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3 Great Ideas For What to Do With a Worn Out Sofa

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I’ve seen worn out sofas in all sorts of random places–on the street, on lawns, and even in parking lots. When it comes to upholstered pieces, figuring out what to do with them once they hit a certain age can be a challenge. If you have an old or worn-out sofa you need to decide if it’s time to reuse, recycle or replace it. Here’s how to decide which is the best decision for you.

REUSE IT. If the sofa has good bones, there’s really no reason for tossing it. Instead, think about giving it a good spruce-up. Have it thoroughly cleaned to get out old stains and set-in odors. Buy a new throw or some updated accent pillows to give it an updated look. You can even slipcover it! If it’s still usable, consider moving it to a secondary space, such as a guest room, game room, basement or garage. Be sure to cover all of your options before getting rid of it for good.

Another option is having your sofa reupholstered. You can either do it yourself or leave it to a professional. There is a plethora of fabric at your disposal, so don’t discount this option. Yes, a professional reupholster can cost as much, if not more, than a new sofa, but you’ll end up with a custom piece that will never have to see a landfill.

RECYCLE IT. Did you know that you can have your sofa recycled? I didn’t either, until recently. Since it does require extensive labor for the process, your options may be few–however, you can check out places like Earth911.com to see where you can go. If all else fails, you can dismantle the sofa and then take individual pieces to various recycling facilities.

REPLACE IT. If you have to replace your worn out sofa, you have a couple of options: sell it or donate it. If the piece is clean and sturdy, there’s a pretty good guarantee that you can sell it–for a little bit of money, anyway. Post some pictures on Craigslist or check for local buy-sell-trade pages on Facebook. If you don’t care about the money, post it as free and it’ll probably be gone by the end of the day.

If you don’t care about the money, post it as free and it’ll probably be gone by the end of the day. You could even check with friends and family who may be in need. Perhaps they know of a college student who could use some extra seating in their dorm. And don’t forget about places like Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or local churches.

 

 

Sofa vs. Couch: What’s the Difference?

At the close of the day, we often look forward to relaxing on comfortable seating. In most cases, that comfortable spot is the couch. Or, wait…maybe it’s the sofa. While a sofa and a couch are very similar, there is actually a distinct difference between them. Let’s take a brief look at their history and discuss some characteristics that define each piece.

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A Little History

It’s not entirely clear when either first came into being, but sofas and couches have two very different origins:

Sofa: Derived from the Arabic word “suffah”, which is used to describe a bench that has been covered with cushions and blankets. A sofa was commonly known as a “fainting couche”–a place where corset-wearing ladies could rest and catch their breath.

Couch: Comes from the French word “couche”, and is used to describe a piece of furniture with no arms used for lying. History hints that couches were highly popular around the Victorian period.

Distinctive Differences

There are distinctive differences between a sofa and a couch. Those differences are typically found in style, size, and function.

Style

A true couch features one or no arms, as well as a tapered back. It may also feature back cushions. Some often refer to a traditional couch as a “chaise”. A sofa, on the other hand, is what we commonly find in the average home. Sofas are upholstered, have two arms, and a uniform back. They also seat more people than a couch does.

Size

When compared to one another, the size difference between the two becomes apparent. Generally, a couch is meant to seat 2-3 people, whereas a sofa will sit 4 or more. For those with small spaces, a love seat would be a wise purchase, being that it is essentially a small sofa.

Function

The function of sofas and couches also vary. Couches are often favored by people who have smaller spaces or wish to seat fewer people. They are also typically associated with informal settings where casual entertainment takes place.

Sofas tend to be used more in larger homes or rooms. Due to their representation of style and class, they are generally associated with formal occasions. Additionally, they are an optimal choice for people who often entertain a larger crowd of guests.

Shared Similarities

While they have their differences, sofas and couches have similarities as well–primarily when it comes to materials used to make them.

Traditionally, the frames of both types of furniture are made from wood. However, you can also find frames made of stainless steel, laminated board, and plastic.

In regards to fabric, both can be covered in various types. Sofa and couch fabric can be found in natural, synthetic, and blends. Natural fabrics tend to provide more comfort, while synthetic fabrics generally provide more durability. Natural-synthetic blends seem to be the best of both.

Is One Better Than the Other?

Not necessarily. Honestly, your personal needs will determine which piece of furniture will be best. However, now that you’re a bit more knowledgeable about the two, you can go to the store and the right selection with confidence.

