Monthly Archives: May 2017

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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.