commission us to restore much-loved family pieces, treasured heirlooms and design classics
We have been restoring furniture for many years and are very experienced in both traditional and modern upholstery techniques. We will always recommend what we regard as the best type of restoration in keeping with the age of the piece. However, where possible, we can suggest more cost-effective options to suit different budgets. We can also offer eco-friendly, sustainable alternatives to certain materials. Whatever your upholstery needs, we can help. We love it all!
Generally speaking, traditional upholstery techniques are usually used on furniture made before 1950. Modern techniques are used on furniture made after 1950. The processes involved in traditional upholstery generally take longer: re-building a chair’s structure with webbing, springs, hessian, coir, horsehair and twine. The method of modern upholstery is a quicker and usually more cost-effective process, using foam, staples and modern materials to refresh and reshape furniture. The method we use will depend on the period of your piece.
The term “re-upholstery” refers to replacing the inners (e.g. stuffing, springs, felt, foam), usually stripping furniture back to its original frame. “Re-covering” involves replacing the top layer of fabric only. The work required will depend on the condition of the furniture frame. A simple re-cover will refresh the look of your furniture, whilst repairing and rebuilding the overall structure will ensure the longevity of your furniture.
We have an extensive collection of fabric sample books that will suit a range of budgets. If you would like to make an appointment to come and browse, please feel free to contact us. When we provide you with an estimate, we include how much fabric you will need. Bear this in mind when choosing your fabric. Click below to read our fabric buying guide and see recommended suppliers. We also have an ever-changing stash of fabric remnants in varying sizes that customers and upholstery students can come and browse (and buy there and then!).
We sell a range of tools and supplies to undertake your own traditional and modern upholstery at home. You can order springs, webbing, hessian, calico, tacks, decorative nails, coir fibre, piping cord, twine, laid cord, etc. Tools include ripping chisels, curved needled, regulators, magnetic hammers, mallets, double-pointed upholstery needles. Please call us to place an order on 0117 924 3355
This guide lists prices for the most common types of furniture we restore. The prices cover labour costs only. There is an additional cost for fabric (this will vary depending on the price per metre) and incidental costs (e.g. new foam on large pieces, new spring unit).
Ottomans / Blanket Boxes
Sofas (based on a two-seater sofa)
Browse our range of furniture ready to be restored to their former glory
Want your own piece of vintage furniture in your own choice of fabric? These are a few of our current pieces waiting for that special treatment and special home (ask to see more!). A little imagination is needed to conjure up the potential beauty of unrestored furniture but we can help. We can help you to find the best fabric to really make the furniture sing!
This stylish occasional chair is a classic example of the mid-century modern era. It has a very elegant but comfortable oval seat and back, and striking show wood which would sparkle after an application of Danish oil. The second image is an artist’s impression of what the chair could look like; we’ve chosen a hot pink velvet that really makes the chair sing!
This unusual pair of sofas date from the 1960’s. They would be perfect for a hotel or office reception area (or even a large open plan living room!). As with all our furniture waiting to be restored, these pieces will need a bit of imagination to see their future beauty. We would be happy to discuss different design options (such as whether to keep the button detail or recover in two different fabrics) and offer advice about a look that would sit well with an existing design palette. A deep-coloured boucle fabric could work…
This compact Edwardian sofa comfortably fits two people. It has beautiful show wood with exquisite marquetry detail. It needs a full restoration service (wood revival, upholstery and top fabric). However, with our care and attention, this piece could look beautiful once more. The second image is an artist’s impression of what it could look like; we have chosen a vibrant linen-style cotton fabric from the Cloth House – “Flower Bomb”. The piece still retains its aesthetic integrity but the new fabric brings it bang into the 21st century!