I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of anything palm/banana leaf, so when I spotted this headboard earlier this week, I gasped. Since it looks absolutely stunning and would make a huge impact on its own, there’s no need to go overboard sourcing decor and accessories–simply let the bold print do the talking.
Lastly, you’ll want to ensure your headboard won’t clash with your current decor. The banana leaf headboard would look excellent in a room with mostly white or green bedding and decor, but it wouldn’t work in every space. Unless you’re planning to execute a major bedroom revamp, you will most likely want to purchase a piece that complements your existing color scheme.
This headboard is made to fit a king sized bed, so unfortunately it isn’t an option for me, but a girl can dream! (If you’re in the market for a large headboard and love this print as much as I do, please snag this beautiful piece and report back!).
In general, I try to keep a few things in mind when shopping for a headboard. First of all, I try to pick a style that is classic as opposed to too trendy (fear not: banana leaf is definitely a classic–while the print is extra popular right now and may seem like it’s on the trendier side, it actually dates back to the late 1930s; you can read a full history here).
I also am mindful of price, of course–headboards can be very expensive, and you want to make sure you’re spending your money on a quality piece that will hold up year after year. I’ve had luck shopping Centrepiece funishing as they are a Singapore based workshop that does reasonable price upholstery and headboard. So you may be able to snagged a great deal with them, contact 90305057 now.
If you are in Singapore and is in need of an update for your couch, then contact us. The usual cost for reupholster/upholstery will start from SGD $800 and above for a 2 seater or SGD $380 and above for an armchair. If you custom made a sofa in Singapore, the price starts from $2300 onwards. Ask for over fabrics and you may even get a better price.
Whatapps photos of your sofa and size to (+65 90305057 , Vince ) you can speak directly to us or email: info(at)centrepiece.com.sg to discuss your order. We don’t have call centres or customer service departments, you speak directly to the people making your sofa.
Note: If you are a new customer, and you need the upholster to do home visit, a SGD $40 will apply for upholstery services. However, this amount can be reimbursed once you have made the deposit. For existing customers, fees may be waived.
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A fine piece of furniture can last hundreds of years, so it pays to invest in preserving its history, functionality and value
The restoration and reupholstery of furniture not only adds longevity but the process creates something that can be loved and appreciated on a daily basis. Auctions are a wonderful way to find fabulous examples of upholstered furniture, and sometimes restoration and reupholstery are necessary investments in the continued endurance of your beloved pieces.
English furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries was made using woods such as walnut and mahogany, and first-growth secondary woods such as oak, which tends to be very strong and durable. A 19th-century settee, a Howard & Sons club chair and ottoman, as well as a pair of slipper chairs, all serve as examples of what can be achieved with a little investment and imagination with your antiques.
Authentic stuffing, from horsehair to hay
Antique furniture was traditionally padded with several different types of organic materials, which varied in price and quality. Horsehair, for example — used in antique upholstery up until the 19th century — is a mark of quality because it is strong, durable, and much more expensive than the alternatives. If a piece of antique furniture contains horsehair stuffing it is important to maintain its integrity, since it ultimately adds to the character and value of the piece.
A 19th-century settee — eaten by the late Ms. Lyall’s dog on a Sunday afternoon — was noticeably filled with a combination of horsehair, hay and cotton. Although externally damaged, the underlying quality of the settee made the piece eminently worth restoring.
Eleana, owner of Sidotti Décor, and her assistant Ruby (both pictured above) restored the settee by first taking it apart. ‘I like to peel off the layers of history on a piece of furniture,’ says Eleana.
Once all of the worn upholstery had been removed, Eleana was able to assess the condition and quality of the structure and stuffing. She then determined how to rebuild the damaged areas of the settee, maintaining the original combination of stuffing in order to stay true to the furniture’s history. With the proper investment in restoration, this settee quite easily has another 200 years of life.
Chintz — a 19th-century classic
If you want to bring new life to an old piece, the fabric used to re-cover your antique furniture is key. When recovering a 19th-century Howard & Sons club chair and ottoman (below), we used a classic English chintz from Mrs. Lyall’s collection.
Chintz was originally imported from India in the 18th century, where it was produced as a simple printed cotton. Calendering — pressing the fabric through rollers — made the cloth crisp and shiny, and also more durable. During the 19th century, upholstery advanced as chemically-dyed printed cotton was developed. These new chemical processes allowed for the advancement of European chintz — glaze-finished printed cotton with colourful patterns and a typically light background.
