Salish Lodge Dining Room Receives Custom Chairs by QA Group

If you’ve ever watched the 90s cult classic TV series “Twin Peaks,” you may recognize the Salish Lodge as the real-life setting for the fictional Great Northern Hotel.

The luxury resort and spa, which is located 30 miles east of Seattle and overlooks Snoqualmie Falls, has been a longtime customer of QA Group (the commercial counterpart of Queen Anne Upholstery). We’re proud to have completed multiple projects for the Lodge over the years, the majority of which have revolved around chair maintenance (including cushions and banquette seats and backs) in The Dining Room restaurant and various other areas.

Most recently, the QA Group sales, design, and production teams collaborated with the Salish Lodge purchaser and general manager to create an additional 25 dining chairs. When the Lodge discovered its existing dining chairs were no longer available through the original manufacturer, the team had to find a cost-effective solution to increase its seating capacity. QA Group designed custom-made dining chairs to match the Lodge’s existing set for a uniform look, all while saving money, time, and resources that would have otherwise been spent purchasing all new chairs throughout the entire space.

We upholstered the chairs using hi-test faux leather and faux linen to withstand rigorous daily use in the restaurant environment. Our design and production teams also color-matched the wood from the original chairs and replicated the craftsmanship so the difference would be virtually undetectable to guests.

Due to the pre-planning of the design team, the process went smoothly from start to finish, and we were able to complete the job ahead of schedule — just in time for Mother’s Day to accommodate the large quantity of bookings and reservations.

The Lodge team loved that the vinyl material provided the look and feel of linen, and they were especially ecstatic upon realizing they’d no longer need to contend with blueberry cobbler stains — they simply wipe right off after dessert service!

Your Guide to Purchasing Furniture

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

Before you go out and buy the best deal you can find at the local consignment shop, it’s important to take some time to consider your furniture needs to ensure you find the best match that you’ll love for years to come. While you’ll find plenty of helpful furniture purchase guides online, today we’re going to narrow down our focus to help you find the perfect couch when the time comes.

If you love your current couch but it’s in need of a facelift, you might first consider professional furniture restoration, refinishing, or reupholstery. But if you’re ready to replace an old couch or furniture set entirely, check out our residential showroom to browse customizable, made-to-order options for your living space.

Not sure where to start or what to ask? No problem. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the search.

What to Ask

Depending on who will be using the couch and how it will be used, there can be a huge difference between a swing and a miss and a home run. For example, you may want to avoid a leather couch if you anticipate the family dog may be on it. Will your couch need to hold upon against potential popcorn spills during family movie nights, or do you want a cozy personal fireside retreat to sip some whiskey while reading? What works for one may not work for all, so with that in mind, consider your specific needs and intended uses. Once you settle on a few critical points, it’s time to get to the fun part: picking out the style you want!

Couch Proportions

Though it may seem obvious, you’ll want to make sure that the couch will fit through your front door and that it doesn’t jut out into the walkway and block the entrance to the living room. More nuanced than that, however, are the size and “weight” of the couch, which can either give the impression of the room being much larger or much smaller than it really is.

What influences the perception of more “weight” to a couch? It all starts with the color scheme and thickness of its various parts. If your couch is a dark color, this can appear “heavy.” This is especially true if the couch is placed in a lighter setting, as the couch may be perceived as more imposing by contrast. The same effect happens with thicker legs and cushions.

A thick and heavy appearance in furniture can be fabulous when working together with other aspects of a room, but if all of the pieces don’t come together and balance one another, it can feel awkward and out of place. For a couch that gives the impression of a room being larger than it is, consider one that features lighter or neutral colors and thin, exposed legs.

Leather

In general, leather is a good investment for a couch (unless, for example, it’ll double as your dog’s nap spot!). There are a few variables to consider to make sure you are getting the best quality for your money.

The most important thing to consider with leather is the grade. This is a direct indicator of the leather’s durability. Top/higher grain leather is taken from the outside of the hide, while the lower layers originate from further inside the hide. The reason high grade is preferable is because of how much more likely low grade leathers are to result in split grains that are weaker and more susceptible to tears.

Other Fabric Choices

You’ll come across several options besides leather that are still great choices. As mentioned before, not everyone can or should go with leather — pets, kids, and other lifestyle factors can make all the difference. It’s all about what works best for you and your intended use.

With that said, a few other options to know about include:

  • Vinyl: Easy to clean, but also easily torn if anything sharp drags across the surface.
  • Cotton: Cotton couches are extremely comfortable and look fantastic, but they tend to wear down faster. If you won’t be using it in a high-traffic area, a cotton-based couch can make a good show piece.
  • Cotton/Polyester Blend: A solid middle ground for just about any need. Strong enough to withstand a bit of wear, but still visually appealing with the natural colors of the cotton.
  • Microfiber: As soft as suede or velvet, easy to clean, and generally less expensive than other options. Because it is tightly knit, it also lowers the accumulation of dust, making this a popular option for people with significant dust allergies.
  • Nylon: Rugged, but not as visually appealing. You may see furniture made from this material in a high-traffic yet casual setting such as a rec room lounge.

How to Care for Antique Furniture Before and After Restoration

Detailed seattle table refinishing job

Owning a piece of antique furniture comes with a fair share of both responsibilities and rewards. Including a piece of antique furniture in your home or commercial space also means you’ll need to educate yourself about proper care methods to keep your investment in good shape.

