Reupholstery can transform your furniture, and we sell some gorgeous upholstery fabrics that will do the job, but there is much more to bringing new life to old furniture than just picking a delicious new fabric. We sell everything you could possibly need to complete a reupholstery job yourself, but if you’d rather hand the job over to the experts, then read on!
Hiding at the back of our Bridport shop is an upholstery workshop, a place where you can bring your furniture for the magic to happen. Our skilled upholsterers Laura and Di specialise in modern and older furniture respectively, so you can be sure that your work will be done by someone who really knows what they are doing.
Di recently completed this little chair, and as well as showing some of the finishing touches, these photos also show a little of the process:
The restrained grey of this simple-looking piece of furniture conceals (from the bottom) many layers of webbing, springs, hessian and coir, horsehair, wadding, calico and more wadding before it’s finally ready to have the show fabric carefully stiched and buttoned into place. The upholsterer’s work also includes repairing and restoring the wooden frame while it is fully stripped down, so your newly upholstered piece will continue to look good for years to come.
If you have a much-loved piece of furniture that you would like to see restored to it’s former glory or reborn in a fresh new way, come and talk to us. We can give you an initial no-obligation estimate and, of course, advise you on the huge range of fabric we carry on the roll and ready to order.
Ticking was originally made from a tightly woven cotton or linen that was used as a feather proof fabric to cover bedding such as pillows and mattresses and was a more practical utilitarian cloth, it is known to be mainly neutral with a distinctive muted coloured stripe design, usually brown, blue, grey or sometimes red or yellow.
However, this fabric has been included in many modern design ideas and is also now used for a wide range of things including cushion covers, curtains, curtain lining, upholstery and can be used to give decorative touches in interior design and many other things. Some tickings have a wider width, making them useful for items where you don’t want a join, such as bed covers or tablecloths. The classic ticking design now comes in many more colours and can be found in a range of weights allowing its uses to be almost endless but still giving that classic simple look that is very effective.
Look at this wonderful idea of using ticking to line a pair of shepherd hut curtains, with gorgeous Scandi design fabric click here to have a look!
We have a wide range of ticking here at Livingstones in many different colours with the classic stripe and a few others that are slightly different variations on the classic look but still give the feel of ticking to a room or any project.
As the nights draw in, we are all thinking about how to get cosy for the winter. These tartan and wool fabrics are one way to achieve this (another is with clever choice of lining for your curtains).
When we pulled the samples off the shelf to put together, we were amazed to see what a lovely selection is available. The fabrics vary from 100% wool Harris Tweed fabric to lighter weight and less expensive polyester wool touch fabrics. The companies who offer these timeless fabrics and modern colourways include Abraham Moon, Chess Fabrics, Chatham Glyn Fabrics, Marton Mills and Prestigious Textiles.
Many of these fabrics are also suitable for upholstery, this is noted on the hangers or in our supplier catalogues, so please ask if you cannot find the details.
It’s the final week of the Prestigious Textiles offer of a 10% reduction on any cut lengths of their fabrics that you order through Livingstone Textiles.
Prestigious are celebrating 30 years in the fabric business and we have a huge range of their sample books and hangers that you are welcome to borrow and take home. We always recommend you do this as it’s very difficult to carry a colour in your head so having the samples at home will enable you to see the cloth next to your existing colour scheme and to try it out in both natural light and electric lighting.
The offer runs until August 31st and any of the fabric that you order can be made up into high quality hand made curtains, blinds or cushions by any of our approved seamstresses. If you are not confident in your sewing abilities then click here to discover more about our curtain making service
We would love to show you this exciting new fabric which has come in to us from Bill Beaumont Textiles. This stunning chenille fabric has zebra stripes in a dark slate grey colour, and could be used for luxurious curtains, cushions, bench seats or upholstery. It has a 30,000 Martindale Rub Test, making it suitable for general domestic upholstery so long as the use is not too heavy.
As you can see, we also thought it was great for craft purposes as well, with one of our famous Stag’s Heads being made up for Bill Beaumont Textiles by Nicky, our Yeovil shop manager! Visit the Bill Beaumont website to see more of their fabric collections.
We would be happy to make up your curtains, cushions or upholstery in this fabric, so please contact us to discuss your project. Alternatively, you can now buy this fabric online on our new webshop to make up yourself. Click on the link below for more details or to request a sample.
This lovely old G-plan chair was given a quirky and stylish makeover by one of the fabulous upholsterers in the workshop attached to Livingstones.
