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Interior Decor Styles We Love: Modern

a modern decorated dining room

With so many options for interior design, decorating and furnishing your home can be overwhelming. Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing is ready to help inspire you to find your perfect decor style. 

Whether you’re feeling bohemian, minimalist, or somewhere in between, this series will help you find something you love and learn a little more about your chosen design style.

[Related: How Long Should Furniture Last? How to Tell When It’s Time for an Upgrade]

What Is Modern Design?

Modern decor is a sleek, uncluttered design style that picked up around the 1930s. Rooted in clean lines and taking inspiration from the industrial boom and growing urban atmosphere, modern design moves away from traditional building materials such as wood and brick, and toward steel, glass, and concrete. 

Modern design has many off-shoots, including minimalism, Scandinavian, industrial, mid-century modern, and arts and crafts decor.

If you’re looking to embrace modern design, the big thing to remember is that form should always combine with function. Check out these examples of marvelous modern spaces and find inspiration for your sleek and sophisticated home.

[Related: 2021 Furniture Trends]

Pops of Bright Color


Add blocks of bright color to contrast with your neutral background to brighten up your modern space and make a statement.

Clean Lines

Modern design favors clean lines, and this vertical backboard and headboard paneling not only emphasizes the space, but adds some sophistication as well.

Large Windows

A great modernist setup doesn’t need blinds or curtains. Ensure that your rooms have large windows with little to no window treatments to allow in natural light (and show off your view!).

[Related: Popular Window Treatments and What to Consider]

Modern Art & Sculpture

Modern decor loves to feature bold art and sculpture in abstract designs and unexpected forms. Check out this wavy lamp that combines modern, surrealist design with functionality.

Design Meets Function

Decorative pieces in a modern decorated home are never purely for looks. This lamp fixture has a funky, industrial design to it, but does its job at lighting up the room.

Large Open Floor Plans

A modern home embraces wide open spaces, with open floor concepts that merge one room with the next. Think airy and comfortable.

[Related: Every Piece of Furniture Has a Story: The Life of a Saarinen Womb Chair]

Furniture With Exposed Legs

If you’re choosing modern decor and furniture, pick something that doesn’t shy away from exposing how it’s made. Chairs and tables with exposed legs and shelving with showcased hardware are perfect for furnishing your modern living room.

Black, Gray, and White Walls

Black, gray, and white walls work perfectly as a clean backdrop for modern design, letting the space speak for itself.

Is modern decor right for you? Contact Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing today and we’ll work with you to create a game plan for turning your home into a modern oasis. Our reupholstering, refinishing, and custom design services can help turn your home from “blah” to modern decor inspiration. Talk with one of our custom interior decorators or book an appointment to view what we have ready to purchase in our incredible showrooms.

Not sure if modern decor is your favorite look? Check out these other interior decor styles: 

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How Long Should Furniture Last? How to Tell When It’s Time for an Upgrade

broken ratty looking blue chair in front of garage

Even though your furniture might not come with a “best by” date, a time comes when you need to say goodbye to that old couch or that rickety dining room chair and consider an upgrade to your everyday home furniture. 

Depending on what type of furniture you own, what it’s made of, and how often it is used, your furniture may need to be replaced sooner than you think.

[Related: The Four Elements of a Perfect Room]


Couches and sofas tend to need to be replaced every seven to 15 years. If you’re experiencing jutting springs, a sinking feeling, creaking noises, general discomfort or viewable wear and tear like fraying material or scuffed legs, you might want to consider replacing your couch. 

This also holds true if your couch could use an update aesthetically, or is no longer cohesive with the rest of your furniture.

[Related: How to Protect Your Furniture From Child-Sized Disasters]


Similar to the lifespan for couches, a recliner will probably need to be replaced after between seven and 15 years. If the hardware on the inside breaks and your recliner is stuck in the reclined position, or no longer reclines, you’ll need to replace the piece earlier.

