15 Apr

High Point Market Soft Furnishings Hit Lists

High Point Market Soft Goods

If you are looking for High Point Soft Furnishings manufacturers  this week we have a complete list of vendors for you broken down into several categories to make finding exactly what you want a bit easier.  From Top of Bed, Window Coverings, Upholstered Furnishings, Throw Pillows and more we have you covered. Just download our guides and breeze through market. 


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18 Sep

Upholstery Nail Heads – Ultimate Source Directory

images Upholstery Nailheads  are one of the oldest forms of decoration used in the construction of furniture.  Dating back as far as to the Iron Age, craftsman have created a decorative head to the lowly nail to make it beautiful.   Today we are seeing more and more ingenious and elaborate applications of nail heads in all areas of decoration.   10358575_730332207039045_7763446558672767588_nFrom the traditional application


to the sublime,  the options are endless.

The key is to be able to find the right product for your particular application. So we are helping you out by putting together:

The Soft Design Lab –  Ultimate Source Directory for Upholstery Nail Heads

We have compiled the most complete directory of decorative nail head manufacturers, distributors and sources available to the trade as well as a few retail sources for DYI’ers. 

 First up is the big player in the Decorative Nail Head biz


There are only a few key players in this industry and D.A.D.S. is one of the largest and well recognized manufacturers. They  have a huge range of style, sizes, finishes, and novelties nail heads available at wholesale.  They are sold by the box at full put up.  If you want small quantities from these manufacturers you can purchase them through to the trade reseller and distributors or retail outlets which we have listed below.

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At D.A.D.S. they  have hundreds of styles and most are usually in stock and ready to ship.  There are downloadable catalogs and sample boards available for purchase. logo Next up is Heiko Direct.  They are also manufacturer and they have some unique styles available in many finishes styles and sizes.  Their website is a bit hard to navigate but they have catalogs and sample boards available.  If D.A.D.S.doesn’t have what you are looking for chances are that Heiko will have it

Raised Star UdSF2612 I love this Greek Key design and they have many other unite shapes and finishes.

One of their specialties are two pronged decorative nails.  These are great for corners and They work great anchor points in your designs that you can connect with less expensive standard round nail heads.  They look particularly good on cornice boards.

  D’KEI D’Kei is a distributor for D.A.D.S to the trade.  If you don’t want to open an account with D.A.D.S. you can purchase through D’Kei.  You still have to purchase by the box though.   However in my experience I have never had a situation where I didn’t need at least a couple of boxes and you always want to have extra on hand.

D’KEI has a great tool that allows the user to attach any nail head directly to loose fabric as a decorative element!  The STARLOCK tool applies a locking washer to the back of the nail head that locks in place allowing you to clip off the nail portion of the head.  This tool and others like it have really expanded the possible uses for decorative nail heads in design.  Now you can use nail heads as trim on draperies, rugs, linens etc.  Imagine the possibilities! They also have a button back application for their Jeweled nail heads which adds a button shank to the back of the nail head.


Diamond Head Upholstery tacks where dreamed up by a friend of ours Bree who is as beautiful and sweet as her products.  These fancy tacks can be nailed in, screwed in, or can be fitted with a button shank for a variety of uses. You can purchase directly from Diamond Head or go through a distributor such as Rowley Co.

 Direct From Mexico is a great source for rustic upholstery tacks and larger sized decorative nail heads that can be used as clavels on doors, cabinets, cornices, etc.


They have a great range of interesting shapes and sizes but they come in a limited selection of colors.  I have used these and painted them with Rustoleum spray paint as a base coat and then finishes them in my desired finish and they have turned out beautifully.  The advance here is that large size.


The clavels with a center hole are a favorite of mine and I have used them for lots of interesting applications. directfrommexico_2271_181064994

On a separate note if you’ve read my books you will know that I LOVE gate hardware as decorative ornament!  This is a great source for flat hinge elements and gate hinges that can be used in a variety of interesting ways.  If you need inspiration check out my books,

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Nail head Trim By The Yard  is a great way to go if you are doing it yourself.  This great product is just what it claims to be; an endless link of connected nail heads that is sold by the yard that is applied by nailing in individual nail heads at regularly spaced intervals along the yardage.  It takes the guess work and much of the labor out of application. The downfall here is that upon close inspection it is obvious that it is not separate nail heads as the links can be seen.

