Advice

Supplying your own material for your footstool.

When selecting your fabric there are a few things that should be considered.

Fabric suitability – Flimsy fabrics are not suitable (ie, satin or silk); a sturdier fabric will be more successful. What is the pattern size? Will it fit on the top of your footstool and what will happen at the sides?

We do also accept customers own tapestry work etc for upholstery – please ask.

Direction – If it is patterned, striped or checked, which way do you want the pattern direction to run, parallel to the short or the long edge of your footstool?

Fire retardancy – Does anything need to be done to the fabric to make it comply? See our guide on fire retardancy below.

Fire Retardancy Compliance

Fabric that you send us should be accompanied by the relevant certificate to prove its suitability and compliance for upholstery.

Some fabrics are available in an FR version, which you should opt for over a non FR treated version.

But don’t worry. If you do not have a certificate, there are things we can do.

Firstly, if you fabric is composed of over 75% natural fibres (cotton, linen, viscose) then we can use an FR interliner underneath your material to make it comply. We make a charge for this service depending on the dimensions of your footstool.

If your material is under 75% natural fibres then it will need to be sent for treatment at a third party facility. We can arrange this for you, please just ask.

If the material you are sending us 100% wool, then there is no need for any of the above as wool is inherently fire retardant.

How much to send

Plain and patterned fabric quantities (including allowances for pattern repeats) can be found on each individual product page and will vary by style and size of footstool.

If in any doubt, please give us a call on 01443 831 981 or email admin@thefootstoolworkshop.co.uk, with your fabric details to hand, and we will help. We may need to know:

  • The width of the material
  • The pattern repeat (if any)
  • The manufacturer name and fabric code or name
  • The composition of the fabric

How to label your material

Before you send us your material, it is really important that we have your order on our system. This will generate you a unique reference number that we ask you to label your material with.

This will ensure that when your material reaches us, we will know to whom it belongs and which stool it is going on!

Please also include your surname and indicate the front side of your material.

Returning your unused material

If we have any of your material left over then we will return it to you with the delivery of your footstool.

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