Interior designers from all across the country and the extraordinary people who work at Lee Industries pose for a picture.
Not originally from North Carolina, I still marvel at the fact that beautiful furniture is made right here within the state of North Carolina. Touring the factory was like watching an intricate machine operate, we were able to see each process happening whether that was by hand or with a human operating a machine. Let’s begin with some of the highlights!
First, bolts of fabric arrive at the factory and are tagged to their respective furniture frame.
Next, the fabric is rolled out and inspected, prepared for cutting and sewing.
The patterns are then cut out of the fabric using a computer aided program. The strips you see on the table are being used to create a welt cord.
We closely observed the sewing department as they sew different pieces together.
Below:A top-stitch is created on leather.
Special details like a hidden zipper pocket and jumbo contrast top-stitching make each piece unique.
Lee Industries president Norman Coley (middle) observes a hardwood frame and nylon webbing.
Above: A master upholster begins tying down the metal springs with 8 way hand tied knots, a mark of good quality.
Below: An upholster finishes an ottoman with covered buttons.
Have you ever heard the phrase “spitting tacks?” This experienced upholster (above in green) holds his hammer to his mouth to show us a tried and true quick method.
Below: A gorgeous Chesterfield sofa.
Above: A covered welt cord will be applied to finish the edges on this pretty sofa with exposed wood.
After the factory tour Norman explained to us Lee Industries green practices, you can read all about their eco-friendly company culture here. We really enjoyed our experience at Lee Academy and feel great about all the knowledge we acquired while at the factory.