Stripes, velvet or digital print? Reupholstery of a tired old chair, stool or sofa could make some big changes to your interior. Whilst there are environmental benefits to giving furniture a second chance with exciting fabrics, it can also equate to a style statement that simply cannot be matched on the high street.
As well as having extensive knowledge on fabrics, these London-based furniture upholstery experts have plenty of tricks up their sleeve which could make you think twice about discarding that heirloom. Be sure to also check out our list of specialists in French polishing and furniture repairs in London.
Urban Upholstery, Haggerston
Urban Upholstery, co-founded by Andrea Simonutti and Patrizia Sottile, aims to create a more responsible and aesthetically pleasing environment through recycling furniture.
Andrea has 20 years of experience as an upholsterer, with the Gianni Versace Group and Harrods amongst his clients. Patrizia has an education in architecture, design and scenography. She also works as a freelance artist. She says, ‘As I designer, I approach furniture like miniature architectures, able to create space and to identify with the person that owns them.’
As well as creating one-off pieces from used and existing furniture, Urban Upholstery provides consultation, design, restoration and upholstery services to individuals, businesses, furniture designers and collectors. See some of their works for sale on their website.
21, De Beauvoir Road, London N1 5SF
Solomon Retro, Crouch End
Solomon of Solomon Retro has been working in upholstery since 1982, starting out as an apprentice at H&L Epstein. As well as reupholstery of traditional antique, vintage and modern furniture, services include hand traditional French polishing, furniture part replacement and woodworm treatment. Check out their catalogue of restored furniture, available for sale online (including this 1950s Danish teak armchair), as well as vintage lighting, decor and art.
37, Park Road, Crouch End, London N8 8TE
Nicely Wrapped Upholstery, N14
Dawn Crabtree of Nicely Wrapped Upholstery has a passion for rescuing chairs, before they end up in landfill. A qualified upholsterer with the AMUSF (Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers), she offers bespoke, modern and traditional upholstery services. She also sells some of her restored furniture via Etsy*
Shoreditch Design Rooms, Hoxton
Shoreditch Design Rooms work with projects big and small, regularly alongside interior designers, hotels, restaurants and businesses. SDR also have an upholstery school on the same site where students can train for the AMUSF qualification. Pictured is the re-upholstery and reconditioning of antique cinema seats, completed for Liberty Art Fabrics photo shoot.
2-4 Scawfell Street, Hoxton, London E2 8NG
King Upholstery, Dalston
King Upholstery have been contract upholsterers for over 35 years, working on pubs, restaurants, bars and hotels across London. Projects include the Tom Ford showroom, Tas Restaurant, Gore Hotel in Kensington, Hazlitts Hotel in Soho and The Rookery Hotel in Farringdon. They also work on individual pieces for Danish furniture and interiors shop Chase & Sorenson in Dalston.
52a Balls Pond Road, Islington, London N1 4AP
Ray Clarke Upholstery, Bow
Ray Clarke’s journey into upholstery began when a friend asked him to reupholster a pair of chairs for her home. He went on to study upholstery and soft furnishings at London Metropolitan University and his business has flourished ever since. He has carried out a wide range of commissions for both residential and contract clients, including numerous bars, clubs and galleries around East London. He is also now printing his own fabrics which featured on BBC’s ‘Money for Nothing’ and can be purchased via Etsy.*
Unit 1 Ground Floor, Gayton House, Chiltern Road, London E3 4BX
7 Upholstery, Shoreditch
7 Upholstery specialises in traditional and modern upholstery, with extensive experience in midcentury and classic styles of furniture. Commercial clients include Shoreditch House, Soho House, Ralph Lauren and Christian Louboutin.
1 Boundary St, London E2 7JE
Hossack and Gray, Clapton
Hossack and Gray are based in London and Somerton, Somerset. For 20 years they have specialised in revamping furniture dating from the 18th to the 21st century. They offer bespoke design, re-upholstery and restoration services to interior decorators, architects and private clients with a commercial portfolio that includes The Groucho Club, Abbey Road Studios and residential projects such as this Hastings townhouse.
Hossack & Gray, Studio J3, 38-40 Upper Clapton Road, London E5 8BQ
Alex Cattell Upholstery, Dalston
Alex Cattell spent several years working in a major London art gallery before deciding to pursue her love of making things. After obtaining the AMUSF qualification, she worked for a number of London upholsterers before setting up her own workshop in the heart of Hackney. Shop her latest restored pieces on Etsy.*
230 Dalston Lane, Hackney London E8 1LA
Antonio Upholstery, Kensal Green
Antonio Upholstery have been upholstering for 25 years. As well as upholstery for residential and commercial clients, they carry out an array of soft furnishing services, such as curtains, blinds, cushions and headboards. They also offer free home consultations.
The Light Factory, 6, Scrubs Lane, White City, London NW10 6RB
Susan Osbourne, Westbourne Park
Susan Osbourne specialises in 19th-century French chairs, sofas, chaise longues and footstools. Customers can choose from a selection of both modern and vintage fabrics, including 19th-century French ticking. See a selection of completed pieces in their showroom on Golborne Road or purchase from their online shop.
83 Golborne Road, London W10 5NL
Fineline Upholstery, Fulham
Fineline Upholstery is a family run operation which dates back to the 1940s. They started their business Metro Furnishers in Tanzania, before moving to England in the 1960s. The company works on anything from small domestic projects to kitting out bars and restaurants. Additional services include restoration of cane furniture, bespoke cushion creation, as well as curtains and blinds.
63 New King’s Road, Fulham, London SW6 4SE
Chelsea Upholstery & Interiors
Chelsea Upholstery is AMUSF accredited and caters to one off furniture projects as well as entire interior refurbs. They have also created their own line of fabrics and are able to work with other materials such as glass, metals, wood and marble.
216 New Kings Road, London SW6
Polly Granville, Brixton
Polly Granville’s portfolio is full of creative upholstery designs for private and commercial clients. This Hedgerow 1950s armchair is upholstered in ‘Hedgerow’ designed by British printmaker Angie Lewin. Polly also commissioned two chaffinches to be embroidered onto the sides, making the chair all the more unique. Polly’s work has been featured by World of Interiors magazine and this year, she worked on an interactive art installation at the National Trust’s Fenton House, upholstering the chairs for Joshua Gee’s study.
Arch 16, 21 Valentia Pl, Brixton, London SW9 8PJ / 07723336524
The Upholstery House
The Upholstery House offers reupholstery of traditional and modern furniture as well as bespoke pieces. Services include French polishing, deep buttoning for seating, headboards or panels, loose covers, re-caning and re-rushing.
1, Delta House Studios, Riverside Road, London SW17 0BA
Sedilia works exclusively with creative and interior design companies, offering design consultancy and full project management. Sedlila was founded by AMUSF member Robert Stephenson in 1998. Starting out his career in cabinet making he later discovered his passion for bespoke upholstery and the sculptural freedom it allowed. Pictured is their work for London’s Rosewood Hotel.
172 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7DU
The London Chair Collective
The London Chair Collective are a group of City & Guilds trained upholsterers, living in and around London. This is a 19th-century mahagony armchair upholstered in pink crushed velvet fabric. See their estimated upholstery fees here and chairs for sale here.
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