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Case Studies: Traditional Caned Sofa

Welcome to the first instalment of the maus interiors workshop blog. First of all thanks for stopping by, we hope that you find it fun, informative and full of behind the scenes insight into our workshop goings-on.


This month we completed this HUGE caned 3 seater.

3 Seater Traditionally Upholstered Sofa in 'Ochre'

the process...


36 springs make up the platform which are first tied in using twine and then lashed using laid cord.


We started with a traditional two-way tie and then sectioned off the three seats by tying each one diagonally two ways.


Horsehair is laid and then tied and stitched to form a stiff roll at the along the front edge of the platform. Wadding is then laid on top, and a fire retardant inter-liner is fitted.


The fabric is then fitted for the platform, new cushions are made, and this maus refurbished masterpiece is ready to take pride of place back at home.





It was a lot of fun working on such a large traditional piece, from stripping to completion it is a profound experience knowing that this sofa can now be enjoyed by generation after generation.


Traditional upholstery is built-to-last and will hold its form for decades, which makes it perfect when both sentimental and material value are specified in the project's brief. However, traditional upholstery certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea practically or aesthetically, and sometimes it really isn’t a suitable application.


SO there’s a few things to consider before rushing out and getting Grandma’s old chair renovated...


Traditional Upholstery: pros and cons...


1. Its usually obvious if the piece has been upholstered using traditional techniques, and will therefore be suitable for a traditional renovation, however in some cases its best to ascertain a bit of the story behind the piece and discuss the chairs use and purpose once renovation is complete- for example some vintage chairs lose value if they are upholstered using more modern techniques and materials.


2. Traditional Sprung seats are firm and have the advantage of keeping their shape for decades as opposed to foam seats which usually start to see at least some shape deformity within 1-2 years. If you’re planning on sinking into a piece of furniture everyday-3-times-a-day a traditional sprung seat may not be the right option.


3. Its time consuming and therefore expensive, if you’re just looking to tidy something up and let it live a little bit longer then traditional upholstery probably isn’t for you. It should be used as an opportunity to make an investment and to keep or create sentiment in the piece of furniture, you’re having it built to last so five pounds a metre fabric from the bargain-bin makes everything a bit pointless.


We hope you have enjoyed reading, if you have any questions about Traditional Upholstery or if you would like more information about giving it a go for yourself with one of our maus open workshop days please email us at info@mausinteriors.com.

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