E & A Wates, Interior Specialists, Est 1900, furniture shop, restoration services, interior design sample library
Ready to meet every furnishing challenge

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From shabby to showstopper
Follow the transformation of a faded beauty we restored for the Decorative Arts Fair, London.

We sourced a lovely vintage drop-arm sofa from mid Scotland. Our cabinet maker stripped and prepared the frame, repairing the mechanism, replacing and repairing wood and joints and a decision is made to modify the frame for a more pleasing silhouette.

Our upholsterer replaced the webbing and hand tied the hour-glass springs in the seat. The piece has a sprung edge and the seat is stitched and covered with scrim. The edge is finished with a metal rod shaped to fit and the seat is covered with horsehair or coir and a calico layer.

The ball feet are finished by our French polisher.

A contemporary urban toile is chosen to complement the traditional style furniture, ordered from Timorous Beasties, a design-led manufacturing company in Glasgow. The toile shows scenes of modern day London.

Watch our skilled craftspeople at work
Filmed in our furniture restoration workshop at 82-84 Mitcham Lane, London SW16 6NR.

Open Workshop Tours and interiors events
See our skilled craftspeople demonstrating reupholstery and the restoration skills of cabinet making, French polishing, gilding, caning and rushing. Check here for future Open Days or join our mailing list for an invitation sign up.


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