Monthly Archives: February 2013

Commercial Interior Design: The Julian Street Library at Princeton University

We recently did a lot of work for Princeton University. Take a look at The Julian Street Library.

We specialize in commercial interior design work and commercial upholstery.

Please do get in touch!!


Fabric Durability: Not Always About Thickness

When picking a fabric, it’s important to consider durability. But the thickness of a fabric has little to do with the durability. Instead, it is largely dependent on the material itself.

Sunbrella is a company that specializes in durable fabrics. We carry their line because we understand the practical applications of ultra-durable fabric. Let’s say your kid is eating an ice cream cone and decides it’s a really good idea to mash the ice cream into your love seat. With a fabric that isn’t made with an acrylic weave (what Sunbrella uses), you’d have a serious stain. But with Sunbrella fabrics, for example, it’s simply a matter of wiping it off! They even have a video showing how resistent the fabric is to stains. Watch it here.

But wait, you ask… Isn’t that type of fabric only for outdoor applications?

It used to be…

But now, acrylic fabric is used indoors all the time. It’s super-decorative and it has the feel of a fabric that one would normally find indoors. Couple that with its durability and stain resistance, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Check out some of these fabrics.

Do you have kids that like to use your couch as a napkin? Or maybe you host dinner parties and find yourself tirelessly scrubbing out red wine stains to no avail. This could be a really great answer to those problems, and we’d love to talk to you more about it.

Call one of our sales representatives: 877-648-4644

Fabric Flowers

If you’re like us, you have a lot of extra fabric lying around. Sometimes just a little bit of a particular pattern… So, unless you’re reupholstering a chair for the cast of “Honey I Shrunk the Kids,” it’s tough to figure out what to do with it.

Until now… (we’re SO dramatic..)

With a strip of fabric as little as 2 inches wide, you can create fabric flowers! We stumbled onto this video by Erin Bassett, and we think you’ll really enjoy it. You’ll need 3 things:

  1. A piece of fabric (duh): You need a strip of fabric about 2 inches wide. The length of the strip will determine how wide your flower is, so use what you have, and cut off when you don’t want! Simple.
  2. Backing for the flower: Grab a piece of felt, fabric, or even batting and cut it into a circle. The diameter should be about as wide as you want your flower to be, but don’t worry, if it’s too wide, all you have to do is cut the excess away when you’re finished.
  3. Fabric adhesive: Fabri-Tac by Beacon is great, but you can use any fabric adhesive you’d like. Fabri-Tac is great because you can wash it. Great for flowers on garments!

Watch the entire video by Erin Bassett, here.

Beckenstein Fabrics works on a home in The Hamptons

We love what we do for many reasons, but one of the reasons that stands out the most is that we get to be a part of every aspect of a job. For example, we sell fabric, but we also provide the labor that puts it to use. Considering we’ve been in business for over 100 years, that’s a pretty big deal. We’ve had a LOT of time to learn who’s the best at what they do, and we pride ourselves on only working with the best.

Take this house in Sag Harbor, for instance. What a wonderful place to have a home. Take a look at some pictures:

Bedroom Daughterroom1 Daughterroom2 Gameroom SagHarborHamptons

So, that’s that! It was a 4 month job and we supplied all the labor and materials. And like we said earlier, having our hands in all aspects of a job, we believe, is one of the main reasons we have so many satisfied clients who we’ve built lasting relationships with over the years.

We love all aspects of making a house a home.

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