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Sofa and chair reupholstery - frequently asked questions

If you've got any questions regarding reupholstering, such as how we reupholster a chair or sofa, or any other queries about sofa reupholstery or chair reupholstery, our FAQs may hold the answer. We've collated a selection of the questions that we're most frequently asked about reCover reupholstering to help you learn a little more about our service.

If you've got an item of ercol furniture that you wish to reupholster, you can also find plenty of information regarding our reupholstery service across the website. If you find that you have a question about sofa or chair reupholstery, and you can't find the answer that you're looking for, why not visit our reupholstery 'Ask the Expert' page and submit your question for a reply from our reupholstering specialists?

Our reupholstering FAQs

Q: What is reCover?

reCover is the reupholstery service from ercol, where we undertake professional sofa reupholstery and chair reupholstery. We can supply replacement cushions for many of the different sofas and ... read more »

Q: Why reupholster my furniture?

ercol furniture's solid wood frames will last well and age gracefully - many of our pieces have become part of people's lives and bear the marks of growing families and changing times. However, ... read more »

Q: Why choose ercol reCover for my reupholstering?

Using our archives of original design drawings and fabric patterns, ercol craftsmen will provide professional sofa reupholstery and chair reupholstery using only the highest quality materials. We ... read more »

Q: I need to reupholster my furniture - can I buy directly from ercol?

Yes, we want to ensure that our reupholstering is easily accessible to all, so the ercol reCover service is available directly from ercol; simply call us on 01844 271800 and ask for customer ... read more »

Q: I want to reupholster a chair/sofa - how can I see your fabrics?

If you want to reupholster a chair, or you're interested in reupholstering any other ercol item, it's important to have a good choice of materials for your new look. We have a wide choice of chair ... read more »

Q: Why are some fabrics not recommended for reupholstering?

If you look on this website or in our fabric guide you will see that certain fabrics are not recommended for sofa or chair reupholstery with regard to certain items. Generally these are patterns ... read more »

Q: Does ercol fabric have fire protection?

Yes, all of the fabrics we use for our original pieces, or for chair or sofa reupholstery, have passed the British Government's flame retardant regulations and the test for abrasion BS2543. All ... read more »

Q: Are the fabrics you use to reupholster hard wearing?

Rest assured that if you wish to reupholster a chair or any other item, our fabrics have been selected for their durability as well as their attractive appearance. They have all passed the test ... read more »

Q: Who is my nearest ercol furniture retailer?

Have a look at the stockist locator, which will tell you your nearest retailer. Your local stockist will have swatches available so that you can choose the perfect fabric for your furniture ... read more »

Q: Can you reupholster my specific piece of furniture?

Over the past 90 years ercol has designed and sold over two hundred different designs for chairs and upholstery, many of which fall within our sofa reupholstery and chair reupholstery service. To ... read more »

Q: Why do you only supply full cushion sets?

Over the years of use interiors will naturally degrade, providing a less supportive sit. This also means that they will not fill out a new set of covers, and accordingly, the new covers will not ... read more »

Q: Will my new cushions feel the same as my current set?

No, they won't. Over the years your current set will have become compressed. When we reupholster a chair or sofa, the new cushions will generally feel firmer than the old set, returning the ... read more »

Q: Do you supply webbing?

No, ercol do not supply webbing. There are a number of webbing suppliers which can be found by searching online. read more »

Q: My upholstery has a sprung base - do I need to replace it?

When we reupholster a chair or sofa, it's not generally necessary to replace the sprung base. However, occasionally we will supply a replacement unit where this helps, or is necessary for your ... read more »

Q: Should I choose foam and fibre, or feather and fibre interiors?

When we reupholster some of our models, there is a choice of interiors - this is indicated on the relevant product details on this website or in the reCover guide. Foam and fibre will give a ... read more »

Q: I'm allergic to feathers - what should I do?

Certain models have feather, or feather and fibre interiors. This is a traditional, high quality material used in upmarket upholstery to provide a soft and luxurious feel. Details of the interiors ... read more »

Q: My new cushions are showing fabric bobbles - what should I do?

This is known as pilling and is a natural phenomenon with some fabrics when they are new. Pilling can be quickly and safely removed using a purpose made fabric "shaver" and will only occur during ... read more »

Q: Where can I get my ercol furniture repaired?

ercol reCover can provide you with sofa reupholstery and chair reupholstery on a wide range of our items. However, we do not carry out repairs on the frames or on our other furniture that doesn't ... read more »

Q: After you reupholster my furniture, how can I wash the covers?

When you reupholster a chair or any other beloved item of furniture, you want to make sure that you keep your new cushions looking as good as new. Make sure that you mop up any spills as soon as ... read more »

Q: I want to reupholster an item - can you tell me the price?

If you've decided that you'd like to reupholster a sofa or chair, call customer services on 01844 271800 for pricing information, contact us via our furniture reupholstery ordering page, or visit ... read more »

Q: How are ercol fabrics sold?

Our fabrics for furniture recovering are classified into price bands: C, E and G grades. Additionally, you may be able to use your own cover on certain products and the prices in those cases are ... read more »

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