The Martindale Test: What does it mean?

The Martindale Test: What does it mean?

The Martindale Test: What does it mean?

by Lewis Simpson

 

If you have browsed our fabric options on our website you may have noticed the ‘Usage’ section in each description. But what exactly does this mean?

The usage section indicates how durable each individual fabric is according to the Martindale Test. This abrasion rub test is internationally recognised and designed to measure of the durability of a fabric according to the number of times discs can oscillate a layer of sandpaper or wool across the fabric before it starts to show distress. Each fabric is divided into categories by numerical score showing how durable it is. These categories range from decorative use, light domestic use, general domestic use, heavy domestic use and commercial use.

The results of the test show how much wear and tear your fabric will take before there is a noticeable change in its appearance. As mentioned, the higher the score, the more durable the fabric is. Below is a short list of each category that your chosen fabric could be in and how suitable it will be for different uses. If you are struggling to find what category your chosen fabrics are in, click on the small ‘i’ icon on the bottom right of the fabric picture to see more information, then locate the ‘usage’ section.

 

Decorative Use (10000 Rubs)

If your desired fabric is under this category, it will be suitable as a decorative fabric for items such as cushions or piping. Generally, these fabrics are not suitable for general domestic use in furniture upholstery and are rarely found on our website.

 

Light Domestic Use (10000 to 15000 Rubs)

If the fabric you, have you eyes on falls into this category it is suitable for light use on pieces such as occasional furniture. A fabric in this category will need to be dry clean only and will often be made of more delicate fabrics such as yarn or velvet.

 

General Domestic Use (15000 to 25000 Rubs)

When your desired fabric is in this category it is suitable for everyday use on main household furniture. Chaises, sofas, ottoman and chairs would last a very long time before any noticeable change in appearance may be seen. Many of the fabrics we offer are in this category so there is a wide array of choice. General use fabrics are, however, unsuitable for pieces put under intense stress daily, such as recliners.

 

Heavy Domestic Use (25000 to 30000 Rubs)

A fabric in this category is highly suitable for all kinds of every day use furniture, including recliners and other motion furniture.

 

Commercial Use (30000 + Rubs)

A commercial use fabric is the highest category available on the market according to the Martindale Test and means it can be used on heavy duty furniture and would be highly suited for any commercial environment, such as offices or restaurants.

 

We hope this article has helped you understand the individual categories and what the qualifying factors are. Hopefully this has also helped you narrow down your options for what fabric you would like your new piece to be in. Don’t worry however, if you are still struggling to narrow down your options, we can provide you with FREE fabric samples so you can see and feel them first hand!

 

Posted on 30th Jul 2021 10:30:56 by chaiseAdmin

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4 Reasons to Buy Furniture Online

4 Reasons to Buy Furniture Online

4 Reasons to Buy Furniture Online

by Lewis Simpson 

 

Your furniture is the main features of your home and it is an amazing feeling when you find the perfect piece. Something with the ideal fabric, colour, shape and size can be a great statement of your personality, however finding this perfect piece is easier said than done.

Whilst shopping in-store is the most popular way for most to browse furniture, we all know how much of a tiresome task this can be. Heading online isn’t the initial idea that enters your mind, however there are so many benefits to choosing the pain-free online process for your next piece and here are just a few!

 

1. No Need to Leave the House

Physically shopping for furniture can be tiresome and inconvenient, but many people swear by it as the best way to buy furniture thanks to the ability to see and feel the pieces before you buy. This, however, is not always a benefit and is actually one of the biggest problems people run into, as when the piece finally arrives at their home it doesn’t look or feel the same. It is next to impossible to fully visualize the piece in your home.

When you shop online, there is no need to leave the house. Let’s face it, it is so much more convenient! When you’re online, you can browse anytime from the comfort of your home. Not only does this save you the time traveling to and from each store, but almost every online store will have a detailed list of measurements. This makes it so much easier for you to quickly measure your ideal space to imagine how it will fit.

 

2. Service, Not a Sales Pitch

As previously stated, shopping in-store can be good for seeing and feeling exactly what you are buying before you take the plunge, but this environment is rife with sales traps. We have all been to a furniture store and felt pressured into buying something that we don’t really want simply because the salesperson convinced us to. Shopping can be a stressful and often hostile environment that many of us fear when it comes time to enter a shop.

On the other hand, shopping for furniture online allows you to easily browse hundreds of stores and thousands of pieces at your own leisure without salespeople forcing suggestions upon you. You will receive excellent service without the sales pitch. However, if you feel that you do need assistance at any point, don’t fear, we at The Chaise Longue Company have excellent support services on our website for you to contact at any time.

 

3. More to Choose From

Finally, purchasing furniture on the web means that you have access to a much larger range of items to choose from compared to visiting a high street or retail park.

Buying furniture in-store limits what pieces you can find and you may have to visit dozens of stores to find anything close to that perfect piece you have been dreaming of. Buying your furniture online not only means that you have a much larger range of items to choose from, but also provides room for so much more customisation. In store furniture is often mass-produced, boxed up and lacks any unique personality.

Here at The Chaise Longue Company, we offer fully bespoke furniture where you can choose any size, style, fabric, colour and even your own legs and buttoning! If you were looking for something truly unique, we can even upholster your piece in your own provided fabric.

So, if you’re looking for something specific, unique and a little more you, you’ve got a much better chance of finding exactly what you want online.

 

4. Save Time and Money

Not having to drag themselves to every retail park and furniture shop in town has to be a bonus, online shoppers get the luxury of saving the considerable amount of time that it can take trying to find that perfect piece. 

The same goes for your wallet too!  As more and more brands go ‘online-only’, without that expensive shop to maintain, online furniture makers can often provide better offers than their high street competitors.

Posted on 6th May 2021 15:05:08 by chaiseAdmin

Tags: chaise longue co, why to buy, chaise longue, chez long, online furniture, reasons to buy furniture online.