Come visit us at one of our retail locations or shop online! Looking for one of our discount designer fabric stores near Addison? Stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx (located off Midway between alpha and Spring Valley) for great deals on upholstery fabrics in a variety of designer styles and patterns.

How to Give an Old Chair Cushion an Update

Even the cushions on quality chairs suffer from wear and tear, especially if they’re used regularly. While our natural instinct is to replace them with something new, this isn’t always the best solution. With a little time and TLC, you can give new life to old cushions by changing the fabric. Not only will you improve its look, you’ll get exactly what you want, without spending more than needed. Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to update an old chair cushion.

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1. Select your fabric

Maybe your fabric is worn. Maybe it’s simply outdated. Whatever the reason, updating your chair(s) with new fabric will give it a complete transformation. In regards to how much fabric you will need, a good general rule to follow is approximately 1-2 yards of fabric per chair cushion.

2. Remove the seat

You’ll need a screwdriver and a staple remover (needle-nose pliers will work as well) to remove the seat. Carefully turn the chair upside down and unscrew the seat, making sure to keep the screws together for later.

3. Update the fabric

Unless the inner padding needs to be replaced, there’s really no reason to remove the old fabric (you can, however, if you choose to). Simply spread out the new fabric, place the seat on top of it, and then measure 4-5 inches beyond the seat on all sides. Make your lines with chalk and then cut once it’s marked.

Center the seat, ensuring the pattern isn’t crooked. Starting with the straightest side of the seat, fold the fabric up and over, and then start stapling. Start with a center staple and then work your way out to the edges. Pull the fabric as tight as you can to avoid bunching. Work the opposite side and then do the remaining two. For round cushions, work your way around until you’ve reached your starting point. If any mistakes are made, pull the staples and start over.

4. Pleat the corners

Take the corner of the fabric and point it towards the center of the seat along the diagonal. Fold one side down alongside the diagonal and then fold the other side so you have a straight pleat. Staple it once you like how it looks. Finish the remaining three corners.

5. Apply finishing touches and reattach

Trim any excess fabric, hammer in any staples that aren’t flush, and treat the cushion for stain protection. Return the seat to the chair and screw it back into place.

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The Simple, Yet Stylish Slipper Chair

Though they seem small, the slipper chair is actually big on sophistication. Since the early 18th century, the slipper chair has been a stylish addition to all rooms in the home. With its low, wide seating and armless design, the slipper chair offers clean, classic lines that can work with several design styles. And, with today’s bold and bright fabric choices, the slipper chair will certainly command your attention. Let’s take a look at how this sleek chair can inject charm and grace into your home.

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Seat More Guests

If you have a small dining area, then a slipper chair is an ideal option. Because of their lack of arms and small, lightweight frames, you can squeeze in a few extra seats for dinner guests. This also comes in handy when the extra chairs need to be stored away.

Complete a Bed

A pair of slipper chairs placed at the foot of the bed is a wonderful way to add a little drama to the bedroom. Tufting will make them extra plush and nail head trim will add a masculine touch.

Fill a Nook

Slipper chairs have slender silhouettes, making them the perfect choice for small nooks in need of seating. Adding a pair of chairs can turn any small space into an intimate and comfortable seating area.

Make It a Focal Point

Slipper chairs are petite, but only in size. When it comes to style, this type of chair can have a big impact. Streamlining the design in the area where the chair will be used, and upholstering the chair in a show-stopping fabric, will make it easy for it to stand out.

We can help you create a custom piece!

Our Benny (pictured above) is a classic slipper chair with wood legs stained a beautiful dark walnut. Stop by our showroom and talk with us about frames and fabrics, so we can help you get the perfect piece for your home.

If you live in Round Rock, TX, take a quick trip to our Interior Fabrics showroom in Austin, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find colors, textures, and furniture to make your bedroom a romantic retreat for you and your loved one.

Save, Not Replace, Your Furniture with Reupholstering

As time goes on, furniture gets worn and dirty–and eventually, the time comes when you wonder what you should do. Instead of rushing out to replace the piece, consider having it reupholstered. Depending on your situation, and the piece in question, there are very valid reasons as to why saving it is worth it.

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How to Know if You Should Reupholster

In some cases, reupholstering an old piece of furniture could end up costing you more money than buying something new would. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth salvaging. It just means that you should take a few things into consideration before making a snap decision.

