What is Traditional Upholstery?

Traditional upholstery is appropriate for older chairs; from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and uses natural materials such as horsehair or coir (coconut) fibre, hessian or linen, and tacks for fixing, and employs sophisticated stitching techniques to make firm stitched edges. It is very labour intensive but very satisfying and the end result is beautiful.

At the Upholstery Hub the following traditional upholstery methods are available

Scroll arms using traditional materials
Sprung arms,
Coil sprung seats,
Independent sprung edges,
Deep buttoning,
Rolled edges on seats
T-Shaped Cushion with piping and zips


  • The Upholstery Shop’s mission is to bring furniture back to life.  It may sound simple, but the process is often long and complicated, and each project is an exploration into the soul and history of the piece, as old fabric is stripped and the bones of the furniture are revealed.
  • Getting the foundation right on traditional furniture upholstery is important because, like building houses on mud, it’s the difference between your furniture lasting a year or a lifetime.
  • I have always been passionate in using the correct methods and materials when restoring traditional furniture. I am well practiced in the correct use of coconut fibre and horsehair as well as woolair paddings. I rebuild sprung seats with the use of new jute webbing, hessian, and can even replace traditional old hourglass springs when your old ones have broken or become too soft.
  • I am well practiced in making new coconut fibre or horsehair stitched and rolled edges.
  • At the upholstery hub I care about doing your job properly to the tried and trusted traditional methods.