Upholsterers In Essex – Craftsmanship and Excellence

Hill Upholstery: A Legacy of Craftsmanship and Excellence in Essex

Nestled in the heart of Fobbing, Essex, Hill Upholstery stands as a testament to the enduring art of Upholsterers in Essex. Since its inception in 1999, this family-run business has been meticulously transforming worn-out furniture into pieces of exquisite beauty, breathing new life into cherished heirlooms and creating bespoke pieces that reflect the unique personalities of their clients.

A Passion Passed Down Through Generations

The roots of Hill Upholstery trace back to Scott Hill’s grandfather, who instilled in him a deep appreciation for craftsmanship and the innate beauty of well-made furniture. Scott, following in his family’s footsteps, honed his skills from a young age, absorbing the intricacies of upholstery from his father and uncles. Over the years, he has developed a remarkable expertise, his hands instinctively guiding the tools and fabrics to transform ordinary pieces into exceptional works of art.

A Commitment to Quality and Personalisation

At Hill Upholstery, quality is not just a word; it’s a guiding principle. Every project is undertaken with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that the finished product not only looks stunning but also endures the test of time. The team carefully selects the finest fabrics, from luxurious velvets and plush leathers to timeless tweeds and delicate linens, ensuring that each piece complements the client’s aesthetic and adds a touch of elegance to their living space.

Restoring Heirlooms and Crafting Bespoke Masterpieces

Hill Upholstery’s expertise extends far beyond mere repairs. They take pride in reviving cherished family heirlooms, meticulously restoring their original grandeur and preserving their rich history. With each mended seam and refreshed fabric, they breathe new life into these pieces, ensuring that they continue to adorn generations to come.

But their talents extend beyond restoration. Hill Upholstery also excels in crafting bespoke pieces, working closely with clients to design and create furniture that perfectly suits their needs and style preferences. Whether it’s a statement sofa that anchors a living room or a set of dining chairs that exude sophistication, their creativity knows no bounds.

A Community of Trust and Satisfaction

Hill Upholstery’s reputation for excellence has garnered a loyal clientele throughout Essex and beyond. Their commitment to personalised service and their unwavering focus on quality have earned them the respect of discerning homeowners, interior designers, and businesses alike. Each project is approached with a sense of care and dedication, ensuring that each client’s vision is realised to perfection.

A Legacy of Craftsmanship and Innovation

As Hill Upholstery embarks on its next chapter, they remain firmly rooted in their commitment to traditional craftsmanship while embracing the latest trends and innovations in the upholstery industry. They are constantly seeking new materials, techniques, and designs to enhance their offerings and stay ahead of the curve.

Preserving the Past, Enriching the Present, and Shaping the Future of Upholsterers in Essex

Hill Upholstery is more than just an upholstery company; it’s a testament to the enduring power of craftsmanship and the ability to transform ordinary items into extraordinary pieces of art. They are preserving the rich heritage of upholstery while constantly evolving to meet the needs and aspirations of their clients. As they continue to excel in their craft, Hill Upholstery is shaping the future of upholstery, ensuring that this art form remains a cherished part of our homes and lives for generations to come.

In conclusion, Hill Upholstery stands as an embodiment of the enduring spirit of craftsmanship and innovation. Their dedication to quality, personalisation, and sustainability has earned them a prominent place among Essex’s premier upholstery businesses. Whether you seek to restore a beloved heirloom or craft a bespoke masterpiece, Hill Upholstery is the perfect partner to embark on this journey of transformation.

For more information on Upholsterers In Essex contact Hill Upholstery.

8 Useful Pointers For Contract Furniture – Leather Upholstery

There are very good reasons why leather is an enduringly popular choice for contract furniture; it is robust and (usually) gets even more attractive with age. Here are some useful pointers about leather upholstery qualities that we have identified from our experiences:

1. Expect every piece of leather furniture to have unique character

Leather hides are the skin of cows, and as no two cows are exactly the same, no two hides are the same either. The grain (which is the term for the outside of the hide) – will have its own collection of wrinkles, insect bite marks and healed scars & scratches that have been acquired through the animal’s lifetime.

2. More character often means better quality

A hide’s unique characteristics can actually be a pointer of better quality leather upholstery as they demonstrate that the leather has not been overly processed – some poor hides can be sanded to make then appear more unmarked, in the process perhaps also losing some of their character.

3. Leather hides are irregular, so care has to be taken with ordering by the m2.

Because hides are rather irregular in shape, even when the area of the hide is accurately measured, all this area cannot be fully used. This regularly means that not enough leather is ordered – if a chair requires, say, 4sqm of leather, it might seem generous to allow a whole hide of perhaps 5m; but the hide’s irregular shape might mean that not all of this can be used. Hide sizes tend to vary too, averaging around 5 sqm.

4. Leather is supplied in full hides, so small requirements will lead to wastage

It is not possible to order less than a full hide and therefore, costs to make an order requiring only 2sqm of leather (for example) can jump up considerably, as you would still need to pay for the full hide.

5. Leather that has been printed with a repeat pattern will require a lot of leather

A repeat pattern exaggerates the difficulties with the irregular shape of a hide (our point 3 above), limiting an upholsterer’s flexibility. This will mean considerably more needs to be ordered, with concurrent extra waste. Occasionally a design scheme calls for the central ‘ridge’ of a hide to be centralised on a seat; this of course means that each seat requires (at least) a full hide, even if of diminutive proportions.

6. Leather can stretch over time

Unsupported expanses of leather upholstery will stretch if subject to regular use. So, for instance, the top surface of a cushion on a lounge chair will probably slightly expand over time, giving it a slightly baggy appearance. The larger an area of leather, the more noticeable this will be. This is generally perceived to be an endearing characteristic of leather furniture. But we strongly recommend extreme care with leather ‘slung’ furniture (ie leather suspended across a seat), which will eventually stretch too far to be comfortable, unless the leather is well-glued to an un-stretchable backing material.

7. Some leather finishes are more robust than others

Leather is resilient by nature, but raw leather will stain extremely easily. Because of this, leather for contract use is usually coated with both a colouring pigment and a clear protective layer. Both of these processes individually will help protect a leather surface; together they provide significant extra protection.

As a contrast, Aniline leather, which can be superbly soft, undergoes a process that preserves and colours the leather, but does not protect its surface. As a result Aniline leather (or semi-aniline leather, which offers some protection) is not as resilient as pigmented leather.

8. Leather requires maintenance and care

Leather improves with age, but only if it is treated with some respect.

For more information about Contract Furniture and Leather Upholstery just contact us.

The original version of this article was posted on info.thecontractchair.co.uk

Alec Range Chairs available from Hill

Here’s some images of our Alec range chairs.

This chair is based on the classic Eames DSR side chair and is suitable for your home or for contract use. The shell is made from polypropylene with a chrome eiffel under frame.

£48 each (includes VAT) + delivery
H: 810mm, W: 445mm, D: 535mm, SH: 430mm, Weight (kg): 4.00

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