The sense of pride when you step back from a job well done is difficult to describe.  There’s something gratifying about seeing perfect pleats and exceptional craftsmanship in a piece of furniture that you’ve poured your heart into, with the intention of displaying it in your home.  We understand – and for you DIYers, we want to help you master your DIY upholstery projects – starting with Tufting.

The upholstery method of ‘tufting’ is the act of gathering the material in a pattern that both adds to the visual quality of the piece, and helps keep the padding in place universally.

 

 

 

 

Tufting comes in many kinds, but the end result is a beautiful, classic addition to your upholstered piece.  Tufts come in three shapes:

  • Diamond
  • Biscuit
  • Channel

And are finished in one of two ways:

  • Button
  • Blind

 

You had no idea tufting had so many options, did you?  And the history behind tufting is really unique, as well.  Tufting used to be used primarily to keep the stuffing from shifting and breaking down unevenly.  That’s because – again, traditionally – padding was made from natural fibers.  And by natural fibers, we mean animal hair, dried plant, straw or hay – even fibres extracted from coconut.

These fibers were loose, and tended to shift during daily use.  Enter – the tuft.  This is what kept the fibers in their neat little pockets, allowing for more even use and a longer life span for the upholstered piece.  Bet you didn’t know that, did you?

 

In the coming weeks, we’ll be giving you some insight into how to master the craft of the ‘tuft.’

In the meantime, if you love a good tufted piece of furniture, and aren’t really the DIY type,
give us a call.  We’re here to make your vision come to life, with custom projects to fit  your home, AND your budget.