Before we dive into the impact of laminate on home furnishings, let us first grasp the true essence of what makes a laminate. Laminate is nothing but an extremely thin plastic sheet created by soaking two to three different kinds of paper in resin. The end product can be used as a layer of coating on almost all materials. Though more popular with furniture items, its use on curtains and sofa coverings is increasing day-by-day. The reasons are its impact on enhancing the designability, durability, and longevity of home furnishings.
Designability – The dictionary would have us use two words – design and ability, but every designer knows that ability of a design to stand the wear and tear of usage adds to it designability. Since the process of lamination delays fraying of edges and seams, it will enable designers and homeowners to give flight to their imagination. Its impact on home furnishing will be felt in décor demands as customers clamor for truly unique finishes and designs.
Durability – The durability of interior furnishing products is bound to increase as lamination makes them scratch and stain proof. Customers can relax, enjoy and not tense up as kids run their toy cars over a favorite cushion or best friends spill wine on the new sofa. After all, each item of the home is bought with love and hard-earned money. Laminate coverings will make it easy to clean stains and spills. Since each item can be easily maintained, it will enhance the durability of prized possessions.
Longevity – Indians are famous for covering everything in plastic to increase its lifespan. Customers are also fraught to buy expensive furnishings for high use areas. The smart marketers and practical designers thought, “Why not cover expensive curtains or cushion/sofa covers with laminates?” A coating enhances the life of expensive home furnishings especially vintage products and recently bought luxury items. Increasing the longevity of laminate is the way forward for the industry.
The Home furnishing industry in India is dynamic, with demanding customers and lamination of home furnishing products is the new way to offer quality products. As designability, durability and longevity of the range of products increase so will the quality of products on offer and the type of demands from customers.
In conclusion, Laminates today are used as coverings for most products including the window coverings. They are the way forward for the cost-consciousness and fashion-forward people of the country.