A Glossary of Upholstery And Window Treatment Terms

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Every industry has its own language and terms. These words and phrases can be confusing to anyone who is not part of the daily operations of a specific industry, and the upholstery and window treatment industry is no exception.

To help you understand the terms, acronyms, and phrases regularly used in the upholstery and window treatment industry, Custom Covers For Home & Office has created this handy reference guide. Here you’ll find valuable information allowing you to comprehend and communicate your upholstering and window treatment needs effectively.

Pattern-drafting.
It is a technique that involves creating a pattern for custom window treatments or furniture based on description and measurements.

Roman shade.
It is a style of window treatment that includes horizontal folds and elegantly stacks up when opened.  

Pinch-pleat.
A timeless drapery style that has a stitch placed at the top of the panel to give it a ‘pinched’ fold at the top.

Ripple-fold. 
It is a modern drapery style in which the panel has fuller folds at the top that mimic grommet panels without the need for grommets.

Drapery lining.
a. The 1 Pass thinly lines the drapery panel to give some privacy and fullness. 
b. The 3 Pass lining gives full privacy and blocks some light from filtering through the drapery panel. 
c. The blackout lining completely blocks out light and achieves full privacy, with zero view-through to the outside.

Parson’s chair. 
It is a formal dining chair that has a covered cushion seat and back, and typically has a skirt along the bottom.

Occasional chair.
It is an accent chair that isn’t typically used for everyday use. In the 1800s, they were popular in sitting rooms, and usually flank either side of the room, a window or a china cabinet.

Chaise lounge.
It is a small, non-ornate day-bed.

Wing-backed chair.
A club chair with a high back that comes to points on each corner to give the appearance that the chair has wings.

Tufting.
A style used in upholstery to create a diamond-shaped pattern using a series of folds and buttons. This style is traditionally found on French provincial furniture.

Fluting.
A style for furniture with channels that have run down the back of a chair or sofa. It gives an elegant high-end appeal to the piece.

Piping.
A finished edge found on cushions or accent pillows that are created with fabric wrapped rope sewn in around the seams of the cushion.

Double-welt.
Two rows of piping typically added to wood trimmed upholstered furniture to help hide the staples and fabric seams, and create a finished look.

Double rub count.
A method created to test the abrasion of a piece of fabric. The higher the abrasion count, the more durable the material will be.

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