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Tufting is a popular trend that began as a solution to an 18th century problem. Furniture makers were trying to come up with a way to add more padding to the cushions, but were running into problems as the padding had a tendency to shift and create lumps. One upholsterer had the idea of sewing through the cushion to hold the padding in place, and the dense raised bunches of fabric became known as “tufts.”The button was added to secure the thread and act as a decorative detail. Ta-da! No more lumps.
These seemingly small details can make a big difference in the overall style of furniture and decor. The spacing, pattern, and number of tufts can all be varied to create different looks. Another benefit is that tufted furniture is less likely to sag over time since the fabric is reinforced within its tufts every couple of inches. Tufting can be added to headboards, sofas, chairs, ottomans and more to create depth and interest. Here’s a look at four different styles of tufting, and examples from our Savvy Showroom that showcase these popular styles.
The most common type of tufting is diamond tufting, and its name comes from the puckering that forms a diamond shape. Commonly found on traditional or antique sofas and chairs, this style has an elegant timeless quality. When done in velvet, satin, or similar fabrics, a more formal, romantic feel is created. The Gabriella Queen Bed by Crown Mark is a gorgeous example of diamond tufting.
The main difference between button tufting and diamond tufting is the depth of the button. As you can see on the Ashley Willenberg Queen Bed, the lighter depth creates more shallow depressions in the tufts. Usually the highlight is the button itself, and leaving the button out is called blind tufting. Linens and textured fabrics create casual looks, while tufted leather creates a more masculine feel.
Biscuit tufting was designed more recently, and lends itself well to mid century modern and contemporary style designs. This type of tufting forms a square pattern that has a clean, classy look. Also known as bun tufting, this type of tufting looks like puffs of dough bursting from the pan. This results in clean and classy looks, such as this White Tufted Sofa & Loveseat Set by Coaster Furniture.
Channel tufting forms rows of vertical or horizontal seams. This type of tufting is used to create less formal, sleek designs with a modern vibe. The Dorian Collection Queen Bed by Coaster Furniture shows how a combination of traditional and modern elements can create a gorgeous transitional look.
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Tufting adds interest and style to furniture and decor, and we invite you to let us help you find the right tufted piece for your home. Stop in our showroom in Farmers Branch, TX and ask one of our associates to help you choose the perfect sofa, chair, ottoman, or headboard for your dream living space.
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