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Our Traditional Techniques

Our Methods

Cole's Upholstery method is a rare combination of quality, traditional techniques and meticulous attention to detail:


We never cut corners and always apply traditional techniques where applicable, regardless of the extra time required.


At every stage of our work we seek the best quality solution, achieving the most beautiful and durable finish.


The benefit to our customers is a high-quality product at no extra cost.


For us traditional standards are a given, not an added luxury.

Our Traditional Techniques

Horsehair Stuffing

Hessian Layering

Felt Insulation

Cole's uses the following traditional techniques where appropriate for our upholstery and re-upholstery work:



Horsehair/Coconut Hair, as opposed to synthetic stuffing.


Fully stripped back springs and webbing to the bare frame, where required.


Dowel Joints to strengthen frames.


Jute webbing, long-webbing used to support the coil springs.


Hessian, Felt, Dacron, durable quality fabrics used to cover the internal cavity.


Layering a mixture of quality fabrics to achieve a durable immaculate finish


Hand-sewn finish, rarely used for the sake of time saving.

For more information on traditional upholstery techniques, we recommend this article by upholstery expert Jamie Swedberg, "Springs and Webbing".

Our Upholstery Process

Our upholstery process varies slightly depending on the nature of the furniture being upholstered, with each piece benefiting from the same high-quality methods. To demonstrate how we apply these methods, and the thoroughness of our unique technique, we have outlined the 7-step process typically used to reupholster an armchair.  


Carefully strip old cover


If required strip out springs and webbing to the bare frame




Re-glue and dowel joints of frame to strengthen it

Re-web using jute webbing




Re-spring, tying in the springs

Cover with layers of hessian, horsehair, felt and dacron.

Cover with the chosen fabric and customers choice of finish, e.g. braid, studding or piping

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