Cushion upholstery is the softer side of millwork

July 1, 2022
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July 1, 2022 QA Group
We make cushions to fit your exact specifications.

Upholstery is very welcoming – you can sit on it and touch it – fabrics and other soft finishes are a visible, tangible part of any building interior, much like cabinets and wall panels. Upholstered cushions offer an unmatched versatility to the interior design in millwork industries. These custom cushioned panels add comfort, texture, and design to any surface.

Customizing your cushion upholstery

We can make cushions to fit your exact specifications, including firmness, foam quality, shape and dimension – and can accommodate details like dacron batting, wrapping or down envelopes. Styling choices for upholstered cushions presents many great options. Those options begin with fabrics of course, but how those fabrics are applied and styled can really set the cushions apart.

We highly recommend adding Dacron batting to seat cushions. Dacron is a soft polyester filler that gives most seat cushions their common rounded look. For an over-stuffed look and feel, double Dacron can be used, or a down envelope for the cushion. Thinner foam cushions feel softer, as opposed to thicker foam, which generally feels firmer due to greater area to support the weight.

Stitching together an upholstery cushion seat

It’s all about the stitch. It’s a small thing, barely noticeable at first. But the stitch can change the appearance of your banquette more than any fabric can. After all design is in the details. Knowing how and where to specify a specific stitch style can drastically alter the appearance of a cushion design.

4 things to consider when detailing a cushion seat:

  • Plain upholstered vs. waterfall upholstered
  • French stitch
  • Baseball vs saddle stitch
  • Welting

Waterfall upholstered front and back edge with a French stich cushion seat will have a full & plush appearance. A plain upholstered seat with baseball stitch on the top edges creates a square appearance cushion is the most minimal of designs. No curves or plush appearance in this case, consider different foam/cushion specifications as well.

For a more residential look, welting on top and bottom edges adds another layer of depth.

Custom capabilities

QA Group is one of the most respected commercial upholstery, booth, and banquette seating manufacturers in North America. As an Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) member, we partner with numerous clients in the millwork industry.

We utilize over 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space to create high-grade products that go above and beyond expectations. Within our operating space, our engineering department operates two CNC machines and has the capabilities to do any project to specification through CAD drawings. We specialize in banquettes, booths, wall panels, upholstered seat cushions, substrates, wood color match, and any other custom seating needs.