When it comes to great upholstery, it's all about the details. Tufting or no tufting? Loose cushion or tight seat? Nail-head trim or piping? To get the skinny on the details that matter most, we looked to George Smith (the gold standard in upholstery) for the anatomy of a timeless seat.
When made of brass, casters give a piece a classic, even dapper, aesthetic. Not only are these little wheels charming, but they also make furniture easier to move around so that you can restyle your room on a whim.
Tufting that is stitched by hand and secured with covered buttons brings to mind a traditional Chesterfield sofa. This extra bit of ornamentation can take on a masculine (think rich brown leather) or feminine feel, depending on the fabric.
Nail-head accents are like jewelry for your sofa or chair. Available in a number of finishes, this trim treatment adds interest and a healthy dose of tailoring to any upholstered piece. Nail heads placed close together create a stately vibe; placed farther apart, they provide a more rustic effect.
Straight Leg or Turned Leg
The clean, tapered lines of a straight leg give a piece a contemporary feel, whereas a turned leg is a British hallmark and brings with it a more classical look.
Tight or Loose
The terms "tight back" and "tight seat" mean that both the back and the seat are part of the body of the sofa or chair, resulting in a very crisp and polished look. Sofas and chairs with a "loose seat" or "loose back" have a more casual, comfy feel. Try a tight back and a loose seat to get the best of both worlds!