Upholstery in Romford, Essex

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As someone who works in the upholstery business, I can tell you that changing the fabric on your furniture may make a huge difference. The Abbey Group in Essex can help you match your furniture to the rest of the room’s decor or just give a favourite piece a new look. We have been doing upholstery work for more than 80 years, and we are committed to giving you high-quality services that are personalised to your needs and preferences.

Our staff of local professionals is quite proficient in all kinds of upholstery work, from small fixes to reupholstering a whole piece. We know that furniture is more than simply a place to sit; it’s also a piece of history that has memories and sentimental worth. Because of this, our services are made to keep your furniture’s distinctive qualities while giving it a new, fresh look.

Wide range of upholstery services in Essex


At the Abbey Group, we offer a wide range of upholstery services in Essex for all sorts of furniture. We are experts at restoring old and inherited furniture, but we also work on new furniture. No matter how old or what style your furniture is, we are sure that we can give you the best service and craftsmanship.

Leather upholstery is one of the most popular things we do. Leather furniture is a timeless choice that lends a touch of sophistication and elegance to any room. But leather can get scratched, damaged, or broken over time. Here’s where our service for leather upholstery comes in. Our team of experts can fix, restore, or reupholster your leather furniture to make it seem as good as new.

Our team can easily fix any small scratches or marks on your leather furniture. We know how to work on sofas, chairs, ottomans, and footstools, among other types of leather furniture. We offer a full reupholstery service for bigger concerns, such as tears or cracks in the leather. We can replace the old leather with new leather, mend buttons and rivets, and make your furniture look as good as it did when you bought it.

Our services for upholstery in Essex are easy and convenient. We’ll pick up and drop off your items for free, and we’ll also provide you a free estimate, so you can feel good about choosing us. We know that furniture is an investment, so all of the work we do and the fabrics we sell come with a 12-month guarantee.

There are a few things you can do to take care of your upholstered furniture and keep it looking its best. Flip cushions over and squish them up every so often to make sure they wear evenly. Don’t sit on the edges of cushions or furniture arms, as this can make them wear out more quickly. Also, you should change your covers often to keep the seams straight and get rid of creases.

At the Abbey Group, we’re proud of how much we care about our customers. We can help you whether you need a little fix or a thorough reupholstery. Our team of upholstery experts loves what they do and is committed to giving you the best service possible.

We provide upholstery work for restaurants, pubs, dental and medical offices, and other companies, as well as for people’s homes in Essex. We work hard to make sure that the craftsmanship and materials we use are of the finest quality. This way, your furniture will look great for years to come.

Replacing the fabric on your furniture is an easy and efficient approach to modernise your environment and give your furniture a new lease on life. The Abbey Group in Essex is ready to help, whether you want to fix up a family relic or give a modern piece a new look.

Sofa Recovery

restoring,an,antique,sofa, recoverySpecialising in the recovery of sofas in Essex, the Abbey Group breathes new life into your beloved furniture. Our experts are adept at restoring a wide variety of sofa types and sizes. Regardless of the wear and tear, our highly-skilled team works meticulously to bring back the original charm of your sofa. We are passionate about renewing sofas and preserving their history. From patchwork to a full recovery, our team has your sofa needs covered in Essex. The Abbey Group is your trusted partner for excellent sofa recovery services, ensuring a seamless and satisfying experience that honours the past while embracing the future.

For more information on our Upholstery service in Essex, please contact us at 01708 741135.

Upholstery FAQs

Is it cheaper to reupholster furniture than to buy new furniture?

This depends on what you have. If it can be bought for a low price, it will probably cost more to have it reupholstered. If it’s made of hardwood and still has a lot of life left in it, it’s probably better to re-upholster it than throw it away.

Do you guarantee the work you do?

All of the work we do and all of the fabrics we sell come with a 12-month guarantee. This doesn’t cover damage caused by accidents or normal wear and tear. “Customer’s own material” is not something we can promise.

What are the fabric care instructions?

Everything we upholster with fabrics we buy from companies we trust will come with written care instructions and information about the fabric.

A certificate will also be given for fabrics that have been treated to make them less likely to catch fire.

How do I generally take care of my upholstered furniture?

It’s important to take care of upholstery and keep it in good shape to keep it comfortable and looking nice.

Cushions should be plumped up regularly and, if possible, flipped and rotated to make sure they wear evenly and aren’t too fast to light.

At first, seat cushions may feel quite firm, but they will get softer as you use them.

We recommend that you don’t sit on the edges of cushions or on the arms of furniture, as this will cause them to wear out unevenly.

Redress your covers often to get the seams to line up again and to try to get rid of any wrinkles or puddles.

Moving seams, wrinkled fabric, and “puddles” (which are caused by natural fabric stretching) are all maintenance problems, not flaws in the fabric.

Darker fabrics hold their colours better than lighter ones.

The colour will fade and wear out faster on natural fibres than on man-made fibres.

There is a layer of fibres on the surface of natural fibres, and they may lint. This is normal, and it will stop on its own in time. Until the top coat wears off, giving them a gentle vacuum will make them look better.

Can you replace or refill my chair/sofa cushions?

Any cushion, even ones that are fixed, can be re-filled or have its inners replaced. We can show you the different inner options, and you can try them out to see which one gives you the level of comfort you need.

All of our cushions are made to order based on their size, shape, and materials.

Do you re-upholster antique furniture?

We can certainly reupholster antiques, and we can also give quotes for woodwork that needs to be brought back to its former glory in a sympathetic way.

Do you upholster real leather furniture?

Yes. We have a selection of top leather companies we use and can do colour matching as well as helping you to find the right leather for your piece.If you would prefer to look into having your leather furniture re-coloured and restored, we can also get quotations for this for you.

Do you only do domestic upholstery?

We also do upholstery work for restaurants, pubs, dental and medical offices, and other businesses.

What is your re-upholstery process?

If you can send us photos of your furniture or project by email, we will try to give you a rough estimate at first.

If you’re okay with this, we’ll help you find the right fabric and trims, and you can make an appointment to look through our pattern book showroom.

If samples are ordered, we will bring them to your house when they arrive and give you a final quote and measurement.

Then, to book you in, we ask for a 50% deposit.

We hope that our FAQs have helped you.

If you have any questions, please don’t be afraid to get in touch.


Did You Know!

Essex has a long and rich history in the textiles industry, which has influenced its upholstery sector significantly.

Dating back to medieval times, Essex was an integral part of the wool trade in England, which was a significant driver of the national economy. Towns such as Colchester and Braintree thrived due to their roles in this industry. Wool from the sheep reared in the county’s countryside was processed into cloth and then traded domestically and internationally, creating substantial wealth for the region.

The development of the upholstery trade in Essex is intertwined with this historical background in textiles. As the demand for upholstered furniture grew, particularly during the industrial revolution and onwards into the 20th century, the pre-existing knowledge, skills, and resources from the textile industry were leveraged to create and develop upholstery businesses.

Essex’s proximity to London, one of the key furniture production centers in the UK, also facilitated the growth of the upholstery sector. Goods and raw materials could be easily transported between Essex and London, promoting the sharing of skills and innovations.

Today, the legacy of this history is seen in the many upholstery businesses that continue to thrive in Essex. These range from small, artisanal workshops creating bespoke pieces, to larger companies that manufacture upholstered furniture on a grand scale. The upholstery sector in Essex continues to honor its historical roots while also embracing new techniques, designs, and materials. This vibrant mix of the old and the new contributes to the unique character of the upholstery industry in the county.