Should you choose a solid fabric or one with a pattern?
Irwin's chairs are durable and last for years. When choosing a pattern, think about whether it will still look stylish in 10 or 20 years. Avoid trends and go for classic options in order to get results that will look as good a decade from now as they do today.
When considering more unusual fabric patterns, think about how any pattern or color will look when used throughout a facility. A bold pattern, for instance, may look great on a small sample, but can be overwhelming when applied to a thousand chairs. Also, with patterns, it can be difficult to guarantee that the repeat will show up as intended. This can mean that each chair will look slightly different, leading to a disruptive appearance when repeated throughout your whole facility. It's like cutting out cookie dough; we have a pattern cut out on a machine, which will not always put the pattern in the same place.
In some cases, clients will have an idea of a specific emblem from a pattern that they want to appear in the same place. For instance, a client may want a coin emblem to appear top and center on a seat. This can be an arresting look when applied, but it's something that will also be more costly to achieve. This sort of precision requires hand cutting, which is more labor-intensive. Also, it will require using far more fabric to cover the same number of chairs.
Stripes are often tricky. Even a small amount of skew on the stripe can be very noticeable, which makes it far more challenging from an upholstering point of view.
At Irwin, we are dedicated to getting you the look and feel you want, and creating a space that will serve well for years to come. We have fabric specialists who can help you select an option that appeals to your budget as well as your theme. Get in touch today to start designing a space that works well for you.