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Industrial & Cottage – my favourite interior style.

Being in the interior decor and design industry, I am exposed to all the different styles of interiors and furniture: Colonial, Seaside, Contemporary, Antique, Eclectic, French. I like them all – in the right setting of course!

But my absolute favourite interior style is Industrial Cottage. I love the stark edges and ‘coldness’ of Industrial, and the warmth of Cottage. The off-set of cold and warm, hard and soft, stark and upholstered, makes my blood flow and gets my imagination going.
Using different textiles to add contrast and layers also keeps the space interesting and adds depth.

We recently purchased a Cottage of our own, and I am planning to let my creative juices flow freely in this space.

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Fabric

BONUS 5 Tips to care for your upholstery

5 Handy tips to help you care for your fabric upholstery:

1. Keep your fabric out of direct sunlight. Unless your fabric has been manufactured to withstand direct sun, it will fade and possibly crack and become brittle.

2. Do not machine wash fabrics that are recommended for professional or dry cleaning. This will change the shape, ruin the colour and harm your fabric.

3. When you’ve caught a spill in action on your fabric, use a soft cloth or roller-towel to dab up the spill. Do not rub the spill, it will make the spill soak into your fabric more.

4. Vacuum your sofa regularly (once a week or bi-weekly) to keep the colour looking fresh and to keep dust out of the weave.

5. If you have removable seat cushions, rotate them and turn them over in their covers regularly to ensure even wear.

If you’ve done what you could to care for your upholstered furniture and find that it still needs to be reupholstered, contact us for a free quote.

 

Bonus tips to care for upholstery

Leather Reupholstery

FABRIC VS. LEATHER

Fabric vs. Leather  – that is the question.

Many of my clients ask me to quote them for reupholstery on both leather and fabric. When I give them the quote they are surprised at the big difference in cost.
So let me break it down for you: the reason why leather is ‘expensive’.

The first thing to remember is that leather is bought as skins or hides (yes, it was a live animal once, and it’s skin or hide is only so big).
The average hide size of bovine (cow) leather is 3,8 – 4,5m2.
When we calculate the amount of leather a medium sized two seater sofa would need, we take into account that there are many off-cuts that will not be usable from each hide.
We calculate the size of each panel, and the size of the actual skins at the suppliers at that given moment – then we add a bit extra for any burn or tick marks there might be on the skin.
If say, we come to 20m2 required, but the skins at that moment are 3,6m2 in average size, we divide the 20m2 by 3,6, and ROUND UP to the nearest full skin – eg. 20m2  / 3,6m2 = 5.556 > 6 skins required. Leather is only available to purchase as hides, and thus we need to round up the nearest full hide.

Fabric is different altogether.
Yarns are woven into a specific width (mostly 140cm) for upholstery fabric, and is available to purchase from a roll of 40 – 50m long.
When we calculate the amount of fabric required to upholster a medium sized two seater sofa, we once again calculate the size of each panel and how many we can fit next to each other in the width of the fabric. Naturally, if the fabric has a pattern or stripe, the pattern repeat is taken into account. But, if it is a plain colour or even a mixed weave, panels can easily be calculated next to each other in the width of the fabric.
If we calculate that we need 11,4m to upholster the sofa, we also always ROUND UP to the nearest round number, just in case there are any flaws or imperfections in the fabric.

 

The benefits of using leather:

It is cool in summer, and warm in winter.
It is mostly water repellent and resistant to some liquids.
It is easy to manage in a busy household – quickly wiping up a yoghurt mess or sticky fingers.
It outlasts fabric and vinyl (or pleather, or leatherette).
It looks luxurious and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, and compliments most interiors.

 

The benefits of using fabric.

The colour, pattern, weave and print options are almost limitless.
100% cotton or a linen/cotton mixed fabric is also cool in summer and warm in winter.
Many of the fabrics manufactured today are teflon coated and machine washable, making it easy to manage in a busy household.
One will always use less fabric than leather to upholster, and it is therefore mostly more affordable.
It looks luxurious and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, and compliments most interiors.

 

Are there any disadvantages to using leather, you may ask?

