Rebecca Gibbs fell in love with the art of upholstery after attending a weekend footstool course.  She found the pure joy of creating a piece of furniture from scratch and turning it into a statement piece brought about a desire to learn more.  Subsequently, Rebecca decided to retrain at The Ministry of Upholstery in Manchester.  “At the end of the course, I knew I was hooked,” she said.

“Last October I arrived at a crossroads in my life – after a longstanding career working in marketing, I was made redundant – I had two choices; carry on in the corporate world I’d been used to or take the plunge and start my own upholstery business.  And so Divine Materials Upholstery was born.”

From a workshop in Oswestry, DMU specialises in designing and making quality handmade, contemporary and deep buttoned footstools, benches and headboards from hardwood frames.  Using modern upholstery techniques and a wide selection of luxury fabrics and feet from some of the UK’s leading suppliers, they work closely to clients’ specific requirements in order to create bespoke pieces that reflect the individuality of customers’ interior spaces and homes.

As well as upholstering new furniture, Rebecca also provides a modern or traditionally based reupholstery service. “I take great pleasure in listening to the stories behind the furniture and restoring and reviving old and much-loved pieces.  Whether that be a dining chair, sofa, wingback chair, chaise lounge or footstool, we give them a new lease of life for generations to come.  Every piece of furniture receives the same attention to detail, time and care in order to bring about the transformation it deserves, and in today’s eco-friendly world it’s more important than ever to reuse and restore rather than sending to landfill.”

Fabric selection is an exciting and pivotal element of each reupholstery project and at DMU, Rebecca works with a variety of British fabric suppliers such as Warwick, Linwood, Art of the Loom and Sunbury, sending samples directly to you to help make the process an easier one.  All fabrics adhere to UK Fire Regulations giving you peace of mind.

In addition to reupholstery, an environmentally safe sanding and rewaxing service is available.  Using a light media blasting technique, which doesn’t damage the wood, years of coating can be removed, bringing wood back to its original state and ready for a new stain, wax or varnish.

So, if you’re looking for a new footstool or bench, simply want to revamp your dining chairs or revive an old family heirloom get in touch.

For information email or call 07973 336447.

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