Deep Buttoning: Top Upholstery Techniques Series

The importance of couture in an upholstery brand starts with the use of excellent manual techniques – today we present you the Deep Buttoning.

Deep Buttoning, also known as Capitoné or just Buttoning, is a very time-consuming process that requires the patience and skill of an experienced upholsterer. Once the technique is mastered, the creativity of the upholsterer is what really makes the furniture stand out.




The technique consists of buttons being compressed at regular intervals through a deeply filled upholstery pad and then stitched under tension at the back. A pattern of deep stuffed, padded pockets is then formed, often in a diamond configuration.

Any style of furniture can accommodate deep buttoning providing its frame allows for an upholstery pad with enough depth.
Buttoning is generally found on the inside backs of furniture but can be used on seats, arms, padded borders and rails. Traditional Chesterfields are a great example of this deep buttoning effect.



Great care and attention are needed in the planning stages of this technique. Particularly when using floral, tartan or any intricate styled fabric. It is very important to get the fabric in the right position in relation to three elements:

  1. Buttons;
  2. Folds;
  3. Seat fabric.

Any pattern mismatches will be intensified by this technique, which is why plain fabrics are a far better choice.

The perfect materialization of this technique is the piece Katy Chair designed by Domkapa. Inspired by the feminine and classic side of the Parisian lifestyle, this piece reinterprets a contemporary vision of a classic design. The handmade couture technique adds elegance and opulence to this amazing piece. It is a symbol of neoclassicism‘s mantra that will easily brighten a bar design project.



As an upholstery specialized brand, Domkapa holds a tremendous passion for detailed stitching. We have several similarities to the haute-couture philosophy focused on the value of a “made by hand”. The use of techniques such as manual cuts and hand sewing  – artisanal couture techniques – are unique providers of mainly manual work.