The easiest and least-labour intensive reupholstery of an armchair is a simple recovering with a top fabric. As with most things in life, it is rarely that simple! So, although general guidelines can be given from photographs, it is only when Ali sees (and has a good feel) of the item to be upholstered can she do a full and honest evaluation. More often than not, some portion of the chair will need to be replaced – whether the springs have failed, the webbings have loosened, or the back is not comfortable when sitting. Whatever the problem, all can be resolved at Needle Rock.

Traditional upholstery is the most labour-intensive upholstery and the most expensive, with black fibre and horsehair used as natural stuffing materials, and the edges hand-stitched to provide the required shape. If you go down this route, you can be pretty sure the chair will outlive you.

Modern upholstery uses synthetic materials such as foam and polyester wadding and is less expensive than traditional upholstery. The products are cheaper, and the application is quicker, with foam estimated to last about 10 years.

Ali will advise you on what attention your armchair requires, and to help you reach the best option available for you and your chair. Every chair has a story - have a look below and create the story you want for your own personalised chair!

Through The Workshop Door - October 2019

The trees are starting to lose their leaves, and it’s time for us to let go of summer 2019. It’s been avery busy season; with the relocation of Needle Rock to the new workshop, building thesummerhouse to store the rolls of fabric, and moving equipment around to get the most out of thenew working space. Unbelievably, the new workspace is now rather full, but as the old saying goes,‘nature abhors a vacuum’.With the days becoming shorter, the nights getting longer, and the weather on the whole, like a boxof Liquorice Allsorts - warm and sunny one minute; dark and cloudy the next - autumn is suddenlyupon us. I’ve been very fortunate in acquiring some luxury deep-red woollen carpet which, with thehelp of hubby, we fitted in the main work area of the workshop last weekend, along with some thicklined curtains which are now hanging at the windows. The workshop now has a very regal and sumptuous feel to it, which in turn should help to keep me nice and warm during the run up to Christmas (oh no I’ve said the ‘C’ word)!

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