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or a consultation, please contact us at 323-581-3799.

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Knit Backing (Furniture Upholstery)

The application of a Knit fabric attached to the back side of a decorative fabric. Most commonly for the use of Upholstery on furniture but also for Upholstered walls covering.

Knit Backing increases seam integrity, increases tear strength, reinforces light weight fabrics, reduces seam slippage and reduces fraying. These enhancements widen your selection of fabrics by allowing you to select fabrics not necessarily used for upholstery. Silks, lightweight fabrics, and loosely woven fabrics. Chenille and Linen become more durable, increasing seam integrity and dimensional stability. Further, Knit Backing reduces fraying while cutting and handling.

It is still recommended to increase your seam allowance to greater than the standard 5/8” on loosely woven fabrics.

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Acrylic Backing

Spray applicated backing used for wall covering and upholstery applications.

Single Pass Acrylic
for upholstery provides dimensional stability with a slight increase in hand while still allowing flexibility. Also helps minimize fraying, due to cutting and handling.

Double Pass Acrylic is commonly used for wall covering applications replacing paper backing.
Acrylic backing provides a surface for the glue to attach while maintaining enough flexibility necessary to maneuver patterns.

The “Dry Tack” method of glue application is recommended as wet glue may still wick through the fabric to the face. Inquire with your wall covering installation professional.

Silk and light weight fabrics are not recommended.

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Fire Barrier Backing

Fire Proof knit backing applied to the back side of your upholstery fabric to meet Cal TB 133 and Cal TB 117-2013.

Upholstered furniture placed in Hotels, Restaurants, Schools, Theaters, and other public access spaces must comply with government regulations regarding flammability. There are a variety of government regulations, and many of those vary by state. California Technical Bulletin 133 is particularly stringent and is required in other states as well. TB 117-2013 requires a barrier between the upholstery fabric and Fill if either does not pass independently. Check with your local Fire Marshall if these regulations are required.

The application of the fire barrier to your upholstery fabric allows you to cut, sew and upholster as one fabric, without the extra steps of applying the barrier on its own.

Fire Barrier Backing does not impact the fabric's appearance, feel, or flexibility.
Passing TB 133 requires a full composite burn test of the furniture at a Burn Testing Laboratories. We help with recommendations.

Contact Decorator's Express / AntiFlame to learn more about the benefits of Fire Barrier Backing and how you can comply with California Technical Bulletin 133 or California Technical Bulletin 117 2013.

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Fire Retardancy

For the purpose of slowing fabric burn propagation or to self-extinguish.

Decorators Express is a Registered California State Certified Fire Retardant Applicator.
Our process is specified for Hospitality, commercial and other applications where fabric is used in public spaces (Hotels, restaurants, schools, theaters, Ships…) and must comply with State and local government regulations. Regulations vary and it is best to contact the projects local Fire Marshal for instructions.

Common codes we are asked to help comply with are for Drapery (Cal Title 19 or NFPA 701), Upholstery (NFPA 260 or Cal TB 117 2013), Wall covering, (ASTM E-84), Cruise Ships (IMO), and Automotive FMVSS 302).

Fabric fiber content commonly treated with Fire Retardant are Cotton, Polyester, linen, Silk and blends. Fibers that will not accept fire retardant are Nylon, Acrylic, Acetate and other plastic synthetics.

The addition of Fire Retardancy can alter the look and feel of the fabric. It is best to test samples for approval prior to purchasing for your project.

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Soil and Stain Resistance

Used in Residential, Hospitality, Time Share and Commercial applications to help prevent stain from occurring. Our Anti-Stain solution is designed to repel both water and oil from absorbing into the fiber. This clear chemistry provides invisible protection surrounding the fibers of your fabric.

In the event food or drink is pushed into the fabric this Anti-stain process works as a soil release for easy and efficient cleaning.

The addition of this Resistance chemistry can alter the look and feel of the fabric. It is best to test samples for approval prior to purchasing for your project.

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Foam Backing

Foam backing provides the benefits of padding, dimension, sound attenuation.

Common uses for foam backed fabrics are, upholstered furniture and Head Boards, Automotive seating and Dash Covers, Marine Bulkhead, Staterooms and upholstery, acoustic wall panels, padded instrument cases and computer cases.
Thickness of foam in stock range from .090”, .125”, .187”, .250”, .375”, .500” and .750”.
Colors in stock are White and Charcoal.

Your choice of colors, thickness and density can be custom ordered.

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Custom Backings and Lamination

Combine two or more of any possible fabrics for one time cutting and sewing.

For the purpose of durability, heavier feel or hand, strength, stability and aesthetics.

Backings not limited to; Canvas, Interlock Knit, Non-woven materials, mattress Ticking, mesh constructed fabrics, Mattress Fire Barriers and Polyurethane films.

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Custom Services

Services include die cutting, sheeting, slitting, and re-rolling fabric.

Sheeting up to 72” wide and any length.

Slitting just about any material to any width.