Upholstery

I practice the art of Traditional & Modern Upholstery, I’m passionate about Recycling & Upcycling beautiful and unique pieces of furniture!

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Bespoke Upholstery & Restoration

Bring me your much-loved, heirloom furniture so that we can give it a complete new lease of life! We can work together to decide on what needs to be done, the style and fabric best suited to the piece and it’s environment!

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Re-Covering

Some furniture does not require full re-upholstery and restoration. Re-covering describes the procedure of removing the old fabric and replacing with new fabric but not touching the padding or other structural elements!

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Combining Skills

As a qualified and experienced interior designer, I like to combine my upholstery skills to be a complementary part of an interior styling scheme.

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Re-Upholstering Furniture

What’s Involved

An Initial Meeting & Estimate

While I can give an estimate by looking at a photograph, ultimately the upholstery process begins with an examination of the piece of furniture. I will check for potential issues and ensure that the frame is in sufficiently good condition to warrant reupholstery. We can then discuss your ideas and expectations, I will give a rough estimate for the cost of reupholstery, as well as a time frame for delivery.

How long will it take?

After the fabric has been chosen and a 50% deposit paid, I aim to get your furniture back to you within 2-4 weeks. This time-frame depends on the size of the piece of furniture, as well as my current workload. Any outstanding balance will be due on project completion.

Delivery

Furniture is collected and delivered free of charge within a 5 mile radius from my workshop in Forest Row, East Sussex. If you require assistance from further afield, I can arrange this at a reasonable cost.

The reupholstery process ensures that once completed you have a brand-new chair, where it is as clean on the inside as it is outside, and a guarantee that your chair will last for many years to come!

A Case Study

Re-Upholstering A Victorian Horseshoe Chair

(See the slideshow below)

For many years my client’s family were treasuring an antique Victorian Horseshoe chair. Upon close inspection of the chair, none of the original upholstery elements was salvageable. It required a complete strip down and rebuild from scratch.

All the old fabric, padding, tacks/staples and support systems were removed, revealing the underlying frame. Although stripping is a really time-consuming and dirty job, taking anywhere between 2-8 hours, it is integral to the upholstery process, revealing how the chair was originally upholstered.

Step-by-step the chair was rebuilt, stitched, filled, sprung, tacked, built up layer by layer following the contours of the frame. Finally its original beauty was once again revealed and restored!

Case Study Slideshow Horse Shoe Chair

  • "Victorian Horse Shoe Chair, Before Picture" Traditional Upholstery by Emma Mullender
  • "Victorian Horse Shoe Chair" Skrim back rest. Ready for horse hair. Traditional Upholstery by Emma Mullender.
  • "Victorian Horse Shoe Chair" Calico seat. Traditional Upholstery by Emma Mullender.
  • "Victorian Horse Shoe Chair" Calico on and Cotton Wadding. Traditional Upholstery by Emma Mullender.
  • "Victorian Horse Shoe Chair" Calico on. Traditional Upholstery by Emma Mullender.
  • "Victorian horse shoe chair" Sewing piping on side panel. Traditional Upholstery by Emma Mullender
  • "Victorian Horse Shoe Chair" Traditional upholstery by Emma Mullender
  • Victorian Horse Shoe Traditional Upholstery by Emma Mullender

Re-Covering Furniture

What’s Involved

The process of re-covering furniture is a lot less labour intensive than re-upholstery. The underlying condition and structure of the piece is generally quite good, it is just the outer layer which needs to be replaced.

An Initial Meeting & Estimate

By looking at a photograph I can generally tell if a piece of furniture requires re-covering or re-upholstery. I will however need to examine the piece to verify the structural condition. Once confirming that the best solution is re-covering the piece, we can then discuss ideas, expectations, cost, and a time frame for delivery.

How long will it take?

After the fabric has been chosen and a 50% deposit paid, I aim to get your re-covered furniture back to you within 1-2 weeks. This time-frame depends on the size of the piece of furniture, as well as my current workload. Any outstanding balance will be due on project completion.

Delivery

Furniture is collected and delivered free of charge within a 5 mile radius from my workshop in Forest Row, East Sussex. If you require assistance from further afield, I can arrange this at a reasonable cost.

Once confirming that the best solution is re-covering the piece, we can then discuss ideas, expectations, cost, and a time frame for delivery.

A Case Study

Re-Covering An Old Pub Bench

(See the slideshow below)

I was given some lovely fabric by my mother-in-law who bought it whilst she was in Sweden. The fabric is designed by the famous designer Stig Ljungberg. Ljungbergs fabrics was founded by Erik Ljungberg in 1948 and sold a collection of fabrics designed by Stig.

The fabric wasn’t quite long enough for the bench I wanted to revamp, but I was determined to use it, so I sewed in some black endpanels and made a feature out of them by decorating the ends with some yellow studs.

As always, I bought the bench for a bargain price of £20! I decided to use chalk paint ( which rarely use) because I didn’t quite fancy the job of sanding the fiddly bits of the wood down! I also had the arms of the bench shortened so the bench could fit under the table better.

Case Study Slideshow Pub Bench

  • "Recovering Fabric of an Old Pub Bench" Upholstery. By Emma Mullender
  • "Recovering Old Pub bench" Stig Ljungberg fabric. Upholstery by Emma Mullender
  • "Stig Ljungberg" fabric for up-cycled bench project by Emma Mullender
  • "Old Pub Bench" before picture by Emma Mullender

Price Guide

I provide a recover or total restoration service. The following prices will vary, as each chair will be priced individually according to its size and condition. Prices are based on using traditional methods. The prices below do not include top fabric but do include other materials used.

Full Upholstery Price Guide

Full Upholstery Restoration Price Guide Price
Drop in Dining Seatfrom £50
Sprung or stitched and stuffed dining chairfrom £100
Footstool from £80
Parker Knoll style chair (displaying wooden arms)from £495
Large Traditional Winged back chair from £795
If you have an item of furniture that is not listed, such as a headboard, Ottoman, piano stool, chaise long, etc, please contact me (preferably with a photo of your project) to discuss a quote.

Recovering Price Guide

Recovering Fabric only Price Guide.Price
Drop in Dining Seat from £25
Sprung or stitched and stuffed dining chairfrom £40
Box Cushion from £40
FootStool from £40
Tub Chair from £250
Parker Knoll Style Armchair from £275
Large Traditional Style Winged Armchairfrom £350

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