Made-to-order cushions to accessorize your space. Re-covering your existing pillow forms is a fun way to update your home.
**2021 CALENDAR FULL**
Choose from a range of fabrics to bring a loved piece of furniture or a found treasure back to life. Add a twist to a classic antique or create a surprising combo of retro style paired with modern tastes.
UPHOLSTERY: REVIVE, RESTORE, RESTYLE
Re-imagining your furniture will add new sparkle to your space while keeping your dusty heirlooms or frumpy favourites out of the landfill. Rescue roadside pickings and turn them into a stunning treasures! Renewing furniture with solid construction is a good idea.
For most pieces, new upholstery is an option and an excellent investment. It's pricey and it can be cheaper to buy new but as we look for ways to make less garbage, "reduce, reuse, recycle" is worth remembering. Older furniture is often built to last and can be well worth the cost of saving it. Preserve history and the earth.
What will your investment include? Usually your piece will be stripped to the frame. Small repairs and tightening will be done. The support system will be strengthened if necessary. Rebuilding can include new webbing, foam, padding, edge roll, and anything else needed to restore the integrity of your piece. Materials include staples, cording, buttons, thread, hardware, glue, etc. Quality upholstery materials are expensive but worth it.
Good upholstery fabric is about $50/yard give or take. For perspective, an average fully upholstered medium sized chair is about 5-7 yards. I can't stress enough the importance of buying the right kind of fabric for the job. Consult with your upholsterer first! It's always better to buy your fabric through the shop; if you're providing the fabric, keep in mind that large scale patterns, geometrics, stripes, plaids and strong directional weaves will add more to the estimate - these add labour and yardage.
The remaining item in your quote is labour. Upholstery services require time, skill and space and therefore will command a fair price.
Don't be shy - get a quote. Send a message and ask about your project. Email a photo of your project(s).
Don't throw away your dining room chairs, funky office chairs or retro living room furniture. Redo them.
Ottomans can become a fun accent piece or revamp a handed down lounger.
Design tip: Use an interesting piece of furniture as the decor feature of a room. Add custom matching pillows to pull the look together.
Why so long?
Each upholstery project is unique. Surprises are expected. It's not a trade that can be rushed so working through each job requires patience and a steady pace.
Each type of fabric has its own ease of use. Matching patterns adds time. Working with light-coloured fabric requires extra care.
Delivery of materials and queued jobs are just a couple of factors affecting your project(s.)
Fabric purchased before your consult will be considered but be cautioned that not all fabric is appropriate. Strongly advise seeking advice first.
Next Generation Artisan
Small upholstery shop located in Fredericton, NB. The goal is to provide you with quality work and good service. While having to manage house, kids, cat and a day job, I try to be as quick as I can be without compromising your project(s) so that you can get back to enjoying your beautiful furniture.
So why did I decide to do this?
A few years ago, I decided it was time to learn something new. The opportunity to build an upholstery business here in Fredericton, New Brunswick presented itself and after some long thought, a bit of practice, and lots of courage, it became the right trade to pursue.
I dusted off my grade 7 Home Economics sewing skills and began messing around with a vintage sewing machine I bought at a local auction for $12. Since then, each project teaches me new skills and the end results never fail to surprise me. Working with my hands is so rewarding. When a finished piece is delivered to a happy client, the feeling of accomplishment is worth the time spent.
Upholstery is a traditional trade and has been practiced by skilled craftsmen for centuries. Today it's getting harder to find upholsterers as many of them retire or pass on. With each project I gain valuable practice and knowledge, and I hope to eventually reach their level of mastery.
There is such a great need for upholstery services even though today's society has become very comfortable with throwing everything away. I encourage you to take a second look at the hand-me-down furniture that you may have in your basement - maybe it has cool lines or perhaps it's been around since your childhood - could be tattered but don't throw it away. Restore it.
Newer furniture can be updated, too. If it's a well-built piece, keep it in good shape just like your car. Buy one sofa and give it new looks with fresh upholstery as your tastes change. You never know how valuable modern furniture might be in the future, right?
Years of jewelery design taught me how to combine colour and shape to create unique designs and I apply much of what I learned to my upholstery and decor projects. I take pride in quality work and won't give up on a job until I'm completely satisfied that it meets my high standards.
My studio supervisor, Izzy Cat, and I look forward to working on your projects. She is my constant companion. :)
Welcome to the cozy workshop
Hard to believe but the 2021 calendar is full for most projects. Please allow time for me to respond to your request. Sending photos is helpful. Thanks so much!
Almost always working! Consults and visits by appointment with flexible hours.