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A snippet of Plumbs best reupholstery fabrics!

This ‘Riga’ fabric features thin stripes in sumptuous Gold and purple tones.RIG_008_p2

Our ‘Montartre’ and co-ordinating striped Picasso design by Warwick fabrics are some the newest editions to the Prestige Collection.  The fresh floral design and bold raspberry colourway gives life to this sofa.mtt_rap_p1

This chair has been completely refreshed with our Gogh fabric.  We’ve teamed these stripes with Damask wallpaper in matching pink and raspberry tones.GOG_RAP_P3

This key style geometric design looks great on retro or contemporary furniture styles.  This striking design is best left quite simple in order to let the pattern really stand out.l76_CUG_p1

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Upholstering: It’s Not Just for Chairs!

Furnishings maketh the home … but not all your interior style inspiration has to come from chairs, sofas and cushions!

From doors and walls to stools, headboards and bookcases – there is no end to what you can upholster. Here we look at three unique options for you to try.

1. Decorative doors

Tired of two-dimensional doors that offer little decorative input? Upholster them to create sensational designs that really stand out.

Reupholstered Door

To recreate this look, you’ll need: vinyl sheeting, gold tacks, hammer and a utility knife.

Step 1: Remove the door from the wall and lie on a flat surface.

Step 2: Cover the door with the patterned vinyl sheet, leaving a small margin along the edge.

Step 3: Hammer the tacks into position by tracing the pattern of the vinyl.

Step 4: Cut the vinyl away from doorknob holes and install the handle, adding tacks to finish the design.

Step 5: Cut vinyl from the hinge locations – leaving around 1/8 of an inch to tuck beneath the hinge plate.

Step 6: Fit the hinges and door-handle before re-hanging the door.

TOP TIP: decorate both sides of the door before fitting.

2. Beautiful bookcases

Practical and stylish, upholstered bookcases can be a great way to expand storage and add additional seating options if used on low-lying options.

Reupholstered Seat - Bookcase

To recreate this look, you’ll need: MDF board, foam fabric, staples and staple gun.

Step 1: measure and cut the MDF to size for your bookcases.

Step 2: place the MDF board on top of the fabric and foam face down.

TOP TIP: use the fabric’s pattern as a guide to keep everything straight.

Step 3: staple the fabric to the back of the MDF, being sure to pull it tight.

TOP TIP: fold the fabric over before stapling to give more material to puncture and create a strong hold.

3. Handsome headboards

Better than shop-bought options, upholster your own headboard for a unique style that exudes your unique design passion.

Reupholstered Headboard

To recreate this look, you’ll need: headboard, foam, batting, fabric, a utility knife, scissors, staples and staple gun, flush mount and spray adhesive.

Step 1: lay the foam on the floor with the headboard on top and cut to shape.

Step 2: repeat for the batting and fabric – allowing a margin of 4-5 inches.

Step 3: use the spray adhesive to fix the foam to the front of your headboard.

TOP TIP: wear a mask and only using the adhesive in a well-ventilated room.

Step 4: when dry, place the batting on top and turn the headboard over.

Step 5: staple the batting securely to the back of the headboard using the staple gun.

Step 6: repeat with the fabric.

Step 7: fix the headboard to the wall using the flush mount.

Unique upholstering

With these great DIY upholstering ideas, you’re sure to find the inspiration you need to transform your home. Match these choices with our professional furniture upholstering service at Plumbs and ensure every aspect of your home is as beautiful as it should be.

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Hidden Gems – Could You Be Sitting On A Real Treasure?

Before you throw away that tatty old chair in the corner of the sitting room, take a closer look. Some pieces of furniture aren’t quite what they seem and you may have been sitting on a hidden gem that just needed a little TLC, as these examples show.

Mismatched sofa

Transformed from tatty and damaged to bright and cheerful, the addition of printed fabric to this tired sofa allowed it to retain its luxurious look and deliver uncompromised comfort.

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Two-seat sofa

 By replacing a heavily worn pattern and damaged wood detail with something modern and contemporary, this two-seat sofa is now sitting pretty!

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Modern chair

With a plumper cushion, a brighter colour and repaired arms, we think this chair looks as good as new, having been transformed from something tired and uninteresting into a real statement piece!

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Luxurious coach

Taken from a dull and uninspiring green to a deep and indulgent burgundy, this luxurious couch has certainly benefited from its makeover. The high-quality finish of the reupholstering works to the furniture’s merit and makes it a sensational piece.

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Use your imagination

If you are looking for valuable furniture in your home, try and assess its structural merits and imagine what it would look like with new coverings.

A wonderful way of exposing the original attributes of your chair and bringing it back to glory is to give it a tasteful makeover. With some clever use of fabric, you can revive an antique piece of furniture so that all of its best features are enhanced.

Keep any exposed parts of wooden furniture well-polished – beeswax is best. Ensure that the new covers are well-treated and regularly cleaned and then you can simply enjoy sitting on a comfortable and attractive piece of furniture!

 

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