Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Should You Update the Upholstery on Your Bedhead?

Are you one of those people who not only love a good DIY upholstery project, but also love updating your décor as much as some people update their wardrobes?

Well, luckily for you, your upholstered bed head doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment, with a little creativity and the right upholstery supplies, you can completely transform the appearance of your bedhead.

How can this be achieved? It’s really quite simple, the below designs are just a handful of the ways you can change the style of your bedhead.

A Simple Two-Panel Upholstered Hanging Headboard

If you can sew in a straight line and use a staple gun, a basic, easily updated headboard is perfect for contemporary spaces, but depending on the fabric you choose and your desired colour palette, you can easily make it blend in seamlessly with any décor. You can also play around with different textures and patterns to help create your desired aesthetic.

All you need to do is purchase a basic hanging headboard, ideally in a plain colour, and drape your chosen fabric over it and secure it in place with your staple gun. Once you’ve had enough of it, simply remove the staples and replace the fabric with your next chosen design.

If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you could even make the actual bedhead yourself. To do this, you will need cut-to-size timber, upholstery foam, wood adhesive, screws and a measuring tape.

A Complete Bedhead Re-Design
If you want to completely transform your existing bedhead, there are two simple approaches you can take.

One is to make a slipcover to go over the top of your current bedhead. This is a less permanent solution and will give the illusion of a new headboard, but if you get sick of looking at your new one, you can easily revert back to the original design.

The second option is to completely remove the fabric from your existing headboard, and start from scratch. You can use the old fabric as a guide for how much fabric you will need to re-cover it. Also make sure you’ve allowed for approximately six inches of overlap, ensuring the fabric is able to cover the edges of the bedhead, as well as part of the back. If you need to update, or add foam to your wooden headboard, foam can be attached to the wood with a spray adhesive and then cover it with batting (this can be attached with staples). Then, all you need to do is hold the new fabric over the headboard and staple it into place. 

With either of these options, feel free to get as creative as you like. For a little extra flair, why not add some embellishments? For instance, nail-head trim around the edge of the headboard will add elegance to a classic or simple design, while decorative indentations like tufts can be added with buttons covered in the same fabric as your headboard for a more contemporary look.

To learn more about DIY upholstery, or for all of your project supplies, be sure to visit Padgham Upholstery – your one-stop upholstery shop.

Monday, 19 June 2017

How to Choose an Upholstery Fabric

Are you keen to get started on your latest DIY upholstery project, but can’t decide which upholstery fabric will best suit your needs?

Well, read on! Here, we run through everything you need to know before you select your upholstery fabric.

Know Your Brands
At Padgham Upholstery, we only stock the finest, most reputable fabric brands. As such, we only supply quality products that will help ensure your final project is everything you hoped it would be.

The brands we recommend include:

-       Warwick Fabrics
-       Zepel fabrics
-       Wortley Group
-       Verve Designer Fabrics
-       Laine Furnishings
-       Elliot Clarke Fabrics
-       Gummerson, Hoad & JW Design
-       Mokum
-       Charles Parsons

All of these brands of upholstery fabric are available online through Padgham Upholstery, here.

Types of Fabric Available
There are a lot of different fabrics you can use in your upholstery project. Which type you choose will depend on the overall aesthetic you’re trying to achieve, what type of project the fabric will be used for, and what sort of wear and tear it will need to withstand. Also take into consideration any relevant care and maintenance tips, and whether or not a particular fabric is stain-resistant or not.  

Some common fabric types you’ll be able to choose from include:

-       Linen
-       Leather
-       Cotton
-       Wool
-       Cotton Blend
-       Vinyl
-       Acrylic
-       Polyester

You can learn more about these fabric types, as well as a host of others, here.

Understanding the Martindale Test
When choosing your upholstery fabrics, make sure you check the durability of the fabric to see if it’s suitable for the project you would like to complete. For instance, the strength of the fabric you choose will depend on whether you’re upholstering a decorative chair that rarely gets used, or a piece of furniture that receives a lot of traffic.

The Martindale Test, also known as the ‘rub test’ and ‘abrasion resistance’ will determine the durability of a particular fabric.  The Martindale Machine does this by pulling a fabric taut, as small discs of worsted wool or wire mesh rub continuously against the fabric in an oscillating circle. The material will be inspected periodically for any wear and tear, and the test will continue until two yarns break or when there is a noticeable change to the fabric’s appearance.

Under the Martindale Test upholstery fabrics are ranked according to the following scale: 

-       Decorative Fabrics (less than 10,000 rubs)
-       Light Domestic (10,000 to 15,000 rubs)
-       General Domestic (15,000 to 25,000 rubs)
-       Heavy Duty (25,000 to 30,000 rubs)
-       Commercial grade (30,000 plus)

When choosing your fabric, talk to Padgham Upholstery about its score on the Martindale Test, and what it means in terms of appropriate application methods.

Extra Considerations
Lastly, always make sure the fabric you choose will suit the overall style you’re hoping to achieve.

For example, you wouldn’t choose a decorative damask fabric for a children’s chair, just like you wouldn’t put Bob the Builder printed cotton on a formal dining chair.

Take care when choosing the colour, pattern, and texture of your fabric, and make sure it will suit the overall style of the room your project will be displayed in.

To learn more about the different types of upholstery fabrics and their various applications, as well as our comprehensive selection of DIY upholstery supplies, view our upholstery fabric online, or visit our Melbourne-based store today.

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.