Antique furniture care is not a matter of simply choosing a basic furniture cleaner from the local supermarket. Your piece will likely require specialized attention that is a bit more nuanced than modern day furniture upkeep. For example, if you do not use the appropriate polish, adhesive, or finish when you are maintaining antique furniture, you risk compromising its value.

Not only are the kinds of products you use to maintain antique furniture important — the way you use them is also key. Start with these basic tips and techniques to ensure you properly care for your newly refinished or restored antique furnishings.

Avoid Spray Products

When it comes to cleaning your antique furniture, the number one rule is to avoid spray cleaners at all costs. The goal in cleaning an antique is to preserve the patina, not the shine. Most spray products will only leave behind an oily residue that can do more harm than good.

No Rough Textures

Never use a cleaning tool that has a rough texture. Antique furniture can be delicate and scratch very easily. This means you should stay away from anything that might cause damage to the surface of the furniture, including feather dusters. While a feather duster may seem safe, it is important to remember that the feathers can break and scratch the surface of the piece you are cleaning.

Dusting Is Important

Before you apply a cleaning product to antique furniture, be sure the piece is dust-free. Take the time to make sure the dust is completely gone and you did not merely move it around the surface. This typically happens if you use a spray cleaner. Of course, avoid that feather duster if possible, and perhaps try a soft, clean, and dry microfiber cloth instead.

Choose the Right Wax

A high-quality paste wax or English beeswax are the best options for maintaining antique furniture. The wax will help to preserve and nurture the patina of the piece. Apply only a little at a time and rub it in softly along the grain of the wood. In order to properly care for antique furniture, you should do this at least once per year.

Use a Soft Cloth

When you are waxing a piece, you should do so with a soft cloth. Use the wax sparingly and only spread it in a thin and even layer. Gently buff with the soft cloth until you achieve a high polish. Be sure to build up a solid wax finish so that the wood surface is protected.

Gentleness Is Key

When you are working with antique furniture, always remember to use a gentle hand. If an inlay or piece of veneer comes off while you are moving or cleaning your furniture, keep in mind that the piece is irreplaceable. This means that you should not attempt to make the repair yourself. Instead, take the piece to a local furniture restoration expert who specializes in antique pieces.

Monitor the Environment

When arranging your furniture, try to keep antique pieces away from heating or cooling vents, radiators, fireplaces, and stoves. Consistent direct sunlight also causes severe damage to antique furniture. You will want to arrange your antique furniture in a location where you can control the humidity, temperature, and light exposure. You don’t want so little moisture in the air that the furniture dries out or cracks, but you also don’t want so much that mold begins to grow or the wood warps.

Taking care of your antique furniture the right way can make all the difference in its longevity, value, appearance, and functionality. If you own a cherished piece of antique furniture that is ready for restoration or in need of repair, contact us to handle your heirlooms and other special possessions with the TLC they demand.

Why Travel Season Is the Perfect Time to Prep for Hotel and Restaurant Furniture Repairs

It’s official: peak travel season is well underway. If you’re in the hospitality industry, here’s why now is the time to protect your hotel furniture from wear and tear and anticipate post-peak repairs.

Types of Damages

Rowdy guests and rock stars aren’t the only causes of damaged hospitality furniture. Normal wear and tear results when furniture quality begins to deteriorate due to regular guest use.

Furniture wear and tear is an issue especially during peak summer travel, when hotels experience higher-than-usual traffic. Examples of wear and tear include furniture impressions or faded fabric from sunlight exposure.

Options

If you notice wear and tear and furniture damage, your options are to buy new furniture or fix your existing hotel furniture. Constantly buying new furniture at a hotel is an expensive endeavor, especially for tourist destinations that have a steady flow of guests and are more susceptible to accelerated  wear and tear.

Refinishing and reupholstering your existing furniture may be more cost-effective for your hotel. Be sure to look for a professional upholstery business for quality service that will last.

How QA Group Can Help

QA Group specializes in custom furniture repairs, refinishing, and upholstery for luxury commercial businesses. We produce durable, long-lasting, and beautiful results for hotels, restaurants, and beyond (including schools, health and fitness centers, nursing homes, and much more).

Our specialists will freshen up lobby and guest room furnishings or build custom designs, with a full selection of materials to suit your needs. QA Group also refinishes and reupholsters hotel restaurant seating for booths, tables, bar-tops, chairs, and more. Other services include onsite repair service, design consultation, and mobile hotel furniture upholstery.

Ways To Minimize Damage

Whether you decide to buy new furniture or use a reupholstering service, there are ways to minimize damage to hotel furniture. Some tips to maintain furniture quality include:

  • Select fabrics with high wear test rating
  • Use fabrics with appropriate stain coating to withstand commercial use
  • Verify high density foam is used to prevent undue stretch on fabrics
  • Use durable outdoor furniture fabrics indoors
  • Vacuum furniture weekly and treat stains promptly
  • Use custom fitted slipcovers that can be cleaned
  • Choose fabrics with synthetic fibers that are best for heavy usage
  • Use spray treatments to protect fabric from water, stains, and mildew
  • Turn the cushions regularly for even wear

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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