Things that Ruin Sofas – How to Ensure You Get the Most from Your Furniture


Whether your sofa is an antique or newly manufactured, there are some habits you should avoid. These are things that can ruin even the sturdiest of sofas and shorten their beauty and lifespan considerably. Sofas are a key feature of your home or office and are often expensive items. Antique sofas are to be treasured […]

Vintage Furniture – The return of golden from the past

Vintage furniture

With so many fashion trends returning, it feels like that the world is coming back to full circle. Many items and trends that were considered a thing of the past have emerged as in-demand and trendy. One such trend on our radar is the rapidly increasing demand for vintage furniture. The increasing demand for Vintage […]

What is bespoke furniture?

bespoke furniture by abbey

There’s quite a lot of difference between bespoke furniture and standard furniture. Bespoke furniture is custom-made furniture that is made as per the specifications of the individual’s order. There’s isn’t any specific limit to custom furniture. So, it can be your bed, nightstand, coffee table, or even dresser. So, anything can be bespoke from scratch […]

Styling The Antiques in Your Home

Styling Antiques,,

Vintage and antique pieces are undeniable assets for any setting. If you are lucky enough to have antiques in your home, then read on to find out the best ways of styling antique and vintage pieces. Incorporating both antique and vintage pieces into your home Antique or Vintage? An antique item is usually 100 years […]

Repolishing of staircase in Romford, Essex

polish wooden staircase

If you need your staircases glistening and shining, you might find yourself in a bit of trouble since this is one job that shouldn’t be done at home and a huge number of contractors either lack the experience or the capability to get it done. Finding skilled and efficient contractors to work on repolishing of […]

When To Reupholster a Sofa

Retro Velvet Sofa.

Knowing when to reupholster an old sofa isn’t always easy, and there is definitely no exact time that this should be done. The answer will depend on a few things, and this should be assessed and considered properly before making plans to reupholster. Reupholstering is a fantastic way of breathing new life into your furniture […]

Leather Restoration in Romford, Essex

Close up of tears and scratches on leather cushion

Nothing says ‘class’ like a clean, shiny piece of leather furniture. There’s just something undeniably vintage that makes leather furniture click with you, much like a fine wine. But the often neglected truth is, not all leather objects will be as successful and impressive as others. In order for your leather furniture to maintain its […]

Spray Painting vs Painting Furniture?

Man Painting Cabinet Drawer

Pros and Cons of Spray Painting vs Painting Furniture   Pros of Spray Painting: Less expensive No difficult application Less cleaning Less need for priming   Cons of Spray Painting: Paint easily runs off or dries before you can continue It is much more difficult to apply without contaminating the surface It does not provide […]

Upholstery in Romford, Essex

Antique chair against an interior brick wall

Abbey Group in Romford, Essex uses a total repair work and re-upholstery service to all domestic and business customers – restoring furnishings that you like. We can restore your furnishings to the initial level – if not much better. As patterns and styles alter over the years you can select a brand-new material to bring your old furnishings up-to-date […]

English Antique Furniture and the Importance of Patination

Close up of corner of table

Over an extended period, a darkened or coloured layer will form on antique furniture. This is known as patina. All antique furniture will have a slightly different patina. This is because no two furniture pieces will have been handled and treated in the same way. Light exposure will also vary between pieces of furniture, which […]