Medical Office Design with Furniture ReupholsteryThe health care industry is competitive in many ways. Patients look for the best care possible, at the most affordable prices. They also want friendly, knowledgeable caregivers. But medical office design is also important in the decision process. If the doctor’s office or other facility is outdated or doesn’t look great, they may not come back for a follow-up visit.

When considering the design of a medical office, there are often subtle improvements that can make a difference in traffic flow, processes, and even the comfort level. Costs can add up during a renovation project. Here are some medical office design tips that will help save money – starting with furniture reupholstery.

Throwing out old furniture to buy new waiting room seating may provide a fresh look during the renovation; but the cost of new furniture could be used better in other areas. Evaluate the existing furniture to determine what changes are possible.

New seating arrangement or configuration

Depending on the space available, rearranging the waiting room chair configuration can give a totally different appearance to the entire room. Instead of rows of chairs, consider small groupings together with an end table. This provides a more casual, relaxed environment.

Think of patient age groups when renovating an office. Older patients look for sturdy chairs with firmer cushions. But, providing a kid-friendly seating area can also offer a peaceful environment when the youngsters can comfortably sit in furniture designed for them.

Change the colors or patterns in the furniture upholstery

One easy way of giving the room a facelift is to change the color scheme or patterns. Look for the latest color choices that have long-lasting value. Then add those colors while changing the upholstery fabric of the waiting room chairs.

Institutional-looking colors and fabric are out of date. Many medical offices and hospitals are upgrading their rooms to include shades of complementary color families. Chairs don’t have to be identical. A chair with solid upholstery fabric and sit nicely next to another chair with a subtle pattern.

Upgrade to quality upholstery fabric

Germs are often floating around a doctor’s office, with all the sneezing and coughing that happens there. That doesn’t mean that germs need to linger on the furniture. When reupholstering, upgrade to a Crypton® fabric, some of the most stain-resistant fabric available that is also anti-microbial and odor-resistant.

Other subtle medical office design changes

A fresh coat of paint or an accent wall with new wallpaper can be fairly cost effective. Pick colors that are warm and calming, and add color accents with framed artwork or table decorations.

Change the lighting configuration for a different appearance. Institutional overhead lighting can be softened by adding smaller table lamps or decorative wall lamps throughout the waiting room.

Saving money in some areas of the renovation may free up funds for different upgrades, like a larger TV screen, Wi-Fi access, or other things that patients would appreciate.

A medical office redesign doesn’t need to break the budget. Start with some subtle color changes, reupholster furniture for a fresh look, and help the patients be as comfortable as possible during their visit.

A qualified furniture reupholstery specialist can efficiently change the look of the waiting room chairs during off-hours, so appointment times are not disrupted.

D&N Upholstery has helped with many local medical office design upgrades and hospital renovations. Contact us today for a consultation about your medical facility furniture.

Trolling along in your boat during warmer weather is a great hobby and offers relaxation for hours. But it may be important to first consider boat seat repairs or replacement. We answer some common questions about boat seat upholstery services here.

How are boat seats constructed?

There are basic supplies used in every boat seat. A wood base starts the project, followed by a foam cushion. The firmness and height of this foam may vary, and you may have an individual preference for your comfort.

Sometimes, a moisture barrier is added as an extra layer before the final fabric is applied. Marine-grade vinyl is used to cover the entire surface.

What type of wood is best for the base?

There are two basic types of wood commonly used for boats.

Marine grade wood is soft wood glued together with exterior waterproof glue. The wood is not waterproof, but the glue holding it together acts as a water barrier.

Pressure treated plywood goes through a chemical process to deter mold, mildew and rot. Insecticides are also sometimes applied to the wood, to prevent insect damage.

Frames are also constructed of blow-molded plastic, which seem to last longer than wooden frames.

What type of foam cushion is best for boat seats?

High density foam is best for these seats. The firmness level is often a personal preference, and the same density is often used in the cushion as in the back rest.

What is marine vinyl upholstery fabric?

Marine vinyl is manufactured to be fade-resistant to direct sunlight. It is also treated to have antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Materials that comply with the ASTM standards have passed UV testing and mildew resistance requirements. Most marine vinyl has a similar weight, so the visual preference is often a deciding factor in the type of material used.

Decorative materials like piping or welt trim should also match the marine standards of the vinyl fabric.

Keep in mind that some colors will naturally fade faster than others, especially when exposed to the weather. Colorfastness of the dyes used in different types of fabric can vary, and red colors are usually the ones that begin fading the fastest.

Are the seat seams waterproof?

