QA Group: Commercial Project Spotlight

The commercial furniture-focused sister brand of Queen Anne Upholstery, QA Group, has been hard at work helping businesses bring unique upholstery and refinishing visions to life. From Lynnwood up north to Bellingham, our team has been taking on an influx of architectural upholstery projects — or, in other words, projects on which our custom furniture expertise lends a hand to third-party construction companies as they complete an architect’s building plans.

We’re proud to collaborate with business owners, architects, builders, and other project team members to hand-select materials, execute design goals, and prepare commercial operations to best serve their customer base — all within a reasonable timeframe. The following projects were recently completed in our Seattle production facility and delivered to our satisfied clients.

Custom seating for Tony’s Coffee in Bellingham

QA Group was glad to assist the Bellingham-based Chuckanut Builders team, who is currently completing the full buildout for an upcoming Tony’s Coffee location. The Tony’s management team worked with Neil Gracey, QA Group’s very own consultant with extensive custom furniture building experience, to nail down the perfect booth and banquette styling and layout to fit their needs. We referred to the client’s original architectural drawings and collaborated with both Chuckanut Builders and Tony’s Coffee to optimize an upholstery plan that would maximize space in the cafe.

After reviewing and approving the plans, the Bellingham team ultimately selected a faux black leather material for a banquette series that could fit against a long wall and flex to accommodate tables for larger groups and intimate smaller groups.

Our Seattle shop then got to work building frames; fitting furniture with springs, webbing, and padding; cutting and sewing the material; assembling each booth and banquette; and hand-tufting each button to create the unique triangular design pictured above.

Finally, our team delivered the finished product to be installed… and voila!

Updated exam chair for Virginia Mason Lynnwood Medical Center

Virginia Mason Medical Center is a long-term QA Group customer. We’ve completed many projects on the main campus in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, but this particular project was completed for a doctor at the Lynnwood location.

Our doctor client liked the functionality of the exam chairs they had long used, but the covers were dated and slightly damaged on the surface. Instead of replacing the chairs altogether, VMMC called in QA Group to reupholster the existing chairs.

Our team removed the old panels off the chair frame, brought them back to our shop, and completely re-padded and reupholstered each panel with contract-grade black vinyl. This material was selected in part for its ability to stand up to medical-grade cleaning. For extended durability, we also treated each panel with a coat of PreFixx protective finish.

Before we installed the newly upholstered exam chair panels, we used a custom dye blending technique (we call this “overcoloring”) to match the chair’s new body to its original arms, which were kept intact due to their superior condition.

The best part? We completed the entire process, from start to finish, in only 24 hours. The practice was able to see patients as usual on the following day.

QA Group is proud to be one of the only local upholstery firms with the capacity and experience to provide medical upholstery panels with a quick turnaround.

Are you a business owner or commercial contractor in need of professional upholstery services for your own project? We want to collaborate with you, too! Contact QA Group today.

Note: If you’re looking for upholstery, refinishing, or other luxury furniture solutions for your home, contact our residential furnishing experts right here at Queen Anne Upholstery.

When to Reupholster vs. When to Buy New

If you’re ready to makeover a room in your home, you may be considering a furniture shopping spree. In many cases, however, that’s neither necessary nor the best option. Even if your furniture looks dated, worn, or just wrong for the room’s aesthetic, you may not need to replace it entirely. Reupholstering and refinishing furniture can give it new life and a modern look. Instead of stressing about finding a new couch to fit in a tricky space or to finding a way to dispose of the old furniture, you could simply turn your dated piece into something fresh, eye-catching, and ready to be enjoyed for years to come.

A reupholstery professional will first help you select your preferred materials, including fabric (based on color, texture, pattern, and more), cushion density and support, and many more custom features (for instance, a chair can be fitted to meet specific mobility needs). They will then begin the reupholstery and refinishing process, starting with fabric and stuffing removal. Old springs and other interior materials will be repaired or replaced, the new fabric will be seamlessly applied, and wood components such as arms and legs can be refinished (or repaired to correct any structural or stability issues).

