Antique restoration is one of my specialties. Working with a delicate 150-year-old Victorian settee requires specialized knowledge to properly repair a damaged frame, rebuild a double-stuffed horse-hair seat, and restore the furniture to its original state. I incorporate the same upholstering methods that were used when the furniture was first made.
I do not use screws, nails, or metal brackets to repair antiques. Frames are often completely disassembled, old glue is removed from the joints, and broken dowels are replaced. Damaged frame parts are glued, clamped, and reinforced with wood splines, new dowel-pins, and new glue-blocks fitted where appropriate.
The original seat springs, back springs, and padding are always reused unless it is requested that they be replaced with contemporary materials.
My restoration methods include the following:
8-way hand-tying of coil seat and back springs
Expert repair of broken and damaged frames (including dry-rot)
Hand-folded diamond tufting
Rebuilding of double-stuffed seats using the original horse, hog, and cattle hair, or natural vegetable fibers such as Spanish moss, tow, cocnut fiber, and excelsior
Construction of new double-stuffed seats using equivalent original padding materials consisting of a blend of horse, hog, and cattle hair, with a top layer of cotton batting
Covering of restored seats, backs, and arms in a utility muslin before applying the upholstery fabric or leather
Frames trimmed with decorative scroll gimp and solid brass nails or double-welt fabricated from matching or contrasting fabric
Below are a few examples of family heirlooms and period piece furniture I have restored for my customers.
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Dining Chairs Before
Dining Chairs After
1908 Task Chair Before
1908 Task Chair After
Channel Chair Before
Channel Chair After
Channel Sofa Before
Channel Sofa After
Corner Chair Before
Corner Chair After
French Chair Before
French Chair After
Spanish Chair Before
Spanish Chairs After
Victorian Side Chair Before
Victorian Side Chair After
Plain-Back Victorian Sofa Before
Plain-Back Victorian Sofa After
Thrown Chair Before
Thrown Chair After
Victorian Tufted Settee Before
Victorian Tufted Settee After
High-Back Victorian Arm Chair Before
Victorian High-Back Arm Chair After
Tufted-Back Victorian Sofa Before
Tufted-Back Victorian Sofa After
Victorian Side Chairs Before
Victorian Side Chairs After
Wing Chair Before
Wing Chair After
High-Back Arm Chair Before
High-Back Arm Chair After
Victorian Tufted Chaise Lounge
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Classic Designs in Albuquerque since 1981. Quality craftsmanship on furniture reupholstering, antique restoration, cushions and pillows, custom-built furniture, decorative upholstery fabrics and upholstery leathers.