Whether you have an inherited vintage chair that needs reviving, or a recent auction house find that needs a new lease of life, we can help you transform the look of your furniture or bring it up to date to sit comfortably in a contemporary setting.
Chairs can be precious, particularly if they’ve been passed down through the generations, and we understand the importance this carries. So we can sensitively clean, repair and restore your furniture to retain its character and history, whilst helping you create a completely unique and personal piece. We can fix any loose joints, repair and restore chair frames and finish the wood in a choice of finishes, from simple oiling and waxing, to more decorative things like hand painting or gilding.
We’re experienced in advising on colour and pattern and can help you choose fabrics that will not only fit with your existing furniture and room scheme, but also enhance the shape, era and style of your chair, so that it’s exactly as you want it. We source artist-designed textile makers and work with a select few time-served professional upholsterers that are local to us in Staffordshire.
Homeward Studio’s vintage chair upholstery service
We love to reupholster a variety of furniture. We’ve recently worked on vintage Ercol chairs, such as the No 248 ‘Easy Chair’, desk chairs, Parker Knoll armchairs, stacking Ben chairs and would happily discuss retro chairs, kitchen chair seat pads cushions, mid century sofas and a variety of antique furniture.
Bespoke upholstery for chairs
We can manage the whole reupholstery process, from the initial consultancy to the safe delivery to your home.
We’ll ask you to gather photos of your furniture and a few more of the room in which it’s going to live.
4. Full quotation
When we’ve decided on the fabric, we’ll prepare a full quote, including fabric costs and, if required, the cleaning, repairing and and restoration of the chair frame, as well as re-upholstery and delivery.
Phone, or email or site visit consultation to get a feel of what you like and don’t like.
5. Deposit & delivery
We’ll confirm the project with a 50% deposit. We’ll then arrange the collection and delivery of your chair, or if you’re within a reasonable distance from our studio, we’ll pick it up from you free of charge.
3. Fabric selection
We’ll delve into our collection of fabric swatches and paint colour references. We can go through them together and explore all your different options. This is our favourite stage – getting to the nitty gritty and talking through the merits of one cloth or the weaknesses of another. Together we’ll find the best fabric for your project, however long it takes.
6. Upholstery & restoration
We’ll keep in touch throughout the process and let you know how it’s progressing. We’ll give you an estimated time of completion and a delivery date.
British-made fabric for upholstery
We are long-time supporters of independent British fabric designers and small-batch fabric houses. We prefer to work with independent creatives and artisan makers where we can. We are proud to be working with brilliant fabric designers who consciously make their textiles in the UK with natural materials such as flax, linen, wool and cotton and produce small runs of hand-printed cloth in block or screen printed designs. Some use water-based pigments that are kinder to the environment and some more specialist still, using traditional hand-dyeing techniques using plant, seed or bark for colour.
We are deliberate in our choice of cloth and will always highlight both the sustainable and practical benefits of natural cloth such as woven wool, linens and cottons. We have a good selection of fabric samples and books in our studio to choose from. There’s a growing choice of innovative eco label fabrics produced from waste and recycled materials which we’re excited to welcome into the Homeward Studio collection.
Past projects: St Jude’s fabric on
a Parker Knoll armchair
We were asked to help choose and supply fabric to reupholster a well-loved vintage Parker Knoll wing back chair. The new fabric became the starting point and inspired the colour scheme and redecoration of the whole room.
“I love my Victorian house, but when my ceiling collapsed, one of the things that made me really sad was that my grandmother’s old chair was ruined.
I didn’t know what to do or how to get it fixed so I spoke to Nicky at Homeward Studio. She came round, collected the chair and showed me some fabrics designed by British textile designers and then left me be. I wasn’t sure which fabric to go for but I loved a woodcut of some birds. It reminded me of the woodcuts I used to do when I did my degree in textiles, so I parked that fabric visually somewhere in the back of my brain while the builders and decorators came and did their thing. I think subconsciously it made an impression because months later I realised I’d actually re-designed the room around the fabric swatch. And that the woodcut of the birds was perfect. The chair has arrived today – a wonderful mix of a classic Parker Knoll shape with the stunning St Jude’s Fabrics Bird Garden design. It’s so perfect. I think my Grandma would have been really delighted. I know I am.” – Deb Price, June 2017
Gallery of upholstery projects
Nicky has years of experience working in the interiors industry as a specialist decorator and can offer honest, straight forward advice about your home renovation projects. She can help you bring a whole room scheme together, whether you’re starting from scratch or working with existing furniture or fabrics.
We understand that when it comes to doing up your house, you can sometimes be overwhelmed with choice or waver in confidence. Expert advice can really give your project a focus. Nicky can help you narrow down choices, as she’ll pick up on your likes and dislikes and combine them with a knowledge of what is practical and what will last. We’ll always favour quality and longevity over quick fixes and trend-driven choices.
Interior design services:
- Advice on paint colours for walls and furniture.
- Guidance on suitability of paint brands, paint types and finishes.
- A sampling service where we’ll gather a coherent range of choices.
- Hand mixing bespoke colours. This can be handy if you need something very specific to match an existing colour or to touch up a piece of furniture.
- Painting small items of furniture in our studio. We specialise in hand-painted specialist paint finishes, including gilding and decorative effects.
Get in touch to discuss your interior design project.
Nicky Hancock, owner of Homeward Studio
Nicky is primarily a painter, who went on to be a specialist decorator in residential interiors. When she set up Homeward Studio in 2014, it was a culmination of nearly two decades spent in London – first at uni and then as a specialist decorator, experiencing everything great that London had to offer and time spent with creative folk and friends.
She set up her own decorating business and as a specialist paint finisher and gilder, decorated anything from nightclubs, hotels and bars to beautiful homes in and around London. She spent the best part of 20 years working alongside people in their houses, when she developed a real sense of how important adding detail is to making a home. Acting as a sounding board for her private customers she was able to draw on her many visits to galleries, trade shows and design festivals and put her painting skills and colour sense to good use. This was the best part of the job – bringing a room together, advising on paint and unearthing a customer’s personal style. She loved mixing colours by eye to match a room’s wallpapers and textiles and she applied bespoke paint finishes to walls, furniture and rooms, using traditional decorating techniques like gilding and glazing on architectural details.