Yearly Archives: 2016

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.


Loose covers

Making Loose Covers

We can re-make loose covers for your furniture.

There are some good things about loose covers for furniture, a great idea; you can put them in the wash and even change the style/colour if you have two sets of loose covers. The down-side is that they often go out of shape and become baggy and in places they don’t fit as they used to.

I have a cream linen loose cover sofa that is lovely, it washes well but at the back it no longer fits correctly.  Nature of this type of fabric.

Re-Making Loose Covers

With some covers if they are of a more ridged fabric (unlike linen) the fabric will hang better.  We can take apart the originals and re-make the covers.

Most loose covers often are out of shape and have become baggy and in places they don’t fit as they used to.  The solution in this case is to re-make the loose covers based on the the body of the furniture.  The upholsterer will work around the furniture body on the bench, measure up the individual panels to make each panel fall and hang correctly.  It’s good advice to order two sets to be made at the same time to save costs.

Here is a lovely sofa we delivered to our customer in Northallerton.

We made a set of new tailored loose covers to replace the covers that had worn.

Loose covers for sofa - detail

How to Fit

When fitting after wash allow to dry naturally but not bone dry. Re-fit when the fabric is a little damp.  As it fully dries at room temperature it will form a nice shape around the furniture body.


Latest Photo’s: Before and After Photo’s of reupholstered furniture.

Fabulous upholstered furniture looking tired and in need of a revamp. And look at the wonderful result after our re-upholstery. Recycle your sad looking furniture with a full re-upholstery work of art.

Single Chair restored and re-upholstered – 


A Four Seater sofa restored and re-upholstered – 

Chesterfield sofa – 

Chesterfield - Befor

Chesterfield - after




Repairs to sofas and chairs – helpful tips.

Is My Sofa Worth Repairing?

Good quality sofas and chairs are usually worth repairing or recovering.  Antique furniture is almost always worth it and 1920s to 1950s upholstered furniture tends to be so well made it will probably outlast you and me and possibly appreciate in value after a restoration.  1960s and 70s furniture is in high demand and can fetch some astonishing prices, especially designer pieces like an Egg chair.

Good quality furniture restored and reupholstered with new springs, fillings and foams can really bring a great design back to life, or indeed look better than when new – a unique design statement piece you can use every day. I have a 1920s drop-arm sofa that we reupholstered 20 years ago, it has lived in my living room, and kitchen and now sits in a bedroom.  It cost me just £200 plus the reupholster and fabric costs, it is still as good as new and worth double my investment.  In addition to all the good use and financial benefits, it still looks beautiful today.

Brands like Sherborne – Duresta – Vale Bridgecraft – Parker knoll – Ercol – Cintique – George Smith – Wesley-Barrell – Howard and Sons for many years have been through our workshop and today appeal to all ages – always worth restoring and reupholstering.

Lesser quality sofas and chairs like the Argos range or DFS and SCS sofas usually are not worth the repair or recovery costs.  However; more often we find customers will invest in this type of upholstery due to the fact that the sofa ‘fits in the area just right’ or it is very comfortable and worth re-investing and keeping. And do consider that a reupholstered sofa will actually be better quality once completed than a factory-produced item.  

Re-spring a sofa or chair. Often sofas will just sag and the platform under the sear cushions will rip. A platform refit and replacement of modern ‘zig-zag’ springs is a straightforward job and will give you some extra years of use.  The cost for this is about £250 plus up-lift and delivery. Great value and often will add some ten years more use from a piece. 

By BJ Upholstery Restoration Manager.

Book For Christmas Delivery

It’s time to book your reupholstery jobs soonest to allow us to deliver in-time for Christmas.


Early bookings appreciated.

Already we are been asked for reupholstery jobs to be ready for Christmas.  As an average job takes three weeks;  we are asking out customers to ‘Book Early’ to save disappointment.

Can you wait till January?

If you can wait till January 2018 for the job start; we offer a lovely 10% discount if booked in October and November.

Reupholstery services and repairs in Darlington, Newcastle and all of the North Yorkshire area. Including Barnard Castle, Leyburn, Durham, Middlesbrough, Stokesley, Sunderland etc.



Free Home Visit Reupholstery Quote

North East England and North Yorkshire.

Are you thinking of re-upholstering a chair or sofa, restoring an antique or reinventing a historic find?

The quality of older furniture frames and structure is far better than most modern sofas and chairs. Restored and upholstered professionally an older chair or sofa will outlast most modern version and of course be so much more unique, hold its value and also you will find the proportions a little more generous.

BJ Upholstery offer a free home visit and quote in the North East and North Yorkshire. Request here.

Re-upholstered sofa

Reupholstery quotes are available in the North East and North Yorkshire.

We are based in Darlington and provide reupholstery services and repairs in Darlington, up to and including Newcastle and all of the North Yorkshire area. Including Barnard Castle, Leyburn, Durham, Middlesbrough, Stokesley, Sunderland etc. Other areas, please contact us.

Choosing a fabric? Welcome to our ‘FABRIC CHOICES PAGE’.


Choosing fabric can sometimes be the hardest part of booking a reupholstery job. Over the years I have found it useful to direct my customers to our fabric suppliers websites to help with fabric choices.

Links to our main fabric providers websites is located at the bottom of all pages on our website. As the choice is growing and to keep things neat we have created a NEW website page called ‘FABRIC CHOICES PAGE’. Importantly we have retained the link at the bottom of all the website pages – because our customers are used to the links been there.


Read about our fabric providers:

Chatsworth Fabrics Since founded in 1991, Chatsworth Fabrics has prided itself on its standards of excellence and ensuring that nothing is too much trouble for our customers, over 20 years later we continue as a family run business.

Linwood Fabric Linwood is a family-run business with over three generations of experience in furnishings. We are passionate about maintaining a classic English style to our collection, while introducing contemporary designs and innovative modern techniques.

Porter and Stone With 60 years of experience Fryett’s has evolved into one of the leading designers and innovators of curtain and upholstery fabrics.

Ross Fabrics Fabric Collections Ross Fabrics, established in 1933, supply a comprehensive range of upholstery fabrics.

Thanks for reading – Jo.

Best regards from Jo.