Furniture Reupholstery - Homeowners Embrace Longevity

As the Green movement continues to change how we run our homes, furniture reupholstery in the UK is experiencing something of a resurgence.

Reupholstery has become fashionable again and not just in the grand old houses looking to maintain their antique furniture.   I believe good quality furniture deserves to be given a new lease of life.  Reupholstery offers the opportunity to replace old and worn covers with new coverings of your choosing, to revitalise the cushioning and support and repair any problems to the structure that may have developed over time.

Giving Upholstery a Little TLC

Reupholstering furniture is a way for you to realise your own personal vision, incorporating the best design pieces throughout history into your interior design schemes, allowing you to handpick antique pieces or characteristic furniture from the 50s, 60s or 70s and making them appear vibrant and new. What’s more, reupholstery offers a long-term investment as more people realise the value of well-built furniture and pieces that have become icons of design over the years. The craft of good furniture making is on the decline. Much of today’s furniture isn’t like those pieces from previous decades.  Interior designers and homeowners are realising it’s all about what’s underneath the fabric that counts – good bones that can be re-upholstered. 

Regeneration is the buzz word, with used, second-hand and antique furniture being given tender loving care to create beautiful pieces that will last a lifetime.

Our bespoke Antique and Contemporary reupholstery service is 'tailored' around you.  Your favourite furniture or family heirloom can be restored to its former glory!  

As an upholsterer I work with the finest Antique and Modern style English leathers and with a variety of designer fabrics and have a large selection for you to choose from, or of course you can provide your own. All of our coverings are fire-retardant, if you wish to supply your own please make sure the fabric is fire retardant and upholstery grade.  

I am experienced in re-covering both antique (traditional) and modern styles of: Lounge chairs, sofas, day beds/chaise longue, wing chairs, dining chairs and footstools.

For the perfect finish I offer a French Polishing service for show wood sections.  

Below are some examples that I have reupholstered in my Oxfordshire workshop.

Case Study 1 - G-Plan Dining Chairs

A set of 4 teak G-Plan dining chairs brought right up to date by reupholstering in a retro wool blend fabric and french seams to seat and back covers.  Showing that reupholstery can breathe new life into quality furniture.

Case Study 2 - Victorian Diamond Buttoned Nursing Chair

This chair has been completely reupholstered from the original bare frame using traditional upholstery methods including hand tied coil springs with stitched roll edges and to finish the legs were French Polished.  The pictures below show various stages of completion.

Case Study 3 - Antique Chaise Longue and Deep Buttoned Chair

One of our customers asked us to recover several pieces of furniture for their newly renovated home.  These pieces looked lovely in their home.

Case Study 4 - Antique Victorian Lounge Chair

This chair was reupholstered in our workshop in the customers own fabric.  

Case Study 5 - Traditionally Upholstered Chair

This lovely antique armchair raised on brass castors with mahogany ball and claw legs to the front and splayed legs to the rear had been in the family home for several years and was now needed as a nursing chair for the customer's daughter.  The Reupholstery was carried out using this wonderful British manufactured fabric sourced by the customer from House of Hackney and the results were stunning.

Case Study 6 - Upholstered Sofa with valence and Side Chair

This modern style sofa and chair was reupholstered in a vibrant blue fabric supplied by a customer from Oxfordshire.

Case Study 7 - Welsh Bardic Chair

'Thank you for the wonderful work you have carried out with my Welsh bardic chair, it was traditionally awarded at eisteddfodau to the writer of the most worthy poem on a set theme. This chair was (quite controversially) won by a poet called Fferyllfardd at the 1873 Anglesey Island eisteddfod at Porthaethwy (Menai Bridge). 

It is an important piece of Welsh cultural history and I was very concerned that it was taken care of and that its character was retained in reupholstering it.  

Thank you again on both accounts!  The new seat covering with traditionally woven Welsh wool from Melin Tregwynt is really lovely; you have done a brilliant job and I am so pleased with the result. Diolch yn fawr.' 

Owain from Shoreditch, North London