How to choose the right Upholstery

Moretti Blog   •   February 07, 2018

upholstery interiors

When designing a room one of the main key to achieving the perfect interior is the choice of the right upholstered furniture. The art of upholstery is that whilst it can transform an atmosphere with the right colours and curves, it can impact an entire mood with the right support and comfort.

Selecting upholstered furniture that will satisfy the clients’ needs will be affecting their everyday life and that’s one of the reasons why we pay a lot of attention to selecting our reliable supplier.

One of our trusty suppliers is Lacaze London where furniture is handcrafted by skilled craftsmen, made bespoke to satisfy every demand with a high attention for details.

The science of cushions

At Lacaze London, they understand how what lays inside any upholstered piece is what dictate the unique feel that imprints on the use and how this feeling is individual so they thoroughly research what the clients are after for any bespoke seating.  Cushioning is after all a science in itself and the right formula of materials, densities and tensions is what gives the perfect result.

What are the most common modern fillings they use?
foam is used in modern upholstery


Foam, also known as polyurethane, is the most common material used in modern upholstery. It is available in various densities with different grades and quality. The use a combination of pink, white and blue foam in Lacaze London furniture piece brings out the perfect balance of quality, durability and firmness.

In the UK, they are regulated by strict safety legislation.  We ensure our foam is manufactured to the highest possible standards and conform to ISO 9001 specifications.

This particular material is more suitable for sofa, chair and seat cushions as they offer good support still with the ability to slightly sink into it with a touch of luxury.  They use foam as an inner core mostly as it retains the shape of seating as well as provide support.

Feathers in upholstery


Feathers are the rigid plumage found on the outside of ducks and geese and are the most widely used filling in the soft furnishing and furniture industry.  There are different combination of feather only, feather and down available which determines the softness of the seating.

The more air trapped, the softer the feeling.  Geese are larger birds than ducks and generally have bigger down clusters.  Their filaments are therefore able to trap more air.
It is also important to ensure that the feathers are rightly treated. At Lacaze, they ensure our feathers are ethically sourced, white to ensure there is no colour transfer to the outer fabric with time and with a curved spine so that they do not poke through.
They create cushion jackets with channels housing the feather and down that enrobe the foam to achieve a supported sinking feel.

use of polyester fibre Dacron in upholstery

Polyester fibre / Dacron

Dacron, a trademark for a polyester fibre,  is a condensation polymer obtained from ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. Its properties include high tensile strength, high resistance to stretching, both wet and dry.

They use different thicknesses of dacron over their inner foam core to achieve different softness of cushions.  It gives a roundness to the cushions whilst keeping the shape.  This is the preferred filling for anyone who refuses to plump up cushions.

Moretti Interior Design can help you to create beautiful spaces. For more information or to book a consultation, contact us today.

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