Making the world a more comfortable place—one bus-stop cushion at a time.
Buckminster Upholstery updates a couch from the 1890s.
Collaborative space features Coalesse's Bob chairs, upholstered in Camira hemp.
Material Girl Upholstery gave an old couch a modern update.
The project featured two corner pieces and one straight piece.
From garage sale to glorious upholstery job.
Sometimes even the most spectacular restorations have gone to the dogs.
These three antique leather chairs are ready to go in an executive’s office.
“Turkish” chair illustrates seating design introduced during the Victorian age.
More than 100 years ago, this rocking chair was covered in cowhide and oil cloth.
An Irish couple received this circa-1840 chaise longue more than 30 years ago.
Gary Przymus of Przymus and Sons Upholstery whisked this loveseat away and enveloped it in a sassy tomato-red fabric covered with muted, yellow roses.
The FAVN™ is a curving sofa launched during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
Run-of-the-mill wing backs get premium treatment.
Working with aircraft interiors takes more than simply agreeing to do a job. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented numerous regulations and procedures for upholsterers providing aircraft services.
Some of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) that impact aircraft upholstery work the most include FAR 25.853 and FAR 43.3(d). FAR 25.853 lists the interior components of an aircraft that must meet flammability specifications. FAR 43.3(d) requires a certified mechanic to supervise any maintenance or alterations being performed on the aircraft. To help upholsterers new to the market, Interior Flight Services Inc. offers advice on meetings FAA requirements, as well as FAA-certified interior products, on its website www.nationalflight.com.
When Terri Madden, owner of Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc., San Juan, Puerto Rico, submitted a letter of intent to the FAA and began the certification process, an FAA inspector was assigned to her shop. The inspector helped Madden's team write several manuals to be used for future jobs.
"All of the steps required for certification placed my business practices under a microscope," Madden says. "After nine grueling months, a new and improved fabrication shop was born."
To learn more about the FAA certification process and regulations, visit www.faa.gov.