At our upholstery shop, we reupholster, repair and rebuild residential, commercial and church upholstered furniture.
We also custom build, QUALITY new upholstered furniture. Please see our frame catalogs in the sidebar links section.
FABRICS: We have 8000+ fabric/faux leather/vinyl swatches to choose from. Once ordered, we receive delivery on these either the next or second business day.
WE ARE UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE EXPERTS ***** 2017 is our 43rd year *****
We rebuilt this chair keeping and reusing nothing but the heavy frame. We discarded all old worn out fabric, old dirty paddings and old springs. Next we strengthened the frame, refinished the show wood, installed new springs, padding and reupholstered it in one of our 9,000 + fabrics chosen by our customer. Our customer told us that he would read to his son, while the son sat on the arm when he was young. The father intends to pass the chair on to that now grown son.
Notice how this customer's decorator first chose a beautiful patterned fabric for the seat cushions, and lip, of this beautiful cane back/arm sofa. She then requested pillows of different shapes and sizes be made from coordinating fabrics of different colors and textures. The pillows were then trimmed with brown welting, pleats and buttons to add interest and richness.
Anyone can match and coordinate colors and textures this way. Our swatch catalogs often show groupings put together by professional designers.
Repairs discussed during the estimate and that are in writing, are performed
New welt cords, zippers, deck fabrics and dust covers are used
Thin layers of new padding are often used over the old paddings
Seat cushion cores are rewrapped and reused.
Small style changes are sometimes made
Cutting, sewing and application of the new fabric is warranted.
Rebuild & Reupholster
Old fabrics, paddings and springs are removed
We look far into the future and repair or replace what could fail within the next 20 years
The frame is closely examined and repaired as needed.
The seat and back springs are retied or completely replaced as needed.
Padding supports are tightened or replaced as needed
Paddings are either replaced or repaired on a case by case basis
Meticulously we rebuild the piece from the frame up
New welt cords, zippers, deck fabrics and dust covers are used
New high quality seat foam is always used
Arm, back and deck Padding repaired /replaced
Outside arms and backs are padded
Quality self lined skirts are used (if of this style)
We do furniture store warranty work for 5 different dealers in our area
Also, we work directly with the customer whose furniture is out of warranty. We can repair anything that is wrong with any piece of upholstered furniture, with the exception being recliner mechanisms.
A few of the common repairs we frequently do are:
Cushion core replacement - firmer/softer
Cushion cover replacement
Broken or soft spring replacement/repair
Padding built up/repair/replacement
Arm shaper repair
Partial repair/replacement of cover panels
Broken frame repair
Loose leg repair
Finish repair of show wood
Custom Built New
For the customer who is fed-up with the low quality of mass produced, new upholstered furniture
Quality, Quality, Quality!
For the discriminating customer who wants quality and understands value, in the long run, cannot be measured by initial cost alone.
Our custom built upholstered furniture is built to the highest standards.
We combine our 43 years of experience, quality custom built hardwood frames along with the best available supplies and paddings to create a quality piece of furniture that will sit well and look beautiful for many years.
High end suspension (seat and back springs)
Highest quality modern paddings
High Resiliency seat foams are used
Hours and Hours of detailed, slow and meticulous workmanship
Workmanship, frame and suspension come with a 20 year warranty.
Fabrics! Fabrics! Fabrics!
We have approximately 230 fabric swatch books at our workshop You are welcome to shop for fabrics at our workshop or online
***Thousands and thousands of fabrics to choose from***
Fabrics are delivered to us in 2 days or less
MOST OF OUR FABRICS CAN BE VIEWED ONLINE FROM THE DISTRIBUTOR LINKS ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDEBAR.
* UPON REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF YOUR INITIAL EMAIL ESTIMATE WE WILL GLADLY REQUEST THAT UP TO 5 MEMO SWATCHES, OF YOUR CHOOSING, BE SENT DIRECTLY TO YOU.
Do we work with customer supplied fabric? Yes, we do, from time to time, but please keep in mind: We need a certain number of dollars to do your job. If you purchase your fabric from us, some of those dollars come from our sale of the fabric. If you supply your own fabric, we must add those dollars back in.
This older chair was reupholstered with a nice neutral chenille fabric. The springs were retied, the back pillow was built-up, a new seat cushion core was added and the kick-pleat skirt was self-lined with a stiffner to keep it looking great for years. We also made extra arm covers to help the customer keep it clean.
Since this loveseat was only 4 years old, the customer chose to go with a simple reupholster job. In addition we built her a firmer seat cushion core. It now sits firmer and will look good for many years to come. We like to replace ALL seat cushion cores, because after they have been in the old covers for years, they develop a "set" and loose their ability to expand correctly and fill out a new cover. Yes, we can make the cover smaller, but then the cushion will wrinkle, have a poor shape after used for awhile and will be to small for the seat opening.
Ted was chosen as one of Upholstery Journal's 2004 Upholsterer's of the year. Thanks to his commercial partner, Cheryl, who submitted his profile and application. Each Year, UJ chooses 3 upholsterer's from each region. He was chosen from the 10 state Midwest region for the custom built sofa above.
When this picture was taken, the sofa had been in his home and had already been used for almost 5 years! Now let me ask you a question: Does your store bought sofa look this good? Benton Evening News did an article on this: Midwest Region Upholsterer of the Year - Ted Howard
Howard's Upholstery builds high quality upholstered furniture that looks better and outlasts mass produced manufactured furniture. Folks, it is not hard to do. Did you know that the factories push out a sofa every 10 minutes? Most mass produced furniture is built in Asia and South America. They skimp on quality by using such things as plastic legs, cardboard arm shapers, poorly made plywood frames that incorporate low quality methods of joinery, to few springs or no springs at all, cheaply lined skirts, low quality dust covers, dacron only filling in the inside backs and poor quality sewing- just to name a few. This is very typical of new sofas selling for less than $1700. Howard's do these kind of warranty repairs for local dealers weekly.
Custom built upholstered furniture is the answer to obtaining quality. For pricing, choose your frame and fabric from the links on the top right sidebar of this page, send this information to: email@example.com for a free quotation.
This beautiful old antique chair became known as the "Throne." The seat, back and arms were completely repadded, upholstered and new trim applied. In other words, all we used was the outstanding frame. It went directly from our shop into a new home. The chair is missing one of the top finials. The customer told me he had it at home, and would reattach it later.
My son was the lucky recipient of this sofa. This is a brand new sofa that my friend Cheryl and I built in my shop for his wedding present. This sofa will last for years with minimal care. The sofa would have retailed for about $1600. But had he taken that $1600 to a furniture store he would not have got near the quality of this hand built beauty.
This chair was in really poor shape when I got it.I think the customer told me it had been in the family for about 70 years. One of the arms was broken off, and the rocker base springs were broken.
So we agreed that the chair needed to be rebuilt from the frame up. Here are some of the steps we took to make the chair like new:
1. The chair was stripped down to it's bare frame.
2. The frame was repaired, reglued and refinished.
3. New springs were added, then came new burlap and new padding
4. And finally the new fabric and decorative nail trim around the arms.
When the customer who owns these chairs came into the shop, he was carrying only the frames. She did the refinishing herself. I rebuilt the seats and backs from the frame up. No telling what there worth now.
These two chairs were complete rebuilds. When they came to me, the springs were literally hanging out the bottom. All the old fabric, webbing, springs and padding were removed and thrown away. Starting with only the frames, the woodwork was professionally repaired, new springs were installed, new paddings shaped / installed and finally reupholstered with this beautiful new fabric. The customer was thrilled. The price with $35/yard fabric came out to $318 per chair. BETTER than new!