The History of Upholstery (an abridged version)
When you go places, do you take some time to look at your surroundings? When you visit restaurants, hotels or other public places, do you look at the interior decoration and wonder how the furnishings look so opulent, and of such high quality?
Many hotels and places, as well as discerning Airdrie homeowners will have discovered the delights of having furniture re-upholstered. Soft furnishings and the materials used have been around for many centuries but have you ever wondered how it all started?
The Middle Ages saw only the very wealthiest in society having furniture that was upholstered, and accessorised with cushions, and rooms curtained and bedding on the beds. All this was created specifically for the homeowner; there was no 'off the shelf' furniture of upholstery at this time.
It was the 17th Century what the stuffing and padding of chairs, stools and cushions etc. happened as an automatic feature of upholstery work but unlike today, there was a whole range of organic,natural products used - cushions could be stuffed with a variety of materials, from horse hair to saw dust, feathers to goat hair.
Around this time, accepted standard of upholstery, very much like the ones that Airdrie customers expect when they engage a local upholstery company to complete projects, became the norm and materials used to pad and stuff various items were limited to the higher grade of material; saw dust stuff cushions became a thing of the past, as did the use of goat and deer hair.
But technological advances in the 18th Century meant upholstery took on a whole new artistic flair and opportunity; more fabrics became available and their new properties meant there were so many new applications that could be made; stitching edges for example, and the whole scale use of horse hair as padding meant that back of chairs, taken for granted in the 21st Century, were now padded and shaped.
But, it was the opulence of the Victorian era that ushered in upholstery that was produced not just for the gentry but all social classes; gradually, homes developed from the slums with comfortable and useful furniture and soft furnishings becoming the norm. Likewise, the extravagances of the art movement through the centuries influenced how upholstery fabrics were used.
What this means for Airdrie upholstery customers, today in 21stCentury Scotland
The basic techniques of upholstery are largely the same; techniques and processes are handed down through generations but, rather than seeing this as old-fashioned, why not see this as maintaining and advances the high standards of upholstery?
Stuffing and paddings are now sumptuous, so that the user is enveloped in warmth and fabric. Materials used can give a piece of furniture decades, if not centuries of life. And whilst many industries and trades strive to meet the green and eco-friendly credentials, the upholstery 'business' has always been 'green'.
Well-made furniture, with some basic repairs and replacement of some springs and the like, can be re-upholstered, with fresh fabric and padding that can stand up to the rigours of every day family life.
Choice is far wider for Airdrie upholstery customers, than if they went to any department store and chose a ready-made sofa or chair.Why not take a look at how upholstery could change the look of your Airdrie home or business?