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Dining Chair Seat Pads Reupholstered

Dining chairs come in many styles

This one is dark teak framed chair with a heavy rubberised and foam seat pad which is very firm to sit on but extremely comfortable for all sizes and weights – adults and children alike.

A super quality chair that is part of a ten-set we reupholstered in a beige weave durable fabric for a long dinner service!

Teak dining chair

 

 

Loose Covers made for two chairs

Loose covers.

We made two sets of loose covers for this customers bedroom chairs.

Customers own fabric.  Tidies up two kids bedroom chairs – looks cool!

Loos cover bedroom chairs

Interesting this chair as it has a low back rail with a high back foam cushion. The back cushion fits behind the seat foam. Possibly a Ikea designed chair.

Antique Furnishings Repaired and Reupholstered

Antique Furnishings Repaired and Reupholstered

Use the experts in North East and Yorkshire for the job of perfection.

Select from over 2000 fabrics and add the detail you require. Sympathetic restoration is our pleasure!

Antique Furnishings Repaired and Reupholstered

What our customers say | reupholstered Conservatory Furniture

“I am thrilled with the result, they are wonderful. I have ordered new blinds and am looking for “pieces” to finish dressing the room.

I would thank you all for your friendliness and professional attitude.

I would have no problem recommending you to anyone thinking of reupholstering furniture.”

Best wishes,

Customer in Manfield near Darlington.

Conservatory Furniture

 

See photos of the completed conservatory furniture

A Fine example of an Ercol Chair.

This fine example of an Ercol Chair.

Always a pleasure to work with. Our customer chose a plaid shade to coordinate with the bentwood English elm, a perfect fresh look.

Ercol Chair

A little about Ercol

Since 1944 Ercol have was produced chairs with a bentwood frame and an arched back supporting delicate spindles. The wood selected was English elm – a wood previously thought impossible to bend because it distorted.

On the bench this week, Cadillac Car Seats.

Car seats are not something we reupholster too often.

We usually only work on car seat restoration rather that regular repairs etc.

This customer asked us to restore front and back seats of his ‘desert find’ Cadillac from Arizona where it sat for 30 years.

This is an interesting historic car seat resoration.

Real leather hide was requested to replace the original blue and grey, cloth now almost turned to dust.

Here are the The Cadillac Eldorado seats waiting to be stripped down – I wonder what we may find inside? Hopefully not a rattle snake!

Photos of the completed Cadillac Car Seats below.

Cadillac Seats

Cadillac Seats

The Leather Hides ready for the car seat restoration.

Leather Hide for Cadillac Seats

Cadillac seat

Cadillac seat

Retro Furniture Restoration | Retro chair

Really ‘on-trend’ Retro Furniture

Some chairs just have ‘IT’ and this sweet 1960’s easy chair I love.

Really neat so it fits in our modern homes. A delicate colour chosen by our customer in a beautiful to the touch wool mix by Linwood. Very fashionable at the moment, will always be a classic and very comfortable too.

The word retro signifies looking backward. When designers, manufacturers and customers speak about retro furniture, we are referring to a style of furniture that looks back with nostalgia and pays homage to styles that were popular in the past. Currently furniture designers are inspired by 60s and 70s – this one is the genuine item.

Retro Chair

Namely, retro furniture was popular in the decades of 1950s, 1960s, 1970s. Recently, the industry has added the 80s to the list, which personally I am shocked at. I love 1960’s like this chair but the 80s?

On the bench this week; A Modern Knole Sofa

This is a stunning classic style of sofa in a modern style and fabric

About Knole Sofa

A Knole Sofa was made in the 17th century. It is housed at Knole in Kent, a house owned by the Sackville-Wests since 1605 but now in the care of the National Trust. It was originally used not as comfortable sofa but as a formal throne on which the monarch would have sat to receive visitors. It features adjustable side arms and considerable depth of seating, it usually has exposed wooden finials at the rear corner tops, and some exposed wood may be present on the otherwise arms. The arms, more correctly sides, are of the same height. The side arms are tied to the sofa back by means of heavy decorative braid, often with an elaborate tassel.

Georgian Dining Chairs

A delightful pair of Georgian Dining Chairs

Reupholstered in a Ross weave.

A customer chose a really fresh choice of fabric colour-way with a matching braid.  These classics look beautiful in any home setting, modern or traditional.  Not only beautifully made but they are surprisingly heavy.  Try picking one up, you’ll get a bit of a shock! Oh and i love the colours!

Fantastic Fireside 1950’s Chair Reupholstered in Plaid Check

Older Fireside Chairs are great quality.

Look at this restored reupholstered high quality chair in an American wool mix check fabric. Linwood fabric check.

Lovely!

Plaid Wing Chair

Funky footstool

Funky footstool

I really love this now Funky Footstool

Designed by our customer in London this simple footstool has been made into a really interesting and unique footstool which I’m sure will be a great talking point.

Upholstered – in part – with an old potato sack. The sacking was quite stretchy so Barry lined the underside with an upholstery material and aded two panels each side to completely cover the footstool showing the potato sack set in the middle.

