Stephanie Harris upholstery specialise in the craft of a traditional upholstered chair, using time honoured techniques and materials,  to create a classic furniture piece that is durable and can even be passed through generations. The skilled process is time consuming and built up over stages.

original frame of a chairThe first stage stripes the chair back to its original skeleton frame. The frame restored to its original beauty to ensure a sturdy base for the upholstery. Each stage taking a respectful approach to the piece applying techniques in keeping with its age.

webbing and springs on a dining chairThe second stage applies webbing to the underside of the seat and springs stitched in place. The springs lashed and strung to the frame to ensure stability. Stephanie Harris upholstery provide the options of British and Continental lashing techniques based on the clients requirements.

To create the shape of the seat coconut fibre is sandwiched between tarpaulin and hessian. Alternative option of linen scrim and hair can be provided for the finer antique pieces. The filling is regulated to create the basic shape as the seat starts to take form. It is only when the upholstery stitches are applied that the defined shape is visible and becomes rigid. This third stage sculpts the seat into the tradtional stitched coir layerrequired shape echoing the form of the chair, using both British and Continental techniques.

hair and skin waddingThe fourth stage creates comfort by applying a hair layer. This layer is evenly regulated and held in place with stitches. To increase the comfort of the seat a fifth layer is applied over the hair using either cotton felt or skin wadding.

The sixth stage creates a barrier between the upholstered material and the top cover fabric. Barrier cloth is applied to create a smooth finish on the seat. A layer of dacron is applied before the seventh stage to reduce friction against the top fabric. The seventh stage is the application of the top cover fabric and any required trimmings.

stephanie harris upholstery sprung dining chairThe final result being a smooth, comfortable, durable piece that maintains a sense of history and craft.