A davenport is a type of upholstered convertible couch that was manufactured by the A.H. Davenport Co., which is why sofas are sometimes referred to as davenports. Davenport can also refer to a writing desk.Continue Reading
The A.H. Davenport Co. was founded in 1880 by Albert Davenport. The company utilized Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained architect Francis Bacon as its designer and focused on producing high-end and expensive furniture. One of the most notable projects that A.H. Davenport Co. contributed to was the 1902 restoration of the White House, which was done in conjunction with the architecture firm McKim, Mead & White. Other projects included work for elite clubs, prestigious banks and beautiful libraries.
In 1914, the A.H. Davenport Co. merged with Irving & Casson and formed the Irving & Casson - A.H. Davenport Co. This merger occurred 8 years after the death of Albert Davenport, and the new company remained in both New York and Boston, designing custom and ornate furniture for high-end clients.
The onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, as well as increasing competition and lower-priced furniture coming from the Midwest and the South, reduced the demand for high-end and custom furniture. In turn, this affected business for the Irving & Casson - A.H. Davenport Co., and the company went out of business in 1974.Learn more about Seating
To take apart a couch, remove the cushions, remove the legs, remove the upholstery, detach the arms, and separate the seat from the back. Depending on the reason you're dismantling the couch and its construction, this task can be easy or challenging. Minimize the removal of the upholstery if you intend to reassemble the furniture.Full Answer >
To install couch springs, turn the couch over so the springs are accessible. Remove any fabric, mesh covering and top wire framing. If the couch has old springs, remove these springs by cutting them out of the tape-web, then remove the existing tape-web. Measure the length of the tape-web and count the allotted springs on each strip of tape-web. Cut the new springs to the proper height and attach them to the new tape-web with a slipknot. Reinstall the tape-web.Full Answer >
A leather couch can be cleaned using saddle soap and warm water. To complete this task, you need saddle soap, five clean microfiber rags, olive oil, warm water and a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment.Full Answer >
Reupholstering a couch can require from 3 to over 37 yards of fabric. Couches with clean lines and no cushions require the least amount of fabric. Reupholstering with a solid color fabric requires fewer yards than using a fabric with a pattern that you must match or medallions that center in each panel.Full Answer >