Ercol sofas and chairs are another design classic that have stood the test of time and are still really popular today. The company has a rich history dating back to the 1920’s. Design is really key in everything that they do, for comfort, function and beauty. This is why the furniture retains its value and even second hand pieces are still highly sought after.
A must have, green French bench, that prompted me to update this non-descript room (that joins the granny flatlet to the main house). I attempted my first deep diamond button upholstery project!
My pneumatic staple gun, best present I ever bought myself, and a little help from YouTube, and "Voila"! (1/3)
I get messages all the time from budding upholsterers, asking me how I started my business and what courses I would recommend, plus the big question, can you make a living from being an upholsterer? It’s everyone’s greatest fear.
My biggest bit of advice would be to do your training, go on good courses, but don’t let fear keep you doing course after very expensive course.
Running out of money for courses was the scariest but best thing that ever happened to me.
I have been invited to talk a few times about my transition from upholstery student to having a business and I always emphasise - learn the skills and then get out there and start upholstering on any chair you can find to practice, practice, practice!
My learning and confidence grew hugely when I didn’t have a tutor to ask. There were zero upholstery videos on @youtube and the upholsterers I asked for work experience mainly didn’t take my calls or when I turned up to their workshops told me they were too busy to talk to me. I get it now, every hour spent showing someone else how to make a cut or tie a spring, is customers work that is put on hold. But they could have at least replied. I make a point of answering every question that comes my way.
But I maintain for me, the biggest leap was actually learning on the chairs I had stock piled in my garage.
If I came across a tricky corner, a troublesome leg or a difficult fabric I had no choice but to figure it out. I would spend hours staring at it, but I worked it out and learned from that. I also made mistakes which was good too. There is a saying measure twice cut once, there are times with certain fabrics where I have measured 10 times and cut once.
Running out of money for the very expensive courses and staring at a chair in the damp beer shed, where I started out in a freezing winter, was so daunting, but when I look back it was the best thing.
So just take that jump, start practising and start doing! I can confirm, no 2 chairs are the same and I still hit obstacles but I don’t let them scare me anymore, as there is always a solution.