Dining Room Table

Luckily, dining room tables don’t need to be replaced as often as a mattress, recliner, or couch — probably because they lack upholstery. Tables can last many years as long as the surface is properly taken care of. 

To prevent average wear and tear such as dents, scratches, or burn marks, you should use tablecloths and placemats and regularly clean the surface area.

Dining Room Chairs

Unless upholstered, you might only need to replace your dining room chairs if the legs become wobbly and further tightening of the screws or leg replacement won’t fix the issue. If your dining room chairs include upholstered seats and they become damaged with holes, fraying, or stains, you can replace them — or think about reupholstering with a new material to give your chairs more life

Another sign that it may be time to replace your chairs is if you need a whole new dining room set to accommodate a larger, or smaller, space.

[Related: Our Top Leather Furniture Restoration Tips and Tricks]

Coffee Table

Coffee tables, like dining room tables, have a wide range for their expiration date. Depending on the amount of use your coffee table gets, it can last anywhere from five to 20 years. Consider replacing your coffee table if you notice unstable legs, discoloration, or an outdated look.


Signs that your dresser or armoire needs to be replaced include stubborn drawer mechanisms (the drawers get stuck or constantly slide off their rails), wobbly legs, and loose drawer pulls. 

Because of the weight and height of many dressers, once a dresser becomes unstable it also becomes a dangerous accident waiting to happen. 

Dressers should last anywhere between five and 15 years, but replacing your dresser at the first sign of damage, especially if you live in a house with children, is the safest thing to do.

[Related: Is Your Furniture Worth Refinishing?]

Restoration at Queen Anne Upholstery

If you don’t think your furniture is quite on its last legs yet, you might just need to find somewhere for repair or restoration. The experienced team at Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing offers restoration and refinishing services that aim to extend the life and restore the structural integrity of your pieces. 

Queen Anne Upholstery can also connect you with our designers and builders to custom-create any piece of furniture to meet your specific needs. 

[Related: When to Re-Upholster vs. When to Buy New]

Let’s bring your vision to life — contact us today to request an estimate and schedule a consultation!

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2021 Furniture Trends

For a lot of people, 2021 is symbolizing new beginnings, and what better way to celebrate that theme than to get creative with your home’s aesthetic? 

Renew and refresh your surroundings by playing around with 2021 furniture trends that are sure to spark new life into your home decor and give a little more excitement to your everyday environment.

[Related: Seven Ways to Breathe New Life Into an Old Couch]

Reclaimed Wood

If you want to maintain a classic, modern-looking home but are still looking to add some personality to your furniture, try including touches of reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood creates a harmonious bridge between old and new aesthetics, while also being eco-friendly. 

This type of wood is upcycled from pieces used in buildings that have been deconstructed. You can find unique pieces of furniture made out of salvaged wood in great condition, such as dining room tables, chairs, and desks.

Sculptural Furniture

Looking to create some drama in an otherwise minimal space? Try adding furniture in unconventional shapes, angles, and curves. 

Sculptural furniture combines function with art, and when thoughtfully placed, creates a stunning, trendy vibe for any design-forward individual. Start small with uniquely shaped chairs and lighting structures.

[Related: Interior Design Styles We Love: Bohemian]

Woven Pieces

Furniture is more than just shape and function. 2021 is seeing a revival in the importance of texture, which means woven furniture is back. 

Woven materials such as rattan, bamboo, and cane can be integrated into shelves, dressers, chairs, and headboards for a rustic, charming style or a funky ’70s environment.

Vintage and Retro-Inspired Items

Speaking of the ’70s — vintage and retro-inspired furniture is more on trend than ever in 2021. 

Use a less-is-more approach and stick to a theme, like a ’50s diner kitchen or ’70s swanky living room. Add modern furniture with a retro-twist, such as a new velvet couch or a mid-century modern coffee table, and spice up your surroundings with special authentic vintage pieces, such as a swag lamp or formica dining table.

[Related: Interior Design Styles We Love: Cottage]

Comfortable and Stylish Office Chairs

Since many of us had to shift from working in an office building to working from home, we’ve all learned the importance of creating an office space that works for us in our house. Although things are opening back up across the country, your remote work life might not be coming to an end. 

