As makers ourselves, we know that producing a quality piece of furniture begins with the quality of its components.
Many of us have had frustrating experiences with zippers that break, do not slide well, or simply don’t work. While a zipper does not make an item, it definitely can break one. Though there are cheaper alternatives, SoftRock Living insists on using only genuine YKK zippers.
YKK stands for Yoshida Kōgyō Kabushiki gaisha (literal translation: Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation), a Japanese group that is the largest zipper manufacturer in the world. According to a 1998 Los Angeles Times report: “YKK smelts its own brass, concocts its own polyester, spins and twists its own thread, weaves and color-dyes cloth for its zipper tapes, forges and molds its scooped zipper teeth, extrudes the monofilament for coil zippers, hammers and paints the sliders, clamps the stops, attaches the dangley pulls in a thousand varieties, and even fabricates the cardboard boxes in which zippers are packaged. Naturally, YKK makes the machines that make the components.”
We like that attention to detail.
As we sink our bodies into the comfort of a bean bag lounger, there will be stress along the seams where pieces of fabric are joined together. The strength of the threads we use are thus pertinent. Again, we turn to the best available in the industry – bonded nylon threads from the Coats Star series. The product page describes its application: “For use in military backpack stitching, a special single pass in-line dye-bond process technology is employed that meets strength, colour fastness and other requirements of military specifications in a cost effective manner.” We don’t think you would bring along our bean bags to war, but, you could.
Give me your heart to rely on
Send me the warmth of a secret smile
To show me you haven’t forgot
That always and ever, that’s, now and forever
Little things mean a lot
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