1.How do I know if a piece of furniture is worthwhile upholstering?
A. Generally speaking if it is an older piece of fine furniture, which has been in your family for a long time, then it will be worth your while having it upholstered.
B. Older furniture usually were built well, using top quality wood for the frame and coil springs on the seat platform. This ensured that the fine piece of furniture in question lasted years and years, even when the fabric eventually gave out.
C. Look and see if the frame is of good quality, usually this can be determined by just getting a feel for its weight. If it feels really heavy, then most likely it is a well built frame either made with oak or mahogany .
D. Also, feel underneath the cushions on the seat platform itself, to see if you can feel the coil springs. This is also an indicative of a well built frame that will last you a life time.
2. What are the differences of upholstering vs. slipcovering?
A. When we slipcover a piece of furniture, in reality we are just making a custom fitted cover for your piece of furniture. No work is done to the seat or the overall structure of the item in question. This option works best if your sofa or chair is in excellent condition, and all you are looking for is to change the fabric, but still have the option to go back to your original fabric just by removing the slipcover.
B. When talking about upholstering a particular piece of furniture, then the overall structure and condition of the item is addressed. Springs will be retied or replaced if needed. The old fabric will be removed. New cotton padding will be added prior to upholstering it with your new fabric.
3. Does it cost more to upholster or slipcover?
Nowadays, the difference between the two is very minimal. For example, an average upholstered wing chair will cost about $395.00 vs. $350.00 to slipcover. Another thing you must keep in mind is that for slipcovering you normally will need more fabric due to the fact that there is more waste involve, when compared to upholstering. finally , you are also limited to the type of fabric that can be used for making a slipcover, while for upholstering there basically are no limitations of what you can use.
4. I have patio cushions that are left outside all the time, when it rains they get soaked and take forever to dry, what can I do?
A. Well, this is an indication that the right type of foam was not used. There is a particular type of foam that is made to be left outside. This outdoor foam, does not absorb water at all, thus your cushions can be left out in the rain without having the problem of being soaked.
B. Another thing to keep in mind, is to select an outdoor fabric like "Sunbrella" for all your patio furniture. This will also protect and insure the durability of your patio furniture.
5. What is the difference between leather and naugahyde?
A. Leather is the real hide of the animal and its shape and size is directly related to the animal that it was extracted from. Naugahyde is basically a trade name for vinyl. Vinyl is a petroleum based product. The feel of leather and vinyl are totally different, although some vinyls are made to closely imitate leather to the naked eye.
B. Another major difference is reflected in the price. While leather is sold by the square foot and the price can range from $6.00 to $30.00 per sq/ft., vinyl is much cheaper, and is sold by the running yard in a 54 width roll.
5. Does Scotch-Guard really work?
A. One thing you must understand first, is that Scotch-Guard is just a water based solution. It works as a stain and spill repelant just for a brief moment after its initial application. To ensure it really works, it is recommended to treat your fabric at least two to three times a year.
B. In today's fabric market, there is something else much better with a greater lifespan. Most of the fabrics today can come treated with Teflon. This fabric treatment will provide you with much better protection, although keep in mind that there is nothing out there that is 100% stain and spill proof. Our best recommendation, is to get to the spill or stain as soon as it happens, using just a tepid soaked towel to gently remove the stain asap.