Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Our Upholstery Christmas Gift Guide


 Whether you’re shopping for yourself, or looking for the perfect Christmas present for somebody that you love - our gift guide is here to help. There’s something in our selection for everybody - from beginners who know nothing about fabrics or upholstery, to a DIY expert, so keep reading!

Upholstery Classes
If you’re shopping for someone who loves a challenge, or are just looking to treat yourself this season, then look no further than our traditional upholstery classes.

Our master upholsterer, Adrian Padgham has been teaching since 2006, using his decades of experience to help guide students to up skill.  No experience is necessary; just bring an enthusiastic attitude and a small piece of furniture to restore. Our classes are friendly and enjoyable, and to ensure everyone receives enough guidance, we limit spots to eight people per class. Our comprehensive courses teach you every step, from the basics right through to the finishing touches.

Regardless of skill level, we guarantee that you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people and will leave with a sense of pride and achievement, as well as a lovely piece of restored furniture.

Upholstery Kits
The prospect of a new year encourages new hobbies and interests, and our upholstery kits are a great way to get someone started with the essentials! It’s hard for a beginner to know exactly what they need, which is why our experienced team has put our kits together.

All of our kits come equipped with essential upholstering tools and a book and DVD to help you get started. Our ‘all-you-need’ kits aim to bring together quality tools and huge savings on our regular individual prices.

Books and DVDs
We also stock a range of books and DVDs that are invaluable for anyone looking to hone their skills at home. They range from complete workshops and courses, to focussing on specific pieces and techniques, so we have something for everyone!

Cushions
Our scatter cushions are an amazing gift idea for the home decor enthusiast. We stock a range of different sizes and each cushion is stuffed with a mixed feather and foam filling. Instead of buying cushion covers, why not try customising them DIY style, for a more personalised gift? Our range of premium fabrics can be found here, and our friendly staff at our Melbourne store are always happy to offer their advice and expertise.

At Padgham Upholstery, we’ve got a comprehensive range of fabrics, tools and general supplies available at affordable prices. Browse our products online or come and visit us in store to check out our products and services in person.


Thursday, 2 November 2017

A Beginner’s Guide to Upholstery Foam


Upholstery foam can usually be purchased from upholstery stores either cut-to-size or as standard stock upholstery sheets.   There are over 50 grades of upholstery foam and you need to buy the right one for your purpose.   At Padgham Upholstery, our foam cushions vary in size and density, and which type you select will depend on what you need it for.  We can cut specifically to the size required.
So, what is upholstery foam and what can you use it for? 

What is Upholstery Foam and How can it be Used?
Upholstery foam is the core of every cushion project and is usually used in the upholstery of armchairs and couches, as well as cushions.  There are a few different types of foam available, some of which we detail here:

Compressed Polyester/ Dacron
Compressed polyester isn’t actual foam, but is densified polyester batting that can be used as an alternative to foam. This polyester alternative, doesn’t yellow but it does compress over time, meaning it can flatten and lose its padding more quickly than your standard polyester foam.
Compressed polyester is suitable for occasional seating, light use upholstery or even as crib bumpers or in playpens.

Anti-Microbial Polyurethane Foam
A more traditional form of upholstery foam, anti-microbial polyurethane foam has a medium firmness that works well when used in seating and mattresses. The foam will soak up water if the seating or foam gets wet, however, the foam’s anti-microbial treatment will help prevent the growth of mold and mildew after the foam has dried.
This type of foam is often used for boat seats as well as patio cushions and occasional indoor seating.

High-Density Polyurethane Foam
Similar to the anti-microbial polyurethane foam listed above, high-density polyurethane foam is a popular, established form of upholstery foam. However, this foam has a higher density and is available in both medium and firm densities that can last as long as 12 years.
Thanks to its extra firmness and durability, this high-density foam is suitable for use in upholstery seating and high-use interior applications.

Open Cell Foam
Open cell foam has open pores that make it possible for water and air to easily flow through the material. This particular type of foam is also made with an antimicrobial agent to prevent the growth of both mold and mildew.
This type of foam is comfortable and cool when used in cushions and mattresses and it requires very little maintenance, as it can withstand the elements and be used in both indoor and outdoor settings.  
For all of your upholstery foam needs in Melbourne, talk to the team at Padgham Upholstery today! We can help talk you through the types of foam we have available, ensuring you find the right one for your needs.




Monday, 18 September 2017

Upholstery Buttons 101: What are They and How Can You Use Them?


Whether you’re just starting to learn about the world of DIY upholstery, or you’re looking to fine tune your skills, working with upholstery buttoning will prove beneficial, both in terms of practical skills and knowledge. Plus, upholstery buttoning will add the perfect decorative touch to your DIY projects.