The customer chose this richly-coloured upholstery fabric, which is a personal favourite of mine. It’s a playful geometric woven fabric in gorgeous colours that works equally well in a classic or modern setting, and will definitely stand the test of time.
While in the workshop this treasured piece of furniture was also repaired to stabilise the joints and the wood was polished to retore it to its full beauty.
If you’ve got a piece of furniture that you would like to see reupholstered and bought back to life by a skilled professional, then do come into the shop to discuss it. We’ve got a huge range of fabric to choose from, both to order and on the roll, and we’ll work with you to ensure you get exactly the look you want.
These fabrics are very hard wearing so are great for upholstery and yet they are still gorgeous as they come in vibrant and eye-catching colours. These fabrics will cheer up any room and give a totally new lease of life to that faded old chair in the corner!
Not only that, but these fabrics also make really wonderful heavy weight curtains, and there is lots of scope for co-ordinating fabrics in your room. For calculating requirements please see our guide to measuring for curtains.
If you have a loved piece of furniture that you would like to give a make-over then we are able to put you in touch with the right person for the job, our upholsters are able to refresh modern and traditional pieces. For more details please contact us.
If you would like to see our full range of upholstery fabrics then pop in and see us.
We have some lovely, fresh-looking fabric in store, all ready for a spring makeover of your curtains and soft furnishings! The fabric, from the Nordic collection, boasts distinctive retro patterns in a rich palette of oranges, greys, cobalt and mustard in 100% cotton, to bring a fresh touch of scandi chic to your home.
Come and explore the range in store soon – available on the roll, with further patterns and colourways available to order.
New in, and getting a lot of attention in both our Bridport and Yeovil shops, these beautiful velvets come in a rainbow of delicious berry colours, brights and neutrals. If you’d like to see what the colours would look like in your home the hanger can be borrowed for a small deposit, and the fabric is available to order from both our shops at £21.50 per metre.
These 100% polyester velvets are 140 cms width, and have a gorgeous soft touch and luxurious semi-matt texture. They’re suitable for curtains and domestic upholstery, and with a range of colours large enough to match any room scheme, would be a fantastic way to add a touch of luxe to your home.
It’s that time of year when you may be looking at renewing the soft furnishings in your guest accommodation, and at Livingstone Textiles we can help you with all aspects of the process. We have a huge variety of fabrics to choose from in store on the roll, and an even wider selection available to order from our suppliers, so whether you want to furnish a luxurious bolt-hole, or spruce up a holiday cottage, you’ll find plenty here to please.
For a luxe feel, take a look at our gorgeous Romo velvets to bring a really sumptuous finish for your property,or maybe our large range of seaside themed fabric in blues, brights or neutrals will tempt you – they’re great for cushions and curtains in a house near the sea.
We can guide you through the whole process, from choosing your fabric, to having your fabric made up into hand-finished curtains, blinds and other soft furnishings made to measure by our experienced local seamstresses. We can even have your chosen fabric treated with fireproofing, with a certificate, for extra peace of mind.
For bringing that touch of softness and luxury into your home, look no further than our gorgeous Romo velvets; deliciously soft, heavy fabrics, both plain and textured and in a range of symptuous shades, available on the roll in both of our stores, and at an unbeatable price.
With the sun beginning to make a performance and the weather starting to get warmer you might be dusting off your deckchair, and have come to realise that it needs some new fabric or thoses bench seat cushions are looking a little more worn than you remember them last year. If this is the case have a look at this weeks featured fabrics.
We stock a range of deckchair fabric in 5 different colourways that are 42- 45cm wide (depending on design) This makes them perfect for most standard deckchair without any cutting or hemming. In most cases all you will need is 1.5 metres of material and some nails (depending on deckchair please check before purchasing) and we have even made that easy for you by selling deckchair kits. Within these kits, you are provided with 1.5 metres of fabric and 26 nails all for the price of £16.25. The standard price of deckchair is £7.40 per metre.
Featured this week are a range of beautiful summer themed stripes. These would be ideal if you are wanting to bring the summer into your home so you have memories of the summer all year round. Thes striped fabrics would all work really well as blinds, curtains and cushions.
Interested in seeing more? Visit our webshop to see more featured fabrics and our full range of craft and soft furnishing fabrics.
