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General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:18:39 PM »
Two things, you will be hand sewing the deck on. The deck will be machine sewed to the seat front. Using a large curved needle you will sew the seem salvage to the burlap, catching the springs as you go along. You need a break in the cotton where you will be sewing in order to get that seem pulled down as close to the burlap as possible.

The cotton on the front of the seat needs to be smooth. This would be a good time to rip the cotton about 4" back from the front edge and replace it with a nice smooth piece of cotton. This will also give you that break in the cotton to sew the deck down to the burlap.

Another idea would be to add another layer of cotton to raise the top of the seat front about an inch higher than the deck. The seat front needs to be higher than the deck to help keep the cushions from sliding forward when sitting on them. And at the same time a fresh layer of cotton will cover the lumps on the front of the seat. And if you are not adding a skirt you can place this smooth piece of cotton all the way to the bottom of the frame.

General Discussion / Re: How Old
« on: January 08, 2018, 09:02:56 PM »
When I was a teen I got ahold of an adding machine. It was huge, it was old, it was electric, it was mechanical and it worked. Now I'm wondering what happened to that thing.

General Discussion / Re: How old are we anyway
« on: January 08, 2018, 08:45:30 PM »
59 and 11/12 but don't tell anyone. I plan on staying 59 for a very long time.

General Discussion / Re: How Old
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:03:46 PM »
Interesting Steve. I will turn 60 next month. The interesting thing is the difference ten years make.

I do not recall a time with no TV. I do remember only black and white.

*When I was young my mom always wore pantyhose. She never wears them now.

*Home air conditioners in Michigan were rare and in the car unheard of. When dad moved the family to Florida (1968) he bought 3 through the wall AC's

*I remember our first dishwasher. It was on wheals and dad rigged it to quick connect to the kitchen faucet. When finished it would roll into a cubbyhole under the counter.
*We had a clothes dryer but mom preferred hanging them on the line to dry. She was always into saving money. That's what we did in the 70's. Mom and dads last house never had a line. She hasn't hung clothes to dry in over 30 years.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Warranty
« on: January 06, 2018, 02:07:40 PM »
If its something I screwed up I correct it. If it's something I should have noticed when I had the piece striped down I repair it.

If the customer screws something up we take it on a case by case basis. Most often I will fix it. Two things we cannot warranty, Foam and because we do not sell fabric we cannot warranty fabric.

Our craftsmanship gets a lifetime warranty. If I fix a frame its warranted. If I fix a spring it is warranted. I got this idea from Manta. The author suggested if you are going to stand behind your work why not promote it? So we include our warrenty on a page on our website titled Why Use Ladd Upholstery Designs? We have promoted this policy for 4 years and it has not come back to bite us. Someday it may, but if its something I did wrong, I'll fix it. For a lifetime


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Dining Room chair bottom rebuild/recover
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:36:20 AM »
You could replace the seat with a solid piece of plywood. The cost of the plywood and labor to cut it may push the price out of range.

If the customer wants a firmer feel simply remove the stretchy stuff and replace with jute webbing.

Another way I have fixed these seats and this is if the customer does not want the fabric removed. From the bottom fill the cavity with firm foam and web over that.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Warranty
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:00:20 PM »
Ask yourself how far out would you make a repair on your work. If a customer called 5 years later and had a problem would you make the repair? How about 10 years? How about a life time? Imagine giving a warranty unlike any other upholsterer. Imagine the marketing possibilities with a lifetime warranty. Sounds crazy dosn't it?

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Changes for 2018 ??
« on: January 01, 2018, 09:15:18 PM »
Rose and I learned many years ago that building our business and hiring employees was not our forte. Simply put we are a mom and pop business. And we have done well to realize this. In doing so we have built up a niche business catering to customers with antiques and mid-century furniture. We also cater to designers. And at the same time try not to compete with discount furniture stores. On top of all that our number one goal is to have the best customer service in the area. And we do.

