If one thing’s for sure during these uncertain times, it’s that our dogs are delighted that we are spending all this time at home. More walks around the neighborhood, more treats, more playtime, and most of all, more opportunities to relax with their humans. Now more than ever, these #plushpups show that you don’t have to choose between puppy snuggles and displaying your gorgeous furniture.
Choubi the Dachshund
Choubi knows that one way to make your neutral-colored couch look stylish and inviting is to add a couple of throw pillows in fun designs as accents.
Tip: Switching out your current throw pillows for new ones is an easy and quick way to change the look of your furniture.
Zeus the Staffordshire Terrier
Zeus has been spending a lot of time outside with his family, and one of his favorite places to sit is on top of the wicker patio furniture. Use a vacuum’s brush attachment to remove dust and dirt from the crevices, and use a sponge or a cloth rag with a mixture of dish detergent and warm water to spot clean.
Tip: Don’t sit (or allow your dog to sit) on wicker furniture that is damp because it can cause the seat to sag!
Koa the Yellow Lab
Like Zeus, Koa loves hanging out in the backyard. However — she prefers furniture with upholstered cushions for maximum comfort.
Tip: To take care of your outdoor upholstered furniture, check the care label on your cushions to see if you can remove the case and put it in the washing machine, or use a vacuum to clean dust and dirt (and dog hair) and a gentle natural cleaning solution to wipe down and clean.
Oliver the Cavapoo
This red leather tufted sofa is the perfect spot for Oliver to nestle up and watch a movie in the living room.
Tip: Make sure your dog has their favorite blanket or add a nice throw to keep them comfortable and protect your leather furniture from their nails.
Tiberius the Great Dane
Tiberius agrees — working from home can be a drag, especially if your living room isn’t the most inspirational environment.
Tip: Give your new workspace a pop of color and an art-deco makeover with a bright, vintage-inspired couch.
Custom-designing commercial furniture gives businesses the unique ability to choose specific materials that meet their aesthetic and functionality requirements. Explore some of the best materials for commercial booths and banquettes, tables, and outdoor furniture below, and then review more exhaustive material options for wood, glass, metal, and upholstered commercial furniture.
Best Materials for Custom Commercial Booths & Banquettes
Fabric: Fabric is the most cost-effective option for commercial booth upholstery and comes in the largest variety of colors, patterns, and textures. Commercial fabrics are custom-designed for heavy-duty use to slow down wear.
Leather: The most expensive commercial booth upholstery option, leather has a long lifetime, ages well, and is very easy to clean.
Vinyl: Vinyl is cost-effective but also highly durable and low-maintenance, making it an ideal middle ground option. Vinyl also comes in a huge variety of styles and can mimic both the look of fabric and leather.
Best Materials for Custom Commercial Tables
Commercial tables are made up of two parts: the tabletop and the table base. These parts don’t necessarily need to be made of the same material.
Wood tabletops: Wood is a common choice for commercial tabletops because of its affordability, durability, and natural aesthetic. Wood tabletops come in a variety of different wood species, stains, and edge style options and are usually finished with mineral oil or a varnish.
Metal tabletops: Metal is a great option for outdoor seating, such as on a restaurant patio or deck, because it is weather- and rust-resistant, functional, and lightweight. Stainless steel and aluminum are the most popular choices.
Granite tabletops: Higher-end commercial establishments often opt for granite tabletops for their more luxurious aesthetic and durability. Granite tabletops can be used both indoors and outdoors, require little maintenance, and are easy to clean.
Laminate tabletops: Laminate tabletops are a budget-friendly option that doesn’t limit you in terms of design. This practical tabletop material comes in a huge variety of size and style options, is very durable and low-maintenance, and is suited to all types of commercial settings.
While commercial wood tabletops are often paired with wood bases for a consistent aesthetic, metal is the most common choice for commercial table bases, including iron, aluminum, steel, and stainless steel. Table bases also come in different types (such as round, square, tripod, and X-shaped), heights, and finishes.
