Tuesday, 16 May 2017

What are the Different Types of Webbing Used for Upholstery?

 Zepel's Sari print,  James Dunlop's Mauritius and unknown 

Webbing forms an important part of the upholstery process and is the foundation of a good upholstery job.

But, exactly what is it?

Made from a strong fabric that is woven as a flat strip with varying widths and fibres, webbing is used in couches and chairs as a flexible base for the seating area.

To ensure an optimum finish, the spacing of the webbing needs to be suitable for the type of chair you’re upholstering and the type of webbing you’re using, and it needs to be extremely resilient and long-lasting.  

Different types of webbing usually attest to the era the chair was made, but when it comes to modern day upholstery, you have plenty of types to choose from!

Jute Webbing
Jute webbing has been around for hundreds of years and is often used for traditional upholstery projects. Jute webbing is usually applied to support a coil spring base. Applied using a webbing stretcher and staples or blue cut tacks, there are two weights of jute webbing to choose from. 

Elastic Webbing
Elastic webbing will create a firm seat, which is usually softer than one made using jute webbing. The webbing needs to be stretched to its maximum size, by hand, before it’s ready for use. It should also be applied in a criss-cross pattern (basket weave) and should be at least a four-stripe length when used for seating. Elastic webbing can be applied using staples, tacks or webbing clips.

Pirelli Webbing
This is a superior, rubberised type of webbing that is commonly used on mid century furniture. This type of webbing can only be used on furniture that has been built strong enough to withstand its strain. In some cases it can only be used one way (not crisscrossed), and should be applied using staples, tacks or webbing clips into routed channels.

At Padgham Upholstery, we offer a number of upholstery services and products at our Melbourne-based store, which includes the supply of quality webbing materials. Check out our range online, or visit us in store to view all of our quality upholstery products up close and personal.  

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Master the Art of Upholstery

Books and DVDs are always invaluable resources, especially when it comes to DIY upholstery.

Whether you’re just starting out, or have been dabbling in the art of upholstery for years, this selection of instructional books and DVDs will help guide you through your upholstery journey, equipping you with the knowledge and skills you need to perfectly execute your next project.  

Sit back and relax as industry leaders unravel the magic that is upholstery. These step-by-step DVDs will guide you through a selection of tutorials that will help you improve your skillset.

Rebuilding a Coil Spring Seat
Developed by our very own talented team, Adrian and Dianne run through the various steps and techniques you need to know to rebuild a coil sprung chair.

By the end of this 46 minute DVD you’ll know what you can recycle and how to use the tools/what techniques can be utilised when rebuilding a coil spring seat.

RRP: $32

Traditional Upholstery Workshop 1 DVD
Covering drop-in and pin stuffed seats; this DVD offers a step-by-step demonstration on how to reupholster a Victoria Reproduction Queen Anne Chair seat to its former glory, using traditional methods and materials.

If that wasn’t already enough, this comprehensive tutorial is then expanded on to show you how to restore an Edwardian Chair with a pin stuffed seat.

RRP: $40

Traditional Upholstery Workshop 2 DVD
As a continuation of Traditional Upholstery Workshop 1, in the second part of this series you’ll learn about reupholstering a Victorian nursing chair. Learning about unsprung, blind and top stitching techniques, as well as how to create a roll edge is easy when you’re being taught by no other than UK furniture expert, David James.

RRP: $40

If you’re a bit more traditional in your approach to learning, and would like a well-written, illustrated upholstery guide, you can’t look past these fabulous books that definitely get our tick of approval.

Upholstery – A Complete Course
This encyclopaedic guide to upholstery, courtesy of David James covers everything there is to know about upholstery techniques and the tools and materials that are required to master the art form.

Covering everything from traditional handwork to the latest industrial techniques, this book gives you an overview of the industry, as well as five step-by-step projects that will allow you to put the explained techniques into practice.

RRP: $55

Upholstery Techniques & Projects
This book is a must-have for every upholster, providing endless inspiration with 30 detailed projects, 60 colour photographs, and 300 lined drawings, which depict each process in fine detail.

RRP: $50

Danish Tutorial
Another great resource from our talented team, this book looks at how to upholster a Danish chair. You’ll learn how to choose foam densities, calculate dimensions, upholster cushion covers, and more!

RRP: $9.70

All of these products, plus more, are available from our online store, or, if you prefer to do your learning in person, ask us about our classes. We always enjoy sharing our industry knowledge with other lovers of upholstery.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tools of the Trade

The art of upholstery has a long history, and over the course of that history, a lot of specialised tools have been created to not only make your projects easier, but also to ensure the level of craftsmanship is impeccable.

If you don’t use tools that have been designed specifically for upholstery projects, you’ll quickly find that your patience will wear thin, and the final product won’t have the same professional looking finish. To give you an idea of the types of tools you should invest in before commencing your DIY project, we’ve put together a list of some of the essentials!

Magnetic Tack Hammers : Many new DIY upholsters make the mistake of thinking any old hammer will do, however unless you have three hands you will need a magnetic hammer.
These lightweight, smaller headed hammers have a split, magnetic end and polished head. It has been carefully tempered from tool steel and is commonly used for securing fabric to furniture frames using tacks or small nails. We have a variety of styles and they are a very worthwhile investment.

Needles : A must-have for every DIY upholsterer, here’s a run down of some of the most important types of upholstery needles.
Bent Packing Needle: A Bent Packing Needle is used to sew in springs.
Buttoning Needle: This needle, as the name suggests, is used for sewing on buttons and can also be used for stitched edges and deep bridles.
Curved Needle: Curved needles have a round point that is suitable for fabric, or a bayonet point that is more suitable for leather and vinyl projects. You can buy them individually or in convenient packs of four.  This type of needle has multiple uses, including sewing backs, different types of upholstery repairs, and for stitched edges.

