This section is from the book "Spons' Mechanics' Own Book: A Manual For Handicraftsmen And Amateurs", by Edward Spon. Also available from Amazon: Spons' Mechanics' Own Book.
Covering in soft fancy materials presents far fewer difficulties than when working with leather or hair-cloth. The stuffing should be kept softer and the springs may be more pliable. When joints in the covering are needed at all they may best run lengthwise, as in a wide couch for instance. The following materials would be required for an ordinary drawing-room suite, according to the style: -
Tapestry or rep..........
Plush or velvet...........
For cheap work, plain seats are first stuffed in calico; but if the covering is to be velvet or plush, the work is finished in calico before covering. Buttoned backs and scrolls may be tacked down for inferior work, or bordered and corded on the edges for better class goods.