Jute webbing is used in upholstery to hold coil springs within furniture in place. Normally woven like a basket, the webbing is stretched over the coil springs. Over time the webbing will begin to sag to the point where the seat has a dip and will need to be replaced. New webbing can be applied over the old and restretched to raise the seating back up to its original position.
Jute webbing is also used on inside and outside sections of furniture to provide backing so that when pressed on, the furniture does not cave in. Once the webbing is applied, a burlap layer is placed over it to close any openings in the webbing weave.
There are two types of jute webbing: black and red. Black webbing has a firmer and stiffer feel than red. It is intended to be used as spring support. Red webbing is softer and more pliable than black. It is used for back springs that have a lower gauge and softer feel. It also provides a less stiff and rigid foundation. The primary manufacturer of jute fibers is India.
In modern furniture, jute webbing has largely been eliminated and replaced with cardboard, known as chipboard. Therefore, jute webbing tends to be used in older antique furniture where the originality of the structural integrity of the antique furniture is an important factor in maintaining its value.
- A strong and tightly woven weave.
- 100% natural and sustainable jute fibers.