Tag Archives: Upholstery restoration

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

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!

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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!

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

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

Reupholstered Retro chairs on TV’s ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’

Barry at BJ Upholstery reupholstered these two retro chairs for David Harper, TV programme ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’

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