Spruce Upholstery Tip: Organizing Your Workspace

A clean and organized workspace makes an efficient one. I have to take breaks throughout the day to tidy my area and gather all of my hand tools that mysteriously walk off. As you might imagine, there are many tools and materials I use throughout the day, so it would be unfair for me to…

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Learn How to Make an Alphabet Stool with Amanda on Creativebug!

First, there was the alphabet. Then, there was alphabet soup. And now, Amanda brings us alphabet stools! A, B, see your way over to Creativebug to learn the basic woodworking and upholstery techniques necessary to create these super cute, custom stools! And as long as you’re there, check out some of the other great tutorials Spruce has…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: Staple Lengths

Upholstery staples come in several different lengths. The most commonly used lengths are 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″. I like to keep a box of each at my station at all times so I can quickly swap out sizes when working on different parts of a project. Let me elaborate on how I use each of these staples…

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Before and Afters: Back to School 2014 Edition

Why is this year going so fast??? Stop it!!! After a long summer, it’s time again to send the kiddos off to class and for parents to get back to those around-the-house projects. You know who you are! Moms and Dads of Austin and surrounding areas — it’s time you all do the same! Students,…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: Reinforcing Panel Nails

If you are unfamiliar with upholstered panels, let me give you a short explanation of how they work. Panels are often used to cover the front of arms or sides of backs on furniture pieces such as wingback chairs and camelback sofas. A panel nail is first punched through the bare panel before it’s covered in Dacron…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: Creating a Smooth Edge on Damaged Furniture

Sometimes the stripping process can take quite a toll on your furniture. Even the smallest of missing chunks will be noticeable when the fabric is pulled around the edge, especially when using a thinner fabric or a fabric with a sheen. In these scenarios, fear not! I have a very simple solution that will help…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: Create Your Own Welt Cord Stick

Sometimes we work on projects that require miles of welt cord. Making a welt cord stick can help you quickly draw your welt cord on fabric. Let me show you how! We use Masonite to make our welt cord sticks because it is durable, light, and doesn’t splinter. You can easily find Masonite at your…

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Join the Spruce Team. Now Hiring!

We’re hiring two employees at Spruce! Yes, we’re growing, and we’re now accepting applications for a part-time sales person and a full-time upholsterer. More than anything, we’re looking for high-energy candidates with a strong work ethic and a good attitude who embody Spruce’s DIY spirit. These individuals must be team players and should be familiar…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: Hanging Velvet

Tip time! At Spruce, we often cut out many or all of the fabric pieces for a project before we start upholstering, which helps us be efficient with our time. When working with fabrics that crease or scar when folded, such as velvet and leather, it’s handy to set up a spot where you can…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: How to Position Pleats

This week, I had a couple of projects which required some pleating here and there, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some suggestions about making pleats. The number one goal when making a pleat is not to create a  “crumb catcher.” There are two simple ways to prevent this upholstery…

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