  1. Is it an antique or family heirloom? If so, you should seriously consider making it look new again. Many pieces have a beautiful story to tell and the value is immeasurable. A replacement just won’t cut it. When dealing with pieces like this, find a reputable professional to handle it. Unless you’ve reupholstered several times before, taking a risk on a special piece isn’t worth it.
  2. Does it fit your needs and your space? If the piece gets the job done exceptionally well, then preserve it. The majority of mass-produced pieces are made with a one-size-fits-all mentality, but that’s really not the case. Everyone’s needs and spaces are different, so if you’ve found a piece that suits you in every way, hang onto it.
  3. Would you like it to reflect your personality and style? As mentioned earlier, furniture isn’t meant to be one-size-fits-all. Where’s the individuality in that? Certain home decor sometimes requires a particular color, pattern or texture, which can often be hard to find at the average furniture store. Picking your own fabric gives you the freedom to design a piece you are completely happy with.
  4. Do you enjoy have some extra pocket change? Yes, reupholstering can cost more than buying a new piece, but not if you have to replace all the pieces so they “go together”. When you reupholster a piece of furniture, you can pick a fabric that will mesh perfectly with the other pieces of furniture you have. If you’re an experienced DIYer, and will be taking on this project, then reupholstering will definitely be the cheaper way to go.

Before you get started, it’s important to understand that recovering isn’t equivalent to reupholstering. Recovering is basically a cosmetic fix. Reupholstering is a bit more extensive since it often includes stripping the piece to the frame, reinforcing it, and replacing coil springs and padding. Even though a proper reupholstering takes time and effort, it’s definitely worth the investment if your situation meets any of the above criteria.

If you live in Austin, TX, take a quick trip to our Interior Fabrics showroom in Austin, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find colors, textures, and furniture to make your bedroom a romantic retreat for you and your loved one.

Outdoor Furniture Cushions

Create beautiful, affordable cushions for outdoor furniture using our outdoor fabrics. If you already have cushions on your outdoor furniture and just want to update the fabric, you can save money by re-covering the old cushions. No need to even take off the old covers unless the fabric is in really bad shape or you can’t clean it.

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Cushion Filling

If you’re making new cushions from scratch, you’ll have to choose a stuffing. There are five types of outdoor cushion filling: Compressed polyester, polyester fiberfill, Polyurethane foam, open-cell foam, and closed-cell foam. The polyesters are inexpensive, but compress when sat on frequently. They’re best for pillows and backrests.

Polyurethane foam absorbs water, so it’s not a good choice for locations that might get wet. A better choice is open-cell foam, which water runs right through. It’s more expensive but lasts longer – especially if you get foam treated with an antimicrobial agent to prevent mold and mildew. Closed-cell foam is even more expensive, but since it floats its a good choice for cushions used on boats.

Simple Cushion Cover

For fabric 54 inches wide you’ll need about 1 yard per cushion to cover the seats for a standard-size patio chair. With 2 yards, you can cut two cushion covers out side-by-side. To sew these cushion covers, set the cushion on the fabric then fold the fabric over so the right side of the fabric is facing in and the center of the fabric is on the front edge of the cushion. Pin the fabric together on each side to create side seams.

 

Remove the cushion and sew the two side seams. Put the cushion back in the fabric (still with right-sides of the fabric in) and place a pin long each of the two front corners to make corner seams. Remove the cushion, sew corner seams, then turn the fabric right-side-out. Put the cushion form back in. To finish the cushion, fold fabric over the back of the cushion like you were wrapping a present then hand-sew this seam.

Boxed Cushion Style

These cushions require more sewing but have a neatly finished look to all the edges. You’ll have to cut six pieces of fabric – a top and bottom plate and four “boxing” strips. To determine the size you need to cut for the plates, take the length and width of the finished cushion and add 1/2 inch all around (1-1/2 inches if you’re stuffing with fiberfill). Cut boxing strips as long as the sides of your plates and as wide as the finished cushion depth plus 1 inch (3 inches for fiberfill). If you want to finish your cushion with a French mattress-style seam, add 1/4 inch to each measurement.

Sew the narrow edges of the boxing pieces together to form a complete chain with right sides all facing the same direction. Now sew this chain to the top plate with right sides together. Attach the second plate the same way, but leave one side open plus 2 inches on each adjoining side so you can fill the cushion cover. Turn the cover right-side out and stuff (if you’re doing a French seam, finish that before stuffing), then close the final seam by hand-sewing or folding under and sewing with a machine.