This is why 2021 is seeing a lot of stylish, yet comfortable office chairs trending. Don’t resign yourself to boring computer chairs — choose a dark leather chair if your office setup is library-esque, or find a velvet-upholstered office chair for a more luxurious look.

Mix of Soft Textures

In 2020 we stayed home more than ever, which means we may have developed higher priorities when it comes to comfort. Adding softness and warmth to your household by layering textures such as cotton, linen, and knit on your couches and chairs will help keep your comfortable environment going strong in 2021.

[Related: Is Your Furniture Worth Refinishing?]

Contact Queen Anne Upholstery Today!

If you’re looking for help achieving your ideal interior aesthetic for 2021, we’ve got your back. Queen Anne Upholstery has years of experience in furniture restoration, upholstery, custom furniture products, and refinishing, and can help you incorporate some of these 2021 furniture trends in your home. 

For those who can’t make the trip to see us, we can now come to you! Our mobile design center can meet you on site with numerous samples and endless inspiration to help you create your perfect space.
Contact us today to get an estimate, and let’s get started!

Our Top Leather Furniture Restoration Tips and Tricks

Nothing warms up a space like a quality leather furniture piece. Leather furniture looks great and can last for decades. 

Because leather is a natural material, it does require a bit more TLC than other materials. But, leather furniture is easier to clean and more durable than its fabric counterparts. 

You can use leather furniture restoration and leather furniture cleaning techniques to keep your furniture looking great. 

Use a Leather Furniture Cleaning Solution

Just like any other household furniture, you should clean leather regularly. There are many DIY leather cleaning solutions, but the best solution is to purchase a leather-specific cleaning compound. 

When it comes to cleaning leather furniture, a little goes a long way. Follow the directions on the leather cleaning solution for how much you should use. Then, use a soft rag to clean the leather in a circular motion.

After you’ve cleaned the leather, use another clean rag to wipe away the solution. Let it dry, and then move on to conditioning the leather. 

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Moisturize Leather Regularly 

Leather is a lot like your skin. Cleaning dries it out, and you have to moisturize it. Moisturizing leather helps to protect the exterior from cracks and minimizes the appearance of scratches. 

A leather-specific conditioner is the best option. A little bit goes a long way, so you can invest in quality. To moisturize the leather, put a small amount of conditioner on a clean rag and apply it in circular motions. 

Leather conditioner can make leather appear darker than it was, so test a small area first.

You can use a leather conditioner to improve fading. But if your leather’s color has faded more than the conditioner can repair, then you’ll want to move onto the polish.

Restore Fading With Polish

Faded leather is a common side effect of sun exposure and time. If one area of the furniture is more exposed to sunlight, it might start to look lighter than the rest. 

Thankfully, leather polish dye works well to restore leather to its original coloring. Before beginning, follow the steps for cleaning leather furniture.

Once you have a clean area, test the polish on a small portion of the leather. You want to make sure the polish matches the leather’s original dye. 

Once you ensure it matches, use the same circular motions you would use when conditioning the leather. Use the polish on the entire furniture piece to restore the color. 

Embrace Leather’s Natural Patina 

One of the most appealing aspects of leather is the way it ages. Leather furniture breaks in, not down. 

The more you do your part to care for the leather, the better it will look with age. Not only will it continue to look good, but it will also grow to be even more comfortable and maintain its value.

[Related: Seven Ways to Breathe New Life Into an Old Couch]

See a Pro for Leather Furniture Restoration 

Accidents happen, and you can’t protect leather furniture from everything. If leather furniture gets a hole or snag in it, a professional leather furniture restoration shop can repair it.

You’re better off going to someone who specializes in leather and upholstery. Avoid DIY leather hole repair techniques or dry cleaners because you risk making it look worse than before. 