Funky footstool

 

Funky footstool

Funky footstool

I thought this piece deserved three photos – we just love its clever idea/design and simplicity.

Conservatory Furniture

Conservatory Furniture

Conservatory Furniture, Orangery or Florida room etc.

If you have good quality solid frame conservatory furniture, its worth reupholstering or in most cases simply recovering the cushions in a modern up to date fabric. We can also replace or re-wrap the fibre back cushions and foam seat cushions.

Fabric used on mass produced conservatory furniture often is cotton based, thin and made to a cost. The sun of course eventually breaks it down and your left with a good frame.

An option is to custom make a bespoke replacement with an upholstery grade quality fabric.

Not only is this a cost effective way to build  a quality bespoke product, it also means you don’t have to shop for (often inferior) replacement  – you keep the furniture that you know and know it fits.

This example was recovered in a stunning Linwood fabric that really suits the style of room.

Beautiful!


When Jo delivered the reupholstered cushions the room was not quite finished but I promised I would send photographs so please find these attached. I am thrilled with the result, they are wonderful. I have ordered new blinds and am looking for “pieces” to finish dressing the room.  I would thank you all for your friendliness and professional attitude.

I would have no problem recommending you to anyone thinking of reupholstering furniture.

Best wishes, Ida.

PS just waiting for warm weather to use the cushion on wrought iron garden seat!

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Footstool in leather

An antique footstool reupholstered in leather to match fireside chair.

We recently restored an antique fireside chair in this leather hide. There was just enough to cover this footstool also – so here it is about completed waiting on the bench for the finishing touches of the upholstery round headed pins in each corner.  See the ‘Rolls Royce’ corner stitch in the detailed photo – Lovely!

footstool

Detail

Footstool

Put your feet up!

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Working on this week; a restoration of an Edwardian Chaise Longue

Its not just ‘re-covering’

This is restoration. As you can see in the photos below;  we strip the furniture back and remove the, in this case 200 year old, padding and reconstruct using modern variations of horse hair and modern wadding. Checking and fixing the frame then we re-fit/replace and tie-in with twine the coil springs.

Modern furniture is not built this way.  And this type of furniture was an expensive luxury in its day, therefor it was built to a very high standard. The comfort is something else.

We have a 1904 chair in our shop – come and sit in it,  you wont want to leave – remember we close at 5!

 

 

Antique button back chair

Antique furniture is amazing value currently

Restored and reupholstered in a modern fabric creates a classic that will last for a very long time. A lovely antique button back chair restored and reupholstered in a light soft velvet – gorgeous!

Antique button back chair

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Parker Knoll Chair

Parker Knoll is a British furniture manufacturing company, originally formed by Frederick Parker and Willi Knoll.

parker knoll chair

Really popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s Parker Knoll chairs have often visited our workshop for 30 years. Easily recognised by the clean lines with small rolled arms and wings. To check, look under the seat cushion to find round springs covered in a canvas material. Then look under the frame base to see the stamp ‘Parker Knoll’. Always super quality, almost bullet proof, its rare to have to repair a Parker Knoll frame. We love them!

Started in the 1930’s Parker Knoll is a British furniture manufacturing company, originally formed by Frederick Parker and Willi Knoll, a German inventor of the distinctive form of springs under the seat. The company was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1950, but taken private in 2004. After financial problems, it was acquired out of administration by Sofa Brands International. In recent years, the brand has moved back to the higher-quality end of the domestic furniture market.

Prices for new Parker Knoll furniture are still great value, chairs about £1000 for example. They are quite plain but have clean lines, quite small therefore fit well in modern houses. I like them as they are not ‘flash’ but a recognised quality that can be used for generations -, good value style that can be used every day.

Here is a delightful restored Parker Knoll chair we recently completed. Isn’t she lovely!

Commercial Reupholstery

Running a commercial business with upholstered units in-place you need to restore / repair / reupholster fast.  We reupholster a lot of the Toby Carvery restaurants (mmm yum) and many pubs and hotels in the North East and Yorkshire.

Commercial Reupholstery

Here is a fast turn around for a doctors office – returned within 36 hours. Removed and reupholstered in a high quality vinyl during a staff training day. Great looking design too.

Commercial Upholstery

Leather Button Back Chair

One of the most lovely chairs I have seen for a while.

Leather Button Back Chair

It was in bad condition but the frame structure was good and most importantly the owner found it so very comfortable. Indeed we had to wait till after a comfortable Christmas to collect and start the restoration.

Leather is not always leather

Many of us have modern leather chairs – we repair and reupholster a lot of them. Sometimes the ‘leather’ is not actually leather though.  Modern factory produced leather furniture can sometimes be a treatment cover to look, feels and smell like leather but its not. Sometimes the leather is only on the parts you touch and sometimes it is very thin rolled leather.

Genuine Leather Tanned Hide

The ‘leather tanned hide’ we use is about 1/4 cm thick, tanned from a genuine hide and will last as long as Sherlock Holmes leather library chair.