Category Archives: Reupholstery

Duresta

Duresta

One of our favourites, Duresta are extremely well made robust and classically stylish soft furnishings. Contemporary in design, they are a modern classic that can be restored and redesigned many times.

We reupholstered this delightful Duresta chair in the customer’s own fabric from a village near Whitby.

Duresta | BJU are Duresta specialists. Repairs, restoration and reupholstery. We even re-sized a three-seater sofa to a two-seater sofa to fit perfectly into a bay window. Here is a recently completed reupholstered Duresta sofa reupholstered in a Ross flat weave fabric.

Specialist in: Sherborne – Duresta – Vale Bridgecraft – Parker knoll – Ercol – Cintique. All top brands are restored, reupholstered, and altered as required.

Chaise lounge

Green Chaise Lounge

I don’t think we need any words to describe this chaise lounge. The colour choice is the key to the look of this piece of furniture. See how the green velvet draws out the light highlights of the wood.

The chaise lounge was reupholstered for our customer in Thirsk, North Yorkshire and fully restored covered in Linwood Omega velvet. The lady is getting married on Saturday and will sit on this for photographs. What a wonderful idea.

Headboard

Headboard

Here is a custom-made to-order headboard. We followed our customer’s design and example photos to make this bespoke headboard.

A great example of a special order rope braid with Linwood velvet fabric headboard. Rather nice.

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loose covers

Loose Covers

Let’s talk about loose covers.

Back in the 1980s, loose covers became really popular. The idea was appealing, the sofa body was plainly upholstered in a base cloth, a calico for example and the cover pulled on with fixings at the back by ties or velcro. Some sofas came with two sets of loose covers so you could switch seasonally or fancied a change. You could order new loose covers too and we have made many replacement loose covers over the years. The downsides are that when washed the covers tended to shrink which made re-fitting a bit of a battle, once fitted they tend to lose the tailored look and looked a little miss-shapen and untidy. Avoid washing if you can, if you do, re-fit when damp.

Can we make new loose covers for a sofa?

Yes, we can make loose covers for any sofa or chair. We tailor make the covers to fit the furniture bespoke tested against each panel. We do not replicate using the original covers as a template. We can make loose covers for a sofa or chair that previously did not have loose covers and we can fully upholster a sofa or chair traditionally too rather than staying with loose covers.

Is there another loose cover option?

Yes, fully reupholster the furniture and add full-size arm caps and removable cushion cases. This option allows you to remove and wash the main fabric areas with the benefit of the fitted upholstered look.

Photos of loose covers we have made are shown below.

An example of a completed reupholstered chaise longue

Chaise Longue

Ten examples of chaise longue we have restored and reupholstered. The modern chaise longue was first popularised during the 16th century in France, hence the rather lovely name ‘Chaise Longue’ – it always congers up a sophisticated romantic feel. Chaise Longue were created by French furniture craftsmen for the rich to rest without the need to retire to the bedroom. I think I need one.

wing chair

Wing Chair

This wing chair, a fireside wing-back chair, is a turn of the century classic. The inside back panel you can see is a coordinating pattern fabric. The fabric is the original fabric of the chair our customer wanted to retain as it is a reminder of her late husband who loved the chair.

Linwood omega velvet fabric is what we chose to compliment the original fabric. The customer is delighted with the result and so are we – it looks just lovely.

Chair arm

Reupholstered Chairs

Two examples of chairs we reupholstered last week.

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The occasional chair is in a Wemyss weave fabric. And the blue chair is in a velvet fabric.

utility rocking chair

Rocking Chair

This is a utility rocking chair. Utility furniture was furniture produced in the United Kingdom during and directly after World War II.


This has been in the same family and has witnessed good and bad times.
Reupholstered in a fabric by P&S, tartan. Framed cleaned and waxed leaving the historical patina.

Before and after

Before and After

Well, it’s not really. This is the first Kingston chair (on the left) we reupholstered as part of a group of six. The one on the right is, of course, one of the chairs before we *reupholstered it and on the left is the freshly reupholstered Kingston chair. We hope you like this strong demonstration of what we produce. It’s not often we get the chance to show a ‘before and after’ photograph.

*When we reupholstery an item of furniture we don’t always explain that the internals is also fixed, strengthened, re-foamed, wrapped, and re-sprung as required before we reupholster.

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