Leather Refinishing & Repair Experts

If you have a piece of leather furniture that needs repairs or refinishing, we can help! From marine upholstery to kitchen cabinets, Queen Anne Upholstery can assist with all of your home refinishing and repair projects. 

We’re also experts in leather furniture restoration and leather furniture cleaning. Contact us to get an estimate.

Every Piece of Furniture Has a Story: The Hiraeth in a Dining Set

By Tandy Hennings

In the summer of 2020 my mother passed away of natural causes related to old age (my father had died eight years earlier). As we three adult children faced the imminent sale of our family home of sixty years, we claimed various furnishings for ourselves. Fortunately, there were no disputes as to who would have which pieces. For myself, I wanted the mid-century modern dining set; aged but still elegant. 

Manufactured by Drexel in the late 1950s, it had occupied the dining room of our family home since 1960, our first full year of occupancy. At that time, my mother took the photograph shown below to document our new home’s interior and furnishings, using six-year-old me and my younger brother as showroom props.

two children sitting at a large wooden dining table in 1960

In 2020 I easily could have purchased new furniture, but I was drawn to my parents’ old dining set. Within its wooden structure were sequestered the memories of a bountiful life filled with love.  Furthermore, the large table—dimensions 82 by 40 inches including a center leaf—fit perfectly into the dining area of my and my husband’s home. 

After careful consideration, I decided to send it to Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing for a complete overhaul. I aimed to retain the original color of the wood but I wanted the seats reupholstered with fabric to replace the vinyl coverings my parents had installed after many years of wear had damaged the original leather. To assist Queen Anne Upholstery in formulating their bid, I took the photos shown below.

underside of wooden dining table
two vinyl upholstered wooden chairs
2020: Drexel dining table and chairs before restoration

Over the decades, from 1960 until 2020, this dining set witnessed countless family gatherings. When I was a child, it was a place for ordinary evening meals after my father had returned home from a tough day at work, when I often would spill my milk and then cry. We were a family of five, and after we had finished our dinner my hardworking mother would sigh, thinking (I am sure) about her efforts to prepare the food and the dishes that needed to be washed. 

Certain dates always motivated special meals at this table. Thanksgiving and Christmas of course, but also the Fourth of July, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Easter and innumerable birthdays, including the final birthdays of my father in 2011 (age 98) and my mother in 2019 (age 94). 

1963: Christmas party with friends and family, (now all deceased)
   2008: my father, waiting for his Christmas dinner
2015: my mother’s 90th birthday
2019: Easter brunch
2011: with my father on his last birthday

Now, I have my parents’ dining set back in my home, newly refurbished by the highly skilled artisans of Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing. I thank them for their beautiful work.

two chairs newly upholstered side by side
Chairs: partial re-glue
back of newly upholstered seat
Fabric: Bergen, color #619 Carbon, two custom, seat-back slip-covers
polished wooden dining table
February 3, 2021: my newly refinished and reupholstered Drexel dining set.
Wood: match original color; satin sheen finish.

Seeing this dining table with its six chairs, I feel a bittersweet nostalgia that is perhaps best described by the Welsh word, “hiraeth”, (pronounced hee-rah-eeth, preferably with a rolled ‘r’). This word expresses something more profound than mere homesickness or remembrance. Hiraeth speaks to the yearning for a home to which one cannot return, for an era that has slipped irretrievably into the past, or for a cherished place that no longer exists and perhaps also for lost loved ones who were associated with that place in that time: a family, a neighborhood, a community. 

Hiraeth identifies a special kind of grief that never goes away, even as we accept that life pushes us forward. There is no simple translation into English, but it can be interpreted to mean, “a longing to be where your spirit lives.” Because of six decades’ worth of experiences, part of my spirit lives in this dining set. It is a physical remnant of something much greater and largely intangible, something indescribably precious that is now gone forever.  

I am grateful to have this newly refinished and reupholstered dining set in my home now; its presence warms my heart—even though it will always evoke a certain, sweet sadness. 

