Alternative Upholstery Materials – a Quick Guide to Layering

how to use natural / organic wool and latex foam in upholstery

Whether you’re a dyed-in-the-wool lover of all things natural or just looking for the healthiest furniture for your family to lounge on, maybe you’ve thought about DIY-ing your own upholstery, researched the natural materials out there, but still don’t have enough information to get started. Here’s a quick reference to layering latex, wool batting, ticking and other ‘organic’ layers on your chair:

alternative / natural / organic materials  layering guide for upholstery (infographic)

A quick guide to using latex foam, wool batting and other natural materials in upholstery

When I’m replacing ‘conventional’ upholstery materials in a client’s chair with ‘natural’ alternatives, I generally choose from the following materials – which ones I ultimately use depends on the chair:

  1. natural wood frame
  2. springs
  3. hemp or jute foundation fabric
  4. organic wool felt
  5. organic cotton upholstery padding
  6. 100% natural latex foam
  7. wool batting
  8. organic cotton ticking fabric
  9. natural fiber upholstery fabric

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About the Author

CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

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