Best Materials for Custom Commercial Outdoor Furniture
While commercial outdoor furniture should fit into the overall aesthetic of your establishment, its most crucial requirement is weather resistance. More specifically, commercial outdoor furniture materials need to be moisture-, rust-, and fade-resistant and easy to clean and maintain.
Wood outdoor furniture: Many different types of wood are used for commercial outdoor furniture, but teak is the most common because of its long lifetime (up to 50 years), extremely low maintenance, and easy care. Teak is easily cleaned with water and soap and is weather- and pest-resistant. The only drawback of teak outdoor furniture is that it generally costs more than other options.
Plastic outdoor furniture: Rain, mildew, and fade resistance and the ability to be cleaned with water and soap alone make plastic ideal for commercial outdoor furniture. Common plastic types include polypropylene, polyethylene, and high-density polyethylene, and recycled plastics are also available for businesses looking for more eco-friendly options. Plastic outdoor furniture may not be suitable for highly windy areas, however, as it is very lightweight and could be blown away.
Metal outdoor furniture: Metal is often used for outdoor furniture because it can withstand moisture and is low-maintenance. Downsides of metal are that it retains heat when placed in direct sunlight and may corrode at areas where different furniture pieces are joined with fasteners and bolts.
Wicker outdoor furniture: While natural wicker materials can be damaged by moisture and humidity, synthetic wicker is water-resistant and easy to clean, making it ideal for the outdoors. Synthetic wicker outdoor furniture is also low-maintenance, lightweight, and eco-friendly, benefits that unfortunately make it slightly more expensive than other outdoor furniture material options.
Glass outdoor furniture: Tempered glass is 100% weather-, pest-, and stain-resistant and thus commonly used for commercial outdoor tabletops. Keep in mind that tempered glass is quite heavy, so it’s not a good option for outdoor tables that need to be moved frequently.
Types of Custom Commercial Furniture Materials
Of course, the primary benefit of custom-designing commercial furniture is that you get the freedom to choose the materials that are used. Below are some of the wood, glass, metal, upholstery, and hardware options businesses can choose from.
Hardwoods: Hardwood grows more slowly than softwood, making it more expensive. However, hardwood is also more durable, fire-resistant, and stylistically versatile. Types of hardwood include:
East Indian rosewood
Softwoods: Softwood is more lightweight, lighter in color, and less expensive than hardwood. However, it has poorer fire resistance. Types of softwood include:
Parana pine (also known as Brazilian pine)
Eastern white pine
Red cedar (also known as aromatic red cedar)
Yew (also known as European yew)
Glass Options for Custom Commercial Furniture
Types of glass for custom commercial furniture include:
Standard clear glass
Ultra clear low-iron glass
Smokey gray glass
Warm brown glass
Glass for applications such as glass tabletops can also be cut into the shape of your choice, including rectangles, circles, squares, and ovals. The edges of the glass may be flat-polished, pencil-polished, beveled, or seamed.
Metal Options for Custom Commercial Furniture
Metal is a popular choice for commercial furniture frames, furniture rests, and table legs and is often paired with other materials. Types of metal for commercial furniture include:
Keep in mind that numerous metal finishes are also available to give your commercial furniture a unique aesthetic, including antique, brushed, hammered, polished, and satin.
Upholstery Options for Custom Commercial Furniture
A lot of custom commercial furniture is upholstered. Upholstery options for custom commercial furniture include:
During the colder months, your outdoor furniture tends to go unused, neglected, and uncleaned. Now that the weather is starting to turn and the seasons are changing, getting your patio furniture back in shape and looking great should be high on your to-do list.
Replacing patio furniture can be costly, so knowing how to clean as well as protect these pieces from weather exposure is essential, especially if they have upholstered material elements. Here are some tips.
If your outdoor furniture has cushions, you’ll need to check the cushions’ care instruction tags before you start cleaning them. Depending on what those instructions entail, the following considerations may apply.
Basic Outdoor Cushions
For cushions that you can’t unzip and machine-wash, but which are made of softer and more susceptible materials to dirt than vinyl, here’s what to do:
Create a solution of dishwashing detergent, warm water, and 1 tablespoon of Borax and place it in a spray bottle.
