Mastering the Art of Deep Buttoning: A Timeless Technique in Upholstery

  • February 5, 2024

Derived from the Middle English word upholder, upholstery refers to an artisan who makes fabric furnishings.

An ancient craft that has evolved over centuries as technologies, resources, styles, and tastes have changed. Deep buttoning is a timeless technique of upholstery that has stood the test of time.

A method that dates back to the 17th century, it is synonymous with the Chesterfield couch. An exaggerated form of standard buttoning, the technique consists of buttons being compressed at regular intervals (usually in a diamond shape) through a deep-filled upholstery pad and then stitched under tension at the rear.

The purpose of deep buttoning was to hold loose filling fibres such as horsehair or straw in place to stop the cushions from sagging and becoming deformed. Present day, deep buttoning is used for aesthetic purposes.

The enduring appeal of deep buttoning lies in its ability to merge timeless elegance with contemporary design.

Incorporated into various furniture pieces such as armchairs, headboards, ottomans, and even accent chairs. Creating a sense of opulence and drama, this technique adds dimension and texture to furniture, transforming it into a statement piece that captures attention and elevates the overall design of a room. The bespoke nature of deep-buttoned furniture makes it an investment that not only withstands trends but also becomes a cherished heirloom.

Whether deep buttoning is incorporated on the inner seat back and arms like our Chester or Ava Deep Button sofas or on the outer frame like the Abigail sofa you are guaranteed a plush and firm surface that holds for many years to come.
In an era where mass-produced furniture dominates the market, deep buttoning stands as a testament to the value of craftsmanship and the enduring allure of handcrafted pieces.

The meticulous attention to detail and the bespoke nature of deep-buttoned furniture make it an investment that not only withstands trends but also becomes a cherished heirloom.


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