Pet-Friendly Fabrics for Reupholstery

One of the most asked question at our showroom is how to choose a fabric that is kid and/or pet friendly. At Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing, we provide our customers with different options that are available for different fabric lines. We have a great selection of fabrics available for reupholstery in Bellevue and Seattle. The top three main options that are kid and/or pet friendly which include Crypton, Nanotex, and Fabric Guard.

Fabric Options for Chair and Sofa Repair, or Reupholstery:

  • Crypton Home Fabrics are resistant to stains and odors, but is a soft and durable fabric. Customers can choose from an array of textures and colors with Crypton Home Fabric’s. The fabric is stain and spill resistant, and is easy to clean. The fabrics stay fresh due to the built in odor resistance. The fabric is processed in the United States and is a pet and kid friendly fabric.
  • Nanotex is a stain and spill resistant. The Nanotex Fabric is Eco-friendly and comes with an odor neutralizer. The fabric provides the cool comfort, as it balances body temperatures by wicking away at any moisture. To have the Nanotex finish applied will require an additional 3-4 weeks lead time.
  • Fabric Guardis a finish that our production facility would apply for an additional fee. Fabric Guard is a stain protector coating that replaced Scotchgard (an old solution), which was banned by the EPA in 2002. This finish is applied once your project is complete, so it can be applied on areas that wear easily such as the seating area and the arm area.

This fabric is great for any seattle reupholstery projectIf you would like the Nanotex or Fabric Guard process added to your project, you don’t have to worry about these processes changing the look, feel, or texture of your fabric. These applications will protect the fabric while adding life and keeping your fabrics safe and attractive for many, many years.

Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing provides professional upholstery, reupholstery, and chair refinishing in Bellevue and Seattle. In addition to upholstery, we can perform furniture repair or refinishing for any pieces before they are reupholstered. Our customers can select any of these fabrics that are kid and pet friendly, and when your upholstery project is completed you will have beautiful furniture without having to worry about stains from rough play or naughty pets. Call today to discuss these options in further detail, we’d be happy to answer all your questions.

New Pillows Make for Excellent Upholstery Project

A woman in Seattle wanted to revitalize her breakfast area by having some custom throw pillows made. One of her friends told her about the custom pillows that Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing created for her, so the woman contacted us, then came in to talk with us. The woman took some pictures of her breakfast area, so we could get an idea on what she was wanting done, and it didn’t take long for us to impress her. She went ahead with the Seattle upholstery project.

Seattle Upholstered Pillows by queen anne

Another shot of our awesome Seattle upholstery workThe Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing team showed the woman some of the work that we have done for our previous customers, which impressed the lady very much. Our knowledgeable staff showed her different custom fabrics and the lady fell in love with one. We measured the size of pillows that she wanted and when we had the pillows done for her we gave her a call and she immediately came to see the final product. The custom fabrics on the pillows are a top-notch material and the overall fi
nished pillows really added to the décor. The customer couldn’t be happier with her custom throw pillows that we created for her. The customer said that Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing in Seattle were the upholstery experts, because we exceeded her expectations and the custom throw pillows was exactly what she was wanting to revitalize her breakfast area. Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing provides quality upholstery Seattle homeowners would be proud to have in their homes.

Queen Anne made this Seattle Upholstery customer happy
Another Successful Queen Anne Seattle Upholstery project

Some of Our Favorite Fabrics for Furniture Repair Projects

We have some beautiful unbooked samples from Pindler here at our Bellevue Furniture Reupholstery Showroom.  Whether you are looking for some fresh spring stripes, glammy animal prints, textured velvets, up and coming colorways, or just need inspiration—we have the fabrics at your finger tips!These would be perfect for antique furniture restoration in bellevue You can Use These for your next Bellevue Sofa Repair These leg styles are great for Bellevue Table Refinishing More Otions from a great Bellevue Furniture Repair Shop Chair Refinishing Options in Bellevue

Inspiring Colors for Queen Anne Upholstery!

Chair reupholstery in Bellevue has these fabrics available

Here are some of our favorite wools from Pollack and Maharam fabric companies!  Do you have a midcentury modern piece that has unique curves?  These are perfect for your next Bellevue chair refinishing project. We love using these fabrics on pieces where there is a unique form required to reupholster.  These colors will provide the pop of color and attention your special piece deserves in a room.  From egg chairs to womb chairs to Eames chairs—we have you covered.

