New foams replacement: Some clients will just need new foam for their furniture pieces, both indoors and out, that have lost their “oompf” after 10 years or so. This is a solution for some but not all furniture frames depending on its manufacture.
Feather and Down replacement: Some will need new down feather wraps or full down inserts, due to feather loss naturally occurring over the years. New tickings or liners may also be called for.
Vintage and antique furniture: frames 60-200 years old often have archaic padding systems that require special materials ordered and advanced fabrication techniques to keep as close to the original as possible in the efforts of restoration and preservation. It just doesn’t do to place a slab of foam across the webbed surface of a Georgian sofa or Gustavian chair.
Remodeled, renovated or newly built homes needing cushions for their built-in’s for the first time, will find Helen’s experience useful in making cushions to take them into the first decade of their new seating arrangements. She consults professionally with architects, designers, commercial and residential clients early in their process of designing the base framework where cushions will ultimately be fitted. She has designed for living rooms, kitchen and dining rooms, playrooms, foyers and mudrooms, backyard, pool and lakeside patios, artisan-made furniture frames both classic reproduction and fresh new maker designs that need an upholsterer’s thoughtful angle. Again, she brings all of her experience and knowledge of materials and supply and then technical skill in fabrication, to each client’s particular design situation.
Cushions are plump or low profile as needed, fabrics and coverings along with a myriad of sewing styles are considered wisely for proper yield of yardgoods with minimal waste.