Flamingo upholstery offers a bespoke re-upholstery service. Whether the chair is an antique family heirloom, a much loved vintage chair or a modern chair – Janneke will be able to re-upholster it. Having been trained in both traditional and modern techniques, she will bring your chair back to full glory again, whether it is a recover only or a full-re-upholstery from the frame up. Janneke offers bespoke advice on which fabric and finish to choose. Upon seeing the chair (also possible from a picture), she will be able to give an estimate. Once the estimate is accepted and a deposit has been paid, work can be scheduled in. The customer will be kept updated throughout the process and every effort is made to complete the work to a high standard and with the customer’s full satisfaction. Final payment will only take once the furniture has been seen, collected or delivered.
To restore antique furniture, one should consider using traditional methods and materials for re-upholstery. This is labour intensive, but long lasting! The pictures above show some of the traditional upholstery techniques, such as stitching a seat pad, stuffing ties to hold the fibres in place and using skewers to position the hessian.
Vintage and Modern furniture
Chairs made after the 1950’s are generally not upholstered with traditional materials, and re-upholstery of these chairs are best done with modern techniques and fillings, such as elasticated or Pirelli webbing, foams, polyester and using staples instead of tacks. To adhere to UK fire regulations, fabric on chairs post 1950’s needs to be treated for Fire Retardancy, or an FR Interliner has to be used.