When done properly by experienced professionals, reupholstery and refinishing can turn a treasured old furniture item into one that looks and feels like new.

Is reupholstery right for your piece?

Not all couches, chairs, or plush furniture pieces must be replaced once they show signs of wear and tear. Consider whether reupholstering the piece in question might the better option. Generally speaking, the older the furniture, the better it can withstand aging. Decades ago, solid wood frames and legs were standard. Modern pieces built within the last ten years are more likely to be made of lower quality materials. Even with reinforcement and new foam, springs, stuffing, and fabric, a structurally unsound or flimsy piece may simply be nearing its expiration date.

Other factors to consider include exposure to smoke, water damage, or mold, as well as the item’s sentimental value. The armchair in your living room may not be a top-of-the-line luxury item, but perhaps if it was a wedding gift from a beloved family member, you may be attached to the memories it represents. Even mass-produced modern furniture pieces may benefit from the TLC that comes with professional reupholstering.

If an item’s fabric or interior stuffing were exposed to mold or water damage, or if there is a lingering odor due to smoke, reupholstering and refinishing can also solve those problems. Metal and wood components and legs can be treated and sealed against mold, if necessary. All potentially contaminated materials can be disposed of properly. The resulting piece of reupholstered furniture will be safer, cleaner, and more attractive than a piece that you steam-cleaned after smoke or water damage.

Buying new furniture isn’t always the best option

When years-old furniture shows its age, it’s natural to assume that buying new furniture is the only option. In reality, buying new furniture can sometimes make a room makeover more protracted and frustrating. If you aren’t buying custom pieces, your style and color options will be more limited. You may have to compromise on a piece you don’t really love. Then, you’ll still need to get rid of the old furniture — which often means hauling it to the dump or attempting to sell it.

By comparison, reupholstering is often simpler. A professional will carefully tend to your furniture, plus you’ll get to select the perfect fabric and other important details. The end product will look and feel the way you dictate. Reupholstering and refinishing furniture can give you beautiful (and more hassle-free) results.

A Guide to Your Summer Upholstery Needs

Warm summer days are a welcome refuge from cold winters and spring showers, and now that the seasons have changed, many of us are dreaming up ways to enjoy ourselves outdoors — and to stay cool inside our homes. Thankfully, select upholstery services can offer several practical and unique solutions to ensure your summer is comfortable and stylish.

With so many options available, your dream fabric awaits to add the perfect pattern, color scheme, or texture to your space. No matter your style preferences, the right upholstery can turn any indoor or outdoor area into a luxurious summertime escape. Here’s where to start to create your own.

Add (or replace) curtains or drapes

Investing in heavy, thick, or dark-toned drapery can help keep the glaring sun out of your home. The right drapes can inject a sense of drama or romance in a room while also helping to reduce your cooling costs. Old slat blinds can only do so much to shade your home from solar heat. They can also project bothersome glare lines onto walls and media screens, especially in direct sunlight.

On the other hand, drapes can easily be shut during times with direct sun exposure and opened when the light is soft. Replacing dated window treatments with drapes will make your space feel fresh, inviting and cool (in both senses of the word).

Invest in patio furniture upholstery for chic outdoor comfort

While sleek wood furniture may offer a clean and modern appeal, sitting or reclining on unpadded furniture is far less appealing. Outdoor furniture is typically constructed from treated wood, plastic, or PVC-based materials that are meant to withstand environmental conditions, and as such, your patio chairs, chaises, or loveseats may need some comfortable weatherproof cushioning.

Especially on clear summer days, you want to be able to sit back in that patio armchair with a good book. When entertaining guests at a backyard barbecue, you also want to ensure your furniture is inviting and comfortable for friends, family, and neighbors. Upholstered cushions are the finishing touch on any outdoor lounge area, as they offer a comfortable place to relax and a stylish addition to your patio furniture set.