When you are looking for a cushion and fabric store near Plano, TX, take a short drive to our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics and cushions. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Refreshing a Dated Lampshade with New Fabric

If you have a lamp base you can’t stand to part with but aren’t too keen about the shade, don’t pitch it, recover it! Refreshing a dated lampshade with new fabric and trim is an easy project as well as a great way to add a custom touch to your home. Here’s what you need to in order to get this fun DIY project done.

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Supplies needed: Before you begin, gather together fabric, trim, scissors, paper (news, craft, butcher or brown wrapping), plastic clamps (or clothespins), and fabric glue. The design of your shade might not require all the supplies listed, but having them on hand will make your job much easier.

1. Select a fabric (and trim) you love. Take a good look around your home to determine what patterns and colors would complement your décor. Once you have an idea of what you want, start shopping around until you find the right fit. Whether or not you add trim will depend on the shape of the lamp as well as your personal style.

2. Create a template. To get your shade just right, you’ll need to create a template. To do that you need to:

  • Lay a large sheet of paper on a table or the floor.
  • Place the shade on its side, with the seam touching one end of the paper. You want to make sure there’s enough paper for the shade to make one full transition across it.
  • Slowly roll the shade (starting at the seam), tracing its path along the top and bottom as you go. Note: A drum shade will give you a rectangle, and a tapering shade will give you a curved shape on your paper.
  • Draw an additional inch around the pattern before you cut the template out. This extra paper will be for covering the top and bottom of the shade.

3. Cut out your fabric. Lay your piece of fabric face up and then place the template on top of it. Shift it around until you’re satisfied with the position and then pin it in place. Using the template as your guide, cut the fabric. To ensure a proper fit, test the fabric on the shade to see if any additional trimming needs to be done.

4. Attach the fabric. Apply the craft glue or spray adhesive to the wrong side of the fabric and adhere it to the shade. Tuck excess fabric over the edges, clamping it in place. Allow a 24 hour drying period before putting the shade back on the base. To ensure the glue doesn’t discolor or leave spots on your fabric, do a test run on a scrap piece.

Itching to start a lampshade project? Visit our showroom or check out our fabric and trim online.

If you are looking for designer fabrics near Sugar Land, we have just what you need! Come by our location in Houston where you ill find a wide selection of fresh and colorful outdoor fabric.

Custom Furniture: Is it Worth It?

The thought of having a custom piece of furniture made for your home might seem like a farfetched idea, but in reality, custom furniture is worth serious consideration. While the cost does vary a bit from mass-produced pieces found at typical furniture stores, custom made pieces are a wise investment—especially if you desire a piece that not only reflects your style, but also has longevity. Here we’ll take a look at three of the main benefits custom made furniture can provide. Perhaps understanding the perks will cause you to give custom furniture a closer look.

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Custom made furniture is unique. In other words, custom made pieces are unlike any other. Not only do you get to select your preferred style, you also get to pick the finishing touches like upholstery and detail. It’s safe to say that a custom piece of furniture is art. From start to finish, you are in charge of making it a one-of-a-kind piece for your home. A handcrafted piece is the only way to truly have something unique.

Custom made furniture will be tailored to fit your space. Mass produced pieces don’t necessarily come in the right size or shape for your space. Having a piece of furniture that can expertly solve a decorating problem such as this is a huge benefit of having something custom made. Certain spots of a room, whether it is because of available space or architecture, require something tailor made. In many cases, trying to find something from your traditional furniture or department store will be exhausting.

Custom made furniture will stand the test of time. If you want something that you can enjoy for several years to come, then it’s quality you need. Custom made pieces are much more durable, offering the longevity no mass-produced piece really can. With quality such as that, you’ll have peace of mind that it will be around for generations to come. Showroom furniture produced by the thousands just can’t give you that same guarantee.

But is custom made furniture really worth the cost?

Yes. Of course custom made will cost more, but it is well worth the investment. Additionally, you can often find that there are pieces that won’t bust your budget. And not everything has to be custom! If a sofa is too much to take on right now, it’s not your only option. You can just as easily focus on something else such as accent or dining chairs, an ottoman, or even a headboard.

We have a lovely selection of frames for pieces such as the ones mentioned above, as well as a variety of fabrics and detailing that will make your piece extra special. Not only are our pieces quality, they are covered with excellent warranties. Stop into our showroom to see what we have to offer.

Visit either of our two Scottsdale, Az area locations, a quick trip from Mesa, to check out the latest designer fabrics, trim, and hardware at wholesale prices.