The cost compared to fabric could be a disadvantage.
The colours are limited.
There are no patterns available. Sometimes one can purchase printed leather (but these are very scarce and the patterns aren’t always what you are looking for).
If not cared for well, leather will fade, dry out and possibly crack and become brittle.
If a piece of leather tears, it cannot be repaired.

 

The disadvantages of fabric are:

Depending on the fabric chosen, it is mostly less expensive than leather.
Because the choices of fabric are so vast, it is often difficult to settle on something, or even to find exaclty what you are looking for.
If not cared for properly, fabric can fade and possibly become brittle.
It is not always as easy to clean.

 

Some tips to help your leather and fabric last longer:

NEVER EVER EVER EVER use any granulated cleaning agent, dishwashing liquid or spray on dust remover on your leather! Only use proper leather cleaner or if you are quickly cleaning a spill, a clean soft cloth wrung out with clean water.

Keep your leather and fabric out of direct sunlight. Unless your fabric has been manufactured to withstand direct sun, your fabric and leather will fade and possibly crack and become brittle.

Do not machine wash fabrics that are recommended for professional or dry cleaning. This will change the shape, ruin the colour and harm your fabric.

When you’ve caught a spill in action on your fabric, use a soft cloth or roller-towel to dab up the spill. Do not rub the spill, it will make the spill soak into your fabric more.

Vacuum your sofa regularly (once a week or bi-weekly) to keep the colour looking fresh and to keep the dust out of the weave.

If you have removable seat cushions, rotate them and turn them over in their covers regularly to ensure even wear.

We have a wide range of fabric samples and leather colours that you can choose from for your project, so why not give us a call and we will meet.

 

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furniture

Art Deco Couch Reupholstery

<– Before…

My client’s mother bought this sofa with 2 matching arm chairs for ZAR10 about 30 years ago, and had upholstered it with blue woollen upholstery fabric.

My client was given the suite, and she decided it was time for a new look.

We found these lovely armrests hiding under the fabric, so we sanded them down and stained and varnished them, and upholstered the suite with white genuine bovine leather.

You NEVER know what is hidden under the fabric you don’t like!

After…

Cape Town Design

Arm Chair Reupholstery

it all started with a sigh… hhhmmm   

and then it came: “my, my! what are we to do?”

they phoned me and I said: “of course I can sew!”

so she was brought to my door, where she stood waiting on my floor

steadily and surely, the lovely old lady got her groove back!

She is henceforth known to me as the Mothering Chair,

as she has helped 3 generations of mothers raise and nurse their children on her lap! 

 

Introducing…

<– THEN

            AND

              WOW –>

 

 

Upholstery

Making up your mind…


There are many wonderful things one can accomplish by knowing how to do upholstery.

Not only does one learn how to upholster using fabric or leather, but you also learn how to work with various other mediums: wood, metal, foam, and paint.

Sometimes, just changing the covering of one piece of furniture can make all the difference to a room.

Nowadays, the focus is to reduce, re-use and recycle and as a result we are all becoming more creative.

Many people prefer to buy old pieces, reupholster or renovate it and resell it. This gives the “not so creatives” an opportunity to benefit from these stunning transformations.

Many times, these renovated items cost more than new pieces. Please remember that the reasons are simply because it is not made using cheap labour or cheap materials.

Home-made products always cost more than mass produced products.

Also, be consoled by the idea that the renovated piece you bought is unique and that you won’t see it stacked in shelves in your local shopping mall.

There are a few things you should keep in mind when considering to have a piece of furniture re-upholstered or renovated.

1. What is the maximum amount you are willing to spend?

2. Do you want to use leather or fabric?

3. In what type of environment is the piece going to stand:

3.1. Do you have children that are going play on the piece?

3.2. Is it for display and the occasional visit?

3.3. Do you want it to make a statement or do you want it to blend in?

3.4. Will it be exposed to direct sunlight for many hours of the day?

Each of these considerations narrows down the options available to you and therefore makes it easier for you to choose the type of covering for your piece.

Once you have chosen your covering, the process is simple: we collect, re-upholster or renovate, and deliver.