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Fabric

Which Fabrics to Choose? People tend to equate fabric cost with product durability. That is not necessarily the case with furniture fabrics. I find there are two general classifications of upholstery fabric. Most common in upholstery shops are the supplier fabrics. They promote lower cost and have some decorative as well as durable designs. The…

Wax and Furniture Care

Wax Buildup on Furniture: And How to Remove It Over the years, many pieces have come into our shop with soiled wax build-up. This dark, sticky substance has taken years to develop. When it does, it tends to ruin the finish underneath. Atmospheric soil and contaminants are attracted to and caught in the waxed surface…

Floor Protection

How to Protect and Restore Wood Floors  Wood floors have their own charm, warmth and character. At times they can appear to be very durable, then one day scratches are noticed and no one seems to know why. Whether you have pets with claws or children with toys your wood floors can be safe with…

Used Furniture

In today’s economy, used furniture can be a super cost effective way to furnish a starter apartment. But it can be a difficult chore to determine a good buy. Furniture like other hard goods, depreciates horribly after it leaves the store, even high end pieces. Before you go to flea markets and garage sales, do…

Guidelines for Furniture Stripping

Stripper or paint remover works best in mild temperatures, from 60 to 80 F. Use a well ventilated area for your one safety. A basement or heated garage in cooler climates is not recommended. If the fumes from the stripper get into a heating system, they can cause premature damage. Some stripping instructions advise a…

Fabric Stain Protector

An after market add-on type of warranty that has proven worth while for the consumer is a fabric stain protector. This is a product that the retailer and some upholstery shops apply to the completed upholstered piece. The company selling the product issues a written warranty through the retailer. The warranty states for how long…

Furniture Trends

Furniture Trends Occasionally, the topic of furniture trends, come up. The most common theme I see in the past few years is buyer’s remorse. A sofa, chair table or dresser was purchased because it looked good and the price was right. Fast forward a few years and something breaks, it has to be fixed. The…

Glass Tops

Glass Tops And Their Benefits A number of customers like to have glass tops for end tables, dressers, and even desks. The glass does an excellent job of protecting against spills, both water and chemical from damaging the finish. Glass also prevents scratches from getting on the surface. When ordering a glass top, you will…

Leather

Leather Furniture And Their Classifications Recently we have heard customers express disappointment with their recently purchased leather furniture. Their furniture was 2 to 6 years old, and the leather was wearing out in a variety of ways. This similar experience was reported in various consumer dissatisfaction forums. There are two types of leather suited for furniture,…

Zippers

Everything You Need To Know About Zipper Cushions  Cushions come up as a topic of discussion quite regularly around our shop. Most cushion types can either be closed with a zipper or hand sewn to ensure closure. The back of a cushion is usually closed with a zipper instead of hand sewing because it is,…