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Everything You Need to Know About Slipcovers

There are a variety of reasons why our furniture may reach a point where it needs an update, or simply, some added protection. This doesn’t mean you should replace it with something new. Instead, say “yes” to slipcovers! Many moons ago, most people would just toss a sheet over a piece of furniture and call it done. But today, sheets are out and slipcovers are in.

The slipcovers we have access to today are designed to make a statement in a home. So much in fact that many people opt for slipcovers simply because they can generate a whole new look without requiring new furniture. Let’s take a closer look at slipcovers, including the pros and cons, what your options are, and where they can be used.

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Pros and Cons

Before any purchase, it’s always best to weigh the pros and cons. Knowing what the benefits and drawbacks are can help you make a better choice for your home.

Slipcover pros:

  1. Protection. Slipcovers can protect a piece of furniture you’d like to preserve.
  2. Easy to clean. Because they can be easily removed, slipcovers can be tossed in the washer whenever it’s needed.
  3. Versatility. A slipcover means you have the option to change the look of your space whenever you want.

Slipcover cons:

  1. Style. Unless your slipcover is somewhat tailored, the looseness of it may take away from the lines of your furniture.
  2. Fit. Tailored slipcovers take less work than ready-made slipcovers to get on and off. A large fit can be frustrating for someone who needs to launder their slipcovers often.  
  3. Wrinkling. If your slipcover isn’t tightened up enough, it can be prone to wrinkling.

Types of Slipcovers

There are three options you have when it comes to slipcovers: ready-made, semi-custom, and custom.

Ready-made slipcovers can be looked at as a one-size-fits-all design. They have no defined shape and basically, need to be tucked in so they can fit. In most cases, ready-made slipcovers are machine washable. These can be found just about anywhere, including higher-end retailers such as Pottery Barn, SureFit, and Macy’s, as well as your everyday stores like Target and Wal-Mart.

Semi-custom slipcovers are a mix of ready-made and custom. You take measurements of your furniture at home and then submit them to a slipcover manufacturer who will then produce a slipcover that fits your piece(s) of furniture. This option means less maintenance of pinning and tucking.

Custom slipcovers cost a bit more, but you get exactly what you want. With custom made, you have the opportunity to pick the fabric, color, and pattern that appeals to you and your space. Furthermore, a professional will measure your piece(s) so it will be tailored specifically to your furniture, giving you a beautiful fit. This option gives you more of an upholstered look than the other two options. The right fit makes more difference than you realize, so don’t rule out custom fit too quickly. It will be an investment, but in the end, you’ll be very happy with it.

Best Fabric Options

When it comes to fabric choices, think of a slipcover in the same way you would if you were buying a new piece of furniture. Some things to take into consideration would be:

  1. How it will be used
  2. Where it will be located
  3. Ease of cleaning
  4. Its purpose (is it for design, protection or both?)

Some great fabrics to choose from are cotton, twill, denim, faux silk, polyester, or a blend. For high traffic areas, take color and pattern into consideration. Darker colors and small patterns are great for camouflaging dirt and stains. If possible, consult a professional when choosing fabric for your slipcover. This will ensure you end up with a fabric that suits your family’s needs and coincides with how much work you’re willing to put in to maintain it.

Where to Use Them

Pretty much anything can be slipcovered. Sofas are often the most popular pieces to be covered, however, pieces such as loveseats, benches, ottomans, chairs, headboards, footstools, console tables, and even lampshades are covered as well. Recliners can be tricky, but custom fit covers are not unheard of. In all honesty, it really depends on what furniture could use an update or some added protection. For example, a simple tie-on slipcover may be just what you need for that ottoman in the family room. Not only would it protect the table from heavy use, it would also give you the ability to hide those family board games, or whatever else needs to be stored, underneath without being seen.  

So, are slipcovers for you?

As mentioned earlier, slipcovers can make a huge statement when done right. Don’t rush to get rid of a piece of furniture if a slipcover is an option. Be sure to take the time to browse our fabrics online before you get started on your slipcover project. Better yet, come by our store to speak with one of our associates so you can get the best materials possible. We have the latest designer fabrics, trim, and hardware at wholesale prices.

The Beauty and Charm of an Upholstered Headboard

It doesn’t matter whether your design style is traditional, modern, or something in between, an upholstered headboard is a crowning finish to any bedroom. Today, upholstered headboards are more available than they’ve ever been. While they can be bought ready-made, it’s relatively easy to upholster one on your own or have one custom made to fit your exact style.