Spray down your cushions, taking care to get into any crevices, until they are saturated on both sides. Let them sit for 15 minutes.
Spray the solution off with a hose and set the cushions out in the sun to dry.
Treat them with a fabric protector before they are completely finished drying, and vacuum as needed between cleanings to remove any dust or dirt.
Simply mix some dishwashing liquid with warm water, dampen a microfiber cloth, and wipe down the covers. Repeat as necessary and let the cushions air dry.
Although you can place your machine-washable cushions in the washing machine, wiping down and pretreating the cushions before doing so is still a good idea:
Follow the same instructions for vinyl cushions, and then remove the covers from the cushions and check your care instructions.
Use a gentle detergent and wash your cushion covers in warm water.
To dry your cushions, tumble dry on a low heat setting.
Canvas Material Seats and Backs
Most canvas is machine-washable, so if your piece of outdoor furniture has canvas that is removable, you can easily machine wash on a gentle cycle. Reattach the canvas to your chair or chaise while it is still damp to maintain the shape.
For upholstered furniture with nonremovable canvas, you’ll need a bar of laundry soap or castile soap and a scrub brush. Saturate the brush with the soap and start scrubbing the canvas. After getting out all of the stains, dirt, and other grime, rinse well with water and let the canvas air-dry.
When leaving your furniture out to air-dry, it is important that you stand your cushions up on their sides to allow the cushions to dry as well as possible. Blot up extra moisture with a towel and ensure that your cushions or upholstery pieces are completely dry before setting your furniture back up for use to avoid regrowth of mold or mildew.
How to Protect Your Furniture
In order to protect and maintain the cleanliness of your outdoor furniture, you’ll need to take some precautions.
Shake Out and Vacuum
Make a habit of regularly shaking out your cushions to get rid of dust, dirt, pine needles, and so on as well as vacuuming pillows and cushions on a weekly basis.
Use a Fabric Protector Solution
Using a fabric protector will help protect the material on your outdoor furniture from the elements. Find a solution that includes UV protection in order to get extra defense against sun fading and bleaching.
Store Your Furniture During Off-Season
To protect your outdoor furniture during winter and make cleaning easier for next year, cover or store your furniture in a safe area during the colder months. You can also wipe down and clean your furniture’s cushions and store them indoors to avoid mold and mildew growth.
Call Us for Your Outdoor Furniture Needs!
Queen Anne Upholstery has been specializing in outdoor furniture upholstery repair and restoration since 1936. Our staff is trained and qualified with years of experience, so you can expect the highest-quality refinishing and reupholstering for your outdoor patio furniture. If your furniture needs a makeover, we can help.
Millions of families across the globe are staying home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Kids are spending more time in the house than ever before, which means keeping things clean and organized can be a little more difficult than usual. Check out these tips to help you protect your furniture from child-sized disasters, and keep your little ones safe at the same time.
Select Stylish Throw Blankets
If you have younger children who are likely to spill or make a mess, cover your couch or chair with a stylish (and easy-to-clean) throw blanket during playtime.
Get Your Child Their Own Mini Furniture
Having a miniature, kid-sized table for art projects or snack time will not only save your dining room from potential messes — your child will also feel special having their very own space just like their mom or dad’s.
As tempting as it may be to display all of your knickknacks, games, books, glassware, and other trinkets in an open display, opting for closed shelving such as drawers or baskets will discourage little hands from getting into things they shouldn’t. Using containers such as baskets will also help keep things looking neat and organized.
Go With Leather Furniture
Leather couches and chairs not only look stylish and cozy, but are also easier to clean than other materials. Wipe down your leather furniture with a cloth dampened with vinegar and natural oil or other natural cleaning solutions to get rid of sticky juice messes.
Educate Yourself on Cleaning Your Furniture
The best way to child-proof your nice furniture is to know how to efficiently clean when messes happen. Vacuum up crumbs off your rugs and in the corners of your sofa before using any liquid cleaner. For leather furniture, gently wipe down with a natural oil and vinegar solution, and read the care instructions on fabric cushions to see if you can unzip them and throw them in the wash.