Seams themselves are not waterproof, even direct from the factory. Using a UV-grade thread when sewing the seams will help deter the sun’s rays from breaking down the seam. A seam sealer can also be applied across the seam after sewing, but this is typically done to boat covers, not on seats.

What is the proper way to clean and store boat seats?

It is important to use cleaning products designed for marina fabrics. The constant presence of moisture and changing temperatures are an invitation for mold and mildew to begin forming on the surface, which could eventually creep through the seams to the foam cushion beneath.

Be aware of the many different colors of mold, which include a range of black, white, grey, bluish-green, and pink. Each type grows due to a slightly different environmental condition, and sometimes requires different cleaning methods.

It’s best to avoid bleach or vinegar when cleaning marine vinyl. Instead, look for products that are made for the job, and offer protection from the elements. Two popular products for cleaning and protecting vinyl include the 303 Aerospace Protectant and IOSSO Stain Remover. These both have a high UV protectant, which will help prevent the vinyl from drying, cracking, and fading.

Contact D&N Upholstery for help when you’re ready to give your boat seats a new look!

Auto Headliner RepairThe headliner of your car or van may be sagging or drooping, a common problem in older cars. There are many online do-it-yourself tips for repairing this fabric ceiling in a car, but the experience of an upholstery professional can save you from the hassle and time spent on a repair project.

Online headliner repair tips may describe methods of using push tacks or extra spray adhesive to secure small areas that are sagging. Unfortunately, these are short-term attempts to fix a problem that should involve complete headliner replacement.

Consider the following when deciding on DIY headliner repair or using a professional service:

Headliner material

The headliner board itself may be made of either fiberglass, plastic, or cardboard. Fiberglass headliners have an outer layer that provides protection from the sensitive itching that some experience when working with fiberglass.

Traditional headliner fabric already contains a foam backing. Pre-fab headliner repair kits available on the market usually contain a slim selection of fabric colors and types.

Custom headliners can be developed with specialized fabric adhered to foam rubber sheeting. A professional upholstery expert knows the best types of material, proper color match and patterns to use in a vehicle.

Disassembly of headliner from the vehicle

A brave DIY type person might handle a headliner replacement in a few hours. However, depending on the type of vehicle and options integrated inside the car interior, it may be better to let a professional handle the job.

Here are some typical disassembly steps:

Remove all trim – visors, visor clips, dome lights, grab handles, coat hooks, and other trim screws holding in the trim panels. Remove the side trim panels – these are usually plastic and can easily break; then remove front & rear trim. Remove the rubber sealing tubes around doors.

Special tools may be needed for specific headliners, especially for sunroofs, overhead consoles, lighted visors, curtain airbags or pillar airbags.

Finally, remove the headliner from the vehicle without damaging the structure.

Replacing auto headliner fabric

At first glance, the fabric replacement may seem easy; but if not finished correctly, buckling or sagging of the fabric can result.

Basic steps include removing the old fabric, using a brush to scrape remaining foam from the board, positioning the new fabric over the headliner board and adhering it with a spray adhesive that is specific for high temperatures that are found in closed vehicles. Carefully trim and overlap fabric edges in the right places before installing the headliner back inside the vehicle.

When ready to re-install the headliner in the car, re-connect any wires needed, and install all clips and trim.

While this may seem like an ideal DIY job, an upholstery specialist experienced in car interior restoration can efficiently replace a headliner and ensure that there is a snug, good-looking fit to the finished installation. Call us at D & N Upholstery to take care of your next auto headliner repair.

Upholstered furniture can last through multiple generations if properly cared for, especially the older pieces built with solid construction. A regular professional cleaning can keep the fabric looking nice. But after years of use, some repairs and upholstery foam replacement will keep it comfortable as well as good looking.

Upholstery foam replacement during reupholstery serviceAn experienced, professional upholstery service knows the areas to inspect for safety and durability. Proper reupholstery will include a thorough inspection of each area as the fabric is removed. This often includes the frame, webbing, and springs.

But one obvious reason why a chair loses its comfort are the cushions. Deterioration of the upholstery foam is natural with time and usage. But once the cushion foam is replaced, it often gives new life to the chair. Foam replacement may be needed if:

  • The cushions are aged – ten years or more with normal use can indicate a replacement is needed.
  • The front edge of the cushion no longer holds the same shape of the remaining cushion area. Since a cushion front experiences more wear as the chair is used, this area may appear rounded or squashed flatter than the rest of the seat area.
  • Thin spots – if the seat starts feeling lumpy or thin in areas, there may be additional rubbing on the frame, webbing or springs that causes breakdown of the cushion material.

