Upholstered Furniture Conservation

We are frequently asked to re-upholster furniture when dipping has occurred, caused when webbings and canvasses have become detached. Before we begin any work we will discuss with the client what options are available and what we will be able to achieve during the process.

As a general rule we will initially remove and, wherever possible, retain all the original covers and seat pads to expose the wooden framework. This is followed by dismantling and reconstructing the chair frame. At this point any further work identified e.g. matching of horse-hair to top up, will be discussed with the client.

Webbing and canvasses which have deteriorated due to age, wear and tear will then be replaced and the original seat pads re-fixed. Re-upholstery will then take place according to the client’s specification.

Back view of wing on armchair Two seater sofa needing attention Stuff and stitch seat pad needing to be rebuilt

Horse hair seat being stuffed and stitched in traditional way
Pair of period armchairs
Arm on armchair showing detail