Project Description

bed upholstery westerham


Bed Recover & Upholstery

This bed recover and upholstery caused a bit of a predicament which tends to be the case with ‘newer’ furniture.  Having been taught as a traditional upholsterer (and continue to learn btw!) a ‘horror’ of foam and staples is kind of ingrained.  We talk the language of tacks, fibres and a load of techniques that takes years (decades!) to master.     To that end most furniture in our houses has been upholstered using foam and staples due to speed/ cost.

Then I have a client with this rather wonderful, beautifully made bed who is looking for a bit of a re-vamp of their bedroom.   We decide that recovering the bed would be worthwhile … and therein lies my predicament.   This bed is beautifully made with rather lovely show wood – do I just take off the old and recover with the new….. something holds me back, and quite frankly I just cannot face doing this.   In this situation I use a technique that I have developed, which is rather a halfway house, and is not costing my client a ‘king’s ransom’ but also satisfies my inherent desire to do this rather beautiful bed frame justice!

My client’s favourite colour is purple and this deeply decadent purple from the Wemyss New Decades Collection is just the ticket here – its rub tested to 200,000 and is a total dream… pun intended!

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Remove Old Top Fabric

and all the staples!


Adding a load of fibre

A load of fibre is added, carefully teased and shaped under calico – this calico takes the strain. Note that the calico is fixed using tacks – not staples.

The piping is then fitted using (in this case) gimp pins and a punch…. to protect the show wood….


Adding the skin wadding

The piping is then fixed securely using back tack card to ensure a tight fit and also to determine those lovely curves on this bed frame.   Again a punch is used to protect the show wood.

A layer of skin wadding is added – this has a dual purpose – the ‘paper’ prevents fibres pricking through the top cover and the wadding adds another layer of luxury.

The top cover is then carefully placed ready for the last and final stage.


and finally!

The top cover is sewn in using a circular needle and a ladder stitch.  Ladder stitch is a very strong type of stitch which is also invisible to the eye as the insert points are at right angles to each other.