|Forum topic by MarkTheFiddler||posted 06-04-2013 03:21 AM||1152 views||2 times favorited||7 replies|
06-04-2013 03:21 AM
I recently saw an episode of woodsmithshop that involved a little upholstery and cushions. I think it’s a wonderful show. I just saw them make the exact same mistake that most wood workers make. Many if you have made the same mistakes because you are thinking like woodworkers.
Here is the common mistake. Padding is cut to precise dimensions for the finished product. That is a mistake.
When the fabric or cushion cover is wrapped around the padding, it swims. It’s loose and it shifts easily. I have seen masterpieces of wood working with upholstery that will look wadded up and rumpled after a few sittings all the time.
If I may be so bold, I’d like to offer a few simple tips to keep the cushions and upholstery looking crisp and tailored for years.
Seat cushions: foam is cut 1 inch thicker, wider and and deeper than the cover. That is for a cushion designed to seat one person. If it’s a double wide cushion you can add an extra half inch. Triple seat can use and extra inch on the width.
Dining room chairs: don’t bevel the foam unless it is super stiff cheap foam’ the foam will compress when you pull the fabric tight. The bevel will show up on its own.
Additional: if you wrap your cushions in bonded Dacron, use upholstery spray glue to attach it to the foam. This will prevent a bunch of gathering and shifting.
Best of luck my friends. I hope this post makes a difference to one of you.
By the way, if you have already stuffed you cushions, you can use the upholstery spray glue to glue an extra inch of foam to the front and sides. Add a layer of Dacron to top and bottom to fill out the thickness.
-- Thanks for all the lessons!