Whether your patio furniture is fitted with old upholstery or no upholstery, upgrading with fresh upholstered features for this summer’s outdoor entertaining season will make your yard the envy of the neighborhood.

Enter boating season in style

If you own a boat or yacht, don’t forget to update the upholstered touches on your home away from home. Going out for a day or weekend on the waves or lake is a great way to relax during the summer heat. Outdated or damaged seats and other furniture can be an eyesore at best or, at worst, can make your boat ride uncomfortable.

Outdoor and water-resistant upholstery fabric can refresh your yacht’s appearance. Yacht cushions, vinyl boat cushions, window treatments, and leather seats can elevate your style and comfort, while a custom Flexima mattress makes the perfect luxury upgrade for your sleeping quarters. 

With the right upholstery, you can turn your yacht into a summer escape that you and your guests never want to leave. Water and sun-resistant fabrics can be used to customize cushions, seats, mattresses, and other features that will last for many seasons while making you feel more at home.

Victorian Sofa Reupholstered

 

The victorian sofa reupholstery project before any work was doneA client came into our showroom and requested that her sofa be reupholstered. The fabric had become worn, threadbare, discolored, and out of date. The client selected a new grey leather from our Bellevue furniture repair shop and upholstery showroom. She also wanted to add some design details to add interest to the piece and give it an updated look. She choose a silver nail head to go around the edges and button tufting for the back of the sofa. For the seat, she wanted to have two cushions on top of the seat base to raise the seat up and make it more comfortable. We let the client know that we looked forward to doing the sofa reupholstery for her classic Victorian piece.

The reupholstering and refinishing was scheduled to begin.Our furniture repair process for this sofa

The client returned a day later to bring in the sofa. The piece was then brought to our production facility to begin stripping down the sofa to its bare frame. Once we stripped the sofa down we were happy to see that the frame that was revealed was a beautiful, well-built Victorian frame. There were norepairs that had to be made to the frame as it was in a wonderful condition. We started hand stripping the frame, then we added the stain to match the original color of the sofa. The following day we added the finish that would provide a durable and beautiful shine to the piece, then we started working on the seat cushions.

We finished a sofa repair for a happy client - Queen Anne Upholstery

We added new foam and padding to the frame that the customer had requested, then the piece was finally upholstered with the leather, button tufting, and the nail head trim. We put the seating cushions on the Victorian sofa and it looked beautiful. We hoped that the customer would agree too. We called the customer to let her know that the antique furniture restoration was complete and ready to pick up. She arrived a day later. When she arrived and saw her new sofa, she couldn’t get over the transformation. The completed work turned out beautiful and the client was very pleased with the work done on her sofa. The client said it turned out just like she had wanted it to, and was very happy that she brought her piece to us. We met and exceeded all of her expectations with the Victorian sofa reupholstery.

Preserving the Character of a Chair

A customer came to Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing hoping to preserve their chair as much as possible. The customer came to our furniture repair shop and explained that the chair had been in her family for several decades and it was left to her when her mother passed away. We let the customer know that we would preserve the chair and bring it back to originality as much as we could. The customer reluctantly left the chair and we reassured her that the chair would be safe in our care.

Chair Refinishing Project Begins

This Bellevue chair refinishing piece made the customer really happy - Queen AnneWe removed the fabric and the seating cushions from the chair, then we started repairing the springs in the seating area, then we added new foam to the seating area so sitting in it would be comfortable. The next step was gently hand sanding the legs and wood on the chair. This sanding is all done by hand. Then we applied the stain that would match the original color. We let the chair sit overnight, so it would be completely dry before we applied the finish to the chair. The following morning we added the finish to the chair. The wood finish was restored to its original state.

The seat was updated to a distressed leather with button tufting details. The back seat of the chair kept the same fabric as before, and the leather and original fabric came together and looked wonderful together. We were able to have the chair refinishing and furniture repairs done a day before we told the customer that the chair would be finished. We called her to let her know she could pick up her chair and she said she would come over immediately to look it over.

