF JUST BUYING SOMETHING NEW?
Randy: I have heard many reasons – size, for instance a certain piece fits the person or space in the house. The customer might want a specific pattern/color, or can’t find another piece of furniture that goes with the rest of the room. Another reason is quality. There is some cheaply made furniture these days and most older pieces are made better. Not only that, it might be sentimental…”this chair was my Moms,” or “Dad’s recliner.” Or maybe you just can’t find the style you like in a new item.
WHY CAN’T I USE JUST A REGULAR KNIT OR COTTON ON MY CHAIRS?
R: Most fabrics can be used on furniture, but not all fabrics will withstand the abuse that furniture takes.
HOW LONG DOES GETTING SOMETHING REUPHOLSTERED USUALLY TAKE?
R: Normal time is a few weeks. First we have to tear down the piece and take the tacks/staples out just to get it ready. Then we cut and sew the new pieces and then attach the new fabric. Take a chair for instance: you start with the seat, then the inside back, inside arms, outside arms and outside back, then the skirt if needed and then last to be covered are the cushions. It’s not a speedy process, but the results are worth it.
WHAT IS THE BLACK FABRIC THAT GOES ACROSS THE BOTTOM OF COUCHES AND CHAIRS? WHY IS IT NEEDED?
R: Some people call it blackbottom, the actual name is cambric and it’s a great dust cover. It covers up the springs and frame work and makes the job look neater.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN A PIECE OF FURNITURE CAN BE REDONE OR IF IT’S JUST TOO FAR GONE TO BE REDEEMED?
R: If it was covered once it can be covered again. It may need a little extra padding or springs need to be re-tied or the joints may need a little glue, but most pieces can be saved.
I HAVE HAD THIS SOFA FOR 20 YEARS AND I WANT TO HAVE IT RECOVERED WITH THE SAME FABRIC, CAN YOU FIND IT?
R: Maybe once in a while but usually not. The fabric companies make new fabrics all the time and are updating new ones so not too many older fabric styles are remade.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF HOME DEC PROJECT THAT COMES IN?
R: I like seeing a chair that someone has loved to sit in and they find that right fabric to bring it back to life and they’re happy with the results. Also, when someone comes in and they say “I’ve been looking for a special fabric for a long time” and we start looking at our selection of fabrics in stock and in the many fabric samples they see the one that they have been looking for.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW BEFORE THEY COME IN?
R: Bring pictures! Not all chairs and sofas are the same size. If you’re trying to match a color in the room bring in a sample with you, it makes finding the fabric choice much easier.
We hope that this helped explain the basics a little more for you. As always, let us know what questions you have! We’re always willing to answer! Leave a comment, give us a call at 1-877-4-FABHUT or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.