Quality of upholstery foam

Not all foam is alike, and selecting the wrong type will cause the cushions to start an early sag. Consult with an expert to determine the right foam for each area of your chair. The seat might require one type while the back and arms a completely different type of cushion.

Three performance areas for upholstery foam include high resilient, density, and compression.

  1. High Resilient foam is produced to be longer lasting, and is also often fire resistant. Commercial and public areas may require specific HR/FR ratings for upholstered furniture. An upholstery specialist will know which types of foam are required for these locations.
  2. Foam Density is sometimes described as the weight, or how much material is included in the piece. A high-density foam will have less air, more polyurethane, and would last longer.
  3. Firmness or compression is measured by how much pressure will compress the foam to one-quarter of its thickness. So, the higher compression level usually means a firmer cushion. However, when paired up with the density values, it can feel differently, depending on the scores in each area.

When selecting foam for a chair reupholstery, the various combinations of density and compression determine the proper foam for each area. The seat should be more firm than the chair back, which is usually a bit cushier. In this case, different foams are used.

Sometimes, the cushions may also be wrapped in Dacron batting to add an additional layer of softness and height. This helps protect the fabric backing from abrasive contact with the foam.

One further consideration is the product cost. Consult with an upholstery expert to find the right material required for the job. Buying a low-cost upholstery foam usually results in faster deterioration.

Researching a furniture reupholstery service might include questions about the types of upholstery foam used in their work. You may also ask about frame and joint repairs, replacing webbing and retying springs. Finally, an environmentally-conscious business also reduces costs by recycling old foam.

If Grandma’s favorite reading chair was passed on to your family, but doesn’t feel as comfy as it used to, you may want to fix a few areas. Contact D&N Upholstery to take care of the upholstery foam in Grandma’s chair and all your favorite furniture.

Choosing furniture is a major buying decision, and there are many factors to consider when setting up a house or apartment. One option is to reupholster your existing furniture, or pieces that you bought at an auction. But, there are many things that factor into the furniture reupholstery cost vs. buying a new piece.

There is no single answer for how much it costs to reupholster a couch, or a favorite chair. A very general price for a normal-sized couch could start at $1,200. Many variables need to be factored into the estimate, including the quality of the existing furniture, type of upholstery work, fabric selections, and more. Here are a few tips about the factors of furniture reupholstery cost.

Quality and Type of Furniture

Quality craftsmanship is evident in older furniture that is not available in today’s mass-produced pieces. A solid wood frame and joints secured with dowels will last for generations. Coil springs provide firmness in the seat, and the type of cushion composition will also make a difference.

Type of Upholstery Fabric

The fabric selection itself can make or break your budget. Choose the right type of fabric for how the furniture will be used. Consider the blend of the fabric and how it will withstand your living conditions, such as pets, small children, sitting in a very sunny room, etc. There are many fabrics available today that are very durable while still looking elegant, and some are also treated for stain resistance.

furniture upholstery cost considerations with a dominant scene fabricUpholstery Enhancements

Fabric with a strong pattern may require additional yardage in order to properly fit on your furniture.  Matching patterns, or even carefully centering a dominant scene for the correct focal point across the item takes additional planning and measuring.

However, there are other enhancements to consider that can drive up the cost of the project. These include tufts, welt detailing, cording, nail heads, and other customization techniques that improve the overall look, but increase the labor costs.

Quality of Reupholstery Work

Ask the upholsterer about the methods used. The furniture should be stripped “down to the bones” to determine if any structural repairs are needed. Sometimes adjustments may be needed to the webbing or springs; even this part of the job can be a four to six-hour process to reset and tie correctly. If the item is very old, the new foam should also be replaced in the cushions.

Be cautious of cheap shops that may try to add a new layer of upholstery fabric on top of what is already there, without taking the time to inspect the entire piece of furniture.

Who will Reupholster

Selecting the right upholstery expert is also important. While a custom interior designer may be popular, they usually charge more than a highly qualified, independent craftsman. Ask to see other work that they’ve done, or referrals they can provide. A reputable expert will also take the time to fully understand your desires for the furniture and answer any questions you have before the project begins.

Quality furniture reupholstery requires a fine art and skill, and choosing the right service can make a difference in the overall cost. Upload your furniture photos and get a quote to talk about reupholstering your next piece of furniture.

Sunroom Design Reupholstered Chair and OttomanSunrooms are also called indoor porches, enclosed porches, or the more formal solarium; but whatever you call it, that space can be an extra haven for relaxing and entertaining.

Design the sunroom, or screened porch, for both indoors and outdoors. Select the furniture, fabric choices, and even layout of the room based on the functionality and seasons. Quality window screening keeps the bugs outside, French doors open wide to get to the patio area, and outdoor furniture fabric choices provide durability.