[Related: Every Piece of Furniture Has a Story: The Life of a Saarinen Womb Chair]

We understand that certain pieces of furniture represent family, tradition, and treasured memories. Queen Anne Upholstery can help you maintain these stories and keep their history alive by restoring and reupholstering antique furniture. Our expert repair, restoration, and refinishing services can breathe new life into family heirlooms.

Contact us today to get started.

Every Piece of Furniture Has a Story: The Life of a Saarinen Womb Chair

By Tandy Hennings

The design of this iconic chair dates back to 1946, by Finnish-born architect and furniture designer, Eliel Saarinen (1873-1950). Popularly called a “womb chair,” its enveloping form is one of the most recognized representations of mid-century organic modernism. 

By applying foam molded over a fiberglass shell and upholstered in high quality wool, Saarinen created a single-piece form that perfectly facilitates a relaxed sitting posture. Saarinen commented on his design philosophy, saying “The necessity of changing one’s position is an important factor often forgotten in chair design.” The first-edition chairs were manufactured by Knoll design firm in the U.S.A. following the original specifications of the designer. 

The dimensions of this chair are as follows: 

H 35.5” W 40” D 34”

Seat H 16”

Arm H 20.5”

The Saarinen womb chair that I now own was purchased by my mother in 1960 or 1961, in consultation with her brother, who was a mid-century modern architect. When it was new, the chair was upholstered in a blue fabric. It is shown below, in the family living room in Bellevue, Washington. The couple pictured were guests at a Christmas party.

 Saarinen Womb chair on the left, upholstered in blue; Bellevue, WA

This chair remained in the living room of the family home in Bellevue, but the fabric became worn. My mother had it reupholstered in a hot pink fabric, probably during the 1990s. The original, blue fabric was left in place. However, the new layer of pink fabric was much less durable than the original. Due to the intense sunlight that entered the living room, with its full-on western exposure, the pink color quickly faded.

Eventually, the fabric itself became so worn in places that the underlying blue fabric showed through. Nevertheless, the chair remained a prominent fixture in the home. It was used as a prop for family group photos, as shown below.

2007: Saarinen Womb chair at the center of a family portrait, Bellevue, WA

Late in my mother’s life, her dog took to the chair, claiming it as her own. I expressed an interest in owning the chair eventually, stating that I would like to have it reupholstered in a beige-toned fabric. My mother was enthusiastic about the idea and offered to pay for the work herself, immediately. I demurred, saying, “Not as long as the dog has it.”

2017: Saarinen Womb chair, severely worn but still loved, Bellevue, WA

After my mother’s death in 2020, I took the chair to Queen Anne Upholstery in Bellevue. I selected a light beige colored fabric. The artisans who performed the restoration stripped down the chair to its fiberglass form, removing the pink and blue fabric and the underlying padding. They replaced the severely worn cushions. The result of their fine work is now situated in the living room of my and my husband’s home in Kirkland, Washington, as shown below.

2020: Saarinen Womb chair, Kirkland, WA
(restored by Queen Anne Upholstery – Thank you!)

To me, this chair is a precious work of art. It is also a memento of family times and of people I have loved who are now passed. My new challenge is to keep my cat off it.

[Related: Every Piece of Furniture Has a Story: A Well-Traveled 18th Century Hand-Carved Corner Cupboard]

We understand that certain pieces of furniture represent family, tradition, and treasured memories. Queen Anne Upholstery can help you maintain these stories and keep their history alive by restoring and reupholstering antique furniture. Our expert repair, restoration, and refinishing services can breathe new life into family heirlooms.

Contact us today to get started.

Luxury Yacht Interior Design Trends

If you own a yacht, you know that choosing the right interior design trend is just as important as if you were furnishing your house on land. 

In order to create the perfect home-away-from-home and design a custom yacht interior that represents your personality, you should be aware of the upcoming luxury yacht interior trends. From the importance of sustainable materials to space-expanding glass design, here are five luxury yacht interior trends to look out for.