How are Upholstery Buttons Different to Normal Buttons?
Upholstery buttons and normal buttons are very similar, however, there are a few stand-out differences. The main differences come in how they’re used. While upholstery buttons can be used for clothing, they are more commonly used as decorative features on furniture items like chairs, upholstered bed heads and cushions.

The other big difference is that upholstery buttons often don’t come ready- made like clothing buttons do. This is because there are so many different variations in styles, colours and etc, that having ready-made options to suit everyone’s varying upholstery needs would be no easy task. However, this does mean that you can have buttons made to your design specifications, regardless of whether you’re after a button that’s made from leather, fabric, vinyl or etc.

How are Upholstery Buttons Made?
Upholstery buttons are made with a heavy-duty buttoning machine, such as the Osborne W1 Buttoning Machine. The buttons are made by clamping fabric between two metal moulds (also known as shells), and different dies and button moulds are used, as required, to create different-sized buttons.

Upholstery buttons are also constructed with stronger shanks (the loop at the back of the button) than standard buttons, as they need to be able to withstand a lot of tension when pulled deep into the cushioning.

The following items are often used to make upholstery buttons:

-       Osborne W1 Buttoning Machine
-       Die & Cutter (in the size of your choice)
-       Moulds in the size of your choice
-       Fabric, vinyl and leather
-       A bit of muscle!

What Types of Upholstery Buttons are Available?
There are multiple types of upholstery buttoning available, including slab buttoning, diamond buttoning, and deep buttoning.

Here, we look at the uses for each of these types of buttons:


Stab Buttoning
When buttons are put in randomly or in a set pattern and can pulled to different depths.


Diamond Buttoning also called Deep Buttoning
Diamond buttoning creates an intricate pattern of buttoning and pleating. In traditional applications, the diamond pattern is first drawn on the reverse side of the fabric and has allowances for additional fabric, that is folded under into neat diagonal pleats, and flock is usually the padding of choice when working with diamond buttoning.

When you decide to work with diamond buttoning, you need to be prepared for a more labour intensive process. Diamond Buttoning is taught to final year apprentices and does entail a great deal of time and skill.  Should you wish to try it yourself the timeless finish will ensure your time and energy was well spent.


To learn more about upholstery buttoning and what options are best suited to your next DIY upholstery project, contact the team at Padgham Upholstery today!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A Novice’s Guide to Upholstery Supplies


 When you’re new to the world of upholstery, the abundance of upholstery tools and supplies and their different uses can seem quite confronting.

Chances are, you’ll find yourself asking ‘what is this? What does it do? And maybe even, ‘what is this called?’ After all, if you were to pick up a permanent marker without knowing what it was or what it did, how could you possibly know what it’s called?

Here at Padgham Upholstery, we get a lot of unusual requests from customers who aren’t sure what the items they’re looking for are actually called. So, when you’re struggling to find the right words to describe what you’re looking for, you can rest assured you’re not alone!

For instance, Coconut Fibre, which is used as padding in traditional upholstery, often gets called coir or even curly coir. We could be wrong, but we’re assuming novice upholsters have adopted these names because of how much coconut fibre looks like the fibrous material that’s found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut, which is called coir.

Some of our other favourites, include:

Upholstery Nails
Often used as a decorative trimming on upholstered chairs, upholstery nails are commonly referred to as the following:

-       Upholstery pins
-       Upholstery tacks
-       Decorative upholstery nails
-       Decorative upholstery pins; and
-       Decorative upholstery tacks

The good news is, if you head into our upholstery supplies store in Melbourne and asked for any of the above, we would still know exactly what you’re after.

Hessian
Hessian is popular among upholsters because is supplies a strong base to work on and can be used in all upholstery projects, both antique and modern.

The names people use to refer to hessian are actually quite practical terms, because hessian does have a few aliases, depending on what you’re using it for. The most common names we hear are:

-       Burlap
-       Scrim
-       Jute Cloth

Lacing Twine
Lacing twine can be used in a number of arts and crafts projects, but is usually used for tying down springs when used for upholstery. It also gets called:

-       Lashing twine
-       Mattress twine
-       Butchers twine
-       Lacing cord

Webbing
Webbing provides the foundation of a good upholstery job, so, chances are, you’ll probably pop in looking for some of this at some point. Even though it’s technically called webbing, if you refer to it using one of the following names we’ll still know what you’re talking about.

-       Strapping
-       Elastic


Dust Cover
In upholstery, a dust cover is used to conceal webbing and springs, so it’s designed to sit on the underside of upholstered chairs. This product is sometimes also described as:

-       Finishing cover
-       Black bottom lining
-       Black cloth

We also have people commonly reference staple removers as staple lifters or staple pullers, or Coil springs as conical springs and hourglass springs. While buttoning needles get mistaken for tufting needles and bent packing needles as potato bag needles.

Have you ever mistaken an upholstery product for something with a funny name? Let us know in the comments.