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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Client Breakdown -Type?
« on: February 08, 2017, 08:23:03 PM »
Thanks everyone. Yes, trying to find niche.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Client Breakdown -Type?
« on: February 05, 2017, 10:02:29 PM »
This is very interesting.

Gene, would you say you are more or less satisfied dealing with IDs, versus the general public.

SteveA, how is it that you acquired the commercial accounts? I have thought through everything and am almost at the point of just walking in cold and asking people for their business.

SofaDoc, I'd agree in general most men really don't care about their furniture so long as it serves the purpose. With the women you deal with, would you say you enjoy the work, and do you try to proliferate it as such?

Thanks all so much for the help. Trying to decide which way to go as I want to do this long haul, if it all possible. Competition is tough though, specifically in the name of really cheap stuff coming from overseas. I hope and hold my head high that people will get tired of that garbage and want something worth something, made by someone who cares.

The Business Of Upholstery / Client Breakdown -Type?
« on: February 02, 2017, 08:01:57 PM »
I'm curious what sort of clients everyone has. Like, are 50% decorators, 25% public, 25% other? And so forth. Trying to gauge my community and who might have an actual need for upholstery.

Thanks everyone. And as many of you know, Punxatawney has spoken. 6 more weeks of gloom. ha!

General Discussion / Customer's own materials
« on: January 19, 2017, 08:30:51 PM »
Does anyone have a theory about why so many people insist on providing their own fabric/materials?

Is it the usual that things are easy to buy, but much harder to install?

I've done it too, but at some point you have realize you don't know everything.

General Discussion / Re: Dining Chairs
« on: January 13, 2017, 11:02:51 AM »
Sorry about those terrible photos.

The frames were absolutely toast so I told the customer it wasn't worth it.

General Discussion / Dining Chairs
« on: January 11, 2017, 04:16:57 PM »
Here I have a couple very simple dining chairs. I'm pretty sure what I would do, but what approach would the rest of you take in cushioning the seat and sides of seat?


This is viewing the seat upside down. First webbing was used over the springs. Then, 1/2"foam. Then, 2"foam. 1/2" foam around the edges, thin layer of dacron, and then the finish fabric.

No burlap over webbing, and yes, the foam punched through.

General Discussion / Re: Thin and flexible air hoses?
« on: January 09, 2017, 10:03:34 PM »
I got one of these: http://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools/air-hoses/14-in-x-25-ft-polyurethane-air-hose-60353.html

I found it to be actually quite a good hose. Pretty cheap and available in longer lengths, at my store at least.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Courting Commercial
« on: January 09, 2017, 09:56:56 PM »
I'm in the same boat. And wow, you must have been lucky to have work come to you prior to the recession.

I have been using everything that would work well for me: Social media like Facebook, Word of Mouth.

Social media is extremely important, very powerful, and in my opinion and absolute necessity. Especially for 'down under' businesses like ours.

I've put some ads on Facebook and it does help spread word, even if it does not immediately get you work. It's cheap too and you can choose how much you want to spend.

Good Luck

General Discussion / Re: Problem with staple gun
« on: January 06, 2017, 12:13:57 AM »
FWIW Rich, I use a Bostitch gun. I wish they made a long nose because I really like it. Great tool. Never had a single problem with it.

General Discussion / Re: Problem with staple gun
« on: January 04, 2017, 09:50:29 PM »
I do believe I have hijacked this thread. It was not my intention.

As I mentioned I had a senco little 1 gal, great for a little quick work when you don't want to fill a big tank. Thing is absolutely the quietest compressor I've ever had, but had problems with the kill switch. Tried to fix it myself and still did the same thing. Unfortunately many people have had this problem.
Point being though is that they can and do make oil-less that are quiet. (and dependable)

General Discussion / Re: Problem with staple gun
« on: January 03, 2017, 08:36:45 PM »
Ok, you got me there. I am just a very small one-man shop and compressor issues drive me nuts. I had a little senco, quiet devil, but had problems.
I curremtly have a 6gal porter cable that sounds like a freight train, but hasn't failed yet.
I know these things aren't meant to last forever, and I don't wish to use an oiled unit. But still..

General Discussion / Re: Problem with staple gun
« on: January 03, 2017, 12:42:54 AM »
I've been thinking about this again. Nowadays, you can get almost any tool you want in battery operated form. Why not upholstery staplers?!?

You can now get narrow crown staplers, battery operated. Honestly, I'm really tired of this air compressor thing. It's a hassle and waste of energy. I guess the companies just don't see profit in building a battery upholstery stapler?

General Discussion / Re: Problem with staple gun
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:25:02 PM »
Forgive me if this is slightly off-topic.

Why do you guys use long nose? I'm still learning/new(ish) to upholstery but I have yet to find something my regular gun wouldn't do.

I had a chair awhile back in which the groove was 1/4" but still the regular gun was fine.

General Discussion / Re: Big Chair w ottoman
« on: December 30, 2016, 08:13:45 PM »
Thanks Paul. I honestly couldn't tell if it was a hand made type piece.
The owner says that a family member sewed a slip for it, which I would say was fairly decent for an am. I do not know if original remains.
That's a good start. Do you know how heavy these are? 30lbs?

General Discussion / Big Chair w ottoman
« on: December 30, 2016, 06:05:53 PM »

I've been trying to 'flip' pieces with not a lot of luck.

A potential customer sent me a photo of this chair (glider maybe)

She says it's an old piece, which it looks to be. I have not done one of these and am not sure how to quote the pricing on this if I took it on.

Can anyone help here? Are there coil springs down in there?

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