Here are some more sunroom design ideas to make sure the extra room isn’t a graveyard for outcast, mismatched furniture or an ugly storage area.

Window Treatments

Windows are perhaps the most important feature of a sunroom. Depending on the location, you may opt for window coverings that can be adjusted based on the time of day. Multi-color window shades might be a choice that allows for selective light blocking, or filtering curtains that can be drawn easily as the day progresses.

Often, the wall and window trim inside the home is painted an accent or contrast color. In a sunroom, keeping the window trim the same color as the walls allows an uninterrupted visual flow to the outdoors.

Furniture Style Choices

Typically, cane and wicker furniture follows neutral color tones, and that may be a safe choice for selecting sunroom furniture. However, colorful accessories can make the room feel fun and pleasant. Consider selecting a durable, bright fabric or Sunbrella fabric to recover the chair cushions, and select complementary patterns for the throw pillows. The combination brightens up even the most traditional wicker furniture, giving a fresh, new look without the cost of new furniture for a room that may not be used year-round.

Using a sunroom as an extra dining area is a popular choice for the space. Mission chairs are an option here because of their clean lines and minimalistic appearance, and decorative cushions can enhance the entire table ensemble.

Sunrooms may not be as large as other rooms in the house, so limiting the number of furniture pieces can give the appearance of more space. Using oversized ottomans instead of coffee tables allows for another splash of color in the room with upholstery fabric, and many ottomans also open to reveal hidden storage space.

Depending on your window configuration, you may have built-in window seats that can be covered with cushions to complement the other furniture. If built-ins are not an option, consider setting large trunks in front of the windows, adding removable seat cushions and a bunch of throw pillows across the back for the same type of nook. Bench seats that wrap around a corner have a more polished appearance with cushions that have mitered corners, which can easily be done by a qualified furniture reupholstery specialist.

Medical Office Upholstery at local hospital waiting roomRunning a profitable primary care provider business requires tight control of expenses and careful corporate decisions.

One area to realize a cost savings is to take advantage of a medical office upholstery service to extend the life of waiting room furniture and exam room tables.

Commercial grade furniture is expensive to replace; so more medical facilities are seeking qualified reupholstery experts to provide refurbishment to existing furniture items throughout the office. Here are some considerations when hiring an upholstery service.

Choose a Reputable Business

Reupholstering involves a lot of detailed work, and could take a few weeks to accomplish under normal production schedules. It’s important to find a specialist who has done similar work before, and can meet the deadlines needed to replace chairs and tables in a timely manner.

Because there are many chairs in a waiting room area, a pattern is usually developed from one of the chairs, and material is prepared in advance for the total chairs that need re-upholstery. An upholstery expert can quickly examine each chair, adjust or repair joints or other areas, replace foam and recover the chair to a like-new condition again.

Discuss Material Options

Crypton® fabric is a popular choice for medical offices because of the long-lasting durability. It is one of the most stain-resistant fabrics available, and has a moisture barrier to prevent accidents or spills from soaking through the fibers. It is also odor-resistant and anti-microbial, an important consideration around germs and infections.

An upholstery expert can also advise on fabric choices, presenting the best options depending on the amount of usage for each item. Typically, fabric that has a wear-rating of one million double-rubs will withstand the high use requirements of a waiting room environment.

More decisions in a medical environment are evolving to an aesthetically-comforting appearance, and upholstery fabric can help turn a waiting room from a cold, uninviting environment into a warm atmosphere. There are a variety of color and pattern choices available, enhancing the design of the room and replacing a previous institutionalized appearance.

A medical office upholstery service should include quality material, completed by a craftsman who is skilled with reupholstering a variety of furniture types.

Multifunctional furniture ideasWatch any HGTV home design or house-hunting show, and you’ll see a lot of ideas for decorating, remodeling, and selecting furniture. Usually, each show has a theme, like the most expensive kitchen, or the largest outdoor entertaining area, or even the smallest living spaces.

It takes creative planning to live comfortably in a small area. Furniture must be scaled down so that it doesn’t overpower the small space available. Whether you are living in a college dorm room, an efficiency apartment, or just downsizing your existing home choice, here are some things to consider about selecting multifunctional furniture.

Expandable tables are great if you like to entertain, but don’t want a large dining room table taking up the entire room. The floorplan for some small apartments have this dining space doubling as the seating area and home office space also, so being able to close up part of a table to make room for other tasks is helpful.

