Custom transportation upholstery offers profitable opportunities

February 1, 2010

By air, land or sea, capture demand with quality and creativity. By Abbie Yarger In a world of mass production and one-size-fits-all, the factory-made box isn’t suitable for everyone. People are constantly transforming themselves or the things they own to stand out from the masses and make a lasting visual impact. Some people find that …

Sunbrella® area rugs

January 15, 2010

Tri Vantage® now offers the renaissance™ collection of Sunbrella area rugs and accessories to enhance sales. Made with Sunbrella yarns to offer exceptional durability, softness, long-lasting color and stain resistance, the area rugs are created through a flat braid process using 50 percent recycled content. The reversible, weather-resistant rugs can be used both inside and …

Upholstery tool makes frame stripping easier

January 1, 2010

Problem: The most tedious part of an upholstery job is stripping the frame. Solution: The StripBit quickly and efficiently removes fabric, batting, tacks and staples from furniture, leaving a bare frame. The forked attachment can be used on any standard drill or cordless drill. Fabric slips between the StripBit forks and becomes wound around the …

Affordable solution for leather cutting

Problem: Since leather cutting equipment is expensive, big and complicated to operate, only very large production operations can afford to do it. Solution: The Vision Module & Leather Cutting System from Autometrix is a versatile, simple and affordable cutting machine that will cut leather hides and other fabrics as well. Easy to operate and maintain, …

High-tech wool keeps auto interior cool

Swiss automaker Rinspeed introduced the iChange, a vehicle that changes shape to adapt to the passenger load, in March 2009. The streamlined, lightweight, zero-emission iChange shifts to save energy, and its futuristic design includes high-tech wool for seat covers, door panels and roof liners that keep even dark-colored interiors comfortable. The spun, dyed and finished …

Auto interior materials offer options for your customers

November 20, 2009

New options abound to offer customers the trendiest—or most traditional—auto interiors. By Shelby Gonzalez The interior of a car, you could argue, is more important to the overall experience of the car than the exterior. After all, the interior is where the driver and passengers spend their time. The customer’s choices in interior materials, colors …

Luxury fabrics offer durability

November 1, 2009

Problem: Elegant, luxury fabrics don’t necessarily have performance qualities that match their good looks. Solution: Chella Textiles’ line of luxury fabrics can take the punishment, too. Ready-to-wear boucle befits a barstool just as well; tweeds, satins, velvets and chenilles withstand spilled drinks, the family dog’s dirty paws, bright sunlight or pounding rain, as well as …

J. Ennis Fabrics launches 2 new collections

August 31, 2009

J. Ennis Fabrics has introduced two new lines of upholstery fabrics. The Treasures II collection, featuring more than 100 patterns and stripes, is ideal for use in furniture and accent pieces. The Palette collection, made for upholstery and bedding applications, is comprised of three solid color books. The books, titled energy, equality and renewal, contain …

Sunbrella® fabrics receives four ADEX awards

August 1, 2009

Each year, Designjournalmag.com, a trade resource for architects and designers, announces the Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX), and Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, High Point, N.C., had a day in the sun. Sunbrella® fabrics received four ADEX awards: The Caroline Seabreeze Collection of furniture fabrics took the Platinum; the Ginza Collection of awning fabrics and Sunbrella …

Showrooms benefit upholstery businesses

July 20, 2009

Showrooms prove profitable and satisfying additions to upholstery businesses. By Andrea Swensson As with any business, there comes a point in the lifespan of an upholstery shop when the inevitable question arises: What can we do to grow our business? For many upholsterers, expanding their workshop to include a showroom is a seemingly obvious next …