Case Study: Edwardian Club Chair – Andrew Marks Furniture Services
We were delighted to receive an enquiry in January 2022, where a potential client emailed us some photographs of a 100yr-old heirloom, Edwardian Club Chair that was in desperate need of some care and attention. The chair still had the original leather covering, albeit in a state of disrepair.
The dimensions of the chair were requested, therefore enabling us to estimate the amount of fabric or leather that would be required to re-upholster this magnificent piece of furniture. The client was then directed to a number of credible websites, where they could order free samples of leather and fabric, to be sent to their home. This then gave them free reign to select a suitable covering and colour for the reupholstery project.
Leather – The Client’s Choice
Once the leather colour had been chosen, the client informed us of their preferred selection – this allowed us to confirm whether the material they had chosen would be durable enough, and suitable for the level of use it was likely to endure. An old-English crimson leather was the final choice – an ideal covering to sympathetically reupholster such a grand heirloom!
Our client agreed to commission us to complete this bespoke upholstery project, after taking into account the cost of the leather, in addition to our labour and parts estimate. They were then added to our waiting list, as we already had a few projects in the pipeline.
When the client had reached the top of the waiting list, a deposit invoice was raised. Once the invoice had been paid, we placed an order for the leather required, and confirmed a date to collect the heirloom chair – transporting it in protective packaging, to our studio – a rural workshop in the heart of the Tamar Valley.
Reupholstering the Heirloom Edwardian Club Chair
Andrew carefully stripped all of the antique leather from the chair and retained it, as it was technically the property of the client. The structure of the frame was assessed – repairing and strengthening the frame, taking care to preserve all of the original antique timber. After identifying that the springs in the seat platform were of excellent quality and still providing the correct support, the webbing was replaced. The original cone springs were then re-tied, using traditional materials.
In order to improve the lumbar support and remove the indent in the back rest, Andrew replaced the back webbing – again, using traditional materials appropriate for this type of chair. Traditional felt was used to reinstate the arm shape, where it had previously been worn by generations of the family. The arms were in relatively good condition and did not require a rebuild.
Once the chair had been upholstered with new fireproof fillings – added both to improve comfort, and to adhere to the ‘Furniture and Furnishings Fire Regulations 1988’ (amended in 1989, 1993 & 2010) – Andrew reupholstered the chair. He used the original leather as a template, to cut and sew the new leather. The heirloom chair was then upholstered, with brass decorative nails used to trim the finished piece.
The original cushion seat that complimented the leather, was duplicated, using new, medium density, luxury foam – to meet fire regulations. Andrew then used the original cushion cover as a pattern for the new cover, which was made from a velvet upholstery material.
The heirloom Edwardian Club Armchair was safely delivered back to the client, covered in protective packaging. Andrew offered to return the original antique leather – however, the owner politely declined – instead, relaying his sincere gratitude for a job well done and paying the final balance.
If you would like to talk to us to discuss bespoke upholstery commissions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01822 258071. Alternatively, use our website where you can request an estimate online.
Our services also include recliner chair and sofa repairs, ‘rise & recline’ repairs & servicing, mobility bed & furniture repairs, leather upholstery repairs (incl. pet damage, staining, fading or cracking…), springs and webbing replacement, seat interiors for flat cushions and back interiors, wooden furniture repairs and professional upholstery & carpet cleaning.