Beacon Fabrics and Notions is a great source to buy this product at discounted retail. 

Beacon Fabrics and Notions also has a few exclusive style of regular nail heads as well.

DIY Upholstery Supply LLC  is another great source for nail heads by the yard and D.A.D.S.  products at retail and in small quantities for theDIY’er.

The Rhinestone Guy  is a source for heat set faux nail heads for those applications where you need to apply tight to the surface without nailing in.  This great for soft furnishings such as drapery panels, pillows, table linens, etc.  They are washable but be sure to provide replacement pieces in case they do come loose or fall off in the wash.  They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and designs and there are a lot of other interesting products available on this site as well.

Van Dykes Restorers  is one of my favorite places to go for everything you need to restore or refinish furniture but they also sell this ingenious product. It is a clear plastic track with holes in the center of each circle so you can easily place your nail heads in a straight line without a lot of measuring labor.  The only downside is that it only works for 3/8” nails.  That is the most commonly used size however so chances are that might be just right for you.

Van Dykes offers  Wholesale pricing on their exclusive products.


If you don’t want to open a wholesale account with  the manufacturer and buy your nail heads by the box for the full put up you can buy them in small quantities from these distributors.

Rowley offers D.A.D.S. nails at wholesale and also sells nail head placement guides and application tools and they offer a free series of instructional videos that show some different techniques of application and how to use there tools.

Chervan offers nail heads along with replacement furniture legs and feet if yours are worn out.

Lees has a huge assortment of goodies and is a source for D.A.D.S. nails in small quantities.

Kast Fabrics  offers the entire line of D.A.D.S. products at wholesale to the trade as well as great fabrics and trims.

Deb and I hope you’ve enjoyed

The Ultimate Source Guide for Decorative Upholstery Nail Heads

Look for other fantastic industry source guides from Soft Design Lab in the near future.

06 Jun

Secret Source: Caleidoscope Color


Caleidoscope Color is a  one of the new 21st Century collaborative design tools. They create the designs, and you create the color! It’s a resource for professionally designed home-furnishing  textile designs (and wallpaper, too!); custom colored specifically for your clients erom your artistic vision. Jackie and I came across Caleidoscope Color at Design Bloggers Conference and loved the concept. You pick from their library of designs and then custom color and personalize them to your client’s color scheme- something traditionally manufactured and stocked fabrics can’t do. This is a great way to ease into building your own signature products line; something near and dear to SDL’s heart. Plus it hits the mark when talking to your clients about the tech driven design or uber personalization trends.


Caleidoscope Color  ‘stocks’ designs digitally on their website library. This provides you with the ability to design your creative color vision, and showcase your soft design talent. Fabrics are digitally printed on high quality ground cloths.  The Caleidoscope website provides an intuitive tool to create your own custom colors – it’s  like  ‘paint by numbers painting.’


Their studio is really focused on the Art of Design driven by technology.  They design all fabrics and wallpapers from hand-drawn or painted artwork to the digital version to the finished end product. Caleidoscope Color’s Founder and Principal Designer, Heather Elisabeth, has 20+ years of experience designing high-end home furnishing textiles and wallpapers for firms such as Cowtan Tout, Pierre Frey, Schumacher, Lee Jofa, Kravet, and Marvic. She directs the Caleidoscope Studio and  creates designs from her original artistic visions and inspirations through to the finished product. It’s a win-win for designers.

Bonus: Heather and her team are offering our Soft Design lab readers this special offer.  Just Because? Just because you’re a fab soft designer!


 What is Digital Printing?

Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media ( printing substrates) like paper, vinyl, fabrics, tile, etc.  It usually refers to professional printing of  small-run jobs that are printed using large-format and/or high-volume laser or inkjet printers. Digitally printed home furnishing products  let you customize the design, scale, and color; as well as  offer you short lead times, less costly set-up charges and very small minimums because it’s printed on demand.