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!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Padgham Upholstery Supplies to the Stars

Lights, camera; action – when we started our upholstery business back in 1991, we just wanted to do excellent upholstery. We didn’t really think that we’d be supplying the needs of the film and TV industries. So we were delighted a few years ago to be asked by the makers of The Block to provide advice, materials and tools for their upholstery challenge, but we didn’t think it was the start of a screen career.
However it turns out that props departments making period drama can be remarkably fastidious when it comes to the details of their sets. They want absolute authenticity in the furniture they use, and that extends to the “jewellery” of the upholsterer’s craft – the nails. When The Great Gatsby was filmed in Sydney in 2013 a replica of a New York subway car had to be built, They used some of our nails to replicate important details in the train carriage.
Another production that just had to look right in every detail was the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series. Here again the period was the 1920s, and the set- builders used our nails for their chairs and awnings. When they needed to create a snow scene, for their most popular episode, Murder Under the Mistletoe, we helped out with a swathe of white Dacron (if you want a seasonal look for your front yard this Christmas, give us a call).
Since then we’ve helped a string of productions with our unrivalled inventory of decorative upholstery nails, including I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, Talkin’ About Your Generation and many more.

Away from the screen, our expertise and comprehensive inventory of upholstery supplies have attracted the attention of some of Australia’s most creative minds. As well as supplying upholstery accessories to museums, we’ve had the pleasure of helping MXC Project Light. They recycle used aluminium cans into fascinating lighting designs.
Bromley and Co are a Melbourne design house with a difference. They undertake design and fit out projects for some of the biggest names in lifestyle and hospitality; names like Heston Blumenthal and Wolf Blass. Everything they design and make speaks of a passion for bringing art into public spaces. At their studios they sell everything from bronze statuary to fine hand- built chairs – the latter, of course, feature Padgham decorative nails.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

How To Reach Your Final Fabric Choice

Sometimes choosing fabric can seem to be an overwhelming feat. But, with a few bullet points to run through, your final fabric choice can be reached swiftly & easily. Learn how to show off your flamboyant personality or let the subtleness of your final room setting speak for itself.

Research & Inspiration & Mood Bag
  • Flick through magazines & copy the picture that reflects what you are after achieving.  
  • Access up to date magazines free at your local library.
  • Magazine Apps like Mansion Homes, Home Interior Design Ideas, have pictures to browse. Houzz is another fabulous app to find inspiration.
  • Restaurants, hotels, coffee shops can offer colour themes or styles
  • Create a mood board that can be carried around in your bag. Ziploc bags are perfect in size for decorative buttons, braid, sample fabric squares, paint colour swatches

Try before you buy
  • Pop in to our showroom to borrow our fabric swatches for a day or two. It is so important to check how the light in your home changes the fabric effects at different times of the day & evening.
  • Ask Padgham staff to order manufacturers swatches free of charge so you can feel the fabric, compare the colour & pattern against your curtains, cushions, rugs & how it blends or stands out within your room setting.

Overall cost & Practicality
  • Have a small hand held notepad to write down absolutely everything you may possibly need to remember
  • Measurements of furniture & how much fabric is required for your project
  • Names of fabric choices, time length for ordering & cost per metre,
  • Number of Martindale rubs for durability, clean-ability, practicality 
Know your budget & try your best to stick to it!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Danish Armchair Tutorial

Mid Century Modern (MCM) is a movement that originated in the 20th century.  Typically, MCM designs focus on functionality and practicality.  Therefore most MCM designed furniture have organic shapes, minimal adornment and clean lines.

Typical Danish Style Armchair
 At present, MCM furniture is undergoing a resurgence in the Design World.  TV shows like Mad Men have only heightened their popularity.
Danish armchairs are typical of the MCM period.  Their clean lines make it easy to mix with eclectic styles in a modern, contemporary home.  And their compact shape makes it an easy fit for today’s apartment style living.

