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The pros and cons of using wool…

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The brief

The owners of these (originally) great looking chairs have decided that it’s time to improve their seating if they wish to maintain their pub’s upmarket image. We tend to agree!

The chairs have been covered in 100% wool fabric – tartan check and herringbone designs. They are naturally fairly fine fabrics which, in itself, make them more easily worn. Spills and stains show up more readily on plainer fabrics and the paler the colour, the more the stains will show.

The solution

Our recommendation was to source some suitable replacement fabrics to match or compliment the backs, which are in good condition and don’t need to be replaced. The leather corners on the tartan chair have probably been placed there as front edges and arms on chairs are areas of high rub. However, this has left the middle front exposed to become a weak spot.


The pros and cons of using wool…

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So, weighing up the pros and cons of using wool as the chosen material for your chairs. There’s no doubt chairs need to provide comfort for customers – that’s your number one priority and particularly in an upmarket pub restaurant, you would expect a homely and comforting feel when dining or enjoying a beverage or two.

Wool can only be dry-cleaned so it is not that easy to keep chairs looking pristine as you cannot apply liquid cleaners to it. Another quality that wool has is that it is robust so on the plus side, 100% wool doesn’t have to be treated additionally to become flame-resistant. It tends to smoulder and extinguish itself and therefore firefighters often use wool in their protective clothing. However, in its woven state, it can be quite thin and may require some interliner fabric to provide greater resilience.

All-in-all, the cost of wool fabric for commercial use ranges from £60 to £180 per metre, so it’s certainly not for the faint hearted yet the comfort is undoubted. Small tip for those of you considering wool, one metre is more than sufficient to cover two chair seats, regardless of the depth of the seat or the pattern repeat in the fabric.

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