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Lift Lid Footstool

Reupholstered ‘Lift-Lid’ Footstool

Upholstered in our customer’s own fabric.

I always have a footstool on my house. They make sitting and chatting with a cuppa really comfortable as you rest your feet and you can place the tea tray there too.

This example has a lift-lid to store games, magazines and any other clutter you may have to quickly clear the room – X-Box controllers mostly in my house:)

lift-lid footstool legs Lift-lid footstool


Loose Covers made for two chairs

Loose covers.

We made two sets of loose covers for this customers bedroom chairs.

Customers own fabric.  Tidies up two kids bedroom chairs – looks cool!

Loos cover bedroom chairs

Interesting this chair as it has a low back rail with a high back foam cushion. The back cushion fits behind the seat foam. Possibly a Ikea designed chair.

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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!




Put your feet up!

Restored and reupholstered footstool

Restored and reupholstered footstool

Footstools are really popular at the moment, can be used as a coffee table, magazine and book table, seat and indeed as a ‘footstool’.

Restored Footstool

Three Seater Sofa and Love-seat

Three Seater Sofa and Love-seat reupholstered in a chenille fabric.

Our customer purchased this set of a Three Seater Sofa and a Love-seat some 12 years ago, the fabric was tiring and a change of colour was required.
Originally upholstered in a light beige now restored and reupholstered in light grey chenille fabric.

Three Seater Sofa


Kingston High Back Dining Chairs

We reupholster quite a lot of these lovely high back Kingston chairs.

Reupholstered Kingston High Back Dining Chairs.

Lovely coordinated set of Kingston chairs.

High back dining chairs

Kingston High Back Dining Chairs

The Kingston high back Dining Chair features clean contours and a scrolled back. The Kingston is an elegant design that is suited to most homes.  The quality of this style of chair varies by manufacturer, indeed low price copies of the original can be found online.  The better levels of quality are worth reupholstering.  We strip to the frame, check and repair, re-web and spring, re-foam/pad and upholster as required.

More reupholstered Kingston chairs

This example has an oak frame and polished legs.


This is an original Kingston High Back dining chair – circa 1930’s. The set was lovingly restored in our workshop.

Kingston Chair - original

Great to work on an original.

A loose cover set made for six Kingston chairs

Kingston Chair - loose cover-set of six

Kingston Chair Loose covers - on benchOur customer designed the large pleated skirt that hides the legs to produce a very stylish looking chair. Fabric chosen was a ‘Linen Look’ Aqua Clean fabric that can be cleaned with just water.  I want some just like this!

Bespoke craftsman reupholstery

We are restoring a 19th century button back fireside chair.

Restoring antique button-back fireside chair

Antique upholstery restoration and reupholstery a specialism – contact us for a quote.

Restoring antique button-back fireside chair.  Bespoke-craftsman-reupholstery.

And the restored and reupholstered button back fireside chair…

Button back chair reupholstered

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.


A pair of matching Kilim sofa in Chesterfield style re upholstered and restored

A pair of matching originally Kilim fabric sofas in a Chesterfield style. Re upholstered and restored.

Delivered this week. Kilims are flat tapestry-woven fabric.  Our customer wanted a plan blue fabric – see the original scatter Kilim fabric cushions.


Reupholstered Blue Chesterfield

Reupholstered Blue Chesterfield

Repairs to sofas and chairs – helpful tips.

Is my sofa worth a repairing?

Good quality sofas and chairs are usually worth repairing or recovering.  Antique almost always and 1920’s to 1950’s upholstered furniture are so well made it will probably outlast you and me and appreciate in value.  1960’s and 70’s furniture is in high demand now and can fetch some astonishing prices.  Restored and reupholstered with new springs, fillings and foams can really bring a great design back to life – a design statment you can use every day.  Ercol for many years has been through our workshop and today appeals to all ages – always worth restoring.   I have a 1920’s drop-arm sofa that we recovered almost 20 years ago, it have lived in my living room, kitchen and now sits in a bedroom.  It cost me just £200 plus the reupholster and fabric, it is still as good as new and worth double what I paid.  In addition to all the good use and financial benefits it still looks beautiful today.

Less quality sofas and chairs like the Argos range or DFS and SCS sofas usually are not worth the repair or recover costs.  BUT; 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.

Re-Spring a sofa or chair. Often sofas will just sag and then the platform under the sear cushions will rip. A platform refit and replacement of modern ‘zig-zag’ springs is a straight forward job and will give you some extra years of use.  A cost for this is about £150 plus up-lift and delivery.

After; wing two seater sofa.

After; wing two seater sofa.

By Paul Harper | BJ Upholstery Restoration Manager.

Cottage Sofa Restored and reupholstered

Cosy Cottage Sofa in North Yorkshire.

A cosy cottage in North Yorkshire had a a perfectly proportioned two seater cottage sofa but it was passed its best.  We restored, re-padded and reupholstered in a fresh new fire retardant fabric to ‘as-new’ standard. Cosy!


Cabinet Office Visits SFEDI and the IOEE

Recently the Partnerships Team in the Cabinet Office visited SFEDI, the IOEE and some small businesses that have benefited from mentoring support.

The Partnerships Team is a small policy team based in the Cabinet Office in Whitehall which was set up in 2011 to improve relationship management of large companies on behalf of the Prime Minister in order to deliver key Government priorities on skills, jobs and growth with large employers.

In the run up to the election, it was looking at how it could do more to support small and medium sized companies to promote regional growth working with our network of large corporates – an agenda that was at the heart of all major party manifestos.

It was put in touch with SFEDI by Lloyds Banking Group – which provides a mentoring programme for small businesses across the country and works closely with SFEDI in delivering this – and was delighted to be offered the chance to meet with local business owners and understand their concerns and areas where they felt big business could support as well as Government.

The visit gave the team an insight into the day to day experience of local businesses with a small group, comprising of Jo and Barry Griffiths who run an upholstery business [BJ Upholstery], Paul Harper from Zedcomms marketing and Christine Bewley from Aycliffe Fabrications.

It gave a first hand understanding of some of the types of challenges and issues these businesses are facing. Some common threads emerged out of the conversation, including:

Marketing and digital skills was a shared area that all businesses felt SME’s across different sectors would benefit from training and support with;
identifying, attracting and keeping the best talent was essential and schemes like Apprenticeships were important but more support is needed to truly help SME’s make the most of these types of Government backed initiatives;
a renewed focus on existing small firms and their sustainability was needed, in addition to help for start ups;
the importance of strong business mentoring relationships was key and was a role more big businesses could take on.

Interestingly these issues were highlighted as common priorities on similar visits in different areas around the country and therefore the partnerships team is now starting to look at how it can inform the policy process and build on some of the interesting ideas coming out of these discussions – like how can more big companies to provide mentors for SME’s and replicate the success of Lloyds Banking Group’s programme.

Ben Cackett from the Partnerships Team said:
“We are looking forward to staying in touch with SFEDI and the companies we met to continue the conversation as we develop these policy ideas over the coming weeks. We would like to say a massive thank you to the team at SFEDI for pulling the visit together and for the businesses that gave up their valuable time to meet us”.

Source: https://ioee.uk/cabinet-office-visits-sfedi-and-the-ioee/