Cushion Upholstery - Wide Selection of Choices
Cushion Upholstery Singapore
When it comes to our sofas, what makes its homely appearance complete would be a set of cushions to accompany it. Cushions are often heavily used in our homes and are an essential part of our home decor.
Whether your cushions have become worn-out after many years of use, or you would like to change the style of fabric, you can replace your old cushions through cushion upholstery. In cushion upholstery, your cushions can be tailor-made according to your preferred specifications, such as its foam quality, shape and dimension. You can also accommodate extra details such as wrapping or down envelopes.
How to upholster a cushion
Typically, here’s how cushion upholstery would work:
Step 1: Remove old covers
To reupholstering your old cushions, the existing covers will first have to be removed from the foam cushions. With your cushion turned inside out, the upholsterer will use a seam ripper to pull out the existing seams and remove the zipper. This has to be done especially carefully if your cushion is of an unusual shape.
Step 2: Trace outline of cushion
Using fabric chalk, the upholster will trace the dimensions of your old cover onto the new fabric, while ensuring that the edges of the seam are laid out flat. The new fabric print will then be cut out with a pair of sharp scissors.
Step 3: Replace foam padding
If your existing foam padding is beyond repair, the upholsterer will cut out a new one after measuring your old foam, taking into account areas where it has become compressed.
Step 4: Sew the fabric
Next, the seam edges will be sewn together using a sewing machine. There will be an open space between the sides for the zipper, which will be sewn in from the outside of the fabric. If the old zipper is broken, you can buy a new zipper that fits the opening.
Step 5: Fit the cover
Finally, the new cushion cover can be fitted over your cushion foam. If the cover is slightly larger than your cushion, the upholsterer can cut a layer of foam and slide it in inside the cover to fill out the cover.
Cushion upholstery fabrics
To protect your cushions well, it will need to be covered with good fabric too. The best fabrics that are commonly used for cushion upholstery fabrics are:
- Cotton and linen
Typically found in home depots and fabric stores, cotton and linen are natural fabrics that are soft, cooling, and available in a variety of colours and prints. As these fabrics have a tight weave, they are sturdy and long-lasting too. Though they are prone to stains, you can increase its stain-resistance with a fabric or stain protector.
- Nylon and polyester
Nylon and polyester are synthetic fabrics which are extremely strong and durable. Moreover, these fabrics are resistant to heat, mold as well as most stains and fading, making them suitable for more indoor and outdoor use. They do not stretch or wrinkle easily too.
- Faux silk or velvet
For a smooth touch and elegant look, faux silk or velvet would be good options. Although the material is soft, these luxurious-looking fabrics provide durability and protection well.
If you plan to place your cushions outdoors, consider canvas fabric. Although canvas fabrics are stiffer, they are extremely strong, are waterproof, and do not get damaged by the sun and heat easily. This makes them suitable for extreme weather conditions!
- Wool or knit
Well-loved for its eco-friendliness, wool or knit adds warmth and coziness to your home decor. Besides being extremely durable, the fabric is also good at eliminating dust mites and does not crease easily.
Cushion upholstery foam
It is ideal to use foam for cushions as its softness provides cushioning and comfort, while its durability allows it to last for years. There are also many different types of foams to cater to your specific needs.
From squares and rectangles to cylinders and custom shapes, foams come in various shapes and sizes. You can let your cushion upholsterer know your desired cushion dimensions for them to suggest a foam shape that best suits your preferences. As most sofa cushions do not follow standard measurements, it is important to get the right dimensions by measuring your old cushions between the seams. You can also note down details such as where you would like the zipper to go, and if you would want details like dacron batting for a more rounded look.
To choose your type of upholstery foam, consider how frequently the cushion will be used, as foam cushions soften with use. If your cushion will be used frequently, you should get better quality foams as they soften slower than mid-grade ones. Furthermore, while thinner foams are softer, thicker foams would feel firmer to support weight well.
The thickness of your upholstery foam also depends on the size of your cushion cover. Typically, the thicker the cushion is, the firmer it will feel.
Materials for cushion inserts
Cushion inserts are the inner stuffing that creates the inside of your cushion. With cushion inserts, you can conveniently remove and change your cushion quickly and easily. Cushion inserts are also cost-effective as you would not need to buy a new insert each time you change your cushion cover.
Materials commonly used for cushion inserts are:
- Polyester (or poly-fill)
Made of polyester, poly-fill is firm, durable, and highly affordable. They are also lightweight, easy to clean and non-allergenic. However, they are not easily foldable and can clump easily.
- Feather (or down-filled)
Feather-filled cushions are known for the natural softness they provide. Also known as down stuffing, this material is more long-lasting than polyester stuffing. As it is made of duck and goose feathers and are of a high-premium quality, these inserts are usually costly.
- Synthetic down (or down alternative)
For a cheaper alternative to feather-filled or down-filled stuffing, opt for synthetic down. The material is made using a high-quality blend of cotton and polyester fibers, and is soft, lightweight and machine washable.
Having the right cushion foam and inserts are important to improve the comfort and durability of your cushion upholstery. To decide on the type of upholstery foam, cushion insert material and even upholstery fabric that would be most suitable for your cushions, it is best to consult with professionals from your upholstery service. With their expertise, they can help ensure you get the pillow cushions that make your couches as cozy and comfortable as they can be!
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