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RE: Vanguard Furniture buyers BEWARE! (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: rmanbike on 05.25.2013 at 07:13 pm in Furniture Forum

I have said numerous times on this forum that upholstery manufactures do not make the filling that is in your seat or back cushions - pillows of your sofas or chairs. They purchase the cushion fills from various fabricators. These fabricators buy blocks of various types of foam from foam suppliers/pourers. Then they cut - sew - glue - and assemble the cushions per each upholstery manufacturers specifications.

I have also said that you should never buy upholstery that does not have the actual manufacturer name on the sofa or chair etc. You also should call the manufacturer to check that the retailer is a authorized retailer of their products. Ask the manufacturer to give clear details of the warranty and how any claims will be handled.

Doing this will help you avoid buyers remorse and warranty issues.

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RE: Underwear for my chairs (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: mlweaving_Marji on 01.29.2014 at 10:25 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

back to the underwear part - I'd use a plain weave cotton duck or muslin, Because they will offer enough friction that the slipcovers won't slip around too much on them, they're not too heavy a fabric, and they won't compete by showing through if you decide on a lighter weight linen for a slipcover. Linen is notoriously sheer, even the heavy stuff.
I would use what's known as Bull Denim for the slipcover itself, it's beefy and would stand up to a lot of wear, but I wouldn't use it as the upholstery. The Bull Denim is a twill weave. Duck is a plain weave.
Sorry ineffible, but I wouldn't even try to slipcover a chair that was upholstered in vinyl. Too slippery underneath, regardless of how well your slipcover is made.
You could use a Sunbrella fabric - those are acrylics - but they don't breathe, and I guess I just like the idea of a fabric that breathes in a seaside environment.
The reason that I suggested a duck or a ticking initially is that it would give you a bit more option when your slipcover was off. Most of the cost of reupholstering is in the labor. Since upholstery grade muslin is not suitable for finished upholstery, it's suitable for putting a slipcover over, it seems a bit extravagant to upholster without giving yourself the option of using it without the slipcover.

I also wouldn't pay Pindler pricing, or even Fabricut, Kravet or any one of the other major houses pricing for a plain cotton duck. It's all coming out of one of just a handful of mills, and there is no reason to pay for the branding. A good basic 9 oz or 10 oz duck will be fine.
I'm including a link to one, in NYC. Seems weird that it's a fashion fabric source, but I've ordered from them before with great success, and they actually give a good description, which is challenging with online fabric sources, and the cotton they sell is sourced in the US.
20 yds for $200.

Here is a link that might be useful: CottonDuck

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RE: Underwear for my chairs (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: daisychain01 on 01.29.2014 at 06:36 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Don't do the pleather - slips will slip right off same as with leather.

I slipped our old sofa myself with cotton duck and although it was quite a few years ago, I think I remember using 10 oz and reading that anything between 7 and 10 oz was good for slips. Anything lighter didn't wear well and looked like sheeting and anything heavier didn't lay right (too stiff not enough drape). I know you're not using this for the slips themselves, but thought the same logic might apply.

I just got a Lee coverall sofa for our living room. I was actually going to get that exact style, but decided on the tight back version instead (we like a very deep seat). It is soooo comfortable and the slip is exactly the style and fabric I was hoping for. Great choice. I love Lee.

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RE: Underwear for my chairs (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: kswl on 01.29.2014 at 03:00 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Why not do blue and white mattress ticking underneath? It would look good when the slips are off getting washed, and would make a nice change as well. If you buy a bolt of your fabric you'd have enough for all the chairs plus any sofas. The real mattress ticking --- not designer versions---is tough as nails. We had it on two sofas as slipcovers for about 20 years, washing frequently with no fading or other problems.

I'm looking at the Lee coveralls line for our basement and want to do COM with red ticking. At least, that is what I proposed to ID!

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RE: Underwear for my chairs (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: mlweaving_Marji on 01.29.2014 at 10:14 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Rather than edit I'll just add another note. If you went with upholstery grade muslin it would be appropriate, the least cost and give no abrasion factor to your slips on top, However you would always Have to have slipcovers on the chair.
If you went with a white/natural duck I'd still slipcover so that the covers could be washed, but your chairs would be dressed, so to speak, if you left the slipcovers off for any reason for awhile.

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RE: Underwear for my chairs (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mlweaving_Marji on 01.29.2014 at 10:09 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

If it were me I'd have them done in a white/natural duck. It won't show through your slipcovers, and is tightly woven enough to wear well as upholstery, and is an economical choice. If your slipcovers are linen show-through could be a real issue if you do anything patterned on the upholstery.

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RE: Do you have a Leather or Microfiber Sofa ??? (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: cheryleb on 05.28.2013 at 07:48 am in Furniture Forum

I have both. I bought a sofa and loveseat from Natuzzi about 10 years ago and two microfiber sofas. The leather has become checked and worn over time and even though I love the shape and style, it is starting to look shabby. This was the higher end line so it shouldn't have been a lower quality issue. The microfiber sofas are in the FR where my son entertained friends. They are about the same age and although not used nearly as much, they could almost pass for new. They were not the upgraded fabric but the basic one that was on the floor at the store.

My parents bought similar microfiber sofa/loveseat and paid significantly more for an upgraded fabric and their doesn't look anywhere near as good as mine. Interesting.

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RE: Do you have a Leather or Microfiber Sofa ??? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: mcgillicuddy on 04.17.2007 at 02:39 pm in Furniture Forum

We have a leather couch and a microfiber daybed, which are regularly inhabited by a naughty and rambunctious dog and two kitties.

The leather holds up better against dirt, stains, hair, and cat scratches, while the microfiber holds up better against dog scratches.

Given the variation in quality and durability between different types of leathers and microfibers, the only way to really be sure is to get test swatches of the exact fabrics you're considering and test them in various "real-life" situations. Otherwise, there's no way to predict how the fabric or materials will fare.

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