Slipcover Vs Re Upholstery


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How do you know when to have a Slipcover or have the furniture Re-Upholstered? This power point was used during a workshop in DC for those in the Industry at IWCE.

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Slipcover Vs Re Upholstery

  1. 1. To Slipcover or to Re-upholster What’s the Difference? Does it Really Matter?
  2. 2. Why Re-upholster? good shape on the inside and all it needs is a fresh new fabric on the outside
  3. 3. Good Frame good frames don't wear out made of hardwood - oak, maple, ash, alder or mahogany these woods are strong and enduring and the upholsterer can tell them by their weight
  4. 4. Lumpy or frayed lumpy old sofa frayed chair that's beginning to shed its stuffing take another look before dismissing it as a quot;has been”
  5. 5. Needs work on the inside: new webbing re-tied springs new fillings re-cushioning
  6. 6. Antique with wood or tufted
  7. 7. Curved furniture such as barrels or tub chairs
  8. 8. Recliners Reclining sofas
  9. 9. To re-upholster is to replace the attached fabric covering on furniture
  10. 10. Why Slipcover? Update a worn looking sofa
  11. 11. Seasonal change
  12. 12. Easy to remove to clean
  13. 13. Change the style from one to another
  14. 14. Tufted, frayed or lumpy can be wrapped with an undergarment
  15. 15. Chaise with partial Undergarmet
  16. 16. Antique wood furniture
  17. 17. Chair in her underwear prior to slipcovering
  18. 18. Dining room chairs with an Undergarmet Slipcovers Susan Day
  19. 19. Recliners depending on the chair and the fabric
  20. 20. Recliner after Done by a student
  21. 21. Barrel or tub furniture
  22. 22. Sleeper sofas Pull out bed without removing the slipcover
  23. 23. Protect from high traffic or wear to the furniture teenagers animals young children
  24. 24. Lets Compare Re-upholstery Slipcovers  Needs a fresh new fabric Needs a fresh new fabric on the on the outside outside  Can fix on the inside Cannot fix the inside  Good frame consider re- Good or bad frame can still be upholstery slipcovered.  Frayed or lumpy Some frayed of lumpy can be  Antique wood furniture slipcovered wrapped in an under  Tufted furniture garment  Some curved furniture Antiquewood furniture some of such as barrel or tub the wood will be covered  some recliners Tufted will be covered, but  Permanent change slipcover can be mock tufted attached to the furniture Some curved or barrel furniture depends of the fabric chosen Some recliners Removable for cleaning or change of season or style
  25. 25. Yardage Slipcovers usually use 2 – 2 ½ yds more than a re-upholstered item Want to sell more fabric?
  26. 26. What are the best fabrics for a Slipcover?
  27. 27. The Best Fabric is…… ? Whatever meets your customers needs… That Need IS ?
  28. 28. What is the Manufactures usual recommendation for cleaning fabric? Dry Clean Only Why?
  29. 29. Can all Fabrics be Washed? How would you know ? How would you find out ?
  30. 30. Test…Test…Test… ½ yd of Cut into 3 fabric equal sections How will What are you test? you looking for?
  31. 31. Who will Wash the Fabric? Workroom Client Laundry
  32. 32. Can 18 yds of Fabric be Washed as 1 piece in a Washer? YES NO
  33. 33. Instructions for Washing Fabric Cut into Serge the edges Wash in the same 3yd (108”) or only if the fabric manner from the 4yd (144”) will unravel while results of the washing. testing that was Pieces. done. Fabric must be Dry according to Some fabrics totally saturated. result of the such as cotton Front loading tests. Refrain may need to be home washers from using dryer washed more may not meet sheet they are than once to this need. Big toxic to the shrink complet- Boy at the laund- environment. ly. ermat work well.
  34. 34. Alternative to Dryer Sheets  Dryer Balls Designed to reduce drying time and soften fabrics without the use of chemical fabric softeners, Dryer Balls are an eco-friendly solution to landfill-clogging dryer sheets and chemical-laden liquid softeners.  As your wet laundry tumbles in the dryer, these bumpy balls lift and separate fabric to make it soft and fluffy, and allow air to flow more Go to: efficiently — proven to make ironing easier, decrease lint m/recycled-products.html and reduce drying time up to 25% in independent testing. Then click on Eco-Living at Gaiam
  35. 35. Dry Cleaners If we do not want to wash a fabric then our alternative is to vacuum the furniture or to Dry Clean. What do we know about Dry Cleaning?
  36. 36. 30,000 dry cleaning facilities  There are over 30,000 dry cleaning facilities for you to choose from in the United States, but 95 percent of them use the toxic chemical perchloroethylene (perc) as the primary cleaning solvent.  Exposure to perc is a significant risk to the workers who dry clean the clothes, and it's also a health risk to you and the loved ones who share your home. Once you get the dry- cleaned clothes home, they continue to off-gas perc into the air in your abode.
  37. 37.  The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences states that: quot;Short-term exposure to PERC can cause adverse health effects on the nervous system that include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, sweating, in coordination, and unconsciousness.  Long-term exposure can cause liver and kidney damage.quot; The International Association for Research on Cancer classifies perc as a probable carcinogen.  Fortunately, there are healthier (and greener) dry-cleaning alternatives.
  38. 38. Industry Trends  The demand for environmentally safe products has increased in recent years as a result of government regulations and greater consumer awareness of environmental issues. Wet Cleaning This is a system that uses biodegradable soap and water. Computer-controlled dryers and stretching machines ensure that the fabric retains its natural size and shape. Wet cleaning can purportedly clean 99.9% of quot;dry clean onlyquot; garments safely, including leather; suede; most tailored woolens, silks and rayon's. (Neckties seem to be the one exception.)
  39. 39. Silicone and Liquid CO2 Solvents  Relatively new approaches to dry cleaning have been developed based on both liquid carbon dioxide (usually obtained as a recycled byproduct of other industrial processes) and silicone. Dry cleaners using these solvents are currently few in number. Alternative Petroleum Solvents  This is more like standard dry cleaning, but the processes use alternative hydrocarbon solvents such as Exxon D-2000 or Chevron-Phillips' EcoSolv. Check with cleaners in your area—at least one is likely to offer perc-free cleaning services. is a good place to start. For more information about Dry Cleaning ng
  40. 40. What do you think we should do with the following pieces of furniture?
  41. 41. Help…….
  42. 42. More Slipcovers
  43. 43. Waterfall Mock Box Pleated
  44. 44. Scalloped Skirt
  45. 45. Overlap Skirt
  46. 46. Poodle Skirt
  47. 47. Dressmaker Waterfall Skirt Knife edge cushion on seat
  48. 48. Banded Self Faced Skirt
  49. 49. Mock Boxed Pleated Skirt
  50. 50. Triangle Skirt
  51. 51. Resources   0603percholorethylene-pt2.html  alternatives-eco.htm  
  52. 52.  Karen Erickson    800-267-4958  Directory of Slipcover Professionals  Slipcover Press Quarterly Publication  Slipcover Summit 2007 Boston (Waltham) Annual educational opportunity for Slipcover Professionals.