Recover Your Furniture So It Feels Like New

Upholstery in Edinburgh

Over the years, we’ve re-upholstered thousands of different pieces of furniture ranging from antique chairs to leather sofas. And, while we’re proud of the sheer quantity of work we’ve completed, that isn’t what is important to us.

We believe that beautiful furniture deserves to continue to be admired and used. That’s why we take great pride in every single project we take on.


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What Is Upholstery?

Many people think upholstery is the process of repairing and restoring antique furniture, which is something we do, however, it is, in fact, the name given to the materials used to stuff and cover seats, chairs, sofas and pretty much any piece of furniture that needs some attention.

There are so many different types of upholstery materials that we use, but the most common ones are vinyl, foam, cotton padding and leather. We carefully select the right type according to your furniture’s needs.

The technique that we use to get your furniture back to it’s best is called ‘re-upholstery’. 

Reason being, we spend time carefully re-applying the upholstery materials into your furniture so that it sits evenly, enhances comfort levels and looks great!

If your interested in improving the look and feel of your furniture, please get in touch and we’ll happily provide you with a free quotation.

Enjoy your furniture again

Just because your furniture is looking a little worn doesn’t mean it isn’t loved.

Get more comfortable

Through our specialist techniques, we’re able to enhance the comfortability

Fit right in

We can help your furniture fit in better with your current home design.

1. Strip Back & Repair

Vital to the long-term health of furniture, we must make sure that each piece is structurally sound before we carry out any work. A stable structure prevents you from experiencing any discomfort and breaks in the future. How do we do this? It starts with a process called ‘stripping’ where we strip back all materials and fabric from your piece of furniture until we only its core components remain. At that level, we can make a diagnosis of the level of repairs required. Sometimes, no repairs are needed at all, and we can just replace the linen with something new to give a fresher design. However, we may need to repair various elements to ensure stability such as issues with the feet to prevent wobbles.

2. Structure & Support

Who likes a chair without back support? We certainly don’t! To make sure that everyone you welcome to your home has a comfortable experience, we make sure that your back and bottom have the ultimate feeling of support, we give your furniture a complete corrective support structure. It’s part of our exemplary upholstery service that we achieve the highest standards of comfort so we make sure that when you sit down on your piece for the first time that you can notice the feeling of stability.

3. Replace Padding

The padding in your furniture is what makes it feel comfortable so when it starts to feel worn, saggy and uncomfortable – that’s when you know you need a change for sure. At 1st Class Upholstery, we use the softest padding available, allowing you to feel safe in the knowledge that whenever you sit down at your favourite spot, you’ll always feel relaxed.

4. Felt Layering

We use felt layering to contain the padding and provide a comforting layer to your chair. Although there are many different layering available for use, from our experience the use of felt has provided the optimum level of comfort for our clients at 1st Class Upholstery. Once that we are happy with this stage, we will sew the padding and felt together, giving a great feeling to whoever sits there, but we’re not done yet…

5. Fabric Finish

Fine fabric is one thing, but it’s what you do with it that makes a piece of furniture look the part. Our  upholstery experts in Edinburgh can customise your piece with a number of different options of your choosing.

30 Years Of Experience

Our extensive experience in upholstery gives us the confidence in our ability to restore almost any piece.

Highly Trusted

With many customers around the Glasgow area, we are your go-to service for upholstery.

Free Upholstery Advice

Before we begin any work, we give you complete clarity on what work needs completed

Frequently Asked Questions

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When should you contact an upholster?

Truth is if you aren’t sure that your furniture needs an upholsterer service, then you probably don’t. An upholsterer’s job is to refurbish your upholstery when it gets to the stage that you are no longer enjoying it anymore. That could be because it is no longer comfortable or because the furniture looked tired and worn out.

It’s important to consider that just because you have a piece that is looking old, doesn’t mean that it cannot become something equally beautiful or even better. The opportunities to change the style, pattern, and colour of your furniture is limitless. When you see the difference, you’ll think you’re looking at a new sofa, but at the same time hold the memories of your old one.

Why upholster rather than buy a new sofa?

There are so many advertisements on television these days for new sofas, but what we notice is that these pieces aren’t built like they used to. They’re often shipped in internationally from massive factories where there is little care for the finer details such as you might expect from an antique piece. Not only that, but we find that antique furniture is without a doubt, much more pleasing on the eye.

So, why upholster rather than buy new? If we had to sum it up in a word it would be memories. There is something about furniture that you just can’t forget. Maybe we’re just the nostalgic type, but the items you value help you define who you are and those memories that have been built up over years should not be forgotten.

What upholstery techniques do you use?
We offer customers the options of modern upholstery, traditional upholstery, and leather upholstery. For older pieces, it is best if we stick to the manner in which it was first constructed, thus preserving its integrity. We will use traditional methods such as horse hair, springs, flax and herringbone webbings just to name a few. For more recent pieces, we will be more open to using modern upholstery techniques during the restoration process.
What is modern upholstery?
Modern upholstery is most suitable for post-WWII chairs. It uses foam as stuffing as well as other traditional materials such as webbing, hessian, felts and hand-stitched borders. Staples are used for fixing and delivery for faster results and also to reduce the costs.
What is traditional upholstery?

Traditional upholstery is most suitable for antique chairs (typically from the 19th and early 20th century. We use natural materials such as horsehair or coir fibre, hessian or linen as well as tacks or fixings.

This style uses complex stitching techniques to make firm stitched edges. Traditional upholstery is extremely labour intensive and requires a great deal of skill and years of experience to master.

What technique is right for my furniture?
As we mentioned earlier, it depends on the age and style of your furniture. Nevertheless, if you have an older piece, but can’t afford to use the traditional technique, we can give you options for the restoration of your antique furniture using the modern upholstery methods.