We often talk with customers who want to update or change the fabric on a chair or sofa.
The hurdle often can be the price. It costs more to reupholster say a Next Interiors or Laura Ashley chair than it does to buy a new one. The great thing about the likes of Next Interiors or Laura Ashley is that they are ‘on-trend’ and the fabrics used are very lovely to look at. The negative is that they are made to a price and probably mass produced in China or India – nothing wrong with that as it gives us a great deal – but they are made to a price and engineered to last just a few years with average use.
For value for money and a piece of furniture that will last much longer your better off buying an older quality chair and investing in a restoration of your design.
Here is an example of a fairly standard traditional wingback chair restored and updated with an ‘on-trend’ fabric. Costs a bit more, take a little more time to instigate but made to your style using British craftsmen and quality fabrics. There is no other like it!
So cute and great for modern homes this fully restored Parker Knoll sofa will look lovely in a bedroom or snug.
See it on the bench during restoration.
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.
Parker Knoll is a British furniture manufacturing company, originally formed by Frederick Parker and Willi Knoll.
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!