Buyer's Guide

Fabric Tub Chair Types

A fabric tub chair can be used for dramatic effect in the corner of any room, or even as a rooms centerpiece if upholstered in the right fabric. Fabric tub chairs can also be much more mundane and practical, seeing use in schools, offices, studios and receptions up and down the country. Below we have listed some of the most common fabric types available.

Chenille Fabric Tub Chairs

Chenille Fabric Tub Chairs Chenille Fabric is a strong upholstery fabric with a woven texture, perfect for use on tub chairs. Chenille fabrics add a heavy-weight depth and richness to any furniture, and coupled with the soft texture of the fabric ensures it is a popular choice to coordinate any room. Chenille yarn is manufactured by placing short lengths of yarn, called the pile, between two core yarns and then twisting the yarn together. The edges of these piles then stand at right angles from the yarn’s core, giving Chenille fabric both its softness and its characteristic look.

Chenille will look different in one direction compared to another, as the fibres catch and reflect the light differently, this is a perfectly normal characteristic of the fabric.

Velvet Fabric Tub Chairs

Velvet Fabric Tub Chairs Velvet is extremely plush and soft, and tends to be popular in deep, rich colours. Velvet production results in piles on the face of the fabric, which can be dealt with in various manners to create different looks. The pile can be cut into shapes, creating cut velvet patterns that are popular with drapery and cushion covers, or it can be twisted while wet to form crushed velvet, which is popular in home furnishings. The pile can also be directionally compressed, even in multiple directions on the same piece of cloth, to create interesting looks depending on the point of view.

Velvet is a particularly tricky material to maintain, as prolonged compression or folding can permanently affect the pile. Creases can be removed through the use of a velvet board or a steamer, and most velvet pieces are recommended to be dry cleaned.

Flat Weave Fabric Tub Chairs

Flat Weave Fabric Tub Chairs A flat weave fabric is a woven fabric, consisting of a single warp thread crossing over and under subsequent individual weft threads. Flat weave fabrics do not have any stretch to them, except on the bias, or diagonal, of the fabric. Because of the simple construction of flat weave fabrics, they do not have a pile or nap, but can be somewhat nubby, if the threads used are uneven in size. Examples of flat weave fabrics are twill and tweed.

Due to the lack of pile, flat weave fabrics are immune to pile shading, which keeps them looking better for longer.



Textured Fabric Tub Chairs

Textured Fabric Tub Chairs Our tub chairs are available in many styles and textures. We use the term textured fabrics to describe any fabric that has a textured look or feel to it. As a general rule our textured fabrics are plain but feature detailing making them different to most other plain fabrics.

For instance if a fabric has a small repeatable pattern to it but is all the same colour, we would class that as a textured fabric.




Contract Fabric Tub Chairs

Contract Fabric Tub Chairs Our contract fabric tub chairs are upholstered in a fabric called Pyra™ which has 100% Pyratex composition. Pyra™ is tested in accordance with BS 5690: 1999 as modified by Annex F of BS 2543: 2004 to 60,000 rubs Martindale. This meets the requirements of BS 2543: 2004 and has been graded 'SEVERE CONTRACT' suitable for all types of upholstery use.

Pyra™ has Flame Retardancy: BS 7176: 2007 Direct Test for Medium Hazard premises. Pyra™ fabrics are suitable for use in premises categorised as Medium Hazard. BS EN 1021 1&2: 2006 B S 5852: 2006: NI/5 (passes cigarette and match and ignition source 5) UNI 9175/87 Class M1. Pyra™ has Light Fastness: 5+ (ISO 105 B02:1999)

In a nutshell it's extremely hard wearing and perfect for use in any location, from domestic lounges to extremely heavy traffic commercial areas. For your peace of mind all of the chairs upholstered in Pyra™ have a 5 year wear guarantee on the fabric and a 12 month warranty on the frame.



Leather Tub Chair Types

A leather tub chair is a fashion statement. Compact, stylish and affordable. We have a large choice of leather tub chairs available at a great range of prices. However we understand that buying a leather product can be quite daunting, especially if you know absolutely nothing about leather. To make your life a little easier we have compiled the following list of terms found throughout our site and what they mean.

Faux Leather Tub Chairs

Faux Leather Tub Chairs Our faux leather tub chairs are mainly upholstered in PU Leather. PU Leather is leather made from the inner splits of the hide and finished with a polyurethane coating. PU Leather is water resistant and has a high fade resistance, making it easy to clean and ideal for tub chairs in every day use situations. In addition to being hard wearing it is also very good value for money usually coming in at a much cheaper price than real leather.

