The Making of Fine Upholstery

I'm concerned that the production of fine upholstered furniture will cease to exist in the USA!

Take this factory tour with me and let me know what you think...

The gracious owner of J Redmond Designs allowed me to tour and photograph his furniture factory.   I’m fascinated by the number of skilled hands that a piece of fine upholstered furniture must pass through on it’s way to homes across our country.  Take a look with me, and please post your comments!

The first stop is the COM (customer’s own material) Department.  Here the fabric is matched to the order and placed “in line” for production.

The first stop is the COM (customer’s own material) Department.  Here the fabric is matched to the order and placed “in line” for production.

Once the order is next in line, the furniture frame is pulled and the springs are tied.  The fabric is moved to the Pattern Department where each piece is cut and stacked together for the Sewing Department.  

Once the order is next in line, the furniture frame is pulled and the springs are tied.  The fabric is moved to the Pattern Department where each piece is cut and stacked together for the Sewing Department.  

The pattern sets for each silhouette are stacked together along the wall.

The pattern sets for each silhouette are stacked together along the wall.

Every pile of fabric represents a piece of bespoke furniture:

Every pile of fabric represents a piece of bespoke furniture:

Cushions are sewn together with welt at the seams in the Sewing Department.  

Debbie has been making welt for over 30 years - and I saw first hand her expertise at the sewing machine! 

Debbie has been making welt for over 30 years - and I saw first hand her expertise at the sewing machine! 

The fabric is attached to the frame in the Upholstery Department.  

The fabric is attached to the frame in the Upholstery Department.  

So much of the furniture sold in this country is no longer made here - these skilled craftspeople may be the last generation of individuals making furniture in the USA...

Then it’s off to the Shipping Department for packing.

Then it’s off to the Shipping Department for packing.

The Shelba Johnson truck is ready at the loading dock to collect the pieces of fine upholstered furniture made each day.

The Shelba Johnson truck is ready at the loading dock to collect the pieces of fine upholstered furniture made each day.

I hope more furniture consumers will insist that their furniture be made in the USA! 

Do you think it’s important to keep the furniture industry functioning in this country?  Tell me what you think!