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!

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.