This chair (originally manufactured in Norway) came to me with only the metal frame and wooden base. I was able to resurrect it to its former glory.
Elegant chaise longue
See the work-in-progress photographs of this beautiful piece in the "Our Services" tab of this web-site. It gives you a good impression of the work that is required in a professional upholstery job.
Reproduction dining chairs
These reproduction dining chairs were brought back to their former glory, reupholstered in a contemporary way using webbing, foam and cotton-felt before applying the calico lining, skin wadding and finished material. They are finished in the traditional way with braid trimming.
Cottage suite settee
This is part of a "cottage suite" (so called as it is designed for smaller dwellings). It was situated in a dark room and my client wanted to make the room feel brighter by replacing the original green colouring with this very much brighter look. This also had the welcome effect of making the room feel larger. I have since provided arm-caps for this piece.
High-backed wing arm chair
A modern nursing chair brought back to its original glory. I added piping to the bottom edge of the front border and up the sides of the seat to enhance its appearance (although difficult to see from this angle!).
An early job
This is a chair I reupholstered in the early 1990's but photographed in 2015. It clearly doesn't look newly reupholstered but I hope you will agree that it has stood the test of time well. The background image on this web-site is actually a photograph of the rear of this chair in negative.
This is a library chair (popular in gentlemans' club libraries of old). It has been reupholstered in the traditional way.
Set of dining chairs
A close-up of one of a set of six dining chairs. This shows what a dining chair reupholstered in the traditional stuff-and-stitch manner should look like. Often braiding is glued to the fabric; note that in this instance, gimp pins have been used, as tradition dictates.
This is a beautiful Victorian sofa which I originally reupholstered in 1990 and then reupholstered again (as you see here) in 2013. I had to remake the fascia panel on the right hand side (from a seated person's perspective - so the one nearest the camera) as the original wood base had disintegrated. I did this by copying the other front fascia panel.
Settee and footstool
Part of a pair of modern sofas. This sofa also appears under the "Before & After" tab of this web-site. There you will see that the seat base on the left had side (from a sitting person's perspective - so that closest to the camera) had collapsed. The effect of this is hidden by the bulk of the cushion but on sitting in it, you would notice (and probably require help to get up!).
The owner's father had a habit of tapping his ring on the right hand arm. As a result, there was a very large wear mark. I stripped down the chair, sanded it down to bear wood and re-varnished the frame before reupholstery.
This chair also features under the "Before & After" tab of this web-site. You will see that the piping on the front of the upper arm does not feature in the "Before" image. It appears here to enable the chair to be finished with less material than otherwise required (the front section being an off-cut) but the customer also felt that it added to the aesthetics.
Knoll sofas are based on a 17th century sofa found in Knole House the old Sackville-West property in Sevenoaks, Kent (now managed by the National Trust). It was originally used, not as a comfortable sofa but as a formal throne on which the monarch would have sat to receive visitors. It features arms that can be let down so that the sofa can serve, in more modern times, as a bed or chaise longue.
"Show wood" arm chair
One of a pair of reproduction "show wood" arm chairs. Really well made, echoing the construction techniques developed by Parker Knoll, who were furniture innovators. This is a before picture; the after picture will appear here shortly.
Pair of captain's chairs
This pair of chairs required reupholstery anyway (see under the "Before & After" tab of this web-site). The backs were plain but the customer admired a chair belonging to a friend, which was buttoned and she asked me to do the same for hers.
Although most of my work is residential, I have done work for a number of commercial clients, of which this is an example
Brought back to its former glory (see under the "Before & After" tab of this web-site)
I took the seat cushion to my workshop to be reupholstered but the seat backs were all reupholstered on site to ensure a perfect fit.
French dining chair
As this was a single chair, and not part of a set, it is termed as a "bedroom chair". Traditionally reupholstered using springs and "stuff and stitch".