custom upholstery

The Chair Restoration Process: Part Two, Green Upholstery

This is the other half of a mini series reviewing the green restoration process.  We now delve into the world of cushioning and fabric, and explore the many layers not usually seen underneath the final outer fabric.

Just as restoring the frame has multiple steps, see ‘The Chair Restoration Process: Part One, the Frame’, upholstery also has many steps that together create a final product.  Each material used is in itself a step since one of the principles of upholstery is working in layers of tension to create strength and shape.  We continue in the spirit of ‘quality over quantity’ and happily share the craft that makes green, custom upholstery an art.

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Preserving Your Family's Furniture

Preserving your family's furniture whether you're in downtown Los Angeles, placid Pasadena, or hip Silverlake is a deeply personal decision that links the past with the future. 

Furniture does more than provide a function.  Furniture should be experienced as a comforting way to establish a home as a respite from work and urban lifestyling.  A treasured item, ranging from Granny's TV seat to a secretly sublime thrift store find, can be restored to full health.

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The Difference a Good Seat Makes

Most of the time after a long day of activities, we like to plop ourselves onto our couch.  A couch is generally softer and more comfortable to relax in, than say, an office or kitchen chair.  What part about the plopping dictates the most comfortable seat?  I vote for the active spring of a seat, the bounce back, and shock absorption that all plopping needs to exist.  

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The Custom Green Upholstery Process

I have such a difficult time trying to explain Custom Service because it’s different for everyone.  Essentially, I submit samples of wood, stain finishes, and swatches of fabric for my client’s approval before proceeding any project—even a technical drawing if it’s a new custom frame.  Each approval is an accumulation of many considerations, and a step closer to actualizing a client’s vision.

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What About the Pillow?

Snuggling, a mini herd of fuzzy puppies, a cozy, or a comfy thing like a pillow…all evoke a particular mood.  It’s a sort of ‘happy place’ where you can let go, and get comfortable.  I talk about the seat cushion’s importance a lot, as explored in ‘The Difference a Good Seat Makes’, but realized that I’ve yet to give pillows and back cushions the shout out they totally deserve!

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