Commercial Upholstery Livingston
Commercial Upholstery - choosing durability for your business premises
For many Livingston businesses, choosing the right quality of fabric with durability is the key decision when it comes to upholstering their furniture.
A working example: Boutique cafe
A local cafe had decided to make a change to its interior decor in an effort to attract a different type of customer. With its central location, the business owner felt that they could be attracting more trade from the surrounding businesses by introducing 'soft' seating, rather than just tables and chairs. The owner wanted to create sofa seating, with low coffee tables where people would sit, chat and relax.
She wanted a fresh, clean look but nothing too modern or minimalist. With such a bewildering display of fabrics, colours and materials, she felt she needed expert help.
The first decision that needs making is the type of fabricthe owner would like. There are two categories: synthetic and natural.
Natural fibres such as hemp, linen, cotton and wool etc. have a more natural organic feel to them and also take to dyes very well; hence there can be a dazzling array of choice for any Livingston business to choose from. However, they can stain easily as they are more absorbent than the second category of fabric, man-made or synthetic material.
Man-made fibres can be made from cellulose (a plant material), chemicals or petroleum based products and whilst at first, the cafe owner was not keen on selecting this type of fabric as she didn't feel it fitted with the look and 'feel' of the business she was hoping for. However, she soon realised that the feel of the fabric and the additional resistance to staining etc. made a synthetic fabric a more suitable option for her business.
Fabrics that have a tighter weave would also be a wise choice on this setting, as many Livingston businesses will testify. A tighter weave gives the fabric more strength durability and resistance. Fabrics also come with an abrasion rating which helps in the selection of a highly durable fabric for use in a commercial upholstery setting.
The key figure to look for here is to select a fabric that has a rating of 100,000 double rubsor more. The higher the double rub figure, the higher the durability. The cafe owner in this setting did not choose the highest double rub figures for her fabric but she did choose wisely, staying away from fabrics that are more suited to lighter traffic, as is found in a domestic setting.
Colour and patternis then a choice that will fit in with the decor of the interior of the business as once these 'technical' decisions have been made, the remainder is down to personal choice. Upholstery Scotland will work with your business, in and around Livingston, and help you make the right choice for your commercial upholstery project.