Bellevue – Furniture Refinishing Expertise

Furniture Repair in Bellevue

Our company has been around since the 1930’s, passed down generation to generation. The amount of experience and knowledge gained through the years and passed down to the next family member about the craftsmanship of upholstery and refinishing is immense. We like to compare it to inheriting that box full of hand written recipe cards from a great grandmother, full of the secret ingredients that set it apart from the rest. We have inherited those secret ingredients in the art of upholstery and furniture refinishing in Bellevue. Our eyes have seen the most incredible pieces of furniture carried through our doors, ranging from uncovering intricately carved wood chair frames that have been hidden under upholstery since the early 1900s, to refurbishing an old trunk that once carried one’s entire possessions from Finland after World War II.Antique Furniture Restoration in Bellevue - CradleWe are excellent wood, table and Bellevue Chair refinsihers

Having said all of this, we were lucky enough to have aQueen anne Upholstery is an expert Furniture Repair Shop most cherished piece come into our hands recently, one in which we had not seen before. A customer called in to tell us he had an heirloom that was sitting in his family’s garage in Midwest; a rocking baby cradle with an intricate crank mechanism that was in utter disrepair and a missing handle. He was hoping to return it to its original functioning state so he sought out the experts at Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing to complete this dream of restoring it. We had it shipped from the Midwest, all the way to Seattle to be assessed by our experts.

This is not something we could order offline or walk into the local hardware store to find the missing part. We received the precious piece to our production shop and took some time studying the original vintage mechanism. The cradle rocking system had a spring mechanism that went from one end of the cradle to the other, and was not functional. We ended up restoring the old spring and reengineering the system. We re-tightened the whole mechanism, and used a weight in the cradle to simulate the weight of a baby. We made adjustments and technical refinements to follow and were able to return the cradle and crank to its original functioning state. We also re-created the missing handle that replicated what would have been used originally, stained to blend with the existing finish patina.

The frame and spindles were also loose and wobbly, in need of re-gluing and strengthening– another area of work we take pride in. All joints were re-glued and the entire stain finish was touched up to its former glory.

Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing has a knack and a passion for working on items such as this one, where we need to step back a few generations into the shoes of the former craftsmen who created the furniture we are privileged to work on, to recreate and restore the beauty and quality of antique, vintage, or specialty one of a kind items.

antique furniture restoration for this cradle in Bellevue

 

Seattle’s Sofa Restoration Experts are Called on for Overhaul

Queen Anne Furniture and Upholstery was contacted by a client in Seattle. The client needed the best Seattle sofa restoration available at his location. We scheduled the pickup of the piece at the client’s home after they selected upholstery fabrics for the in our showroom. Our professional upholsterer removed all the material from the sofa and did some work to improve the durability of the frame to maintain a sturdy and strong support for years to come. The upholsterer replaced the rather worn out seat springs in the sofa. He then replaced the foam cushioning, so he could apply the new fabric that the client selected.

After all of these intricate steps were completed by the upholsterer and the project was completed, it was apparent that the sofa looked brand new. We called the client to let him know that her sofa was completed and to schedule a time when we could bring the sofa back to her home. We arrived to drop off the finished item for the customer at her home and she was very impressed with the finished product. The customer said that the sofa looks even better than when he purchased it fifteen years ago. She said that Queen Anne Furniture and Upholstery done the best sofa restoration in Seattle. The client must have been impressed, because he showed us an antique chair that had belonged to his mother. He was happy to find a qualified and professional furniture repair service, because he was very skeptical of trusting another company with a prized heirloom of deep sentimental value. We were happy to take on the next project, and always find it satisfying to deliver great results for our customers.

Furniture Repair in Seattle for Pair of Restored Chairs

A new Seattle Furniture Repair projectChair just before conducting reupholstery-seattle

When a project like this comes through our doors we often get quite excited about being able to work on such fine pieces because we know how much improvement can be made. Especially when performing Seattle furniture repair on an antiques that are as badly in need of restoration as these were, we become filled with anticipation to see the items in their finished and fully restored beauty. These 1800-1840s Regency English chairs came to us with horse hair and webbing falling out of the bottom and the original mohair barely intact. 

