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Furniture Trends: Round Backs On Upholstered Chairs

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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.seat-softnessA 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.

For more tips, read our blog on contract upholstery. To view more furniture trends, download the Spring Style Guide 2019.

Round Backed Chair Picks

Lilian Lounge Chair

Lilian Lounge Chair

Venezia Lounge Chair

Venezia Lounge Chair

Charlotte Lounge Chair

Charlotte Lounge Chair

Candy Lounge Chair

Candy Lounge Chair

Ginger Lounge Chair

Ginger Lounge Chair

mokka chair round back

Mokka Lounge Chair

Balloon Armchair

Balloon Armchair

Huxley Lounge Chair and Sofa

Huxley Lounge Chair and Sofa

Dam Desk Chair Round Back

Dam Desk Chair

picolo-lounge-chair-round-back

Picolo Lounge Chair

Moon Sofa with round back

Moon Sofa

Topics: Furniture trends, Contract upholstery

By Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth on 18/03/19 14:23
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