Our market is much smaller than yours and because of this our marketing is much different. Over the last 3 years we have built up our online presence and moved from a rural location to be closer to customers who can afford us. We have spent the last 4 months building a new custom shop to fit our goals.

This year we have worked a lot of long days and a lot of 7 day weeks and that has got to stop. This is the year to see the fruition of our hard work. It will be pretty much the same ole thing but with a much more organized and comfortable work room. This should mean more profits with less man hours.

We are working on another real estate venture that will probable be our last. After over 30 years in business the next 10 years will see us slowly winding down.

General Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2017, 08:57:27 AM »

General Discussion / Re: What filler are being used for decorator pillows?
« on: December 24, 2017, 12:22:16 PM »
Rose found a neat trick to acquire feather forms at a discount price. Whenever she is at Bealls, Target, TJ Maxx, or the like she checks their sales or closeouts in the pillow rack. These stores and others have sales often. She finds pillows with the feather insert for 1/2 the price of forms offered by our supplier. She takes the fabric off, replaces it with our customers fabric and sells it at full price. Our customers love feather toss pillows.

We also buy large boxes full of inserts from our supplier. Dacron and feather. We stock 17", 19" and 21". We also buy large bags of loose fill dacron to make our own forms for those odd shaped pillows.

General Discussion / Re: Ziggers
« on: December 22, 2017, 11:23:38 AM »
Iíve seen a few jobs where all the hand-tied coils springs were ripped out and replaced with a slab of foam.
It may have seemed like a real time-saver to the guy that did it. But foam isnít cheap. When you factor the cost of the foam versus the time to tie the coils, it was probably a wash.

True and the comfort will be changed drastically. If you do it without the customers permission you will have some explaining to do. I don't know how these guys get away with it.

General Discussion / Re: Ziggers
« on: December 22, 2017, 08:45:44 AM »
I worked with a guy who had never done 8-way tie. He was from Miami and one day I asked him, what did you do when a piece of furniture needed the coil springs retied. He said his boss would rip out all the springs, throw them away, web the bottom and put foam inside the cavity. I was shocked. I then taught him the art of 8-way hand tying.

I have never had a customer ask to replace coil springs with ziggers. That would be a down grade. Usually by the time I finish explaining what 8-way tied springs are they say, just fix it.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Ground Breaking Soon
« on: December 21, 2017, 09:33:00 PM »
Getting close to occupancy.  You know that you will spend another 5 years developing and changing the working space after you move in.
But it's all good - what a place - the lighting, height, stand alone building, wide openings, maybe the first of a few more buildings/partnership business' to come ?

Yes a shop never stops evolving. If I were a younger man and knew what I know today I would buy a piece of commercial property and stay put until I retire. This shop is not set up for expansion. It will get me by for the next 10 years until I slow down a bit and get ready to retire.

If you are ready to move to Florida I can put you in touch with a shop that has been looking for an upholsterer for several years. But then Scott in San Diego is looking for an upholsterer. San Diego would be a cool place to live.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Ground Breaking Soon
« on: December 21, 2017, 09:20:22 PM »
Great job Ed.

I despise drywalling. I would rather have a colonoscopy then to mud walls. Typically I go a few years in between drywall projects and my mudding prowess becomes so rusty I suck at it. By the end of the project I am mudding like a Pro. Then I don't do any mudding for a couple years and I am right back to being a dangerous weapon with a mudding knife.


Yes, the last time I slung mud on joints was about 10 years ago. Just enough time to forget how miserable it is. I spent all day today sanding all that stuff to a nice smooth surface. And once panted it will still look like crap because I do not know what I am doing. LOL But hay, most of it is going to get covered up by work benches, peg board, shelves and storage cabinets. So in the end all is good. Sure is a lot of work though.

General Discussion / Re: Ziggers
« on: December 21, 2017, 07:33:24 PM »
Rarely a day go's by that I don't scratch my head and go huh.

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