The Investigation of Soft Furniture Upholstery Deformational Behaviour

  • Donata ZUBAUSKIENE Kaunas University of Technology
  • Eugenija STRAZDIENE Kaunas University of Technology
  • Virginijus URBELIS Kaunas University of Technology
  • Virginija SACEVICIENE Kaunas University of Technology
Keywords: upholstery, uniaxial tension, biaxial deformation, pre-tension


Textile materials, which are different in fibre content, weave type, density and thickness, as well as multi-layered synthetic leathers, are used in soft furniture upholstery production. Deformation - relaxation behaviour, which depends on mechanical properties of such materials differs significantly, also. From this standpoint substantial problem exists in soft furniture production, because the dimensions of its upholstery patterns, i.e. initial pretention must be adjusted taking into account the differences of applied materials mechanical properties. Otherwise external view and quality of upholstery may be unacceptable due to obvious visual material excess on soft furniture surfaces, which is called pull-on ease. The aim of this investigation was to determine the dependencies between three different levels of soft furniture upholstery pre-tension and corresponding values of pull-on ease. New testing method presented in this study allows defining soft furniture upholstery deformational behaviour and its regularities in respect to the initial dimensions of upholstery patterns.