The foam materials used in the upholstery undergo a chemical reaction in the form of synthetic polymerisation. This results in a delicate structure which is very permeable to air. This fine structure must endure years of regular usage. Changes in height and hardness of the upholstery as a result of non-uniform usage cannot be ruled out. In many cases, back cushions are filled with what is known as down or flock fibre. To ensure that the filling doesn’t move around too much inside the cushion, cushions are divided into chambers and quilted. In the case of soft cushion cover material, these chambers can sometimes become visible on the top side of the cushion. Here you can see the professional and technical processing methods. All fillings can become somewhat compressed when they are used so you need to make sure that you regularly beat the cushions (just like a pillow) to retain the original shape and support.
Formation of creases
Through body heat, body moisture and sustained use, every item of upholstered furniture begins to crease over time, regardless of whether it’s made of fabric, microfibre or leather. In the case of casual upholstery, waves and drapes can even be used as elements of design. The larger the seating and back support areas are and the longer the seat is used for, the more creases can form. It’s therefore worth smoothing over the seating and back support areas after each use.
Signs of use
Covers made from fabric, velour, flock, microvelour and chenille are pressure-sensitive due to the way they are made and can therefore change in appearance (visual differences in brightness and colour which change depending on exposure to light). Visual body impressions are known as shading. Shading and changes in appearance are caused by bodyweight, body heat and moisture and depend on the fabric or material used. They therefore do not represent grounds for complaint, and are a typical characteristic of this type of furniture. Likewise, with flat fabric, a certain degree of “pilling” is possible which is often influenced by other fibres (such as clothing).
With leather, you are in possession of a living cover material! Each piece of leather has individual natural features and different structures and colours. Small, ornate scars, isolated tick bites or small raw patches are in no way defects, rather an indication that your leather is particularly natural and original. Leather is a natural product. Please note that, with delivered upholstered furniture, it is possible that colours slightly differ from the sample collections and display items. Just as with our own skin, it’s possible that there are scars and skin creases on the leather. These are also not defects, but a natural feature and therefore a typical property of the material.
Discolouration in the case
of light covers
With light covers (fabric and leather), discolouration can sometimes occur which is caused by non-colourfast fabrics such as dark denim. If denim continues to leave discolourations on the cover material despite being washed several times, then this is obviously a defect with the clothing and is not down to the quality of the cover.
Brand new products always have a certain smell. This is general knowledge and the smell can last a number of weeks or months depending on the material and the composition. This material-dependent odour intensity disappears after regular use and is influenced by circumstances such as the room climate, the time of year, fluctuations in temperature, ventilation, frequency of use and the sensitivities of people themselves. Certain natural products such as leather and solid wood never lose their individual odours.
The harmonious overall impression of a piece of upholstered furniture may not be disrupted by any sizes differences of the individual elements. With upholstered furniture, the indicated dimensions should be seen as approximate details. In the case of corner elements, extension items and groups of elements, and particularly with casual upholstery, more significant differences are possible, in consideration of the harmonious overall impression of the furniture. In the case of functional furniture, larger spaces are often necessary due to the particular function. Furthermore, visual differences to furniture with fixed upholstery in the same series can also occur.