PU leather is used extensivley throughout manufacturing industries including; upholstery (sofas & chairs) shoes, clothing, bags, purses, and even car seat covers. With good tactile feel, breathability and excellent durability it's not difficult to see why it's in such widespread use.
Other types of faux leather tub chairs include PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and even fabrics that have a faux suede/rubbed through antique leather look.

Bonded Leather Tub Chairs

Bonded Leather Tub Chairs Bonded Leather tub chairs or reconstituted leather tub chairs are made from material with varying degrees of genuine leather combined with other substances to give the look and feel of real leather but at a fraction of the cost. Most Bonded leather tub chairs made today are a polyurethane or a vinyl product, this is backed with fabric and then a layer of latex or other material mixed with a small percentage of leather fibers in the product's backing material. The actual leather content percentage varies according to quality.

It's general characteristics are that it's hard wearing and easy to care for.



Bycast Leather Tub Chairs

Bycast Leather Tub Chairs Bycast leather tub chairs (also known as bicast leather) are made from a split leather with a layer of polyurethane applied to the surface and then embossed. Bycast was originally made for the shoe industry for glossy shoes, and has been adopted by the furniture industry since.

Bycast leather has an artificial texture and comes with a glossy finish, this makes it easy to keep a consistent finish without the scars and marks that sometimes appear on real leather. Although it does look like leather it will not develop a patina or suppleness nor otherwise improve with age, it is however easy to clean and maintain.


Real Leather Tub Chairs

Real Leather Tub Chairs Real leather tub chairs are somewhat of a rarity these days, with cheaper imported leather alternatives populating the market at some very low prices. Real leather normally means quality craftsmanship and special order lead times, but if you don't mind the cost and the waiting there are options out there.

Real leather is extremely varied in types and finishes and is beyond the scope of this article to cover completely. The most common real leather types used in upholstery are Full-Grain Leather, Top Grain leather, and Corrected Grain Leather.


Real Leather - More Details

Full Grain Leather has not been buffed, sanded or treated to remove any naturally occuring imperfections, so its grain remains which gives the fibre its strength and longevity. Rather than wearing out, it will develop a patina over time. It is typically available in two finishes, aniline and semi-aniline. Full Grain Leather is normally only used in the highest quality furniture.

Top-grain leather is the second-highest quality leather. It has had the "split" layer separated away, making it thinner and more pliable than full-grain leather. Its surface has been sanded and a finish coat added to the surface which results in a colder, plastic feel with less breathability, and it will not develop a natural patina. It is typically less expensive and has greater resistance to stains than full-grain leather.

Corrected grain leather (The most popular in the UK) is any leather that has had its grain artificially altered. The grain is impressed in to the surface and dressed with stains or dyes. Most corrected grain leather is used to make pigmented leather as the solid pigment helps hide any corrections or imperfections, giving an even solid colour. Corrected grain leathers are typically semi-aniline or pigmented.



Tub Chair Feet and Bases

Our tub chairs come with one of four different feet or base options, plastic feet, wooden feet/legs, polished chrome legs, or a polished chrome swivel base.

Tub Chair Wooden Legs

Tub Chair Wooden Legs Most tub chairs come with a wooden leg as standard, but occasionally due to design limitations small plastic feet are used instead. The wooden legs usually have either a dark or light stain, occasionally both is available.

Our wooden legs tend to be sourced from sustainable hard wood stock and are either attached during the manufacturing process, or they will be seperate and will need fixing to the chair. If they are loose then 99.99% of the time the legs will just need screwing in on a threaded bolt, and no tools will be required.



Tub Chair Chrome Legs

Tub Chair Chrome Legs Chrome legs add weight and substance to any tub chair, even transforming a basic plain fabric tub chair into something special. Our chrome legs tend to be polished to give your tub chair that premium contemporary look and feel.

Chrome legs will usually need to be attached manually as most tub chairs don't come with them as standard, again all that is required to attach them is a bit of elbow grease, no tools.




Tub Chair Swivel Bases

Tub Chair Swivel Bases Our swivel bases usually feature a beautiful polished chrome finish, and a full 360 degree swivel mechanism. They are perfectly suited for any modern location.

Swivel base options are available on a few select chairs, in almost all cases the base will need to be fitted manually after purchase. All parts are normally included with the chair, but we recommend you have a couple of screwdrivers on hand just in case.