My favorite cushion fabricator is West Coast Feather and Down located in Los Angeles, CA. In my opinion, they offer superior customer service and the best alternative to feather and down cushions with a product called Denier Microfiber. This is a great product for people that may have allergies to feathers and down, or do not like using animal products, but still want a soft and squishy cushion product.
But for those of you who want feathers and down, the prices are going up as much as 38%. West Coast Feather and Down recently sent me a letter explaining the price increase. Marie Bonilla, West Coast’s CEO, explained to me that she and their down supplier worked hard at coming up with a letter to explain the many factors for price increase. Here is the link to the PDF letter.
In summery, feathers and down are a hot commodity with limited supply. For clothing, such as jackets, there are many down alternatives that work well. But the application for down as furniture cushions is more demanding. Loft needs to be maintained or the cushions simply look under filled. Synthetic alternatives will continue to improve and blur the lines between real down and synthetic down. If you’re looking for the best alternative now, Cape Cod Upholstery Shop will be using wonderfully fabricated Denier Microfiber cushions from West Coast Feather and Down, INC.
Finding artisans to replace or repair the cane on furniture is is getting more difficult every year, especially here on Cape Cod. Making your cane furniture last as long as possible will save lots of time and particularly lots of money. On Cape Cod, to cane a simple seat can cost as much as two hundred dollars.
Cane is in the grass family, grown in moist soils, mostly in Asia. Like any grass, cane loves water and is naturally flexible. Most cane seats and backs fail because they simply dry out and crack. Where you live and the humidity of your home has a lot to do with how fast or slow cane will crack.
Cane usually has two sides. The front is smooth and hard, the back rougher and porous. A few times a year, simply take a wet rag or spay bottle and wet the back side, the rough and porous side, of the cane. Don’t be afraid to get it wet. You’ll notice the color of the cane will get darker as it gets wet. Try not to let the water run onto the wood portion of the furniture. If it does, dry the wood right away with a dry towel. This “wetting” method works on both hand and sheet style cane.
Cane is naturally flexible. Keeping it moist keeps it flexible. Keeping it flexible keeps it from cracking. This simple procedure could double the life of your cane furniture.
From an upholsterers standpoint, I really like working with Viva from JF Fabrics. It sews well, the seams are tight and you can pull it around just about any curve. Viva has a short nap and is very hard to leave any kind of mark on it.