These are not available to buy from Livingstone textiles webshop and can only be viewed in our shop in Bridport Dorset. If you would like more information on fabrics we stock online or in our shop in Bridport please contact us and we will be happy to help.
New in our shop this month is this beautiful fabric that illustrates chestnuts and other wildlife flowers. Living and working in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside we love fabrics that illustrates nature well, and this is certainly one of those fabrics.
Choose from our great collection to update your look. Maybe some new cushions in the conservatory or a fabulous new window seat cover in the kitchen. Whatever you’re planning, we have an exciting collection to choose from when you shop online or in store.
Those caravan or camper van cushions might be looking a bit tired now you’re ready to hit the road again on summer days. Our lovely stripes are printed on a good quality fabric that stands up to general wear and tear and it looks so cheerful when made into curtains too. We can make them for you too, so you don’t need to put it off any longer. If you can’t get down to the shop why not browse our online selection or request some samples.
Here is a really interesting reversible insect fabric in a beautiful apple green colour with ivory on the reverse side. This is a woven fabric and is suitable for curtains and upholstery, as well as other projects such as bags or cushions. The bug fabric pattern includes butterflies, dragonflies and a variety of small and large beetles. We always think reversible fabrics are especially versatile and you can use the two different face sides in your room to great effect.
Fabric composition : Mixed fibres Fabric width : 54″/140cm Pattern repeat : 13″/3cm Price : £19.50 per metre
Did you know that we stock Wool Baize at Livingstone Textiles? If you are a player of Bridge you will probably enjoy your game on a proper card table covered in traditional green baize. After many years of card games, your table could start to show signs of wear and tear and as they are a costly, often unusual item of furniture to replace, you may want to consider re-covering it yourself. We have in stock, in our Bridport shop and also now available online here, this hard to come by fabric and if you don’t fancy doing the job yourself, we can get our upholsterer to do it for you, just ring the shop for details on 01308 456844. This lovely soft, green, pure wool is also ideal for lining jewellery or cutlery boxes, recovering writing slopes and desk inlays.
Here are some more water-resistant fabrics. These are lighter weight than our heavy water-resistant polyester striped fabrics, and so are easier to sew. This makes them especially suitable for outdoor cushions or furniture covers, though they can still be used for awnings, windbreaks, deckchairs and swing seats. The coating on the rear of the fabric is translucent so you can see the stripes on the reverse of the fabric. We are selling a lot of this fabric for outdoor bunting, especially the colourful multi stripe. It would also make a brilliant shower curtain, and can be used for many craft applications, like making bags or aprons.
Fabric composition : 100% polyster
Fabric width : 135cm/53″
Price : £8.30 per metre
This new outdoor striped fabric is proving very popular and is suitable for many uses. It does not fray when cut, so can be used for deckchairs, including those with wider frames, directors chairs, swing seats, awnings and windbreaks. It can be sewn into cushions, although it is heavy so will need a robust machine and a jeans needle.
The fabric is patterned on the front and off white on the reverse due to the water-resistant backing.
Here is a new addition to our range of tapestry fabrics. This one features Aztec type designs in a pattern of squares and some lovely soft colours. This fabric could be used for upholstery or bench seats, cushions or curtains – or you could make a fabulous bag from it instead.
Fabric composition : 65% cotton 35% Polyester Fabric width : 53.5″/136cm Pattern repeat : 12″/31cm Price per metre : £23.55
We have a large selection of upholstery fabrics in store, many of which are not show on our website, so we thought we would share these with you. This is a lovely textured upholstery weight fabric which comes in three colourways – Natural, Duck-egg blue and Sand. It is suitable for general domestic upholstery including dining-room chairs, boxed cushions and loose covers. For more pictures, to order or request a sample please click on the Buy Now button below. If you would like samples of our other upholstery fabrics please email us with your requirements.
Stock Update : These fabrics are now sold out. Please check out our current range of upholstery fabrics in store or on our webshop.
Fabric composition : 100% Cotton Fabric Width : 56″/144cm Price per Metre : £9.10
Our popular World Map Fabric is now available in a new colourway with the sea shown as blue. This fabric is suitable for making blinds, curtains and cushions. It would look fantastic in a study or make fun curtains for a bedroom. This fabric is available to buy as a double width fabric or cut down to a standard width of 140cm/ 54″.
Fabric composition: 80% cotton 20% polyester Fabric width: Double width – 280cm/ 109″, Single width – 140cm/ 54″ Price per metre: Double width – £27.90, Single width – £13.95