Design Obsession: Piping & Channeling



The real benefit of hiring a professional interior designer is our eyes are trained to find those pieces that not only match your style but that also have subtle, difficult-to-put-into-words details that make your home truly unique—and channel-tufted furniture fits that bill exactly! It adds a layer of interest and dimension to pieces through the use of line and form.


Now, while channel tufting is a great throwback treatment for pretty much every fabric, we can’t get enough of how much it compliments velvet, really adding wonderful dimension you didn’t know you needed. Channel tufting is THE 70’s glam trend that’s back, and we are here for it.


Piping, if you didn’t know, is the term used to describe the border of fabric that’s stitched to the edges of upholstery, sometimes in a contrasting color. Within the fabric is a cord also known as filler cord, welting, twist cord, or piping cord. As depicted in the examples, piping is another great way to give otherwise flat, seamless pieces some character.

The easiest, most eco-friendly way to achieve this look may just be surfing gently used website platforms like Chairish and 1st Dibs or estate sale sites. The next greenest course of action would be to seek out a piece that is certified by GOTS which evaluates upholstery production at all stages and ensures the use of natural fibers.


Design Cred Left to Right:


  1. Anthropologie

  2. Homary

  3. Invicta Chair from 1st Dibs

  4. Crate and Barrel

  5. Williams Sonoma

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