Blown chair bottom needs furniture repair in SeattleBefore and Seattle antique furniture restoration

 

This dining set has been handed down through several generations, and was finally brought to us for a complete overhaul. We were tasked with stripping the chairs completely and building them back up to appear new. The owners hoped to be able to continue the tradition of handing them down as functional pieces that would exude their rightful beauty and elegance. Our team stripped off the old materials and the fading finish. They proceeded to sand the around the detailing with extreme care to preserve the original woodworking while still allowing the application of a new finish to the frame. The chairs were upholstered with new foam and padding and covered with mohair that was matched for colors with the original set. We were most pleased with the matching nail head detailing atop the gimp, which we believe provided a sense of true authenticity to these regal English antiques. Embellishments like these might be challenging for some, but our decades of experience and excellent productions facilities allow us to execute fine detailing with ease. 

Close up of Seattle reupholstery work

Finished Seattle Chair refinishing project



A Wingback Chair Refinishing and Reupholstery in Seattle

Here’s a classic piece that just went through our shop as well. It’s a classic wingback chair from many decades ago. Our shop did a combination of Seattle chair refinishing and reupholstering to really give this piece of furniture the treatment. When it arrived it was definitely in need of an update in terms of fabric color and quality, while also requiring restoration on its exposed wood. The customer chose a luscious blue-grey velvet to go with the dark tones in the wood finish. The first stage of the work was to strip the piece down to its ‘naked frame’ so our finisher could start afresh and layer on the finish coat by coat. Our expert finisher has been practicing his craft for years and possesses an immense amount of knowledge regarding the process. Each piece that passes through the finishing shop receives the upmost attention, whether it’s matching a piece of furniture to its original color, or matching it to a specific sample chosen by the client.

Completed project of furniture restoration in seattle

Once the chair refinishing process was complete, our upholstery craftsmen began to ‘dress’ the chair back up to its former potential. Many hours of labor went into the cutting, sewing, and overall production of this wingback from our upholstery department. The channel back detailing along with the double welt on the frame of the chair were sewn and attached by hand in our workshop. Our family run company takes care in hiring only the most qualified and talented craftsman of the trade, along with training them to gain more advanced skills along the way such as applying a double welt trim. It always excites us to be able to display our handiwork, and we really enjoyed working on this classic chair.

Seattle furniture upholstery is displayeed here

Finished Seattle reupholstery workSeattle Chair Refinishing is done to exposed wood on this piece

Art Deco Sideboard Receives Full Service Furniture Repair in Seattle

Some beautifully restored pieces of furniture have just passed through our production facility, with clients’ requests prompting us to set various goals of restoring, refinishing, and reupholstering. Sometimes we come across unique and notable items that we feel are worth mentioning, and we certainly enjoy having a platform to share our restoration work on these special objects and pieces of furniture with you.

Wide shot of our latest seattle furniture repair jobDetailed seattle table refinishing job

For Quality Furniture Repair in Seattle, Look no Further

Here is an Art Deco Sideboard that was brought to our craftsman for the best Seattle furniture repair and refinishing that could be offered. The crew at our facility have carefully restored and refinished this item to its original stature and quality. This was just one of many heirlooms we get the lucky opportunity to see pass through our shop floors in the past few weeks. In this particular piece, the drawers were individually lined with felt by the hands of our expert craftsman, and each part of the piece was refinished to match its original tones.

Of course, if you take a look at the photos below you will be able to see the spectacular floral detailing on the front of this piece, especially around the handles. Our attention to detail is demonstrably superior to other furniture repair services, and it is a joy of ours to display our work when it comes to antique furniture restoration. Though we give every project that comes through our doors equal consideration. this particular task was completely within our wheelhouse and we couldn’t be happier to send our client home with a historic yet nearly new-looking sideboard.

 

wide shot of a full seattle antique furniture restoration task complete

 

felt interior of an excelletn seattle furniture repai rjob

 

close up of an excellent seattle table refinishing

3 GREENER Ways to be Environmentally Responsible

GREENER-Ways-to-be-Environmentally-Responsible-1According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), over 8.7 Million tons of furniture and home furnishings are dumped into municipal landfills annually. (Market Wire, June 2008) Re-using quality furniture pieces would save millions of tons of ‘waste’ that could be diverted from landfills.

