In this post, we'll go over key differences between lip cord trim and welt.
But first, it's important to understand lip cord trim and how it compares to flat trim (and again, flat trim is described in our previous blog post linked above).
While braided cord or rope trim with lip are also considered "trim," they differ from flat & grosgrain trim in both their appearance and the way they are applied on the product.
Cord/braided/rope trim all have a rounded section, often called the CORD, which is attached to a small flat part along the side called the LIP. The lip is concealed in the seam of the fabric when the cord is applied onto the product.
See how lip cord trim brings a sleek finish to the tops of these custom valances below.
Certain products, like bolsters, throw pillows, bedspreads, and upholstered products like cornices and headboards, all include a welt in the base labor charge. You might choose a contrast fabric for your welt for an added pop of color!
And don't forget that additional layers of welt and/or trim as shown above will be an added customization on your quote, with the labor charge & yardage adjusted accordingly! Find the standard add-ons for welt and trim in our Price Catalog, available to download for active customers only.
The custom pillows below were made with NO welt. Some designers may request this look, also called a "knife edge," on certain designs for pillows or duvet covers.
A knife edge simply brings the front face and backing fabrics together with a seam instead of a welt or trim separating the two layers of fabric for a sleek look.
While a knife edge can be appropriate for certain styles, welt and lip cord are still a fabulous finishing touch for your custom design.
See how the added welt brings a look of completion to these custom cornices!
Keep in mind that because we make welt in our workroom, there are different sizes available, and different fabrics finish with varying thickness, depending on the material makeup of the fabric.
Standard welt will become especially thick when made with upholstery weight fabric. In addition, we typically use larger welt cord for larger upholstered products like headboards, but again, everything is customizable, and we will make your product to your exact specifications!