Traditional upholstery involves using webbing, springs, horse hair, cotton wadding, hand stitching and finishing with calico. Only occasionally would staples be used were the use of traditional tacks would cause further damage.
Interior design: Often an upholsterer will work closely with interior designers to create unique pieces of upholstery such as bespoke curtain pelmets or custom design headboards.
Frame repairs: Including removing old wormed joints and stretchers.
Seat Re-Webbing: Jute Webbing – Elastic webbing – Tension Springs.
We are fortunate to be able to offer the highly skilled, traditional upholstery services of Thalie Andersen and Darren Coombes . Thalie was trained by Roy Coles and has a fantastic and most natural talent for traditional upholstery. Darren studied at the London College of Furniture and has been a traditional upholsterer for over 30 years.
Traditional Furniture Upholstering
Our aim at Gilboy’s is to carefully restore each piece of furniture to its original state using traditional methods with original period components. A typical example is this Georgian armchair that was purchased (very cheaply) at auction by one of our regular clients. It was in a very poor state with broken arms and old, worn-out fabric.
Restoration carried out:
- The fabric and foam filling was stripped and replaced with traditional hessian and horse-hair stuffing.
- Our restorers carefully replaced the woodworm-infested parts of the beech frame (as there was no good wood left to attach the upholster to) with matching beech timber and replicated the traditionally hand-cut joints.
- The extremely worn casters were either repaired or replaced from our collection of recovered antique casters.
- The mahogany legs were carefully cleaned-back and repolished using natural beeswax polish.
- The traditional upholstery was reinstated with a feather-seat pad and finished with fabric selected by the client.