If your furniture is beyond an at-home cleaning solution, or you want to breathe new life into an old chair or couch, consider getting a professional to upholster, refinish, or repair your furniture. Contact Queen Anne Upholstery to see what we can do for you!
When the internet is filled with seemingly endless inspiration for home design, how do you choose the right style for your house? Whether you’re thinking of going for a Southwestern look or are more fond of minimalism, Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing is ready to help you learn about which interior style fits your unique home and personality.
One popular option for interior decor is bohemian. The origin of bohemian interior decor comes from groups of nomadic people in the early 1900s traveling from the Bohemia region in the Czech Republic to urban cities such as Paris in pursuit of a care-free, creative lifestyle.
Bohemian style saw a resurgence in the ‘60s and the ‘70s, incorporating rich colors, layering patterns, vintage furniture and accessories, tapestries, rugs, displayed knick knacks, and collections of art in mismatched frames. Bohemian style gives off a comfortable, lived-in vibe full of personality, with each displayed book or trinket telling a story.
Vintage-inspired or antique pieces find new life in a bohemian-style home. Pair vintage furniture with new throw pillows or an older lamp with a new, bright lampshade to create a unique blended atmosphere — modern yet rich with history. Consider reupholstering older pieces to match your particular color scheme or style.
Colorful rugs and tapestries are an essential element to bohemian decor. Ornate Persian rugs that give off a cozy, warm vibe are great for dressing up a hallway and adding art to every space of your room (including the floor).
Bohemian decor is the opposite of minimalism. Every shelf or wall space should have something displayed to draw the eye and spark conversation. Packed shelves filled with books, knickknacks, picture frames, candles, plants, and other items that tell a story are bohemian decor necessities.
Going along with the theme of artistic maximalism, creating a gallery wall is a great idea to show off your personality in your home. Whether your artwork comes from artist friends, your world travels, or the forgotten corners of the local thrift store, gather them together in mismatched frames and designate a wall to display your treasures.
Bohemian decor is definitely a plant-friendly interior design style. The more plants, the better! Bring the natural world indoors by setting up a succulent garden or hanging trailing plants from wicker baskets or macramé planters.
American Colonial style is prominent in the gorgeous old houses of New England, but can be adapted to fit any home no matter the location. This timeless decor style incorporates the utilitarian look of early American craftsmanship with down-to-earth, understated elegance. Clapboard siding, moody colors, delicate patterns, china hutches, and large dining tables for large family gatherings are just a handful of the characteristics that define an American Colonial style home.
Deep Moody Colors
Moody, earthy colors such as cloudy blues, grays, and sage and forest greens are common in American Colonial homes. These colors provide a stunning aesthetic when contrasted against white or wooden furniture. Paint companies such as Benjamin Moore have even put out lines inspired by colonial colors, such as their Williamsburg collection.
Long Dining Tables
Long dining room tables that feature excellent craftsmanship are a must-have for your American Colonial home. The charm and utility of these kinds of dining rooms provide a perfect environment for large family gatherings.
Rich Portraiture or Paintings
Blank walls are a no-go for colonial interiors. Rich, romantic paintings with dramatic brushstrokes usually focused on portraiture or landscapes are a great way to personalize your living space.
Although American Colonial interior design places emphasis on craftsmanship and utility, it is often contrasted with delicate toile patterns on rugs, drapes, or vases.
Utilitarian China Hutches
A well-made china hutch can be a great piece to add to any kitchen or dining room. The storage it provides, combined with the ability to display some of your most treasured pieces, is a perfect example of the strength and beauty of American Colonial decor.
The couch is typically the main point of focus in any living room, and is easily one of the most-used pieces of furniture in any household. If your couch is looking a little worse for wear, purchasing a new one isn’t your only option. Here are seven ways to breathe new life into an old couch.
Clean Your Couch
This first tip may be the most obvious, but it also can make a big difference: clean your couch! Sometimes all an old couch needs is a little vacuuming and cushion cleaning. See if the manufacturing care tag has any cleaning instructions before you start. Here are what some of the most common letters on care tags mean:
W: Clean the material using water.
