Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Notice how this customer's decorator first chose a beautiful patterned fabric for the seat cushions, and lip, of this beautiful cane back/arm sofa. She then requested pillows of different shapes and sizes be made from coordinating fabrics of different colors and textures. The pillows were then trimmed with brown welting, pleats and buttons to add interest and richness.
Anyone can match and coordinate colors and textures this way. Our swatch catalogs often show groupings put together by professional designers.
Monday, March 18, 2013
- All old fabric is removed
- Repairs discussed during the estimate and that are in writing, are performed
- New welt cords, zippers, deck fabrics and dust covers are used
- Thin layers of new padding are often used over the old paddings
- Seat cushion cores are rewrapped and reused.
- Small style changes are sometimes made
- Cutting, sewing and application of the new fabric is warranted.
Rebuild & Reupholster
- Old fabrics, paddings and springs are removed
- We look far into the future and repair or replace what could fail within the next 20 years
- The frame is closely examined and repaired as needed.
- The seat and back springs are retied or completely replaced as needed.
- Padding supports are tightened or replaced as needed
- Paddings are either replaced or repaired on a case by case basis
- Meticulously we rebuild the piece from the frame up
- New welt cords, zippers, deck fabrics and dust covers are used
- New high quality seat foam is always used
- Arm, back and deck Padding repaired /replaced
- Outside arms and backs are padded
- Quality self lined skirts are used (if of this style)
- We do furniture store warranty work for 5 different dealers in our area
- Also, we work directly with the customer whose furniture is out of warranty. We can repair anything that is wrong with any piece of upholstered furniture, with the exception being recliner mechanisms.
- A few of the common repairs we frequently do are:
Cushion core replacement - firmer/softer
Cushion cover replacement
Broken or soft spring replacement/repair
Padding built up/repair/replacement
Arm shaper repair
Partial repair/replacement of cover panels
Broken frame repair
Loose leg repair
Finish repair of show wood
Custom Built New
For the customer who is fed-up with the low quality of new upholstered furniture
Quality, Quality, Quality!
- For the discriminating customer who understands quality, and knows that in the long run, it cannot be measured by initial cost alone.
- Our custom built upholstered furniture is built to the highest standards.
- We combine our 39 years of experience, quality custom built hardwood frames along with the best available supplies and paddings to create a quality piece of furniture that will sit well and look beautiful for many years.
- High end suspension (seat and back springs)
- Highest quality modern paddings
- High Resiliency seat foams are used
- Hours and Hours of detailed, slow and meticulous workmanship
- Our fabrics or yours
- Workmanship, frame and suspension come with a 20 year warranty.
Fabrics! Fabrics! Fabrics!
We have approximately 160 fabric swatch books
***hundreds and hundreds of fabrics***
Fabrics are delivered to us in 2 days or less
17225 Akin Blacktop
Benton, IL 62812
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Saturday, March 16, 2013
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Since this loveseat was only 4 years old, the customer chose to go with a simple reupholster job. In addition we built her a firmer seat cushion core. It now sits firmer and will look good for many years to come. We like to replace ALL seat cushion cores, because after they have been in the old covers for years, they develop a "set" and loose their ability to expand correctly and fill out a new cover. Yes, we can make the cover smaller, but then the cushion will wrinkle, have a poor shape after used for awhile and will be to small for the seat opening.
This sofa won me Upholsterer of the year!!
I was chosen as one of Upholstery Journal's 2004 Upholsterer's of the year. Thanks to my dear friend, and commercial partner, Cheryl, who submitted my profile and application. Each Year, UJ chooses 3 upholsterer's from each region. I was chosen from the 10 state Midwest region because of the custom built sofa above.
Would you believe that when I took this picture, the sofa had been in our house and had already been used for almost 5 years! Now let me ask you a question: Does your store bought sofa look this good? ......no fudging. Benton Evening News did an article on this: Midwest Region Upholsterer of the Year - Ted Howard
I build high quality upholstered furniture that looks better and outlasts mass produced manufactured furniture. Folks, it is not hard to do. Did you know that the factories kick out a sofa every 10 minutes? And they skimp by using such things as plastic legs, cardboard arm shapers, poorly made plywood frames that incorporate low quality methods of joinery, cheaply lined skirts, low quality dust covers, dacron only filling in the inside backs and poor quality sewing- just to name a few. This is very typical of new sofas selling for less than $1500. I know, because I do warranty work for 3 new furniture dealers. I see these sort of failures everyday. Stop by the shop sometime and I will show you the warranty repairs I am doing that day.
This is a chair I reupholstered with the customer's own material. We really like to sell the fabric for a reupholstery job for several reasons: When the fabric is purchased from an upholsterer, you can be sure of quality, ordering the right amount, knowledge of the fiber content and cleaning code. And also, keep in mind, we need a certain number of dollars to do a job and when the fabric is purchased from us some of those dollars come from our fabric sale. If you bring in your own fabric, we still need a certain number of dollars, so we have to charge a different way so we maintain our shop rate. But sometimes customer's bring in their own fabricx and that is fine. We do it both ways. That was the case with this chair. Unfortunately, the lady did not buy quite enough fabric and we were unable to do as much centering as we would have liked. Normally, the pattern would have been centered on the outside arm. But she was happy and her chair looked good.
Because this chair was a rebuild, we supplied the paddings, springs, labor and supplies ( Did you know that there are approximately 37 different supply items used to upholster and repair a chair like this?). I also was able to perk up her wood work with professional finish touch-up methods.
This beautiful old antique chair became known as the "Throne." The seat, back and arms were completely repadded, upholstered and new trim applied. In other words, all we used was the outstanding frame. It went directly from our shop into a new home. The chair is missing one of the top finials. The customer told me he had it at home, and would reattach it later.
My son was the lucky recipient of this sofa. This is a brand new sofa that my friend Cheryl and I built in my shop for his wedding present. This sofa will last for years with minimal care. The sofa would have retailed for about $1600. But had he taken that $1600 to a furniture store he would not have got near the quality of this hand built beauty.
This chair was in really poor shape when I got it.I think the customer told me it had been in the family for about 70 years. One of the arms was broken off, and the rocker base springs were broken.
So we agreed that the chair needed to be rebuilt from the frame up. Here are some of the steps we took to make the chair like new:
1. The chair was stripped down to it's bare frame.
2. The frame was repaired, reglued and refinished.
3. New springs were added, then came new burlap and new padding
4. And finally the new fabric and decorative nail trim around the arms.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
When the customer who owns these chairs came into the shop, he was carrying only the frames. She did the refinishing herself. I rebuilt the seats and backs from the frame up. No telling what there worth now.
These two chairs were complete rebuilds. When they came to me, the springs were literally hanging out the bottom. All the old fabric, webbing, springs and padding were removed and thrown away. Starting with only the frames, the woodwork was professionally repaired, new springs were installed, new paddings shaped / installed and finally reupholstered with this beautiful new fabric. The customer was thrilled. The price with $35/yard fabric came out to $318 per chair. BETTER than new!