Talking Tufted Furniture

Posted In Design - 08/16/2016

This classic furniture styling technique continues to gain in popularity and availability over the years.  Tufting has been around since at least the 1700s with some sources siting it originating in 1300 - 1400s France and England.  Tufting is the result of securing upholstery and padding through a pattern of stitches which may or may not include a button in the dimple. It offers an elegant look that highlights quality furnishings and attention to detail. Originally it was employed to ensure that stuffing, filling or padding stayed firmly in place and was one of the ways upperclassmen would show off their wealth, as tufting requires more fabric and labor than other upholstery methods

Traditional tufted upholstery fabrics like luxe velvets and silks have broadened to in a variety of different fabrics with bright colors and fun patterns to combine old and new styles. You’ll often find the tufted look on the Chesterfield sofa, Barcelona chair, and classic chaise loungesupholstered beds, and ottomans.

Tufted furniture enhances any room offering an upscale look, for both traditional and contemporary rooms alike. Almost every design style has its own version of tufted furniture – so you should have no problem finding tufted pieces in your style whether you love shabby chicmodern, boho or farmhouse decor.

Tufting Throughout your Home

While sofas and other living room items may be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of tufted furnishings, these meticulously crafted pieces add beauty to any room in your home. In the bedroom, tufting is very popular for upholstered beds and headboards. Even more dramatic, a plush tufted wall creates an unmistakable statement in the main bedroom.

Sink into the luxury of sharing a meal with friends and family in an exquisite dining room flanked with plush diamond tufted, high-back, rustic chairs. Striking just the right balance of inviting comfort and polished presence that can elevate any diner party or family gathering.

Picture a stately executive desk paired with a tufted chair in supple leather.  Tufted construction accents the refined lines of any executive office chair.  Even outdoors, plush cushioning on patio seating adorned with button tufting creates a nuanced aesthetic – adding definition and detail that highlights the enveloping comfort of well-padded seating. Tufted benches and ottomans can perk up any corner of your home, slipping easily into an entryway, living room, home office or at the foot of the bed.

Types of Tufting

Though originally designed to anchor plush padding in place, tufting comes in an assortment of different depths, patterns and techniques. Deep tufting showcases the depth of the cushioning in a chair or couch while shallow tufting adds subtle definition to an upholstered piece without distracting from its sleek silhouette.

Tufting can be applied evenly across all sides of the upholstered piece, or just to certain parts, cushions or panels. For instance it is not uncommon to see tufting only on the backrests or seat cushions of a leather sectional. Some pieces will showcase tufting details only on the outside panels for a unique look.

Blind vs Button Tufting – Blind tufting is simply stitched in place with no extra detail whereas button tufting is anchored with a button in each dimple, with the button typically covered in the same textile as the furniture piece. Buttons are more popular with deeper dimples since they will be nestled within the profile and therefore not felt by the user when sitting on or leaning against them and won’t catch on clothing when sitting or standing.

Diamond Tufting – the tufting is executed in an offset pattern that creates a diamond shape in the upholstery. Graceful and elegant, diamond tufting has a classic feel, but can also give contemporary pieces an exquisite pop.

Channel Tufting – refers to the tufting technique that forms straight line channels either vertically or horizontally in the piece. This technique has become popular in contemporary and modern décor.

Biscuit Tufting – the tufting is formed in a regular square pattern in the fabric. This design approach works well in contemporary and transitional pieces.

A Timeless Look for Lasting Beauty

In addition to the upscale look it provides, one of the key benefits of tufted furniture is its longevity. Since the upholstery and padding is tightly secured with reinforcements every few inches (the tufts), fabric won’t sag over time and the padding does not move around; offering you an elegant look that lasts.

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