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Antique Dining Chairs

We restore and reupholster all types and all age antique dining chairs.

Here are a lovely set of Georgian spoon-back dining chairs ready for reupholstery.Antique dining chairs

I will add a photo of the completed chairs here once completed – if I remember:)

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.

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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!

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

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

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

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

Three Seater Sofa and Love-seat

Three Seater Sofa and Love-seat reupholstered in a chenille fabric.

Our customer purchased this set of a Three Seater Sofa and a Love-seat some 12 years ago, the fabric was tiring and a change of colour was required.
Originally upholstered in a light beige now restored and reupholstered in light grey chenille fabric.

Three Seater Sofa

Love-seat

Kingston High Back Dining Chairs

We reupholster quite a lot of these lovely high back Kingston chairs.

Reupholstered Kingston High Back Dining Chairs.

Lovely coordinated set of Kingston chairs.

High back dining chairs

Kingston High Back Dining Chairs

The Kingston high back Dining Chair features clean contours and a scrolled back. The Kingston is an elegant design that is suited to most homes.  The quality of this style of chair varies by manufacturer, indeed low price copies of the original can be found online.  The better levels of quality are worth reupholstering.  We strip to the frame, check and repair, re-web and spring, re-foam/pad and upholster as required.

More reupholstered Kingston chairs

This example has an oak frame and polished legs.

 

This is an original Kingston High Back dining chair – circa 1930’s. The set was lovingly restored in our workshop.

Kingston Chair - original

Great to work on an original.

The restoration and reupholstery of an Antique Chaise Longue

A chaise longue is an upholstered sofa in the shape of a chair that is long enough to support the legs.

This rather lovely 100 year old chaise was restored and reupholstered by BJ Upholstery – below you can see it on its journey.

chaise longue

As it started.

chaise longue - restoration

Removeing the dislodged coil springs.

Frame re-structured and webbed. Deep button back completed. Spring. were re-tied in

chaise longue. Now fully restored and upholstered ready to last another 100 years.

Bespoke craftsman reupholstery

We are restoring a 19th century button back fireside chair.

Restoring antique button-back fireside chair

Antique upholstery restoration and reupholstery a specialism – contact us for a quote.

Restoring antique button-back fireside chair.  Bespoke-craftsman-reupholstery.

And the restored and reupholstered button back fireside chair…

Button back chair reupholstered

Wingback Chair reupholstered

Our reupholstery policy

This fine wingback chair was delivered today.  As with most of our reupholstery jobs we strip the chair back to its wood frame, fix and correct the joints as needed and replace the springs and webbing.

Wingback Chair reupholstered

Body Foam padding – should I replace it?

We replace the body foam on nearly all reupholstery jobs as its best advice to do so while the furniture is stripped down.  Also old foam is not fire retardant and it is often fatigued and can turn to almost dust when exposed. Yes always replace the body foam padding. It also shapes the furniture better to look better.

 

 

 

Library Sofa and Chairs

Library Sofa and Chairs

Originally upholstered in leather we  reupholstered this lovely set of study or library sofa and two chairs.  The chairs are of a different style and the padding is firm for this type of seating.

 

We are reupholstery experts with now 30 years experience, Offering simple repairs, domestic reupholstery and commercial reupholstery contracts. Based in Darlington we cover North East England and North Yorkshire.