Recovered by Ollie provides bespoke upholstery services through the South-East and London, utilising both traditional and modern upholstery techniques for domestic, trade and commercial clients. We loving nothing more than breathing new life into a loved piece of furniture, or working with you to produce a unique new piece. We have numerous vintage pieces available that are ready and waiting to be restored and reupholstered in your choice of fabric click here to see our stock.

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Upholstery / Restoration Services Include:

  • Traditional upholstery (stuffing / stitching)
  • Modern upholstery
  • Commercial upholstery
  • Seat cushions - (Box, T-shape and loose cushion replacements)
  • Fixing and replacing webbing / springs
  • Stripping / staining / waxing of wood
  • Frame repairs
  • Leather Restoration, repair & colouring

Ollie is a fully-qualified upholsterer with the Association of Master Upholsters trained in both Traditional and Modern upholstery techniques. Happy to work in either discipline, or a mixture of both, Ollie is happy to discuss the options that work best for each individual piece and most importantly for you and your budget.

Every piece of furniture is unique, as is the work required to bring it back up to standard. If your chair is structurally sound, and you are happy with the condition and feel of the stuffing or foam, then we can look at recovering the chair. This involves stripping off all the original top fabric and recovering with new.

Some pieces will require more work before they can be recovered. Foam could be distingrating or springs / webbing may have perished and need replacing; this naturally adds an extra element of time, work and costs to a job. Some pieces may need to be completely stripped down to the frame and rebuilt from the webbing upwards with completely new foam or stuffing and stitching.

All options will be discussed and a breakdown of relavant prices discussed before any work is agreed.

Traditional Upholstery

Traditional upholstery is normally appropriate for older chairs and high quality modern pieces. A highly specialised craft, it utilises quality natural materials, such as horsehair or coir (coconut) fibre for stuffing. Employing sophisticated stuffing and stitching techniques to form the shapes and curves on a piece, whilst using time-honoured traditions of webbing, springing, tying and tacking to ensure a piece maintains its shape, structure and comfort for many years to come. Traditionally upholstered furniture has a much longer lifespan when compared to its modern alternative.

Modern Upholstery

Modern upholstery is generally more appropriate for post-second world war chairs, although it can be used on older pieces if done correctly.  Instead of the traditional hair and fibre modern upholstery uses foam to form the shape and comfort of the piece with staples to secure fabrics although some of the more traditional materials such as hessian, felts, webbing and some hand-stitching are also used. With foam generally lasting 20-30 years before it starts to break down, modern upholstery will need replacing more quickly than traditional.

We can work on existing furniture or build items such as footstools and headboards in-house to your own specifications. We also have a number of carpenters and frame builders that we work closely with to be able to deliver a perfectly bespoke item of furniture, be it a bedroom chair, a perfectly sized sofa or even commercial banquette seating. We have an in-depth knowledge of current UK Fire regulations for both domestic and commercial work.

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