We have been received many enquiries for sofa’s & chairs to be made without the use of flame retardants, brominated fluorides, or any toxic or harmful chemicals.We have been working on this issue for over 12 months & are pleased to say that we can now offer the most natural fillings & fabrics that do not contain any of these treatments, we cannot say they are chemical free as we use water based adhesive and water is still a chemical,but we are confident that our upholstery is as close to nature as possible, whilst still complying with the UK upholstery regulations.
Our new organic wool back cushion has an outer case made of organic wool, with channelled compartments which are then filled with loose organic wool.
We all know that as time goes by that back cushions start to settle and after a course of time tend to lose their bounce as the loose filling gets compressed.
What we have done is to make each compartment accessible with a zip, enabling you to re-tease the wool when necessary and make your cushion last even longer.
We have had a great demand for our latex seat cushions, combined with hair &/or coir fibre ( depending on the firmness required) these can then be wrapped with wool or be encased with a feather outer quilt.
Did you know that natural latex is the milk of the tropical rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis) and is a natural and inexhaustible raw material. Every year the rubber trees neutralise over 90 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). A forest with rubber trees has the same air purifying characteristics as a tropical rain forest.
Natural latex is hygienic and ensures a healthy microclimate. As well as having anti- bacterial, anti- fungal and anti-dust mite characteristics it has optimal ventilation and excellent durability.
This month’s interesting projects have included making for a designer’s personal use a small sofa upholstered in nettle fabric. Don’t worry it doesn’t sting, it is made from 25% nettle fibre & 75% wool. It is supplied by Camira fabrics in their second nature collection. It should also wear very well with a rub test of 50,000 cycles.
That was followed by a customer asking us to make a traditional sprung cushion, as her original one had started to feel uncomfortable after 40 years use!. To do this we bent the steel rod around her existing cushion shape before covering the frame in wire mesh to make the top side. This process was then repeated for the underside. We then hand stitched the coil springs to the mesh section, taking care to space the springs evenly, before turning it over and duplicating the process to the other end of the spring. Hessian was then sewn in place over the framework, and then horse hair applied to the top & bottom area’s. This was then wrapped in wool flock including the edges. A new piped cushion case was then made to finish the job. ( remember that if the cushion is wider at the front the zip at the rear will have to continue along the sides of the cushion, as the new inner cannot be bent or folded like a foam cushion)
We have also recived an order for a sofa to be made with removable arms & back & seat, making four sections in total. It is to fit through a hatch in the roof for a teenagers relaxation room. Now making removable arms is easy but a bit more thought has had to go into the back & seat request. Having thought it through we drew a frame plan to scale, and happy it will fit through the hatch and result in the correct finished size sofa, We can move onto constructing the frame.
Making our ecosofas is relatively easy compared to re upholstering this drop end victorian sofa.
To say the frame was wobbly would be an understatement, the arm was completely detached from the rest of the sofa, and that nearly fell apart as the old cover was being removed. Slowly the transformation took place using horse hair, layered flock, coir fibre, latex rubber and wool and now it is back to how it was originally over 100yrs ago. Remember this was how all upholstery was made in those days, a far cry from the modern methods used by the majority of upholstery companies today, and how long will a sofa built today last? Our customer has just been and inspected it and was delighted, so delighted she dosn’t want anyone to sit on it .(rather defeats the object of having it restored) Just about to start on our next new ecosofa with removable arms for easy access.
The other day I received an e-mail followed by a telephone call from a lady who wanted to replace the foam paddings in her child’s nursery chair cushions with natural fillings. weare using a combination of wool, hair, latex to give different densities and made new cases in 100% malabar cotton.These days people are very concious of chemicals used in modern foams and also the backcoating on fabrics. The fact that they might cause irritation and breathing problems is a concern, you certainly wouldn’t want to lick the back of a piece of fabric that has had chemical treatment on it. And the foam and backcoating is not bio -degradable. Having just sat on the chair I can vouch for its comfort.