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Banq-ing on Button-fix - upholstered seating applications

Button-fix, particularly our Type 1 Fixes, are ideal for banquette seating. Why? Because they don’t require glue or cause damage to any of the upholstered seating panels. Using Button-fix ensures that there are no unsightly staples or screws – and even better – allows for speedy refits for high usage applications.

Button-fix Buttons on a seat cushionCorner banquette assembly

Button-fix can be used to invisibly attach both the seat and backrest cushions, firmly connecting the cushion baseboards to the supporting structure. Semi-rebating the Type 1 Fix into the baseboard conveniently creates a 3mm stand-off, which gives allowance for the fabric wrapping onto the back of the cushion. Unlike other concealed fasteners such as Velcro, Button-fix accurately aligns the cushions and is unlikely to detach accidentally in daily use. Yet it is just as easy to install, thanks to the helpful Button Marker accessories.

A good example of how Button-fix has helped to refit upholstered seating can be found in the marine industry where on-board food and beverage areas require fast and trustworthy refurbishment

Blu Marine provide outfitting services for a major ferry operator. They needed to source a quick and accurate method of positioning and anchoring the backs of banquette seats, and one where the fixing mechanism did not intrude on or undermine the look and feel of the bespoke seating arrangement. The invisibility, incredible strength and ease of installation offered by Button-fix made it the obvious choice for Blu Marine.

Using approximately 350 Button-fix Type 1 fasteners, Blu Marine secured the backs of the banquette seats to the substrate. This allowed for a discrete and secure fixing that could be fastened quickly and efficiently.

Sander de Haas, Project Manager at Blu Marine, said: “I had heard of Buttonfix from a colleague, and thought it would be an ideal solution for this fit-out. Easy to use, the Button-fix Type 1 allowed for a hidden fixing that didn’t require glue or cause damage to the backs of the seats.”

Julie Freedman, Head of Sales and Marketing at Buttonfix stated: “Accurate and secure installations are of vital importance aboard ferries, as passengers require optimum comfort and as much stability as possible. For high footfall spaces such as ferries, dealing with wear and tear is always going to be a key consideration in future-proofing any fit-out, so using Button-fix fasteners for this sort of installation makes sound financial sense: seat backs can be easily removed, repaired and replaced without causing any damage to the substrate or seat, and without the need for any additional fixing materials.”

Leather seating in a Soho lobby

Above: leather seating in the lobby of a building in Soho, London (BW Consultants)

Corner banquette images (top) courtesy of Spy Interiors

A Blu Marine installer fitting seat backrests

'Easy to use, the Button-fix Type 1 allowed for a hidden fixing that didn’t require glue or cause damage to the backs of the seats.' Sander de Haas, Project Manager at Blu Marine.

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