The Howard & Sons club chair and ottoman were reupholstered in a classic English chintz in order to reference the history of the chair. Howard & Sons was founded by John Howard in 1820, and exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition. It was one of the most successful and well-known Victorian cabinet-making firms, based in central London, and is today most famous for its comfortable and elegant easy armchairs, such as this example.
As one would expect of an extremely well-regarded 19th-century furniture firm, the club chair’s frame was of exceptional quality and required no restoration. It was felt that such a remarkable example of English antique furniture would look best with a classic fabric, and the pieces were duly reupholstered in English chintz.
Modern fabric can add new personality
That said, the application of modern upholstery on antique pieces can also add new personality.
The restored 19th-century settee was reupholstered in a modern small-batch-printed Bennison fabric. Bennison Fabrics, based in London and New York, specialises in hand-printed textiles and wallpaper designs, and we used the China Birds pattern to cover the settee. The fabric, which was also part of Ms. Lyall’s collection, is further livened up with the addition of red piping along the settee’s edges, and a simple skirt.
Slipcovers — for changing seasons or taste
Even if your upholstered furniture is in good shape, slipcovers can add versatility or be switched out for changing seasons or taste. We decided to have slipcovers made for a pair of slipper chairs in order to add versatility to the otherwise well-maintained upholstery.
Some of the most famous interior decorators, such as Mrs. Henry Parish, were known for having three sets of slipcovers made for their clients’ upholstered furniture. Traditionally, chintz fabric adorned the furniture in the cold winter months, and was replaced by a simple linen or cotton cover for the summer. A solid cover was then brought out for the autumn.
The use of slipcovers allows one to launder the fabric, thus extending the life of the underlying upholstery. In the 1930s Mrs. Parish famously had slipcovers made out of French mattress ticking for her own house, in order for them to be laundered without the worry of damage being caused by dogs or children.
Re-covering for versatility
A school of thought is that the slipcover should never be too tight, and should have a certain amount of ‘give’ for a classic English feel. A playful corset on the backs of the chairs add a touch of modernity to the otherwise traditional covers.
Needing some updates for your sofa? We specialise in reupholstery for precious sofa and armchair.
If you are in Singapore and is in need of an update for your couch, then contact us. The usual cost for reupholster/upholstery will start from SGD $800 and above for a 2 seater or an armchair. If you custom made a sofa in Singapore, the price starts from $2300 onwards.
Whatapps (+65 90305057 , Vince ) you can speak directly to us or email: info(at)centrepiece.com.sg to discuss your order. We don’t have call centres or customer service departments, you speak directly to the people making your sofa.
Note: If you are a new customer, and you need the upholster to do home visit, a SGD $40 will apply. This is to prevent people who are not serious in getting upholstery services from driving the business cost up. This helps to cut wasted time and expenses in order to benefit our existing customers. However, this SGD $40 can be reimbursed if the job is confirmed upon deposit. For existing customers, fees may be waived. Cheers 🙂
You may want to leave your sofa the way it is for as long as you can, but when is it time to give it a face lift?
Your sofa could be an antique piece of furniture or one that carries a sentimental value. This type of sofa is hard to replace as it has unique craftsmanship and features that modern furniture lacks. Many of such sofas come with either plain or elaborately carved frames made of durable wood which is not only valuable but also irreplaceable.
The quality of your sofa is another factor that deserves consideration. If you have splurged on your sofa but need to cover an unmovable stain, it is logical to get it upholstered instead of replacing it with a new one. Usually, older furniture is considered high quality as it has heavy hardwood frames, high density foam, horsehair or cotton padding and eight-way, hand-tied coil springs that enhance its durability and increase its value. On the other hand, newer furniture of good quality contains a built-in mechanism made of hardwood and has solid features like maple framework and eight-way hand-tied springs.
Comfort level and stability:
The comfort level depends on the softness or springiness of sofa seat, its height, its material, the width of the seat, the height of the headrest and its stability. If you feel safe and enjoy sitting on your sofa all these while, upholstering it may seem more sensible than replacing it if the fabric or leather is stained or discolored due to age. Feeling comfortable also translates to accepting your sofa as a distinctive part of the room.
As a general rule of thumb, reupholstering a piece of furniture costs about 50-65% less than purchasing a brand new designer one. However, the percentage depends on the type of fabric to be replaced and any structural repairs needed to be performed by an upholsterer.
Of course, if your sofa is from IKEA, COURTS or mass produced, it may not make much sense to get it upholstery as it may cost you more than buying a new furniture from them. Perform comparison shopping by asking for quotes to gauge the cost of upholstering in order to determine whether upholstering is a better option.
If you like us to give you an rough estimate of the cost to reupholstery your sofa. Do sent us some photos and the sizes of your sofa to get an online quote.