Category Archives: Antique

Victorian nursing chair – pheasant pattern

These occasional antique chairs originally designed as a nursing chair work as a  lovely feature and occasional seating.

Our customer chose the distinctive pheasant fabric that I think really changes the look to a modern classic.

Victorian nursing chair - pheasant pattern

A clever combination!

Chaise Long restoration

Chaise Long restored and reupholstered to ‘as-new’.

Ready to serve and look stylish in any home for another 100 years

Chaise Long

We restore antique furniture as originally built using tie-in coil springs and modernised wadding with rubberised ‘horse hair’. So the result is a classic handmade piece of historic furniture you can use every day and will last far longer than a modern version.  I’m in love!

Parker Knoll Two Seater Sofa

So cute and great for modern homes this fully restored Parker Knoll sofa will look lovely in a bedroom or snug.

After two seater wingback sofa

See it on the bench during restoration.

Hand crafted button back Victorian Chair

A beautiful and extremely comfortable Victorian chair.

Fully restored to include all hand-tied base springs and padding with a wad base. Now looking as-new at over 100 years old.  Upholstered in W&B Scottish leather.

For the highest quality craftsmanship in furniture restoration and reupholstery. All our work comes with the ‘Total Satisfaction Guarantee’. A family business established for 30 years.

Fireside wing back chair in blue

There are many versions of this style of chair.  Often called a ‘Parker Knoll’ type chair or a fireside chair, wingback chair.

Reupholstered in a delightful blue fabric provided by our customer.

Forever stylish!

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:)

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

 

Here are two Antique Dining chairs with reupholstered seats and pin edged corners.

Dining chairs with pin edged corners

Lovely!

Antique Furnishings Repaired and Reupholstered

Antique Furnishings Repaired and Reupholstered

Use the experts in North East and Yorkshire for the job of perfection.

Select from over 2000 fabrics and add the detail you require. Sympathetic restoration is our pleasure!

Antique Furnishings Repaired and Reupholstered

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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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

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.

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.

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

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.