Webbing Stretcher : Vital to be used to jute webbing in traditional upholstery which allows you to tension the webbing for maximum support. There are avariety of different styles available.

Tack or Staple Removers: Very specialised tools designed to get under the tack or staple head and assist with removing those stubborn staple and tacks. They make it so much easier you will wonder why you persevered with that old screwdriver.

End Cutting Nipper/Pliers: Made from drop forged steel, these are an excellent small nipper/pincher. They’re excellent for removing broken tack shafts and staple ends and are available in a variety of sizes.

Magnetic Decorative Nail Hammer: This magnetic hammer has a large face that is fitted with a nylon tip. It has been designed to prevent any damage to our fabulous decorative nails.

Upholstery Kit – Premium or Standard : If you’re just starting out, all of these products might be enough to take in, which is why purchasing a pre-packed upholstery kit will be a smart move. Containing all of the essentials, including an instructional book for beginners, a selection of needles, hammers, and even a tack or staple remover, or both,  our kits have everything you need to get started.

Staple Gun : An upgrade from the magnetic hammer is an air driven staple gun particularly if you are upholstering furniture made from hardwood. Our upholstery specific staple gun must used with an air compressor and is ideal for upholstery and has a multitude of other uses including picture frames, canvases and a range of other items!

Rip Chisel: Used for removing upholstery from furniture, our rip chisels have forged steel blades, shouldered tangs, and tough construction.

There are a lot of useful tools out there, as well as needles, pliers, and hammers, these are some other must-have upholstery tools. If you’re unsure about what tools you will need for your specific project, talk to the team at Padgham Upholstery, we’re more than happy to help!  www.padghamupholstery.com.au

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Cushions: More Than One Choice

When it comes to selecting a new cushion or pillow, it’s not as simple as wandering into any old shop and grabbing the cheapest option. A lot of commercially produced cushions have poor-quality in-fills that wear out very quickly. For a long-lasting, more comfortable option, Padgham Upholstery can supply a range of customised inserts, from foam to feathers, to ensure you’re relaxing with the best quality pillows and cushions available.

Foam Cushions
Made from polyurethane foam, foam cushions are a popular option among homeowners. They’re available in a few different densities. Essentially, the denser the cushion is, the longer it will last. However, keep in mind that while high-density foam will last much longer, it may also be less comfortable. For a softer cushion, lower density foam may be more suitable. It is interesting to note that all foam looses one third of it density in the first year so it is better to start with cushions that are slightly firmer initially. 

Feather and Foam Mix
The feather and foam mix inserts we supply at Padgham Upholstery are made from premium duck feathers.

Our feather mix cushions are made from a combination of high-quality fibre, foam, duck down (the feathers from the belly of the bird), and a premium mix of feathers. We also supply cushion inserts that are comprised of a mix of 100% feathers.

Regardless of which type of insert you choose, you can rest assured both feather and feather mix cushions offer superior support and comfort.

Polyester Fibre
This type of cushion insert is super soft and supportive. They’re made from polyester fibre that optimises the lifespan of your cushion, ensuring it stays plump and comfortable for longer. They’re also often referred to as the middle ground between foam and feathers, as they’re more supple than foam, but more affordable than feathers.

The main benefits of this type of cushion is that they’re non-allergenic, easy to wash, and odour-free.

Whether you’re after foam, feather or polyester fibre, Padgham Upholstery has a broad selection of cushion inserts to choose from. Our knowledgeable team will also be able to guide you through each option, to make sure you walk away with an insert that will last a lot longer than a generic store brought option, and will be soft and supportive.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Benefits of Outdoor Fabric

The plethora of home-improvement TV shows would have us believe that you can grab any fabric off the shelf and use it in outdoor or alfresco application… which is all good and well for a 1-hour episode… but what about the long run?

The truth is – most fabrics are not cut-out for this sort of outdoor application with direct exposure to the elements such as sunlight and/or moisture. Specialised ‘outdoor fabrics’ or ‘performance fabrics’ should always be used in these scenarios, but are often overlooked due to unfamiliarity or misconception.

At Padgham Upholstery, we’ve put together these few points to help inform those looking for fabrics on the benefits of outdoor options.

Advantages of using Outdoor Fabric…

Outdoor Fabrics are treated and coloured in a way that endures the elements, making them:

-       UV Resistant
-       Mould Resistant, and
-       Water Resistant

These are important benefits for long-lasting results, as fabrics designed for indoor use will fade or fall victim to damaging mildew when exposed to direct sunlight or moisture in an outdoor environment.

Common Misconceptions…

Are Outdoor Fabrics more expensive?

Outdoor Fabrics are just like indoor fabrics in the sense that there is a huge variety available at different price ranges, guaranteeing you can find something within your budget. But are Outdoor Fabrics on average more expensive than regular/indoor fabrics…? The answer is no!

Are Outdoor Fabrics less versatile in design?

There seems to be a common misconception that Outdoor Fabrics simply cant be of the same quality in design if they’re made to be hardy… but this is also not the case. Outdoor Fabric ranges are just as versatile in colour, pattern and design quality as indoor fabrics… in fact, they are often recommended for indoor use also, especially for application where large windows emitting direct sunlight are present.

At Padgham Upholstery, we make choosing fabrics with the ability to withstand wear and tear easy with selections from some of the world’s biggest names in upholstery. Outdoor Fabric ranges such as Warwick’s Coolum Outdoor offer the best in style and durability, making outdoor fabrics a valuable investment!

For more information or enquiries about outdoor fabrics and our range at Padgham Upholstery, contact us today!