The Beauty of an Upholstered Headboard

A Brief History of Headboards

Did you know that headboards were only available to royalty in its early origins? From what we can tell, the pictorial history of the headboard starts with the Egyptian pharaohs. Later on, headboards found popularity among the Greeks and the Romans. Next came the Middle Ages, where the bed became the most expensive and important piece of furniture in the home regardless of status. Flash forward to today and here we are with headboards in pretty much every home across America.

In the beginning, headboards were more for show than for comfort. Over time, they transitioned into pieces that served a more practical purpose. Thankfully, we live in an era where we can have the best of both–and the design possibilities are endless!

Benefits of an Upholstered Headboard

Of course, an upholstered headboard will bring beauty into your bedroom, but there are other benefits as well. Some of these include:

Comfort:  I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to curl up to read a book unless I have something comfortable to prop me up. If you love sitting up to read a book–or even to watch TV in bed, then having an upholstered headboard will provide a lot of comfort for your head and back.

Style: You can do a lot to decorate a room. Pictures, lamps, rugs and other accents are nice, but there’s just something about an upholstered headboard that pulls the room together. When you have a fabulous headboard, dreaming up a bedroom design becomes much easier. Without a doubt, a headboard–upholstered or not–is the centerpiece of any successful bedroom design.

Protection: Over time, oils from your head can transfer onto the wall. Having a headboard there can add a level of protection to keep your wall from getting stained or ruined. It doesn’t hurt that an upholstered headboard is a comfortable resting place either.

Things to Consider

Before purchasing or designing an upholstered headboard, there are some factors to take into consideration:

  1. Size — Will it overpower the room? Is it too small to make a statement?
  2. Shape — Rectangle, stepped silhouette, camelback, curved, extended, wingback?
  3. Wall mount or bed frame attached
  4. Fabric selection, including color, weight, print, etc.
  5. Style (tufted, nailhead trim, etc)
  6. Height and width — tall or extended?
  7. Border (upholstered edge or frame)

Shapes and Styles of Upholstered Headboards

There are a variety of headboard shapes to choose from, which can include shapes such as rectangular, stepped silhouette, camel-back, curved (scalloped), curved notches, curved and angular notches, extended, and wingback. Each has their own appeal and can work with just about any design style thrown its way. In regards to the style of those shapes, two popular choices are tufted and framed.

Tufted is the most common upholstered headboard style. A headboard in a shape of your choosing is covered in padding and then upholstered with fabric. To get the tufted look, buttons are sewn deep into the fabric. Tufted styles give a rich appearance to a room and look amazing in fabrics such as velvet, satin or silk.

A framed headboard is the other popular style. Instead of the entire piece of wood being covered in fabric, only a portion is upholstered, with a wooden or metal frame surrounding the perimeter of it. You get the beauty and comfort in the middle, with the interesting exposed shape detail.

Other headboards are very simple, giving you clean, and minimal lines. In a nutshell, they are more modern in design. These headboards tend to have less padding, which gives them a flat appearance. To make them a little less modern looking, nailhead trim can be added to bring in a more masculine feel.

No matter which style of headboard you choose, your bedroom will look more beautiful and pulled together. If you aren’t sure which style will work best, speaking with an associate of a fabric or custom furniture supplier will help you narrow down your options so you get the best piece for your space.

If a custom headboard is in the budget, be sure to check out our selection of headboards which can be covered with any of our multi-purpose fabrics. If buying a custom headboard isn’t a practical investment at this time, there are several DIY video tutorials online that can guide you to create an eye-catching focal point all on your own.

When you are looking for headboard fabrics near you in Plano, TX, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

7 Steps to Reupholstering Chairs & Cushions

General wear and tear is bound to happen on furniture–especially on items that are located in high-traffic areas of your home. When this happens to pieces like chairs, many people consider pitching them to the curb. This, however, isn’t always the best solution. In many cases, something simple like a chair can be revived with a little TLC.

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But why go through all the trouble of reupholstering when I can just go buy something new? you might ask. Well, for a variety of reasons, actually.

You’d be amazed at the transformation a piece of furniture can go through with some new fabric–but that’s not the only reason taking on a project like this can be worth your time and money.

