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The rites of springs

We’re bouncing into this upholstery blog with a celebration of Spring – and springs! Lambs have their own natural spring mechanism of course but we can offer you brilliant metal options to perk up your lovely furniture.

The wrongs of saggy sofas

A saggy sofa or armchair has a certain visual charm but the experience of sitting on it can be a pain. Literally. If the springs are gone, you will most certainly know. Or, having sunk gratefully onto said sofa, you may find it increasingly difficult to get out of it.

There’s no need to blame your fitness levels.  Arising from furniture ought to be easy – not a round from an impromptu game of Twister.

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New springs for old

New springs are undoubtedly the answer. For a modest part of your total upholstery budget, you will be guaranteed the best seat in the house. Imagine: it will be comfortable, supportive, attractive and you won’t want to share it.

Old springs can cause damage to the fabric and cushions of your furniture as well as being uncomfortable. You may not need to replace all the springs, but it’s worth thinking about. You may decide that mixing old and new is likely to give you more problems, sooner rather than later.  

In the world of springs, nothing has changed since they were first manufactured.  The very same traditions and methods are used today.  Tried and tested, there is no need for change.  And always remember, however many you decide to change, never change the type as it could cause complications.

Traditional upholstery uses double cone compression springs, in the shape of an hourglass.  We stock a variety of different double cone/coil springs ranging from 3” through to 12”, and from 9 gauge to 13 gauge.  They are made of steel and copper wash, and the smaller the number, the thicker and harder will be the spring.

double cone coil springs

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We also have plastic coated tension springs from 14” lengths through to 22”.  They were introduced in the 1950s, designed for use in a more lightweight, less deep chair.   They are widely used in Parker Knoll furniture.  The springs are stretched under tension across a back frame or a chair seat.  Remember that you need to buy a size slightly smaller than the gap, to get the ‘tension’.

discover upholstery tension springs

Discover Upholstery tension springs

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So, inspired by Spring, why not put some chirp in your colour scheme and a bit more bounce in your seat? We all get a little saggy with age but our furniture doesn’t need to!



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