Here at Padghams we run a Danish Style Chair Tutorial.  Adrian, our Master Upholsterer, takes you through the various components of the Danish Chair:

Zig Zag Springs
-       How to make minor frame repairs and reviving show-wood.
-       Springs:  Tension or Zig Zag springs.  The various ways springs are arranged on Danish armchairs.
-       Vinyl or Quilted chair bases.
-       Foam selection
-       And finally making cushions.

Keep an eye out for future dates on our Danish Armchair tutorials on our Website or Social Media.

Jennifer Salvana.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Remove Built up Wax and Furniture Polish

Here is fabulous formula to remove built up wax and years of furniture polish from your wooden furniture.  You wont believe the shine!

25% each of White Vinegar, Mineral Turps, Linseed Oil and Methylated Spirit  Mix in a bottle and shake. Apply to timber wiping with a soft cloth and you will find the old polish comes off on the cloth. You may need to apply it several times to get the best result.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Tips for Choosing your first Upholstery Project

You will be tempted by lots of discarded pieces of furniture lining the streets, listed on EBay or hanging out in your local Op Shop.  Take a deep breath.

Your heart will skip a beat as the possibilities of what you can create from that forlorn looking piece of furniture run through your mind.  Take a deep breath.

You will convince yourself that you can do this project, of course you can... and you may even start collecting a few pieces and before you know it your garage is overflowing you have no idea what your doing and you feel deflated.

Before you go down that road here are some tips and thoughts on choosing your first upholstery project.

What to look for:-
  • Bridge Chairs, Dining Room Chairs and footstools are a great place to start. They are easily lifted on to a table so they are sitting at the right work height for your back. They are simple and because of this you will feel a sense of achievement when you complete your project. 

  • Whatever you choose remember to check the frame - it may need some work. No point recovering a chair if the frame is falling apart. Generally frames can be strengthened by squeezing a dollop of  PVA glue into the joints and clamping them together for 24 hours. 
  • Consider the condition of the wooden frame. One of the big appeals of recovering old furniture is that the frames are generally made from hard wood and they are diamonds in the rough just waiting to be bought back to life. Make sure there are no borer in your frame or rotten wood.
  • Is there anything you can salvage? One of the biggest mistakes we see in our classes is over enthusiastic stripping.  You can reuse coconut fibre (even if it's a bit dusty), flock and you definitely should keep a stitched edge. 

Have fun and if you get stuck we have classes, books and DVDs that can help.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

How to replace cane panels

Do not despair…take on this DIY dare!
Here’s how to replace the cane in your broken cane chair

This handy step by step guide will help you install new cane paneling into your chair making it much stronger than before and looking as good as new.

Before applying cane make sure your furniture is solid, because when the cane dries it applies tension to the frame and has been known to pull unsturdy frames apart.

Cane paneling is usually found in 45cm and 60cm widths. Pith can be purchased separately and is usually up to 2m long.

Soak cane & pith in bathtub overnight or at least 4-5 hours.

Remove old rattan from seat with router, electric drill or chisel. Lightly sand edges of groove to remove any sharp edges.

Apply rattan to the seat shiny side facing upwards.

Make sure to keep the rattan straight it may be worth marking the centre front & centre back of the chair as well the the centre front & centre back of the rattan & match them up.

Push the rattan into the groove of the chair with a thin blunt instrument (even a 1/2 wooden peg) If you use something sharp it may cut the rattan. Make sure you push the rattan right down the bottom of the groove.

Carefully cut the rattan with a new bladed stanley knife a couple of mm below the top of the outside edge of the groove. It may be worth putting a block of wood on top of the rattan where it curves over the outside edge of groove, so if you slip the knife will plunge into the wood & not your hand.
Squeeze some PVA glue into the groove covering the bottom of the groove completely & let it sit for 5 mins before pushing the pith into the groove tapping it in with a (clean) mallet or hammer. Cut the end of the pith with a sharp stanley knife, you can cut to a mitre if you like.

Wipe any excess glue away with a damp cloth.

Let chair air dry without any help from heaters or sun.

Don't stain, varnish or paint for at least 24 hours.