Give Me 10 Minutes, I'll Give You The Truth About CAL 133

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How to Choose Contract Fabrics Like a Pro

Posted by Janet Voigt on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

In the world of contract (non-retail) furniture, fabrics take on a whole new dynamic.

Contract grade upholstery can get as technical as a Java code! Furniture and fabrics for heavy use and health care applications are made to exacting standards to ensure stability under constant use, resist staining, deter breakage, prevent fluid seepage, defend against bacteria and microbe growth, and so much more!
 

So when you are tasked with purchasing furniture for your facility what exactly do you need to know about fabrics?  Get The Upholstered Seating Catalog

Upholstery fabrics use a laboratory process called the Wyzenbeek Double Rub test. The Wyzenbeek test uses an oscillating mechanism covered with an abradant that repeatedly rubs against the fabric to determine its overall strength and resilience. The results are tabulated in a number of double rubs that the fabric resisted before fiber breakage. Sounds a little complicated but the scoring system basically breaks down as follows for contract grade fabrics:

  • 15,000 doublerubs is the minimum result for commercial applications. At 15,000 double rubs or greater, fabrics in this category are suitable for many contract or commercial applications. Fabrics at and above this minimum standard will be stiffer and thicker than what you might have in your home but that additional thickness is necessary to ensure durability.
  • 15,000 – 30,000 double rub fabrics are considered heavy duty. They are acceptable for many contract environments with moderate use like offices, conference rooms, dining chairs, and other similar use areas.
  • 30,000 double rubs and greater are considered extra heavy duty. They are extremely durable and can withstand use in constant, heavy use areas like waiting rooms, group rooms, and other common areas.

 
By comparison to r
esidential or retail fabrics, the double rub numbers are big. Fabrics for residential use typically hover in the 3,000 – 9,000 double rub range so 15,000 double rub minimums nets an upholstery fabric that is substantially different than what you see in a typical living room. These high double rub fabrics will feel stiffer and offer less comfort but will survive hard use.

 
When working on projects for
upholstered furniture for your facility, make sure to work with an experienced professional who is familiar with your customers and consumers.

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Topics: Fabric/Upholstered Furniture for Contract, Contract Furniture & Fabric: Making it Last, Fabric/Upholstered

The Power of the Right Upholstery Fabric

Posted by Janet Voigt on Wed, Mar 06, 2013 @ 08:30 AM


When selecting contract fabrics for upholstered furniture, there are many things to consider. When buying for commercial businesses or health care facilities you will  have to Selecting fabrselect upholstery fabric(s) for your furniture purchase.

Contract furniture is always “made to order” due to the enormous variety of furniture styles and fabric types, finishes, patterns and colors. The possible combinations that can be created imagining the endless number of furniture styles plus hundreds of thousands of upholstery fabric and its variables creates a dizzying assortment of potential groupings.

While you can expect contract upholstered furniture to take a few weeks to produce, you may be surprised by the pricing which rarely feels like “custom” pricing. The truth is that contract upholstery sales costs far lower than its residential / retail counterpart so while the options are more plentiful, price is actually lower and quality is substantially higher than retail.
  ic for contract upholstered furniture can be a daunting task. Choosing color, pattern, fabric type, and performance characteristics is a lot of decision on top of selecting the style of the furniture itself. While the technical aspects of fabric performance are important, let’s first focus on the more visible elements.
 
  • Color is an obvious consideration.  Color sets the mood for a room, especially if you are adding big pieces of furniture like sofas, loveseats and lounge chairs. Depending on the existing décor or tone of your facility, color can be used play up contemporary elements of the buildings design or conversely can be used to tone down more dated elements. Warm colors complement traditional designs and cool colors tend to highlight contemporary design. Mixing colors within a single room setting can add drama and can improve the overall look of a room compared to a single, repeating color. When mixing colors, look for colors that harmonize rather than contrast to create more of a designer look. Be careful not to choose colors that are too light. Whites and light earth tones are very “in” right now for residential design but tend not to perform well in contract facilities even when treated with soli and stain resistance. Instead, look at deeper solid earth tones with texture.  The textures add an additional natural element without compromising the dirt-hiding properties of darker tones.
 
  • Pattern is probably the most intimidating selection for many contract buyers.   Patterns do not always age well.  What is hip and trendy today might quickly end up looking like yesterday’s news.  Big, graphic patterns can be the riskiest patterns choices but the right selection can really add drama when the building design lacks character. The scale of the pattern should be in balance with the size of the room so large, bold patterns would not be an ideal match for a small room with small-scale furniture. Large, open spaces can accommodate more pattern. A designer trick for using large pattern in a room is to find a color that is present in small quantities in the patterned fabric and select a solid color fabric in that color. Use the large, bolder pattern on chairs and loveseats and use the solid color on the larger pieces like sofas to create a high-end look.
 
Durable furniture fabric is essential in any contract environment. Some qualities to look for include thread count, double rub results and fiber type:

  • The higher the thread count, the more durable the fabric since the weave of the material is denser and therefore more durable. Additionally, consider whether the pattern is woven into the fabric or whether it is printed on top of a solid color fabric. Woven patterns will wear far better than printed patterns.
  • Double rub results measure the number of times fabric can withstand being rubbed together under standardized, laboratory testing. The higher the double rub results the more durable the fabric. Results from 15,000 double rubs on up indicate better performance for heavy-use environments.  Results as high as 100,000 and above are commonly available from contract furniture suppliers.
  • Fibers can be mad made or natural. Man made fibers like acrylic, nylon, olefin and vinyl offer a higher degree of durability and stain and soil resistance than natural fibers. In addition to their inherent stain and soil resistance, many fabric treatments are available through contract suppliers that offer an additional measure of dependability. Crypton is far and away the most common fabric treatment for contract facilities. Crypton is a process that is applied on top, bottom and within the weave of the fabric resulting in a fluid and soil barrier that keeps fabric clean as well as hygienic.

When considering choices for your next furniture project, always contact a reputable contract furniture supplier who understands the needs of your facility.

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Topics: Interior Design Advice of Group Living Facilities, Commercial Lounge Furniture, Contract Furniture, Fabric/Upholstered Furniture for Contract, Contract Furniture & Fabric: Making it Last

2013 Contract Furniture Trends

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 @ 03:21 PM
Healthcare, group living and housing experts have returned to the proverbial drawing board after putting last year to bed.  2012 was packed with conferences and industry gatherings for professional buyers, architects and planners. Now that the New Year is firmly underway, these experts have started letting the industry know about what they expect to see in terms of contract furniture trends for the upcoming year.
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Topics: Interior Design Advice of Group Living Facilities, Commercial Lounge Furniture, Contract Furniture, Fabric/Upholstered Furniture for Contract

5 Creative Ways to Manage Patient Incontinence

Posted by Janet Voigt on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 08:50 AM

Patients and consumers with incontinence create a special kind of demand on staff and direct service providers.

Not only is there risk to the health of patient, but cleaning both the patient, furniture and flooring takes the time and effort of staff trying to manage broad responsibilities. Furniture can often be ruined by bodily fluids that are either not cleaned entirely or due to soaking into hard-to-clean places like the foam and frame.

With the growing demands for WELL-DESIGNED FURNITURE to help care givers manage limited mobility and incontinence, consider these 5 little-known facts that might make life easier for anyone dealing with incontinence:

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Topics: Health Care Furniture, Commercial Lounge Furniture, Furniture For Incontinence, Fabric/Upholstered Furniture for Contract, Contract Furniture & Fabric: Making it Last

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