Some other popular reasons people choose to reupholster furniture often include:

  1. Creative freedom in being able to design a custom piece of furniture for their home
  2. Opportunity to salvage a family heirloom that may have sentimental value
  3. Ability to have something unique that can’t be found in a store
  4. Opportunity to be environmentally friendly, keeping excess waste out of landfills
  5. It saves money
  6. Older furniture is better quality furniture
  7. The old stuff has a comfort that can’t be beat

The bottom line is that reupholstering furniture offers a lot of benefits. Many run-of-the-mill pieces you find at your local furniture stores are very cookie cutter. For variety, it’s nice to have some control over what pieces are displayed in your home. This is when reupholstering really comes in handy–especially if you have a special gem of a piece that’s too good to let go.

When it comes to smaller pieces, such as chairs, reupholstering is a much easier project than you may realize. In fact, when it only requires something like a cushion update, it ends up being a project you can totally do by yourself. Really!

Not only will you improve the chair’s look by recovering the cushion, you’ll save a lot of money as well. Before you know it, you’ll have a classic piece that looks stylish and new. Here are 7 step-by-step instructions on how to reupholster a removable chair cushion.

Step 1: Choose Your Fabric

Often times, the reason homeowners replace a piece of furniture is because the fabric is outdated. Visiting a fabric store like Fabric Resource opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to new choices. There will be multiple fabrics to browse through and speaking with an employee will help you find exactly what you want for your chair.

For one chair cushion, you’ll need approximately 1 to 2 yards of fabric to complete your project. If your chair also has a fabric back, you’ll need to make sure you account for that as well, which will at least double the amount of fabric you need. New to DIY? You may want to err on the side of caution and get a little extra fabric just in case you run into any problems.

Step 2: Remove the Seat (and back if it has one)

For this, you’ll need a screwdriver and either a staple remover or pair of needle-nose pliers. Turn the chair upside down and unscrew the seat. If your chair has a back that needs to be recovered as well remove it, too. Be sure to keep the screws handy for later.

Step 3: Change the Fabric

This can be done in two different ways. The first being to remove the old fabric and the second, to just cover it with the new fabric. There’s really no reason to remove it unless the inner padding needs to be replaced, but if you decide to, be sure to use a staple puller or needle-nose pliers to remove the staples. If you plan to just cover the old fabric, spread out your new fabric, place the seat on top, and then measure 4 to 5 inches beyond the seat on all sides. A piece of chalk works well for marking your lines. After the lines are marked, cut the fabric.

Step 4: Attach the Fabric

Make sure the seat is centered and that the pattern isn’t crooked before attaching it. Fold the fabric up and over the straightest side of the seat and begin to staple. Start with a center staple and then work your way out to the edges. Keep the fabric tight so it doesn’t bunch. Repeat this with the opposite side of the seat, pulling the fabric firmly. If you make any mistakes, pull the staples and start over. Once those two sides are done, wrap the fabric around the remaining two.

Step 5: 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 nice, straight pleat. Once you have it like you want it, staple it in place. Continue this for the remaining three corners.

Step 6: Apply the Finishing Touches

Now it’s time to wrap the project up. Trim any excess fabric, hammer in staples that aren’t flush and stain protect your seat.

Step 7: Reattach Seat

Now that you’re done, return the seat to the chair. Screw it back into place and enjoy your beautiful new chair(s).

Don’t have a piece to reupholster but like the idea of having a custom piece for your home? We can help! We carry a wide range of designer fabrics at discount, wholesale prices to save you money without sacrificing quality. But that’s not all! We also carry a variety of chairs to choose from that work with any design style. Stop by a showroom so we can personally help you with your selections or browse our products online from the convenience of your home.

10 Key Features of Spanish Style Interiors

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Spanish style homes are quite unique. The rustic yet elegant look has a timeless appeal that is hard to beat. Although Spanish inspired design is more prevalent throughout Sun Belt states like Nevada, New Mexico, Florida, Arizona, and California, there are several key features that make it easy to add Spanish flair to your home regardless of your location. Let’s take a look at 10 of them that will make your home muy bonito!  

UNO: Decorative wrought iron.

Not only is hand-forged ironwork is a centuries-old trade, it is a very prominent feature in Spanish-style homes. The architecture will often include ironwork on doors, lighting, stairways, and hardware.

DOS: Arches.

Arches are elegant and style-defining. In addition to interior archways, you will find arched doors, windows, alcoves, and niches.

TRES: Tiles on risers.

Risers covered in Mexican or Catalina style tile add beauty to stairways with their intricate patterns and eye-catching colors. These tiles also provide protection against scuffs and scratches, making them a functional addition as well. Combining different patterns is actually encouraged–just make sure the colors work well together.

QUATRO: Warm wood details.