S: Don’t use water; use a special solvent-based solution to clean.
WS: Clean the material using either water or solution.
X: Vacuum only.
If you vacuum your couch and see some stains, you can try to spot clean them as long as your couch is okay with water. A microfiber cloth dampened with a little distilled water and dishwashing liquid is great for spot cleaning. You also may be able to clean your couch with a steam cleaner, or unzip cushion covers and throw them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with cold water.
Expose or Switch Out the Legs
Changing up the legs of your couch, whether that means getting rid of a skirt that hides them or exchanging them for a different style, can really upgrade the look of your couch.
To expose the legs of your couch that are hidden by a skirt, you can remove the staples that hold the skirt in place with a flat-head screwdriver or pliers, and then attach the remaining fabric under the couch after the skirt has been removed.
If your couch already has legs, you can always switch them out with ones of a different style from a furniture, antique, or hardware store. Simply unscrew the existing legs, then bring them with you when you choose new ones so that you can purchase correct replacement legs.
Restuff or Replace Throw Pillows
Maybe the problem isn’t your couch, but the throw pillows or back cushions. Restuffing couch pillows is easy. Purchase a material such as Poly-Fil, foam stuffing, or pillow batting at your local craft or hardware store. A lot of couch cushions or pillows have hidden zippers you can access to stuff, but you might need to do some sewing if you can’t find any access points.
Sometimes all it takes is a couple of new throw pillows to replace those ones you might be tired of looking at. Choose something with a different color, pattern, or shape to spice things up and change the look of your couch.
If your couch has a wooden frame, consider using paint to change the look and style. For example, paint a wooden frame dark brown or black and add a high-sheen gloss for a sophisticated look, or use distressing techniques and white paint for a shabby chic feel.
DIY a No-Sew Slipcover
Slipcovers allow you to protect your couch’s original upholstery while updating the style. Large one-size slipcovers can be frustrating, especially if the shape of your couch is unique. To create a slipcover that’s customized to your couch, you can either purchase one of those premade slipcovers or go to the fabric store and make some alterations to get the look you want using folds, tucks, and a staple-gun. You can find plenty of tutorials for DIY no-sew slipcovers online.
Rearrange Your Surroundings
Have you ever rearranged your bedroom and walked away feeling like you had a whole new space? If you’re tired of your couch, try rearranging the furniture in your living room, changing the way the throw pillows sit, adding a new side table, or adopting some plants. When you refresh the environment your couch lives in, you might see it in a new, more favorable light.
Reupholster Your Couch
Sometimes the best and longest-lasting solution is to have your couch reupholstered by professionals. The experts at Queen Anne Upholstery can examine your furniture and listen to your vision for the piece, whether that means choosing from one of our thousands of fabric samples in our showroom or custom-ordering something just for you. Contact us today to get an estimate or schedule a consultation!
We’re back with more of the cutest dogs on Instagram lounging on some great furniture. We’re firm believers that you can keep your couches and chairs looking great while still letting your four-legged friends enjoy them. (Plus, this will give you some great photo opportunities!)
Here are seven of the most adorable #plushpups on Instagram that are living it up on high-quality furniture, and making the furniture look even better in the process.
Aji the Chorkie
Aji the Chorkie (Chihuahua and Yorkshire terrier) and his brown and black fur match this gorgeous midcentury modern Birch Craft chair perfectly.
Duncan the English Bull Terrier
Duncan the English bull terrier’s heart-shaped nose says it all — we love how he looks on this bright red wingback chair!
Pro tip: A dampened rubber glove, a dry sponge, or a quick rub-down with a mix of water and fabric softener will help eliminate any pet hair that shows up on fabric-covered furniture.
Prince the Sheepdog
Prince the sheepdog is making us want to curl up and take a cozy nap with him on this beautiful sage green button-back sofa.
Oliver the Dachshund
Talk about texture! Oliver the dachshund’s rich chocolate brown fur and the deep-blue fabric of this couch look so soft we can almost feel them through the screen. Jewel-tone colors and luxurious velvet upholstery are perfect elements for art deco-inspired interior decor.
