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How do I choose the right upholsterer for my vintage furniture?

Upholsterers specialise in updating your favourite furniture pieces, replacing springs, filling, cushions and covering fabric to make it feel brand new again.

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Restoring Antique Furniture: When & How?

If you have some old or antique pieces lying around the house and you think they could do with a little revamp, there are a few things you need to consider before you decide on how, when and where to do it.

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5 Fabulous Footstool Makeovers

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Should I Attempt Reupholstery Myself?

Before you consider reupholstering furniture yourself however, there are a few things you need to know about.

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Sofa Reupholstered?

Reupholstery is a relatively speedy service, with the whole process taking around 8-10 weeks from start to finish. The time your sofa’s out of the house is typically just 2-3 weeks.

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Updating Well-Loved Sofas – The Best Makeovers

When well used furniture starts to look a little worn out, the temptation can be to throw it away and buy brand new.

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Plumbs on Ideal World TV

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes on your favourite shopping channels?  Well, Plumbs were at the Ideal World studios last week to film a live hour-long show and thought we’d give you a sneaky look at what went on behind the cameras!

 

The camera crew did a great job of making our Home Consultant (Suzanne) feel at home.  

In the first part of the show, we discussed our reupholstery service and some of the 800 fabrics you can choose from, such as our pretty Magnolia Gardens fabric which featured on the sofa below. 

A quick room set change for our Loose Covers section of the show.  The covers are made in our best-selling Mandalay fabric. 

And of course we’d like to say a huge thank you to our Home consultant, reupholsterer and our wonderful presenter. 

If you saw the show, why not tell us what you think, and if you missed it, keep a look out for more shows on Ideal World TV over the next few weeks!

 

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Upcycling an eBay Gem: Reupholstery Before & After Pics

Looking at revamping an old and worn piece of furniture can be ever so… daunting.  You may like the shape, size or style of a piece, but under the dated fabric and sagging cushions it’s hard to visualise the potential it holds.  A professional reupholstery job can work wonders, though – check out one of our favourite furniture makeovers below.

We came across this sofa as part of a pair on eBay for a grand total of £62! 

 

Although it may have seen better days, we could see it had been well looked after and we just knew we could turn it into something special.

A quality sofa with beautiful scroll arms and wooden bun feet such as this is perfect for reupholstery – it’s not difficult to retain all the original features that attracted you to it in the first place.

After removing the old fabric, the condition of the sofa was assessed.  All looked good, so we then picked a sophisticated new fabric (Chatsworth) from our range that would suit the traditional style of the sofa.  The soft Duck Egg Blue colour was chosen as it we knew it would look great against the dark wood of the feet.

 

The tricky pleating around the arms of the sofa were carefully put into place on each arm…

  

Finally, the bargain sofa was then brought back to life with new fabric and seat cushions:

 

What a transformation!

The result is a sofa that looks brand new, while retaining its original qualities.  We styled the sofa with complementing fabric cushions in stripes and a ‘mini dot’ pattern - the soft pink scatters help break up the blue tones and tie in with the décor of the room. 

Feeling inspired by our crafty eBay upcycling? If you’d like any help turning a tired piece of furniture into a gem, contact us today for a FREE no obligation quotation. 

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Caring for your furniture

Buying furniture is an investment, so it’s only right that you’d want to look after your most valuable and loved pieces. After all, many of them can last a lifetime when cared for correctly!

While most quality items sold today will come with a set of care instructions, many of us may have inherited or acquired our most treasured antiques and heirlooms sans guidebook, and we’re left unsure about how to give them the care they deserve.

By following a few simple instructions, however, you can give your items the TLC it deserves without the risk of damaging it. Here’s how to ensure a happy, prolonged life for your most treasured items. 

Upholding Your Upholstery

 

Over time fabrics will wear, fade and lose their charming looks, but follow these tips to keep it looking as good for as long as possible…

  • Gently vacuum your upholstery regularly using a brush attachment, as accumulated dirt will accelerate fabric wear. Vacuuming Chenille and Velvet fabrics in the same way also helps to avoid it from looking ‘flat’.
  • Hard as it may be, keeping pets off your furniture will keep it looking better for longer. (Why not get your kitty or pooch their own pet furniture, instead?!)
  • Plump up feather, soft back, and seat cushions regularly to rid them of dust and keep them plush.
  • Keep all furniture out of direct sunlight to minimise fading to the fabric.
  • Clean up any accidental spills as soon as possible – the sooner you do so, the less likely it is to stain. When spot cleaning a cleaner or stain remover, always test in a small area, which isn’t visible, to avoid damage. 

 Keeping Your Woodwork Worthy

 

It’s important with intricate woodwork to follow some simple pointers and to use the correct products to maintain its beauty.

  • Keep your furniture away from heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces, and direct sunlight - these can all affect the colour and dry out the wood.
  • Dust once a week with a soft cloth.
  • To clean more thoroughly: use slightly damp paper towels, being careful not to wet the wood too much.  Dry using a soft cloth or paper towels.
  • Avoid using silicone based polishes as they can damage the surface over time.  Instead, try using more natural options such as beeswax, and keep in mind that it’s always best to use a small amount.  This only needs to be done maybe once or twice a year.

Looking After Loose Covers

 

If you have a sofa or chair with a loose cover, cleaning and drying them may seem a little daunting.  No need to fret -

  • Look for the care instruction label (it’s most likely sewn into your loose covers) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
  • As a rough guide: most loose cover fabrics can be machine or hand washed at 30 degrees.
  • If there are no care instruction labels, or you’re unsure of what to do, we would suggest contacting a dry cleaners who should be able to advise.
  • If you feel that the time has come to replace your loose covers, we’d suggest contacting an experienced company such as Plumbs. We can advise on the type of fabric and design that would best suit your piece of furniture.

 

Taking the time and care to maintain your furniture can pay off as the life of your items are prolonged.  If you’re unsure of how best to look after aspects of your furniture, especially if it’s worth sentimental or monetary value, it’s always best to contact an expert for advice.

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Put your feet up

Footstools and Ottomans can be one of the handiest pieces of furniture in your living room.  Use them to rest your feet or store items like books and magazines, and with Plumbs Loose Cover and Reupholstery service you’re sure to find a style to suit you.

 

Shorter footstools work well with low rise modern styles of sofas. This Zari fabric from the Prestige range works well with bold Moroccan colours.

 

 

By choosing a different fabric in co-ordinating colours you can pull a whole look together.  This Venetian fabric is given a modern edge when combined with our Venetian Stripe fabric.

 

 

This skirted ottoman matches perfectly with the skirted design of this sofa.  The classic Titian Stripe looks great when teamed with bold colours or florals.

 

You can make a feature of your footstool by choosing dramatic colours.  This plain Chelsea Velvet fabric comes in 35 other colours so would work in almost any home.

 

This large scale floral Botanical Garden fabric has given this footstool a new lease of life.  The soft blue colourway works well with muted pink and gold accessories.

If you would like to find out more about any of our fabrics, footstools or recovering services then contact Plumbs today for a free no obligation home consultation

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