We know it’s the little things that make life better. From the comfort of deep fibre filled cushions, to the support of solid steel serpentine springs, it’s the small details we handcraft into every one of our ranges that make them so amazingly comfortable to relax on. We know you’ll feel the difference on our sofas, because these little things make coming home feel so special.
It seems like such a little thing – but the intricacy of the stitching that goes into upholstering every handcrafted sofa has a big impact on the comfort, style and durability. It’s easy to get lost in the overall look of the piece, the comfort of the seats and backs or the functionality of features like USB charging ports, but it’s the stitching lines that ultimately bring our sofas together. We need our stitching to be perfect; strong and sturdy with not a stitch out of place, so you can keep enjoying your sofa for years to come.
These stitching lines add durability as well as unique and beautiful style, so read on to see how the different types of stitches we use help to make life that little bit better.
The beauty of intricate stitching lines
Welting, or piping, is a really popular decorative style that’s added over stitching lines, and it’s one we use on a variety of our ranges. It provides a beautiful tailored look by adding a fabric cord across the visible seams of the seat cushions, back cushions or the arms, creating strong, clean edges. Usually found on traditional sofas, some great examples of this are the Felton or the Bartelli. Welting can come in the same shade as the sofa fabric, or it can contrast the colour for a more contemporary look.
Decorative stitching lines can come in a variety of different shapes, thicknesses and styles, but they ensure each sofa range has their own sense of unique character. Sofas like the Galleria, Linara or the Belfort have visible stitching lines with a contrasting thread colour. This stitching stands out as a decorative feature of the range and helps to give the sofa a contemporary edge. The Galleria in particular uses beautiful blanket stitching that complements the scrolled, curved arms of the sofa, contrasting elegantly with the Italian aniline leather that covers the sofa.
Stitching patterned finishes into the sofa
Tufting is a popular way of finishing sofas that requires an extra level of intricate craftsmanship. The quilted look, either finished with a button or without, is a really popular way of finishing the sofa, giving a padded look to the back, seat or arm cushions. Some great examples of buttoned pleated tufting are the Fulham or the Westwood, two beautiful sofa ranges with differing quilted effects stitched into the material.
We also use diamond tufting, which offers a more traditional look, commonly associated with the Chesterfield style of sofa. A great example of this style of tufting is our Persia range with diamond tufting across the arms of the sofa with a button finish. This style isn’t limited to a leather sofa – you can purchase the Persia or the Stamford in both leather and fabric, depending on the look and feel you want from your sofa. Diamond tufting is associated with higher end sofa styles and works beautifully in both traditional and contemporary interior decor schemes.
Strength and durability from the stitching
Although many of our seams are used for their decorative, aesthetic appeal, they do add an additional level of durability due to the thicker thread used. So, let’s take a moment to appreciate the strength that comes from all of the stitching lines we use. Think of a ship’s sail – many are stitched fabric sails that can withstand tremendous strain from extremely strong winds. The same principle applies to our sofas, which are crafted with intricate stitching lines that distribute the strain from the material that’s pulled across to cover the sofa.
Leather sofas in particular need strong stitching lines. Because our leather sofas are made from 100% natural leather, the covering is compiled from various pieces of leather rather than just one single piece. This means strong stitching lines that won’t fray or break, but are flexible, are paramount to having a leather sofa that will last for years to come. You might not realise it, but the intricacy and small detailing of the stitching lines keep your sofa together and looking beautiful.
We regularly use a flat seam stitch, which offers a sturdy stitching line to keep our sofas together. These stitches ensure the edges of the fabric or the leather don’t warp or distort over time, keeping the material tight and flexible so you can love the look of your sofa for longer.
The little things that make a Sofology sofa superior
These small but resilient stitching lines are combined with other elements, like various durabilities of natural leather, different soft textures of fabric or beautiful solid wood feet to give you a sofa that feels amazing to relax on and looks stunning in your home. Our sofas offer you comfort and durability that you’ll love for years to come.