London Tower Fire..Are your fabrics safe?
On 14th June 2016 London witnessed one of the most disturbing residential fires for this generation. A tower block containing 120 homes erupted in a huge fire within a matter of moments shocking the country. Whilst there is an on going investigation to the cause of this fire, which is said to be most likely due to the cladding used on the exterior of the building, it is now important more than ever to ensure fire preventative procedures are in place within all UK manufacturing sectors.
This is now a time for us to reflect on industry standards in the furnishing industry.
Do you make curtains, cushions, beanbafs, sofa covers, headboards, or anything that is used in the house? Weather you manfuacture for on a small scale for your local shops, or on ebay, or weather you make items for your friends and family, everyone should take responsilibity to ensure that we have taken all the preventative measures to ensure the materials used in our products are hazour free and fire retardant.
Here are a few steps on how you can follow due dilligance for your sewing or upholstery business:
- Buy your fabrics from a reputable company who can have tracablility procedure in place. You could make a quick phone call to their buyers, or sale advisors and ask them about their procedures about fire testing their products.
Check which fire tests your fabrics need to comply with. Different uses require different tests. For example, curtains in a domestic house do not need to be fire proof, on the other hand a bean bag would need to comply with certain Standard . However, you may think, is not safer to use fire proofed fabrics on everything?
Always ask for a certificate. Responsible textile firms will test every batch of fabric they buy or produce from a reputable testing house. We recommend always purchasing fabrics from a testing house that is UKAS Certified. (Link to UCAS Website).
- Test it your self. Finally for self satisfaction, you could always order a couple of inches of fabric, or ask for a small off cut and do test your self. Although this will by no means be accurate, putting a light to a fabric, you will know if the fabric errupts into flames. We would always recommend doing this out door, in safe environment away from any buildings or hazards.
Many resources can be found at https://www.fira.co.uk/
- Usman Mir
The Revolution of Crushed Velvet
Crushed Velvet Fabric
One material that scream luxury interiors is crushed velvet. Its boutique look which has traditionally been associated with royalty has grown in popularity now more than ever. Now being used on Beds, Headboards, Sofas, Blinds and even ottoman boxes.
It's no secret that Roman Blinds are now more popular than ever. Combine that using Crushed Velvet Fabric and you get a very snazzy combination of elegance yet simplicity.
Picture taken from http://www.next.co.uk/g503926s1
"Every mothers dream". An ottoman Storage box that doesn't look odd in the room. Rather it adds a sense of character, whilst hiding all the unwanted clutter in your living room. These boxes and ottoman seating are also very popular with restaurants in the city who are able to store extra items whilst giving customers a luxury seating experience in the waiting area.
Picture taken from http://www.next.co.uk/homeware/beds/westcott/size-ottoman-fabric-glitz-pewter
Interior Designers dream! Dine like royalty. The value of these chairs are very much determined by the luxury of the velvet that covers them.
Picture taken from https://sergeliving.co.uk/product/riviera-white-glass-dining-table-and-6-or-8-crushed-velvet-chairs/?gclid=COTVysHuwtQCFVIz0wodyp4J-Q
- Usman Mir
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- Usman Mir