Better by Design
here is an example of a Re Upholstered lounge, when we first look at the lounge there was a lot work stripping down the lounge, Unfortunately the previous Upholsterer who had recovered the lounge over the top of the original cover so two sets of covers, then had to be removed adding more time to the job, there was no way of knowing this before removing the cover,
in the pictures you can see that there are two covers on the lounge, the lounge was completely striped to bear wood, all the covers (both) hessian webbing and springs was removed, just leaving a wooden frame.
then jute webbing was attached, the coil springs and the coil springs that formed the sprung edge, at the front the spring where laced in the jute webbing and all the top springs then laced into position the hessian was then added and the springs in position on the hessian, rolled edges were added to the seat and all the padding was reinstalled.
The staining and varnishing of the arm top was the last job of the day as any dust and partials would stick to the varnish and they had a temporary cover over the while the cover was being attached. The next part of the job is pattern matching the fabric, so all the backs are centred and look, the same all the top front and sides match all cushion are reversible, not always interchangeable as on the old lounges some of the cushions are different sizes mostly on the settee
the lounge of this period used coconut fibre, Felt wadding, Hessian, Jute webbing and coil springs some of the more expensive lounges would of used Horse hair, and in some of the cheaper lounge shredded paper (mostly old news papers)mixed in felt wadding ,
were as today polyurethane foam, zig- zag springs or elastic webbing, Dacron, Pirelli rubber webbing was the standard for seat webbing but due to the high cost of rubber has almost disappeared, and one of the best seat cushion was the Dunlopillo Latex seat cushion, they have become so expensive, the last time I enquired they were about $130.00 each and that was years ago.
one of the greatest improvement s in upholstery was the Air Staple Gun, I remember my Dad using tacks as a kid, they came in a hessian bag 4lb bag or 2kilo today, he would throw a half a hand full in his mouth, then he would use his tongue to position the one tack to the front of his mouth head first, so when he removed the tack he was able place the tack the fabric into the wood behind and hammer it home. Today I position the fabric in place with an air stapler were I want the staple to go and pull the trigger.
Here is a couple of lounges we recovered in the last couple of years