Sustainability is becoming more of a priority when it comes to designing interiors, and luckily in this day and age more and more eco-friendly and environmentally safe materials are on the market than ever before. From bamboo carpeting and reclaimed wood furniture to LED-lighting, yacht owners are making moves to create a “greener” environment on their boat.

[Related: Four Interior Boat Improvements to Keep You Comfortable Onboard]

Curved and Rounded Furniture

Did you know that interiors featuring rounded or curved areas can inspire relaxation and creativity? Chairs with rounded edges and couches or sofas with long, flowing curves can play off of the hard, straight lines of your yacht, and give off a much-needed feeling of calm.

Mid-Century Modern Themes

Mid-century modern really never goes out of style. When incorporated into your yacht’s interior design, these touches can create a classic, sophisticated, yet comfortable atmosphere. The inclusion of elements such as sustainable reclaimed wood, refurbished vintage furniture, brass, and velvet and leather yacht cushions can create a timeless ambiance.


When your space is limited, utilize design tricks to help promote the feeling of wider, more open interiors. 

One upcoming yacht design trend is the use of glass. Incorporating glass into your interior design can emphasize the harmony between the inside and the sprawling sea outdoors. Transparent paneling details, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors, and clear glass tables are two examples of this trend in yachts.


Leather not only fits in with the mid-century modern theme so popular with custom yacht interiors, but it is also a high-quality, luxurious material that adds a level of sophistication to any interior. 

From barstools to yacht cushions, leather is a great choice for furnishing your interior. Leather is also durable, fairly simple to clean, and holds up against UV-ray exposure.

If you’re looking to shake up your yacht’s existing design, or are just starting on your journey and need assistance with creating your custom yacht interior from scratch, Queen Anne Upholstery can help. We have years of experience furnishing and upholstering yachts, fishing boats, ski boats, and more. 

Queen Anne Upholstery offers a wide variety of upholstery services for custom yacht interiors, including:

  • Custom seating
  • Helm seats
  • Fabric, leather, and vinyl seats
  • Benches
  • Marine-grade vinyl boat cushions
  • Deck cushions
  • Custom window coverings
  • Custom bedding
  • Repairs

Contact us today to get an estimate and let’s get started!

Queen Anne Location Closing After More Than 80 Years

Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing began in 1936 with a shop at the top of Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. We proudly became a part of that community, and have maintained a location in the area ever since. In the subsequent decades, both the Queen Anne area and our company grew significantly. And while our showroom has moved several times, it’s been an integral part of the Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing legacy. 

Now, as we continue growing as a company, we look to the future. After over 80 years, we are closing our current showroom on Elliott Avenue. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve our customers in the area, and we thank the community for being such a large part in our success over the years. 

During this transitional period, it will still be possible to make appointments at the Elliott Avenue location. Our Seattle presence will remain after that showroom is fully closed, as we have a showroom in the Montlake area near University Village. And to promote and support ongoing growth, appointments will be available at our renovated showroom in South Park, and can be made over the phone or by email request.

We thank you for your continued support, and look forward to continuing to bring a little extra joy to your living spaces.

Every Piece of Furniture Has a Story: A Well-Traveled 18th Century Hand-Carved Corner Cupboard

When Christine came into a collection of gorgeous hand-carved furniture that had been in her family for generations, she knew she had to take special care to keep it around for many more — so she went to Queen Anne Upholstery. Here’s her story:

“My name is Christine Hansen, and I currently live in Bellevue, Washington. I moved here from London, England. About four years ago, my aunt died, and she left everything to the boys except for the furniture and all the worldly goods. The family theory has always been that the pieces were made specifically for the family, because there’s the same hand-carved design on each of the pieces. So we were thinking they were from sometime in the 1700s.

In the 20th century alone, they went to India, and when they got kicked out of India the family was sent to Kenya. When they got kicked out of Kenya they went to Tasmania, and then finally to the Isle of Man, which is between Ireland and England. So [the furniture has] been through tide and storm and who knows what else. 