Sofa beds have been around a long time, and effectively serve a dual purpose. Use this inside a living room area that doubles as a guest room when there are visitors. Usually, these can be arranged to function in a small space quickly, and changing out accent features can give the unit a new look whenever needed. We even saw some models that were sofa bunks, pulling up and expanding into a bunk-bed sleeping area!

Bench seating around a corner table works as the obvious – seating while eating. But, if built to open up, there can be a lot of valuable storage space inside each bench! Configurations can be designed to store long, narrow items, or oversized kitchen dishes that aren’t used on a regular basis, like that giant turkey platter that only comes out when you make turkey.

Ottoman pieces are often used as additional accents in the living room, but work one into the bedroom, and you have a comfortable sitting area at the foot of the bed. Find an ottoman that also opens for storage, and that could be the perfect place to hide extra blankets for colder nights.

Whatever multifunctional furniture you choose, look for quality and durability. Notice the construction and the fabric used, determine how much the piece will be used and whether it is built for wear and tear. And remember that reupholstering cushions or changing throw pillows is an economical way of getting a fresh look in your small space!

Design Trends in Furniture Colors for FallWhen you think of the colors of autumn, do you think of neutral, earthy colors or vibrant, bright colors inspired by the changing leaves? Fall is the perfect time for a room makeover, whether it is a complete overhaul with furniture reupholstery or some simple changes to accent pieces throughout the room.

Fall neutral colors can include the customary tan, beige, and green shades; but it can also include muted mauve, medium greys, and other colors found in a forest. As a contrast, the brightness of autumn brought indoors adds a little excitement to a room as the weather begins to turn rainy and dreary. Think of the fall flowers and capture the vibrant oranges, reds, yellows and burgundy colors that can brighten up a neutral room quickly.

One trend that is popular this fall is high contrast, such as pairing up soft, muddy tones as the main color with the burst of bright colors as highlights. A darker feature wall that is painted in a room will get a fall makeover by hanging brightly-colored frames, artwork, or prints from nature to give the wall a look that pops.

The same can happen with furniture, without experiencing the cost of an entire reupholstery for your couch or loveseat. If your furniture is already a neutral shade, visit your favorite upholstery shop for some bright fabric that can be turned into throw pillows, table runners, and picture frames. Changing accent pillows or covers on furniture is a cost-effective way of keeping up with color trends as the seasons change.

As the year progresses, many people think of holiday gift-giving, and a seasonal gift that lasts for years is reupholstering a favorite reading chair or ottoman. Look at the upcoming winter design trends for inspiration, again thinking of nature. The whites and blue hues of snow can be contrasted with patterns that are traditional but stylish, or modern and eclectic.

If a furniture makeover is part of your idea for seasonal design changes, consider the length of time needed to complete the job thoroughly. An experience reupholstery specialist often schedules jobs weeks ahead, so if you are looking for some holiday design ideas as a gift, call now to get the job scheduled in time. An alternative is a gift certificate for the project, so you can include the recipient in the fun process of selecting fabrics, colors, and patterns.

The days of boring colors for furniture upholstery are gone. The thousands of color choices and pattern selections available at D & N Upholstery can make a design change in your home a fun experience that can change with each season! Call us today to discuss the right upholstery fabric for your projects.

Robert Allen Color CollectionsD & N Upholstery is featuring some new ideas in Upholstery Fabric from indoor upholstery suppliers that we have used for generations. If you have ideas for updating your family room, dining room or even outdoor patio area, give us a call to discuss or see swatches from any of these featured products.

“Mixing is the New Matching” according to Robert Allen, who has published new Multi-Purpose Color Library Books that feature prints, wovens, and embroideries in patterns and colors that coordinate well together. Water-Cobalt-Spring Grass offers fresh, livable color, Chocolate-Lemongrass-Peony provides invigorating contrast, and Glacier-Pewter-Driftwood contains earthier tones – check them out by CLICKING HERE.

Or, consider their latest selection of trims to give that final polish to your next upholstery project. View their trims by CLICKING HERE.

Greenhouse is featuring a Big and Bold upholstery fabric selection that will let you make a statement or make a visual impact for your next remodeling project. View all their Big and Bold Fabrics.

The Affinity Collection from Mayer Fabrics features five patterns in a variety of color hues that are ideal for the corporate, hospitality, and health care industries. View these and other new collections on their “Recent Collections” page.

Outdoor fabrics can be bold and bright, and even have a theme to them. Consider a nautical or outdoor theme matched up with bright blues, greens, or yellows. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Luxury Fabrics has thousands of Upholstery Fabrics and Upholstery Vinyl to choose from. Here are their new fabrics this year: 2015 Upholstery Fabrics.