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.

Check out the ‘recent project’ section; see the various stages Ali went through to traditionally reupholster a neglected sprung-arm and sprung-base armchair. It certainly took a long time, but the results are stunning.

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 - July 2019

July has come and gone, and my feet have hardly touched the ground! The month started with a well-deserved holiday on Dartmoor and Devon, and for the rest of the month I’ve been playing catch up!

Highlights this month has been the reunion of the Leather Club chair with its delighted owners. As mentioned previously, the chair has a twin so its sibling has already been stripped down and is eagerly awaiting its rebuild in the Needle Rock workshop. The fabric has also been chosen for the seat cushions, so hopefully in next month’s blog you’ll see the twins together with matching seats!

July has also seen the commission of several furniture painting jobs – these seem to come along like buses – none for ages then several at the same time. The first commission was to give a new lease of life to some bedroom pine cupboards, which were solid, but looked rather dated. My customer had just had the bedrooms decorated and had a colour scheme which she’d acquired from a printed canvas – so I took the printed canvas away and matched the colour scheme accordingly. The results were superb.

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"Have had two chairs reupholstered by Ali at Needle Rock and am over the moon with both. The first one, a rocking chair, was of great sentimental value, and now I get to use it and enjoy it every day. The second one needed rebuilding really, and is now as good as new. One happy customer!"
Liz Butler

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