Category Archives: Reupholstery

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

 

 

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

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

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!

 

 

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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!

Wesley and Barrell Chair

Good Quality Furniture Will Last and Last….

Buy quality furniture and it will last a lifetime, actually better value that buying new. We reupholstered this fine Wesley and Barrell chair which was purchased over 20 years ago – maybe more.  Wesley-Barrell, a British company since 1895 makes traditional and contemporary furniture.  Restored and reupholstered furniture is returned to our customers in ‘as new’ condition, to last another 20 years – now that is good value!

Wesley-Barrels Chair Wesley-Barrel Chair

Leather Chairs Restored

Leather Chairs and Leather Sofa’s are Regular Visitors to our Workshop.

As leather chairs and sofa’s can be expensive to buy it is cost effective to repair, restore and reupholster.  This pair of large very contemporary leather chairs came in to be revitalised.  We took the opportunity to complete one first and took a Before and After photo.

A sad before and a happy after!

Leather chairs - before and after

 

Pub, Bar and Restaurant Work

Professional and Long-Lasting Quality Reupholstery for the Commercial Business; Pub, Bar and Restaurant Work

We work for ‘Toby Carvery’ through the North East and many of our amazing Pubs, Bars, Hotels and Restaurants.  Commercial work is completed as and when required to fit with the business schedules.  Nearly all jobs will need to be uplifted to our workshop and in some cases we can provide loan chairs – for a hotel for example so you can keep on trading.

Here is an example of a restaurant where the designer included some upholstered button back walls – quite effective.

Pub, Bar, Restaurant

Restaurant

Wing Back Chair Restoration

Wood framed wing chair restored and reupholstered

We striped back to the frame this Wood framed wing chair. Replaced the frame padding and the  seat foams, cleaned and waxed the frame – see the before photo below.

Older furniture really is great quality.  Often not seen is the frame construction and spring setup under the upholstery.  Hardwood frames and dowel joints are fantastic structures to restore, re-pad and reupholster to make a chair that will last forever with a modern quality fabric.  Here is a recently completed  Wing Back Chair we restored for a customer.

Wing Back Chair Restoration - detailDetail Photos
Wing Back Chair Restoration - detail arm
Wood framed wing chair completed.
Wood framed wing chair - completedAnd the Wood framed wing chair before restoration, photo…
Wing Back Chair Restoration - before restoration

Dining Chairs

Dining Chairs are a regular in our workshop

Some dining chairs have a ‘pop-out’ seat pads, you can drop these into our shop in Darlington – we can pick up if required. Others are the same but with fixing screws underneath, we can call and remove for you. And then there are the fixed seat and sometimes fixed back dining chairs, we will collect.

Dining chairs seem to not go out of style and always are useful. We clean and wax the wood areas if requested while in the workshop and nearly always replace the foam padding, returned to you in almost as-new, comfortable condition – you will be surprised how hard those old dining chairs have got.

Dining Chair

Nursing Chair Restoration

A nursing chair is a chair that’s comfortable when nursing an infant, set low with a deep seat.

Nursing Chair

In Victorian times the nursing chair was a low seated partially upholstered chair, comfortable and easy to move to where best and warmest, often by the low fire in days of old. We find them often from old houses that ‘back in the day’ actually had a nursery.

This chair form was particularly popular in England and found primarily in upper class homes. The types of wood most frequently used were oak, rosewood or walnut,this example is fully upholstered. Often passed down through the family, a nursing chair can hold those lovely memories of nursing the child in the middle of the night.

Always a magical chair and now used mostly as a bedroom occasional chair or dressing table chair or something to throw clothes on! Always pretty and a popular restoration.

Restored and reupholstered footstool

Restored and reupholstered footstool

Footstools are really popular at the moment, can be used as a coffee table, magazine and book table, seat and indeed as a ‘footstool’.

Restored Footstool