What is Upholstery Webbing?

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What is Upholstery Webbing?

Jute Webbing

Jute webbing is a natural fiber that can be spun into extremely strong bands.  These bands are then stretched over the back and seats of furniture frames to sit other upholstery components on like springs.  As jute is a natural fiber it has been used in upholstery for many years and was virtually the only material used for upholstery webbing up until the 1950’s when synthetic materials became a popular replacement.  Jute webbing is used in the traditional method of upholstery and when it is used, it is necessary to use coil springs for comfort and support.  This makes the upholstery process when using jute webbing far more complex than when using rubber webbing. Quality traditional brown 10lb jute webbing for seats and backs. 2” wide 33 metre roll or per metre. Jute is a natural fiber that can be spun into extremely strong bands

Black & White Herringbone Webbing

Traditional chairs are constructed of an open wooden frame, with their seat often supported by interwoven jute or Black and white herringbone webbing.  Stuffing is placed upon this, enclosed between hessian, then batting over this and finally the cover fabric.  To provide a taut and long-lasting seat, the webbing must be tightened into place. The webbing material must also resist yielding over time, hence the use of a dense herringbone weave, rather than the cheaper hessian webbings also used in upholstery. Where wire springs are to be placed over the webbing, the more abrasion-resistant cotton webbing is used rather than jute. 2″ (50mm) Black and White Cotton Herringbone Webbing available by the metre (supplied in one length) or by the roll.

Heavy Duty Elastic Webbing

Heavy Duty Elastic Webbing is used in couches and chairs as a base for the seating areas that is both strong and flexible. Webbing used as a support is often rubberised to improve resilience and add elasticity. Many types of outdoor furniture use little more than thin light webbing for the seating areas. Webbing is also used to reinforce joints and areas that tend to flex. High quality elasticated chair webbing, ideal for backs of chairs and sofas.

Pirelli Webbing

Pirelli webbing is an extremely popular resource in upholstery.  Due to its inherent strength and elasticity, coil springs do not have to be used in conjunction with it, lowering the production costs of the furniture, unlike jute webbing.  Pirelli webbing is usually fixed by grips into grooves on furniture but can be fixed directly to a wooden rail with tacks or staples if there are no grooves.  Pirelli webbing is nearly always used on Ercol and many other manufacturers.   Pirelli webbing is currently the most popular webbing used in furniture manufacturing, with over 90% of furniture products made in Europe being produced with Pirelli webbing.  Rubber webbing is considered superior to jute webbing due the fact it will not sag over time and has far more longevity. 2 inches wide beige colour pirelli webbing. pirelli Webbing as used by Ercol and many other manufacturers. It can also be used to replace springing or old perished rubber or elastic webbing. 2″ (5cm) in width. Beige in colour.


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