In an era of responsibility to our planet, and for future generations, here are 3 ways to be GREENER when updating your furniture…

 

Reupholster and Repair vs. Buying New

GREENER-Ways-to-be-Environmentally-Responsible-2Naturally, we do not want to be wasteful, but we may have heard that reupholstering can be expensive. Some think they might be able to save some money by going to the nearest mass-producing furniture store and just buying new.

What can justify reupholstering? Here’s the answer…

As you know, buying new furniture these days is risky. Most furniture built even as recently as 10 years ago was built at a time when there was a higher standard for furniture construction. Even finer furniture manufacturers of late have had to lower their standards to keep up competition with the cut-throat, corner-cutting furniture manufacturers. What’s going on underneath the upholstery of newer furniture that makes it so much more inferior?

  1. In order to offer the consumer furniture at dramatically low prices, costs are being cut. Woods previously unsuitable for furniture frames are now being used. These frames are often shoddily “thrown” together as quickly as possible with staple guns and fast-drying glues.
  2. Coil springs and heavy-duty sinuous (no-sag) springs are being replaced with a lighter gauge of sinuous springs, and less of them per sea
  3. Reupholstering solid, well-built furniture using fabric purchased from a reputable source can be quite cost-effective. Furthermore, reupholstering is considered a contribution to recycling and aiding our GREEN movement in this country.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering reupholstering vs. buying new:

  • Do you like the shape and size of the piece? Upholsterers can replace cushions, remove a skirt and add new legs, alter styling details such as channeling or button tufting.  Although an upholsterer has to work with the structural frame of the furniture, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
  • Have your taste in color or style changed? A furniture piece can receive a complete makeover from an array of fabrics from an upholstery professional. This can include material with differing patterns, colors, thread count, etc. Your specific tastes and needs change over time, as well as needs when you have children or pets.
  • Is the frame hardwood with a good coil spring system? Check under the skirt or beneath the fabric dust cover on the bottom. If the piece has some weight, it’s probably hardwood and a better-quality frame. That may also indicate denser stuffing and a coil-spring foundation – these all make a piece heavier. Such features also make furniture worth reupholstering.

 

Use Organic Fabrics, Foams, and Padding options

 

GREENER-Ways-to-be-Environmentally-Responsible-3Bamboo, Soy, Organic cotton, Linen, Flax, Recycled Polyester and Hemp are increasingly popular with leading fabric mills, as eco-design is becoming well-recognized.

Natural latex and soy foams, organic cotton padding, jute webbing, hemp spring twine and “water-based” fabric stain protector are other examples of available materials used in “eco-conscious” workrooms.

The question is: Why? Many of us probably have never given the eco-friendliness of fabric a second thought. Here are some GREEN industry key words, and what they mean:

  • Sustainable: Fibers come from rapidly renewable resources with growth and harvest cycles of five years or less.
  • Organic: Fibers are grown without the use of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers.
  • Recycled: Fibers from post-consumer waste such as soda bottles. They also come from post-industrial waste by-products from the manufacturing process.

 

Make Eco-Friendly Purchasing Decisions

 

GREENER-Ways-to-be-Environmentally-Responsible-4First thing to do is to look for furniture that’s well-constructed and made to be reupholstered. One of the most important but often overlooked aspects of GREEN products (and this definitely goes for furniture) is durability.

If something is well-made and can be readily repaired, this lessens the chance that it’ll end up in the landfill, and could easily save you money in the long run, even if it’s initially more expensive.

Even recyclable materials if they break (and can’t be fixed) require energy and other resources to reprocess and then replace. If your style changes down the road, at least you’ll know that the upholstery can be updated to match you new taste. Also know that well-made furniture that will last a long time and can be passed on from person to person.

Buy vintage … With all the modern, “eco” brands jumping into the market it can be hard to keep in mind that pre-owned goods can be the Greenest purchase of all. Vintage and pre-owned furniture requires no additional resources to manufacture, is often locally sourced (cutting down on transportation), and eases the load on the landfill.

Quality vintage furniture will be durable and unique in character, and such furniture helps create a remarkable interior for any setting – whether that be your entire home, office, theater, hotel or restaurant.

Queen Anne Upholstery, named ‘ Seattle’s Best’ by Seattle Magazine, is an industry leader in customer service. Established on the top of Queen Anne Hill in 1936, Family owned and operated Queen Anne Upholstery is committed to the excellence of ‘old world’ craftsmanship.