Auggie the Sheepadoodle
If you’re into rustic decor, Auggie the sheepadoodle has just the chair for you. This tufted leather wingback chair and its furry companion create a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Pro-tip: If you have a dog who loves your leather chair as much as Auggie loves his, vacuum and use a gentle leather cleaner every couple of months to keep your furniture slobber- and fur-free.
Mr. Powderbone the Chihuahua
By the looks of it, Mr. Powderbone the Chihuahua is a big fan of patterns (he’s probably blogging about them right now). From his geometric-patterned throw pillow to his tropical print chair, Mr. Powderbone knows that sometimes flashier is better.
Maple the Potcake
I think Maple the potcake needs another throw pillow, don’t you?
Pro-tip: Most throw pillows can be machine-washed with warm water on a delicate cycle with mild detergent. Hang to dry or fluff in the dryer without heat, and make sure all the moisture is gone before use.
How do you narrow down a home decor style when so many beautiful decor options exist? From coastal to rustic design, Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing is ready to help each and every client learn about which interior style fits their home and personality.
This iconic interior design style incorporates the history of multiple cultures, including Native American tribes, Spanish settlers, and early American pioneers, creating a warm and inviting look rich with the history of the Southwest.
Traditional-style Spanish adobe homes, terracotta colors, stucco textures, hand-painted tiles, woven upholsteries, and natural wood furnishings are just some of the elements that go into creating a welcoming Southwestern style home.
You want your home to create a warm, cozy feeling for you and any guests. Achieve this through earthy colors such as rust-orange, burnt yellows, leafy greens, and rich browns.
High Ceilings, Wooden Beams
Southwestern style homes always give a nod to nature, whether that means including a lot of natural wood furnishings or creating a living environment with high ceilings that mimics the airy expanse of the desert.
Patterned Backsplash Tile
Southwestern style kitchens typically include a strong emphasis on beautiful, hand-painted backsplash tile in bold, traditional patterns.
Indoor Cactus Gardens
Houseplants have been proven to improve your health, and they also add a picture-perfect detail to all styles of interior design. If you’re looking to incorporate a Southwestern theme to your home, consider starting a cactus garden. Cacti are fairly easy to take care of: Just keep them in a warm, bright spot and don’t fret about frequent watering — most plants only need to be watered once every few weeks.
Displayed Pottery and Handmade Dishes
Displaying your handmade or clay pottery and plateware on open shelves is a key characteristic of Southwestern dining rooms and kitchens. This is also a great way to keep organized and decrease clutter since you can see all that you need without having to rummage through cabinets.
However you plan to achieve this look, one of our in-house custom interior decorators can help you by making recommendations and even visiting your house to help you create your perfect Southwestern style home.
Not sure if Southwestern decor is your favorite look? Check out these other interior decor styles:
Ma-Lee’s Upholstery has been a Bellevue-owned and -operated custom upholstery business proudly serving their community for over 20 years. Ma-Lee Rogers and her two sons, Adrian and Jon, have been running the business on their own since 2015 and have decided to join the Queen Anne Upholstery wholesale team.
In some ways, the upholstery trade can be seen as the “threads” that have run through the Rogers family for many years. As a student from China living in California, Ma-Lee met her late husband Scott in Laguna Hills. She was working at an upholstery shop and he would pick her up after her shift, oftentimes watching her finish her projects and eventually learning the trade himself. After they were married, they started a family and would bring the kids into the shop. Ma-Lee’s sons, Adrian and Jon, became excellent upholsterers at a young age, and are now experts in the trade — from foam springs to fabric and all the technical details in between.
The Rogers’ extensive experience providing custom upholstery services, high-quality slip covers, custom-made furniture, refinishing, and more for residential and commercial projects, paired with their entrepreneurial spirit and strong family values, make Ma-Lee’s Upholstery an exciting and truly beneficial addition to Queen Anne Upholstery.
To learn more about this acquisition, feel free to contact us on our website.