Doors, floors, and furniture are popular features showcased by warm wood full of rich tones. If the pieces are heavily detailed with a pattern, even better. Many homes even feature warm wood on the ceilings whether it’s the entire ceiling or exposed wooden beams. Wood selections fitting for this design include ebony, walnut, butternut, teak, mahogany, and rosewood.

CINCO: Stucco walls.

Historically, stucco walls were a practical way to keep the interior cooler, however, they are now are also considered a key design feature. At one time, simple, crisp white was the preferred choice. While white is still popular, the style now embraces painting walls with layers of warm tones.

SEIS: Succulent garden.

The exterior of a Spanish-style home often includes succulents. Not only do succulents provide beautiful color and texture, they are drought tolerant and very easy to maintain.

SIETE: Mexican pavers.

Mexican pavers are handmade clay pavers that are traditionally made by Mexican artisans. They have been around for hundreds of years with design methods passed down for generations. Mexican pavers come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colors and are individually named–typically after the town or region where the clay was found. Mexican pavers are equally as popular for the interior of Spanish-style homes as they are for the exterior.

OCHO: Rich textiles.

Rich fabrics are a traditional part of Spanish interiors. Something such as velvet curtains, for windows and entryways, are a great example. Not only does their richness add to the drama of the architecture, they pair beautifully with all the ironwork. Other textiles to use include Old World-style tapestries, Persian or Navajo rugs, upholstery fabrics, and accessories, such as pillows and throws. Our Capri and our Shabala are two fabrics that can offer both color and pattern for your Spanish-inspired design.

NUEVE: Eclectic furniture.

In Spanish-style homes, you have so much freedom to mix several different styles of furniture. With simple and somewhat organic architecture, an assortment of eclectic furnishings can easily be displayed. Think Indian, Moroccan, Syrian, and African pieces–pretty much anything goes!

DIEZ: Earth tones.

Within the walls of a Spanish-style home, you’ll find lots of warm, earth tones. Typical colors often include warm hues of reds, oranges, and browns, with accent colors such as turquoise green, blue and yellow. Colors tend to be displayed by way of textured walls and ceilings, wood flooring or beams, decorative tiles, large floral arrangements, and a variety of accents.

 

Understanding Fabric Weights for Home Interior Projects

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Weight is an important component when it comes to choosing the right fabric for your project. Often times, we focus more on the texture, color, or pattern of a swatch, rather than focusing on how heavy it actually is. This isn’t as much of an issue when it comes to picking out clothing, but when it comes to home decorating, picking the wrong weight of fabric could be disastrous.

This is why I think it’s important to talk a bit about fabric weights and why paying attention to them is vital to a successful interior design project…

Simply put, fabrics are classified based off their GSM–grams per meter. The GSM is what differentiates between lightweight, medium-weight, or heavyweight fabric. Typically, the fabric weight is measured by placing a standard meter of fabric on a scale. The weight is recorded in grams and then the fabric will be classified based on that weight.

In regards to home interior fabrics, when we think of fabric weight, we’re really talking about durability. In short, the thicker or more condensed the material, the more durable it will be.

So let’s shift gears and talk durability…

We know that the classification of a fabric is based on the GSM, but within that classification is another component to focus on: double rubs.  

You may be wondering what I mean by double rub. Let me explain.

The double rub is a back and forth motion that gives an approximation of the wear and tear. Manufacturers will perform a double rub test, which is often a simulation of a person getting in and out of a chair, to determine fabric strength. The number of double rubs it can withstand is recorded and then labeled.

In recent years, abrasion tests have become more extreme, leading to some discrepancies regarding these numbers. This has made things even more confusing for consumers in determining what is actually necessary for upholstery applications.

At the end of the day, it really comes down to how the fabric will be used. Anything that meets at least 15,000 double rubs is more than acceptable for upholstery. Furniture in more formal areas, that will get light-to-moderate use, can typically have as low as 9,000 double rubs without any issues.

Below, I’ve elaborated on fabric classifications and their double rubs–but for your quick reference, here’s a condensed version that can serve as a guide:

  • Delicate use: < 9,000
  • Light use: 9,000 – 11,000
  • Medium use: 12,000 – 15,000
  • Heavy use: 15,000+

Note: Most manufacturers cease abrasion testing once the fabric reaches (or surpasses) 35,000 double rubs.

