Furniture upholstery involves providing seats and other forms of sitting places with padding,webbing, leather or fabric covers etc. This term can also be applied for automobile, airplaneand boat furniture, where such padding is necessary.It is even applied to mattresses.
Modern upholstery tends to add more of a cosmetic feel to the furniture, so as to make it look attractive. However, traditional upholstery work in Sydney is geared more towards making the furniture durable and comfortable for the owner.
Upholstery is mostly used on furniture in households to add a more premium and refined feel, and it is a crucial part of interior decoration. Possible furniture pieces include dining chairs, sofa cushions, daybeds, window seats, deck chairs, bedheads and mattresses. Comfort is the main priority here, which is why the raw materials like foam and vinyl used need to be soft and comfortable. Synthetic materials such as polyester fibres (dacron, for instance) make the cushions and seats soft and rounded for a plumpier look & feel. Durability is sacrificed somewhat, but for the regular household, these materials last long.
Commercial upholstery tends to be more functional than a sweet sight for the eyes. These include office furniture, café seats and banquet seating. Being used more in public seating arrangements , they have to be durable and comfortable at the same time. The materials used range from cotton and latex foam to polyfoam, etc. The fabrics used for covers include velvet, linen, faux wool, canvas and so on. The designs chosen are generally floral patterns, geometric shapes, and the like.
Automobile upholstery includes car seat covers, soft top installations, dashboards, door panels and carpets. Repairs are a very important part of such upholstery since abuse suffered by the materials is often harsh, and customers may not always want to invest in new seat covers etc. For this reason, the materials used be should be extremely durable and easily repairable.
Marine upholstery is probably the sector where the highest amount of ruggedness and durability is required, as there is sunlight, water and heavy dampness to consider along with rough usage. The vinyls used need to be ultraviolet and cold cracking resistant in the least. Wood is generally avoided here, however, marine quality wood can be used. Stainless steel hardware such as screws and bolts are a must so that the job done lasts. The foam used should be of high density with thin plastic films to keep water out. Zippers used are of nylon and sewing is done with dacron thread.