Source: Pioneer Press
Give New Life to Old Upholstery with Well Chosen Fabrics
It is not too early to think spring—the ultimate season of renewal. Breathe new life into an existing piece of furniture, pillows or window coverings by simply recovering then with a fantastic new fabric.
As with so many home interior products these days, the sources for great fabrics are growing. In Chicago, Off the Bolt at 1333 N. Kingsbury, has exquisite fabrics if you happen to be in the market for what they have at the time. There is usually plenty of stock in silks, taffetas and chenilles, among others. These fabrics are fairly priced for the quality.
Moving north from downtown, Weavers at 6700 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lincolnwood is worth a look. They have interesting trims, glass beads, fringes and tassels to help you think creatively about jazzing up pillows or upholstery edges. It’s interesting to see how different a window valance can look with a trim added to it.
If you are up for a pleasant cultural as well as creative adventure, go to Regal Traders Inc. at 2616 W. Devon Avenue and ISP (Indian Sari Palace) at 2534 W. Devon Avenue. Their silk fabrics, with backing added, would make stunning window treatments or pillows. Just north of this area, Vogue Fabrics on Main Street in Evanston has a large inventory of basic home interior fabrics at very good prices. A good thing to remember when you are in a large space filled with products, is to stay focused on what you are looking for otherwise it’s easy to be overwhelmed and distracted.
In Wilmette and Deerfield, Calico Corners is a solid, reliable source for nice quality fabrics. It has the added benefit of a workroom, should you need the service. They make custom window coverings and upholstering. A relatively new source is DOI (Design of the Interior) with locations in Oak Park, Winnetka and The Glenn. Theses shops have large quantities of fabrics, all types, and a variety of price points. Additionally, there are dozens of smaller drapery and upholstery shops. Keep in mind that small specialty shops can live up to their boutique reputation with boutique prices. It is best if you can get a referral from a friend or neighbor who has used a shop instead of walking in blind.
Before you start out on this adventure, it is best to have an idea of what you’re looking for and what your budget for the project is. Like anything else, a little research can go a long way in saving you time and money. Whether it’s a furniture piece you’re thinking of recovering or an accent pillow you want made, take the time to look through magazines and photos of any kind for a fabric that catches your eye. Often the magazines will give the source of the fabric. Having this information in-hand will save you time and money. If you don’t have the time to take on this task yourself, with an idea of what you want and photos of what you like, a design professional can assist you quite easily. The Merchandise Mart is the premier place for certain fabrics.