Whether you’re looking to reupholster your very first second hand find or want to tackle every piece of furniture in your home, MAKERS Upholstery and Design can assist you in getting it done.

But it doesn't stop there.Our ideas for combining different fabrics and using patterns, textures, plains and colours will open your eyes to all of the incredible ways you can give your old or used furniture new life. Re-upholstery means a major revamp, the furniture is stripped down to its frame and then rebuilt which explains the project’s cost. The end result is a new piece of furniture though.

Once we have identified the clients upholstery needs and selected fabric we will arrange to collect the furniture from the clients premises. If the item needs installing our professional installer will deliver and install. Our aim is to not just revive old pieces into new but to rather transform a 2 dimensional piece of fabric into a 3 dimensional object which is both functional and elegant.


  • Ottomans
  • Headboards
  • Scatter cushions
  • Loose seat cushions


  • Couches
  • Occasional chairs
  • Dining room chairs
  • Ottomans
  • Wingbacks
  • Headboards

When to Upholster

Re-upholstery is necessary when the fabric on the piece of furniture starts to fade, tear or look old. New foam in the seats is required when the seats do no longer sit comfortably or sink in. Sometime new foam is only necessary in the arms and backrests. Proper repair of most furniture pieces can only be determined when the piece is stripped and the upholsterer is able to look inside at the framework..

Re-upholstery of furniture is not generally the cheaper option so when deciding to go the route of upholstery look at the piece that needs recovering and ask the following questions.

  • Do I like the style of this piece?
  • Does the piece have sentimental value?
  • Is it a good quality piece of furniture?
  • What type of wood is it made of?
  • Is it a period piece?

If any of these questions apply to the piece of furniture you are considering to redo, then upholstery is definitely the answer.

Wingback chair

Choosing fabric

When selecting fabric for upholstery making sure the fabric is fit for furniture is the most important thing to consider first. Choose fabric that will update the piece, not give it the look it had before.

Go for a different colour or go from plain to pattern.

If the fabric is not durable and does not have a high rub count it wont last. Fabric strength is rated by conducting an abrasion test. The more resistant the fabric is to abrasion the higher the rub count.The rub count will allow the decision to be made about what fabric goes where.

There is a wide variety of upholstery fabric available ranging from textured and plain weaves, patterns and prints in a wide variety of colours. There are also an extensive range of Vinyl/PU/Faux leathers which are easy to clean and great for headboards and ottomans .

Once a fabric is decided on it should be taken home and put in the space. Live with it for a few days and see how the colour and look of the fabric changes in different light.

                                                                                                           Source: MAKERS                                                                                                        Source: Black Fabrics

                                                                                                           Source: MAKERS                                                                                                      Source: Black Fabrics

Upholstery can be classified as light,domestic and contract.

  • Light being 15000 rubs or less and is mostly used on occasional chairs and items such as scatter cushions and lamp shades-Bedrooms.
  • Domestic 20000-25000 rubs and is suitable for couches, dining chairs, kitchen booths and window seats-Living Room.
  • Contract upholstery starts at 30 000 rubs. Hotels, restaurants and offices are areas that would need to make use of fabric with a high rub count as these are areas with high traffic and need fabric that is extremely durable.


Upholstered furniture is the root of an interior and sets the mood of a room. It changes the look and feel of a space. A wingback chair in a velvet damask might encourage you to sit up straight but a slip cover sofa could do the opposite.

Once the durability of the fabric has been identified then style colour and pattern come into play.

The fabric you choose will determine the mood you are trying to portray. If a more traditional style is wanted go for rich velvets and silks and combine stripes with checks and plains. If a more contemporary look is what you want then neutral shades of gray and white and  natural cottons and linens will do the trick.

Apply a modern or brightly coloured piece of fabric to a classic piece of furniture to create a contemporary look.                                                Source: Black Fabrics

Apply a modern or brightly coloured piece of fabric to a classic piece of furniture to create a contemporary look.                                               Source: Black Fabrics

What will it cost?

Although we work with any budget remember that costs will vary according to fabric choice, project details and region.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Black Fabrics