There are five types of backings available for upholstery fabrics.
Regular Knit-Backing is light-medium weight for all fabrics including embroidered, textured, flat weave, striped & plaids
Heavy Weight Knit-Backing applied to fabrics requiring more reinforcement due to high daily use in the home & commercial spaces.
A woven poly/cotton fabric which is thermally bonded to upholstery fabric to add strength, stability and body for open or loosely woven fabrics.
A performance vinyl backing that is Puncture & Tear Resistant with Fire Retardant (FR) and Durable Water Resistant (DWR) treatments already incorporated onto the backing. The FabTuff® or Stiletto Backing is permanently bonded to fabric or leather creating a composite material that is strong enough to withstand the most demanding seating applications or flooring
Adds a layer of foam backing to the back side of fabric, and is usually used for table covers, quilting fabrics and acoustic wall applications
Knit Backing is permanently bonded to the back of fabrics, adding body, resiliency, and durability while eliminating seam slippage. Knit backing makes light to mid weight fabrics such as silks, cottons, linens, polyesters, and chenilles more suitable for upholstery use.
We offer two types of knit backing:
|FabBack ® Knit Backing||FabBackHVY ® Heavy Weight Knit-Backing|
|Regular, plain, solids and flat weave fabrics||Fabrics requiring more reinforcement due to high use|
Knit backing is permanently bonded to the back of fabrics, adding body, resiliency, and durability while eliminating seam slippage. This fabric backing makes lightweight fabrics such as silks, cottons, and chenilles more suitable for upholstery use. Knit backing provides a luxurious feel to fabrics while increasing wear resistance for longer life.
Our company has developed its own proprietary backing process that minimizes puckering, bonding separation, and grain distortion which are common with fabrics backed using conventional methods. In addition, variations such as creases, wrinkles, uneven selvages, shadings, and distortions are minimized by our knit backing techniques thereby enhancing the fabric's visual appeal.
We offer three different types of backing. Our engineers will recommend regular, heavy weight or scrim backing depending on the type of fabric received for processing. Our Regular Knit-Backing is a light-medium weight backing used for most upholstery applications to maintain the original feel, or hand, of the original fabric. Our Heavy Duty Knit-Backing is a very strong backing used when additional body, structure or cushioning is desired for upholstery in the home or commercial spaces. And Our Scrim Backing which is slightly heavier slightly heavier and less elastic than knit backing, primarily used for stabilizing open or loosely woven fabrics
We've successfully applied our diverse types of backing on a wide variety of fabrics including:
We have worked with a variety of companies and individuals who need to reinforce fabrics and textiles. These include fabric wholesalers and distributors, furniture manufacturers, interior designers and decorators, drapery workrooms, upholsterers and more.
Our team can tackle a variety of projects, from hundreds of yards to special custom projects. In fact, we once knit backed snakeskin for a customer who was making high end wallets. Snakeskin is only 9 inches wide and there were 24 pieces which had to be sewn together and then backed to look like one continuous piece. We devised a custom process to keep the integrity and appearance of the skin. Additionally, we frequently knit back leather for upholstery. Leather's unique and characteristic texture is maintained by our special process.
Our FabBackHVY ® Heavy Weight Knit-Backing is applied to fabrics requiring more reinforcement due to high daily use in the home, hospitality, and commercial industries. Although our FabBackHVY ® backing has a heavier weight, it will not change the feel or texture of the fabric, it will prolong the fabric's longevity. Interior designers favor our FabBackHVY ® backing for upholstered furniture in the home, particularly for families with children, due to its tear-and-wear durability.
Our FabScrim ® scrim backing is a woven poly/cotton fabric which is thermally bonded to upholstery fabric to add strength, stability and body. Slightly heavier and less elastic than knit backing, scrim backing is primarily used for stabilizing open or loosely woven fabrics.
For applications that require additional padding for comfort or sound insulation we offer a foam backing for fabric, called FabFoam ®.
This service adds a layer of foam backing to the back side of fabric, and is usually used for table covers, quilting fabrics and acoustic wall applications.
Our FabFoam ® a foam backing applied on fabric and other materials for applications that require more padding comfort and/or sound insulation. Our specialized FabFoam ® adds a layer of foam backing to the backside of the fabric and is usually used for table covers, quilting fabrics, and acoustic wall applications. We offer the FabFoam ® backing in different foam widths to accommodate the needs of various applications.
Provide Added Durability to Fabrics and Flooring with FabTuff ®
FabricBack ® is offering our FabTuff ® 1 & 2, a performance vinyl backing that is Puncture & Tear Resistant with Fire Retardant (FR) and Durable Water Resistant (DWR) treatments already incorporated onto the backing. The FabTuff® or Stiletto Backing is permanently bonded to fabric or leather creating a composite material that is strong enough to withstand the most demanding seating applications or flooring. This Performance Backing increases the lifespan of the finished product which provides significant savings, as replacement costs and the associated labor hours can add up quickly. FabricBack® FabTuff ® 1 & 2 is the perfect fit for the hospitality, entertainment, and commercial industry.
FabTuff ® 1 is a Puncture Tear Resistant Performance Backing that has been treated with Fire Resistant (FR) and Durable Water Resistant (DWR) finishing; two crucial applications essential for commercial and hospitality upholstery. The FabTuff ® 1 Performance Backing is applied to the fabric, leather, and other materials for long-lasting protection to upholstered furniture in high-use commercial spaces. This stronghold Performance Backing adds value and resilience to the finished product.
Common uses for FabTuff ® 1 Puncture Tear Resistant Backing. Our hospitality designers commonly use the NEW FabricBack® FabTuff ® 1 Performance Backing for furniture such as chairs, stools, benches, couches, and other prime upholstered seating in locations in restaurants, bars, clubs, and hotels. A value-adding, winning choice to withstand strenuous daily use and increase durability!
FabTuff 2, Stiletto Performance Backing has the advantage that it is Fire Resistant (FR) and Durable Water Resistant (DWR) which allows designers to deliver a superior product that saves money to the client and extends the lifespan of the finished creation.
Common uses for FabTuff ® 2 Puncture Tear Resistan Backing is a Heavy Duty Puncture-Tear Resistant Backing commonly referred to as Stiletto Backing for its resistance to penetrating objects. Typically, we apply the Stiletto Performance Backing to special home environments, fitness centers, matting for constant sport studios, nightclub dance floors, and other high traffic areas in commercial spaces that require protection from punctures caused by stiletto high heels or other cutting devices.
Fabrics backed for upholstery, such as chairs, sofas, headboards, and upholstered walls are often stain protected. We have a complete lineup of stain protection products for all types of natural and man-made fabrics.
More and more designers are using fabric backing in place of interlining draperies. In this case, we recommend our ultra-violet (UV) protection along with the stain protection.
We really enjoy working on special projects. Our customers can be VERY creative, and serving their unique needs is both challenging and exciting. To view a growing collection of these projects click here.
See and feel knit backing on your own fabric. Send us a sample of your fabric and our technicians will gladly apply the appropriate backing to suit your application (for a small fee). We can also send you a free brochure of representative samples if you prefer.
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