How to Know if It’s Time to Redecorate

Time goes by faster than we anticipate, and before we know it, we’re wondering where the years have gone. This passage of time affects many things, including the interior of our homes. As time passes, we get so comfortable with our surroundings that we rarely take notice to how dated our décor has become.

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But how do you know if it’s time to redecorate? First of all, stop, look around and then ask yourself a few questions: Am I happy with how my home looks? When was the last time I decorated? Does my interior look fresh or “up to date”? If you still need some clarification, see if your home fits any of the criteria below.

Your Tastes Have Changed

As time passes, our tastes often mature just as we do. We may not feel the same about something like we did five years ago, and that’s okay. With age, however, comes wisdom, so as you redecorate, be sure to choose items more carefully than you did the last time. Frequent changes to décor can add up quickly and putting thought into your pieces will save you in the long run. If you stick with pieces that have longevity, you’ll be able to do smaller updates more frequently without a lot of expenses.

Your Lifestyle is Different

Your life will be different at some time. Graduation, career, marriage, birth of a child, new home, etc., are just a handful of things that can leave you with a different lifestyle. Any of these can be the reason for an update, so if you find yourself in any of these situations, think about whether or not you’re up for redecorating.

Your Decor Shows Wear and Tear

Over time, the interior of a home can take a beating. Depending on the quality and use, items such as paint, carpet, window treatments and upholstery need to be updated every six to twelve years. Take time to examine your furnishings closely. What do the arms of your chairs and sofa look like? Are you window treatments faded from the sun? Is your paint chipped in obvious areas? Does your carpet look matted or stained? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then take care of each item as you see fit.

As mentioned earlier, redecorating a home isn’t necessarily quick or cheap. Be sure to sit down to create a budget and lay out some plans. It’ll be a lot of work, but an updated home that makes you happy will feel rewarding.

If you are looking for designer fabric near you in Cinco Ranch, we have just what you need! Come by our location in Houston where you will find everything from comfortable cotton fabrics to luxurious Dupioni silks and even some of the best faux leathers!

Magnificent Microfiber: Is it Right for You?

Suede will be a popular fashion choice this fall and winter season, but as you probably know, suede can be pricey. Fortunately, in the home design world, there’s an option that looks as great as suede, without costing you a fortune: microfiber. Also known as microsuede, ultra-suede and faux suede, microfiber is a man-made polyester fabric that was introduced in the 1950s. Over the years, it has gained popularity—especially among families—and here’s why:

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Microfiber is stain-resistant and easy to clean

If you have a busy family life, you understand how much traffic your home can get. When it comes to furniture, a huge benefit is its ability to resistant stains. Microfiber has an incredibly tight weave, which makes it naturally stain resistant. In most cases, fluids run off, rather than get absorbed into the fabric. A simple pat dry is usually all it takes to avoid a disastrous stain. If you do see some dirt buildup on the surface, simply look for a cleaning product specifically designed for that type of fabric. Keep in mind that over time, too many water spills can leave a mark that is difficult to get out, so be careful.

Microfiber is tough, yet comfortable

A lot of use can leave your furniture with wear and tear quicker than you might like. With excess use, you see things such s sagging, piling, stiffening, shrinking and stretching—all of which can leave you extremely frustrated. The great thing about microfiber is that it was designed to avoid problems such as these, making it an easy choice for people living in heavy-traffic homes. Its durability is largely in part to its tight weave, but this strength and resilience doesn’t equate lack of comfort. Quite the opposite actually—its lightweight fabric is soft to the touch, making it a comfortable option as well.

Microfiber helps allergy sufferers

If you suffer from allergies, consider microfiber. Not only does the tight weave help repel common allergens, but also the fabric itself doesn’t generate its own dust or lint like some other fabrics do. As mentioned earlier, microfiber is easy to clean, so whatever allergens do fall onto the surface can be easily removed with a vacuum or lint roller.

Microfiber comes in eye-catching varieties

Since microfiber retains dye very well, it can be found in a variety of colors that will work with your home’s décor. Additionally, some fabric comes with a pattern woven into it, making your selection even broader. If you think microfiber is the right fit for you, please stop by to check out our selection. We have some beautiful choices that should work for your home. Looking for a fabric store near you in Keller? Come by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, located on Midway Road for the best deals on discount designer fabrics for drapery, upholstery and more! You are sure to find loads of fabric, trim, and accessories for every home interior project whether it is gorgeous drapery fabrics, light weight cottons or luxurious Dupioni Silks.