Upholstery Books & DVDs

Danish Tutorial

Detailed instructions on how to upholster a danish chair by Padgham Upholstery. A very helpful companion.  Learn how to choose foam densities, calculate dimensions, upholster cushion covers and more.


Rebuilding a Coil Spring Seat - DVD

Our own DVD covers the various steps and techniques of how to rebuild a coil sprung chair. Adrian and Dianne show you what you can recycle, upholstery techniques and how to use the tools.  Run time 46 minutes.


Traditional Upholstery Workshop 1 DVD

Traditional Upholstery Workshop 1- Drop-In and Pin Stuffed Seats. 
A step by step demonstration of how to take a Victoria Reproduction Queen Anne Chair seat in total disrepair, strip its old covering and tack and reupholster it, restoring it to its former glory using traditional methods and materials..
He then goes on to show the total restoration of an Edwardian Chair with a pin stuffed seat.
Running Time : 60 minutes


Traditional Upholstery Workshop 2 DVD

Traditional Upholstery Workshop Part 2 Stuffover Upholstery gives you the chance to learn from the master.
A step by step guide at stripping and reupholstering of Victorian nursing chair. The Stuffover Upholstery is unsprung, blind and top stitching techniques are used and explained in detail. Also demonstrated is the creation of a roll edge on the back. The project is finished using handmade tufts and a decorative fringe.
Running time : 78 mins

Completely restoring any piece of threadbare furniture to its natural beauty is easy alongside UK furniture expert David James, who teaches the traditional methods of furniture and upholstery restoration in this how-to DVD. Watching James step-by-step as he restores a Victorian nursing chair to its former glory, viewers will learn to create a roll edge, handmade tufts, and decorative fringe while following along as upholstery is stripped and unsprung. Topics covered include webbing techniques, use of curled hair and coir, fabric selection, and slip stitching. 


Upholstery - A Complete Course

In this second revised edition David James provides an encyclopaedic guide to the techniques and materials involved in upholstery. The book covers everything from traditional handwork to the latest industrial techniques, giving a complete overview of the upholstery trade. Five step-by-step projects follow, to enable readers to put some of the techniques explained into practice. Almost 500 detailed line drawings created by the author illustrate every aspect covered in the text.


Upholstery Techniques & Projects

The perfect companion for the upholsterer. Contains 30 detailed projects, 60 colour photographs and 300 lined drawings depicting each process in fine detail. 


Beginner's Upholstery Techniques

This is the ideal book for the DIY or beginner upholsterer. Through very clear illustrations and instructions, David James guides you through all the basic techniques of upholstery. There are 12 step-by-step projects, including a sprung footstool, pouffe, bed headboard, four-fold screen, and multiple chairs from antique to modern style. 


The Upholstery Bible

A long-standing favourite from Cherry Dobson. Perfect for the beginner upholsterer. Details a range of traditional and contemporary upholstery projects and processes.