Posts Tagged: tips

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Staple Lengths

Upholstery staples come in several different lengths. The most commonly used lengths are 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″. I like to keep a box of each at my station at all times so I can quickly swap out sizes when working on different parts of a project. Let me elaborate on how I use each of these staples »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Reinforcing Panel Nails

If you are unfamiliar with upholstered panels, let me give you a short explanation of how they work. Panels are often used to cover the front of arms or sides of backs on furniture pieces such as wingback chairs and camelback sofas. A panel nail is first punched through the bare panel before it’s covered in Dacron »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Hanging Velvet

Tip time! At Spruce, we often cut out many or all of the fabric pieces for a project before we start upholstering, which helps us be efficient with our time. When working with fabrics that crease or scar when folded, such as velvet and leather, it’s handy to set up a spot where you can »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Padding Sawhorses

Reupholstering can be rough on furniture. With all of the flipping and turning that goes on, it’s all too easy to nick the finished wood or painted surfaces by accident. Luckily, this problem can be solved by padding your sawhorses. Here’s a quick and easy tutorial to make your sawhorses furniture safe and super cute. »

Quick Tips for Perfectly Plump Pillows!

One of the most frequently asked questions at Spruce is, “How do I get that wonderfully plush look in pillows that designers love?” It’s easier than you think. Half the battle is getting the proper measurements for your insert, and I can tell you just how! First, you need to measure the pillow cover. Remember »

How to Make a Party Hat!

Yay! It’s party day! If you haven’t heard yet, we’ll be having a party tonight at Mockingbird Domestics to celebrate the release of our long-awaited book: Spruce: a Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design. In the spirit of celebration, I made these festive party hats using some of the scrap fabric we have lying around »

Spruce Design Tip: Railroading Fabric

Hello patriots! Happy 4th of July to you all. A mid-week respite is just what the doctor ordered. Today I bring you a tip from the front of house. Clar and I spend quite a bit of time working with numbers, constantly measuring furniture and calculating the exact number of yards needed to complete each »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: How to Level a Skirt

This trick is simple yet very effective.  A small amount of string proved to be very helpful to Frank while attaching this waterfall skirt.  In cases like these, our eyeballs cannot be trusted to accurately tell if the skirt is level.  This fun little string trick ensures that you will get it right the first »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Leveling Sinuous Springs

If you aren’t working with coil springs on your piece, you’re likely to come across sinuous springs. These puppies, otherwise known as zigzag springs, offer good support and bounce without requiring the skill and time of tying coil springs. Sometimes one sinuous spring just isn’t the same height as the others. You can spend loads »

Spruce Upholstery Tips

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Tips and Tricks from the Sprucettes!

Here at the Spruce shop we are steady cranking out furniture.  While we like to make sure that our client’s pieces leave the shop in flawless condition, occasionally we have an unexpected “bump in the road” that needs resolving.  Through many heart-crushing experiences we have accumulated a handful of remedies for different complications!  I would »

Amy Flurry Workshop at Spruce!

It is a busy Fall full of fun events here at the shop. Spruce and Terrace Partners have an exciting event coming up in November that we would love for you all to attend! Amy Flurry, a freelance writer, editor, and stylist has recently written a book called Recipe for Press, Pitch Your Story Like »

Calling all Designers, Join us at Design Camp!

An exciting event will be coming to Austin from October 24-26! It’s called Design Camp, and if you’re an interiors fanatic, like we are,  you’ll feel like a kid in a candy shop! This three-day workshop is the brain child of celebrity designers Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis. Both have spent years mentoring interior designers »

Upholstery Video Tip #1: Labeling Your Chairs

Get excited, because starting now Spruce is going to offer you the tricks of the trade! We will posting upholstery video tips from Spruce periodically, giving you the need-to-know info when it comes to redesigning your furniture. These tips will vary from furniture to fabric and tons more! With as many projects as we have »