I love them to bits and I had to find some place that was going to turn them back into the pieces I knew they were. These pieces are very important to me because I became an orphan when I turned 18, and I had only some family in India, and a little bit of family in England, and that was it. So I had never had a presence, I never had a home in the sense I could look at something and know it was mine, or it was part of who I was.

When my aunt died and left me this furniture, I had to take it. It wasn’t a matter of saying, “Oh well, you know we’ll just put it in a local sale,” or whatever. I had to have it because it is part of who I am. 

My favorite piece is the corner cupboard. It was always by a giant fire, so you can imagine the kind of damage the wood had gone through. Today when I came to pick it up, I had never seen the interior detail! The same kind of beautiful cutting on the outside was on the inside, and it was as smooth as silk. It was a new piece, it really felt like it was a new, living piece of wood.

Queen Anne Upholstery was my only choice, and these pieces wouldn’t have survived 300 years if people hadn’t cared for them, and I was not going to let them go. So I had to find someone — and I did, with Queen Anne. They would not let my furniture die, and it’s alive today.”

Every piece of furniture has a story. Let Queen Anne Upholstery help you tell these stories, and keep their history alive. Our expert repair, restoration, and refinishing services can help breathe new life into cherished family heirlooms, brighten the appearance of antique furniture, and keep these pieces alive for many years to come.

Contact Queen Anne Upholstery today to discuss your project with one of our in-house experts, or request an estimate today!

Disinfecting Porous Household Materials

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Regardless of your current schedule, whether you are still going into an office some of the time, or if you’ve transitioned to working remotely full-time — you are probably spending a lot more time in your home than ever before. The spread of coronavirus and the concern for keeping healthy and sanitizing our environment are at an all-time high, so knowing how to properly sanitize your furniture and keep up your defense against harmful germs is important. 

Cleaning vs. Disinfecting

Although you might be cleaning around the house more than usual, the difference between cleaning and sanitizing is key to distinguish. According to the CDC, cleaning is the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from objects and surfaces, while disinfecting includes the use of chemical agents to kill germs, further lowering the risk of spreading infection.

EPA-Registered Disinfectants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a list of registered disinfectants that are qualified for use against COVID-19 through testing against similar viruses and pathogens, which you can find on their website. Look for products on the list or that have an EPA registration number on the package to ensure you’re doing the most to disinfect your household.

Regularly cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces such as your desk, kitchen table, and bathroom sink is relatively simple, but knowing how to disinfect upholstered materials isn’t as common knowledge. Here are some examples of how to properly disinfect household materials such as carpets and rugs, leather furniture, and pillows.

[Related: How to Clean and Protect Outdoor Furniture]

Carpets and Rugs

You can disinfect soft, porous surfaces such as carpets, rugs, and curtains by dusting and vacuuming the surface, and then gently cleaning with soap and water or a natural cleaning solution. After the initial cleaning, launder the items according to the care tag or manufacturer’s instructions, and finish by applying a cleaner that includes an EPA-approved disinfectant. Air dry overnight for best results.

Leather Upholstery

If you need to disinfect a leather chair or sofa, vacuum the creases and crevices and dust off the surface. Then, wipe down the leather material with a mixture of hot water and dish soap on a cloth. Although alcohol cleaning solutions that contain at least  70% alcohol are effective against the coronavirus, you want to avoid using harsh cleaning sprays that contain alcohol on your leather furniture because it can damage the topcoat. Let the leather air dry or use a blow dryer at least 12 inches away from the surface.


To disinfect your pillows and pillowcases, remove the dust and hang them outdoors to air out. If something is washer and dryer safe according to the care tag, launder on the warmest setting safe for the fabric. Dry your pillows on the lowest dryer setting or leave outside to air out. You can also disinfect a pillow by spraying the material with a fabric cleaner that contains an EPA-registered disinfectant (such as Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist) and gently wiping it down.

Queen Anne Upholstery can answer questions when it comes to the care of your household furniture, and we can also team up to assist with your new reupholstery project if you want to upgrade your furniture to something that can be more easily disinfected (or something that is more your style). Contact us today and let’s get started!