Light Weight Fabric

Lightweight fabric can handle roughly 3,000 to 9,000 double rubs, meaning this isn’t the best fabric for heavy use. At best, this fabric will withstand up to three years of regular use, so it’s best to keep it for items such as accent pillows, curtains, or chair cushions that get minimal use. When looking at lightweight fabrics, lean toward tight weaves and durable fibers like cotton, linen, nylon, and microfibers.

Medium Weight Fabric

Fabrics of medium weight can handle approximately 9,000 to 15,000 double rubs. These are fabrics that would serve well in family and/or living rooms. Since they are more versatile that light weight fabrics, they can be used in many more ways.

Heavy Weight Fabric

These fabrics are the most durable, able to withstand more than 15,000 double rubs. In the past, heavy weight fabrics used to be stiffer and thicker. Today, however, newer blends are available, leaving you with much more supple and softer options. Choose heavy weight fabrics for heavy use pieces and elegant drapery. Be sure to factor in texture when looking at heavy weight fabrics (this can apply to medium weight as well). Certain overlaid patterns and textures can fray easily, so be careful as to where you use it. Just because it’s heavy weight, doesn’t mean all textures can withstand heavy wear.

Additional Tips

Some additional things to consider and remember when deciphering fabric weight:

  • Look for wearability codes such as LD, MD, and HD on fabric swatches to determine if it’s light, medium or heavy. Some swatches may have DD, which stands for delicate duty.
  • To prolong the lifespan of the fabric, keep it out of direct sunlight if possible.
  • If you live in a humid climate, look for mildew-resistant fabric.
  • Delicate fabrics should be avoided if you have indoor pets.

While it is always nice to know the brand name of a product, it’s important to remember that quality doesn’t have to be expensive. Be sure to shop around and speak with fabric suppliers directly when possible. Fabric can be changed, but to save in the long run, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s an investment that should be well understood.

Determining Your Bedding Style

There’s so much more to bedding than the simple function of keeping us warm and cozy in bed. Bedding is actually a pretty important element of a well put-together room. Not only does the right bedding give you the chance to express yourself through color, pattern, and texture, the right bedding provides a focalpoint that makes the entire space feel more personal and inviting. Looking at bedding can be fun, but after awhile, it can become tiresome (excuse the pun)–especially if you have no idea what your bedding style is. Here are some ideas that may help you narrow down what will work best for you and your space.

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Classic & Crisp

Classic bedding includes anything from plaid and pinstripes to something solid with minimal detailing. Even a variety of geometrics and florals fall into this grouping. Think preppy and traditional. But this doesn’t mean you have to play it safe with neutrals. You can certainly add some excitement by opting for classic prints in a variety of different colors. If you do prefer neutrals, however, throw in pops of color on top to keep it fresh and interesting.

Eclectic & Fun

To me, eclectic style equates to fun. If you have a quirky personality and love a mix-match of things, then this approach to bedding is probably ideal for you. Be carefree in choosing the colors and patterns that appeal to you most. If they blend together, great–if not, it’s no big deal.

Calm & Collected

Whether you’re a romantic or simply someone who craves the calm after a busy day, bedding that features soft pastel colors and simple patterns may be exactly what you need. To enhance peace and calming, stick with patterns of small scale. When it comes to colors, think creamy whites, pale gray, or anything subdued. There’s no shortage of relaxing hues to choose from that will fill your space with the calm and soothing ambiance you long for.

Flexible & Versatile

Are you someone who enjoys changing up your interior along with the seasons? If so, then you will probably benefit from versatile layers that allow you to have the flexibility of change you like to have. Lightweight quilts for summer and heavier duvets for winter–feel free to embrace a different style theme for each season.

Simple & Minimalistic

The minimalistic approach is all about keeping it simple. If you like a neat and serene space, you can easily maintain that idea by opting for using a few pops of color and/or pattern for impact. Create a nice contrast by pairing fun sheets with a solid comforter or vice versa. When the bedding doesn’t have to compete with the surrounding decor, it doesn’t take much to create a stunning focal point.

Be sure to browse our selection of fabrics. We offer a wide variety of lightweight and multi-purpose fabrics that can make any bedroom beautiful.

 

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.

Let us help you find the perfect fabric! 

We have beautiful fabrics to choose from and a knowledgeable staff who can help you determine the best fabric for your project. Browse online or come into either of our two Mesa, Az area showrooms our showroom to see what other shades and patterns we have to offer.

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.

Fabric Supplier Austin The Simple Yet Stylish Slipper Chair

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 Houston, TX, take a quick trip to our Interior Fabrics showroom in Houston, 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.