The customer arrived and was thrilled with the way her chair looked. She couldn’t get over how beautiful it looked and the original fabric that was left on the back of the seat really pleased her. This fabric reminded her of the long life of the chair and all the memories in her family that it held. The customer said the chair looked even better than she could have imagined. She thanked us for doing an amazing job.

Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing restores and preserves your treasured pieces. Call or email us for a quote regarding your next antique furniture restoration. We can bring life back to your prized antiques and heirloom furniture pieces.

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Desk with Water Damage is Brought Back to Life

An elderly couple contacted our Seattle furniture refinishing department to inquire about our ability to restore an executive walnut size desk that had sustained considerable water damage. The desk was custom made and had untold sentimental value to the family. The desk was located in the basement area that had been converted to a home office suite. The office suite was built around the desk, so the desk was too large to be removed from the small doorway that had been added since the desk was originally placed there.

The antique furniture restoration at our facility

Our desk and table refinishing department supervisor Tom made a house visit to assess the situation and explained to our clients that we would cut the legs of the desk and make them removable with a custom dowel board through the center, then attach the legs back after the installation was completed at our location. This was great news to our customers, because they realized this method would help them move the desk if they decided to relocate to another home. Our refinishing team prepared to remove the desk from the basement.
We had to do a lot of work to get this furniture refinishing project to our seattle showroom

The antique furniture restoration begins.

The desk was brought in and the original finish from the desk was stripped off completely by hand with our flow-over strip system (we do not dip furniture). The original hardware was removed from each drawer, then all of the surfaces were then prepped, sanded, and some veneer surfaces were replaces as needed prior to the staining and finishing process. We applied the finish to the piece after we carefully matched the color precisely. We let the piece cure for forty eight hours.

The desk was then blanket wrapped carefully and Tom and the team delivered it to the client. Once the refinished desk was placed back into the room in the basement, Tom reattached the legs and placed it in the appropriate space for the client. Needless to say, she was beyond happy with the whole entire process. The furniture restoration had their treasured desk fully refreshed inside and out to its former glory. The couple couldn’t get over how beautiful the desk had turned out. The couple said it actually looked better than it did when they first purchased the desk many, many years ago. They continued to thank Tom and the team for providing the best service for their beloved desk. We were just happy that we were able to bring back the beauty that this piece had once had for the couple.

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furniture refinishing project before any work has been done

A client called and asked us if we could perform front door refinishing in Seattle for them. The client told us that there was sun damage located from the bottom of the door handle and down at an angle along with the same sun damage on the right side of the front door. We let the client know that we could come take a look at the front door, so we could see the sun damages in person and provide them with an accurate estimate.

The team arrived at the residence and inspected the door that needed the furniture refinishing. We let the client know that it is very common for entry doors to receive a lot of damage from the elements, but we could have the door refinishing done at an affordable price and quickly, too. The client agreed and returned the following morning to start the project.Door removed before the furniture refinishing is complete

Tenting off the area to complete the refinishing projectThe door refinishing process was about to begin.

We arrived promptly on time and removed the hinge pins, so we could remove the door. We safely removed the door, then we laid the door on sawhorses. We secured the opening, so nothing could get into the client’s home. We also set up a tenting area, so we could safely work on the door and to keep the elements ou
t. We did this so that we could add the spray finish as well.  We removed the hardware from the door, then we masked the area. Our team then sanded down the door, then we applied the first coat of polyurethane. After that the first coat dried we added a second coat. We installed a new brass plate and the other necessary hardware when the second coat had dried, then our team hung the door.

We worked non-stop until we had the door refinishing done for our client. When we had the door back up, the client took a look and was very happy with the way the furniture refinishing project turned out. The client told us that the door looked brand new again. The client also said that we had done an excellent job, and so quickly while being right on budget. We were able to save the door and save the client’s money with our door refinishing services. We let them know that they should give us a call if they needed any other doors or furniture restored.

