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Porcupine Upholstery offers a specialist upholstery service, working with both traditional and modern materials.

Furniture made pre 1950 was made to last, with wooden frames using traditional jointing methods of dowel and glue and covered in the sturdiest of fabrics. Padding was horsehair. Working with any piece made to these methods, proprietor Paula Graham can usually repair, clean and re-use the original materials or recreate the original effect.

Every refurbished piece will meet all current Fire and Safety Regulations, and all fabrics used will have the best possible durability, as measured by the Martindale Rub Test. This internationally recognised test uses discs to rub sandpaper or wool across a fabric, to assess its ability to withstand wear and tear in either domestic or commercial contexts. You are assured of a quality finish that will provide pleasure and utility for decades to come.

Paula, who is a qualified upholsterer through the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishings (AMUSF), established Porcupine Upholstery in 2015. As an interior designer, she was previously enthralled to see how reclamation and rejuvenation of traditional pieces offered a truly eco-friendly approach to furniture design for any setting; be it a restaurant, hotel, boutique or home.

We now offer a fully bespoke re-upholstery service, mostly for chairs and footstools but other items are considered on request. Each commission involves a 1-2-1 discussion to learn what you plan to do with the piece and where it will be located. We can then advise on what type of fabric will complement its intended surroundings, and what colours will resonate best.

Wool and Linens offer the best and most durable finishes. They allow clean lines, excellent cornering and edges, and are available in a wide choice of colours, shades and patterns.

Velvet can look sumptuous, but is not suited to environments with pets or small children. However, a velvet-covered occasional chair does add richness to any bedroom.

Leather is another option, but is not suitable for all furniture designs: it can be hard to achieve clean lines and finishes.

Trims available include braids, piping and studs to add individual detail and provide a truly unique finish to every piece.

Porcupine Upholstery is based in studio 7 at Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline – fittingly a lovingly reclaimed and restored iconic Art Deco building. Here you can browse our extensive range of fabric books and gather inspiration from the many pieces we have in work.

Each commission will be individually estimated, to reflect the work and materials involved.

So, if you appreciate the beauty and longevity of a unique, hand-built piece of upholstered furniture, then contact us on 07900 568895.