Furniture Trends: Round Backs On Upholstered Chairs
Round backs, particularly in super-comfortable, oversized and fully upholstered chairs are featuring prominently in new ranges for 2019. This is an emphasis on soft lines, and even softer upholstery, creating relaxing spaces where comfort is valued as much as aesthetics, so much so it’s become part of the look.
A note on specifying upholstered chairs with round backs
The inner back of some designs of round chairs can be difficult to upholster. This is because it's not as easy to stretch the fabric across the foam on a really curved inner back. Most chairs will have stitching to help the fabric stay in place, though some models will need to be glued. This is where it gets more complicated as some fabrics are not suitable for gluing, particularly ones that have a back-coating as they may fall off. As a result some chairs with round backs are not available in COM or COL as the manufacturers can't ensure that they can upholster the curve to a satisfying finish where the fabric is upholstered loosely and not stretched tightly. If you are specifying COM for a chair with a round back, make sure you pick a stretchy fabric to guarantee the best results. Similarly, you will want to avoid thick fabrics as they have a tendency to wrinkle.
Tips to shorten lead times on upholstered furniture
Choose a fabric that is in stock and reserve it
Choose a fabric that is already fire-backed
Get it dispatched immediately
Pay the deposit
Specifying comfortable chairs
If comfort is just as important as the appearance of comfort that a fully-upholstered round backed chair provides, you may want to consider the internal structure of the chair. Opting for a design which incorporates pocket springs will be much more comfortable than a chair constructed of just foam & chipboard.A few manufacturers are also able to supply different types of the CMHR (Combustion Modified High Resilient) foam that's required for contract furniture, which can also make the chair softer. However, this is dependent on the factory and often on the particular product.
Over the past year there's been a definite trend towards decadent comfort. Fully upholstered chairs, deep seating and extra comfort, particularly using luxuriant materials. Often with accentuated stitching, fluted and button-back upholstery, piping or studding details and metal caps on chair legs.
Leather upholstery on frames, or more specifically, leather that is hung or wrapped around a frame in a sling-like fashion is trending in chair design. This is often seen on frames which show the crafted joints to emphasise craftsmanship, giving a handmade and artisanal feel alongside a Scandinavian aesthetic.
If lines feature in your interior design scheme you may want the furniture to continue this theme. Here is our selection of furniture with prominent lines from woven chairs to metal frames, fluted upholstery and ribbed & corduroy fabrics.