 

Seattle Door Refinishing Completed - QA

A Chair and Sofa Repair Project Turns Out Beautifully

An unfinished sofa repair project in Seattle

The finished sofa repair before shipping

A lady from Sammamish, Washington was wanting to update the original fabric of a tufted sofa and chair to a high quality leather from the Kravet “Portfolio Collection.” She contacted Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing as one of her closest friends had used our services in the past and had nothing but good things to say about how we upholstered her sofa. She wanted us to come to her home to pick up the sofa and chair and to give her an estimate. We arrived at her home and she showed us the leather that she wanted from the Kravet “Portfolio Collection,” and we gave her an estimate along with a date that we would complete the sofa reupholstery in Seattle at our facility.

The Sofa Upholstery Project Began

Work in progress Chair refinishing in seattle - Queen anne

 

When we got the pieces back to our shop we started by taking the current fabric off, so we could get it ready for the upholstering. We also removed the skirt on both pieces to give the pieces a more updated look. The frame on the couch needed to be re-glued, which the chair refinishing section of our shop did. They also did a touch up on the wood finish to give the pieces a fully refreshed look. We also retied the seat springs, and we replaced all the foam padding with “ultra-cell” foam and poly wrap. Once these things were completed, we added the new high quality leather that the customer requested. Our team worked each and every day on the sofa and chair until we were able to have the upholstery and refinishing work completed.

We called the customer to let her know that we were finished, and to schedule a day and time to deliver her pieces. The customer was so anxious to have the pieces back in her home she wanted us to deliver them the following afternoon, which we did. When we first brought the sofa in the customer was in awe, then we brought the chair in and she showed us where she wanted them placed. She was really amazed at the difference. The result was a very happy client and a beautifully restored custom sofa and chair set that she could be proud of. She thanked us for doing an amazing job with the sofa upholstery for her and she was overjoyed with the end result – a tasteful and luxurious new sofa and chair set!

 

Finished Seattle Reupholstery project for a nice lady - Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing

University Faculty Thanks us for Good Work

This piece came to our seattle furniture repair shop - Queen Anne Upholstery

Several weeks ago, we were contacted by the University of Washington Denny Hall Germanics department. They had an original 1940’s wood bookcase with glass doors that they wanted to be restored. The staff member explained that this unique and original bookcase was very important to the university, and wanted to know if we could come out and take a look at it and give them an estimate for the Seattle furniture refinishing. A few of our professional team members went to meet with the department and give them an estimate. The bookcase was truly beautiful, but it needed to have life put back into it, so we could get in back in like new condition. We gave them an estimate, which they were pleased with and we took the bookcase to our shop.

The furniture repair and restoration was underway.

We were able to do a quick turnaround on this furniture repair in seattle - QAThe bookcase had to first be stripped down to the bare wood, so the antique furniture restoration process could begin. We wanted to bring the original color tone back to the piece, then we applied a heavy duty urethane Satin finish, which would remove all of the deep scratches that was on the piece along with the pen and black marks that were visible. Our furniture repair shop services were exactly what the bookcase needed. Once this step was completed, we repaired and filled any loose and damaged joints, then we replaced glides and the glides were very similar to the original ones that were on the piece. The glass on the bookcase had to be replaced, so we removed the glass and measured to have new glass installed in the piece. We also replaced all the hardware, then repaired the locks on the piece. This antique furniture restoration was very similar to doing a delicate chair refinishing, but with a lot more surface area to pay attention to.

When we were finished with the antique furniture refinishing the bookcase looked beautiful. We couldn’t wait to take it back to the university, so they could see how it turned out. The crew carefully drove the bookcase back and gently put it back in Denny Hall. When the staff came to take a look at the bookcase they were in awe. They couldn’t get over how stunning the piece turned out. Our crew could tell by the look on everyone’s face that it was restored and looked like new condition again. Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing is the antique furniture restoration specialists.

 

We did this furniture refinishing in Seattle for a local university department