Archive | 2017

Extending Your Fabric Lounges Life With A Fabric Protector

There is no doubt that Fabric protection plays an important part in maintaining and extending the life of your carpets and upholstery.

Fabric protection should be applied by a professional. When a fabric protector is applied correctly your fabrics will last longer, and stay cleaner for longer. Your favourite upholstered lounge or carpets will also be easier to clean as the protector provides a barrier against spills and stains before they become a problem.

So how does a fabric protector work?

When applied correctly a fabric protector works because of two basic things…

1. A fabric protector increases surface tension:

This means that any liquid spilt on a fibre will have difficulty penetrating the surface of the fibre. When spills can’t penetrate the fibre, clean up becomes easier and staining is avoided.

2. A fabric protector is a coating mechanism:

A fabric protector’s fluorochemical polymer stain shield penetrates and coats the fibre. The strength of bonding and length of protection may vary from product to product. Correct application is important to ensure the entire fibre, from the top to the bottom, has been treated in order to deliver the maximum benefits.

Important: Regardless of warranties or marketing claims, no fibre protector is 100% bulletproof. If
spills are not cleaned up immediately or at least within a reasonable time frame, stubborn stains
may occur.

How to choose a lounge when you have pets

LIVING WITH PET PROBLEMS

Dare Gallery general manager Patrick Doyle says there are some fabrics more suited to families with young children and people living with pets.

“The honest truth is that fabric and pets are not the best of friends,” he says.

“Whether it be a moulting dog or a sharp-clawed cat, pets can have a negative impact on fabrics.”

He says the macro suedes have been around for a while and they are probably the most resilient, with a very low pile and a bonded backing.

“They do cope with almost all lounge room challenges and are a soft, warm material to lounge on,” Patrick says.

“As a general guide, pet owners should look for a fabric that has a tight weave and low pile.

Adrianna suggests selecting a heavy domestic or commercial-grade material for high-traffic areas.

“Anything from 30,000 martindales and above (a measure of the durability of fabric), is suitable for a space with young children,” she says. “It is also preferential to select a fabric with synthetic properties, such as polyester, over a natural linen.”

CLEAN, RECOVER, REFRESH

How to choose the right Lounge

YOU can tell a lot about a person by the lounge they own. Structured two-seater settees point to happy couples, low-slung lounges from Ikea indicate student accommodation and modular lounges practically scream family living.

Whichever lounge you choose, it’s worth taking the time to look at the options because, let’s face it, you’ll spend a lot of time there.

Depending on your budget, a new lounge is also a significant investment, so it pays to get it right the first time.

GETTING LAYOUT RIGHT

Domayne Design interior designer Adrianna Doueihy says planning the layout of your space is key to choosing the right lounge.

“The placement and proportion of the lounge compared to the overall space is essential in making a sofa look good,” Adrianna says.

“Be aware of the dimensions of the lounge you wish to purchase. Consider the height of the space as well so you don’t obstruct views.”

Before you decide, Adrianna says you should think about what other pieces of furniture will be in the room.

“Select a lounge that matches or complements the other pieces — flow and continuity will help create an effortless space,” she says.

“You want to come home to a relaxing, soothing interior.”

When selecting a colour for a lounge, there are a lot of factors to consider including the style of your space and your lifestyle.

“To make a space appear larger, a decorator will select lighter colours,”Adriana says. “Colour psychology also plays a major role in the colour selection.”

Neutrals like grey are popular right now.

 

MEASURING UP

Dare Gallery general manager Patrick Doyle says when shopping for a sofa you should measure your room and think about access, especially if it’s an apartment.

“As more people move to apartment living, choosing the right-sized lounge is critical,” he says. “A large lounge in a small space can reduce the pleasure of owning it as it can make the living space look small.

“Making sure the sofa will fit into the home is essential — small entry ways, tight corners and stairwells can make things difficult.”

SOFA STYLES

Whether it’s a single seater for a small apartment or a large modular lounge that can be arranged in a variety of layouts, there are many styles to consider.

Patrick says modular or corner lounges maximise space and seating room.

“Combined with a chaise section to lounge back and relax with the feet up and you have a great space to wind down,” he says.

“Families require more room so modular or corner lounges will often be appropriate.”

GETTING COMFORTABLE

Adrianna says looking online or through magazines for inspiration is great but visiting
a store is important to get an understanding of how a sofa will feel.

“Seat cushions are manufactured in either a foam infill which gives a firm feel, feather where you can completely sink into the comfort of the lounge, and foam with a feather wrap which allows the soft feel of a feather seat, however the foam supports the structure of the cushion, so you don’t have to keep fluffing it to maintain its neat appearance.”

 

LOUNGES THAT LAST

King Living resident trends expert Triana Odone says if you want a sofa to last a lifetime, you should ensure it has a solid foundation.

“Sofa frames can be made from a range of materials, so ask to see how the internal frame is structured and whether quality materials have been used,” she says.

“Steel frames are a stronger and more durable choice which can withstand rigorous use over time.”

King Living’s steel frame uses high-grade steel and comes with a 25-year warranty.

“Take into consideration the quality of materials, so ask the retailer about the materials they use and if fabrics are tested for durability,” Triana says.

“Good quality materials will last much longer, are easier to maintain and won’t stretch and sag over time.

“If selecting a leather sofa, ask the retailer whether they use durable, full-hide leathers as opposed to thinner ‘split’ leathers.”

Triana says high-resilience cushioning and memory foam are beneficial, as cushions often hide inferior foams and fillings that will deteriorate over time, while the addition of a pocket-spring structure can provide long-lasting support.