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We’re all a bit guilty of judging a book by its cover. But just as a dusty tome could be harbouring untold treasures, old furniture may well have good bones lurking underneath a frayed, love-worn exterior.

If the cosy chair or sofa you’ve spent years curling up in has lost its lustre (but is still as comfortable as ever), often all it takes to revive it is a swathe of sumptuous fabric. Maybe your seat is a family heirloom that, despite having seen better days, has its sentimental value still intact. Perhaps the piece is more modern, one that is perfectly sized to fit a certain space or has a unique shape that renders it irreplaceable. Whatever the case may be, a little loving care can help good-quality furniture to get better with age, so that it can be passed down to the next generation. Read on for our guide to recovering your favourite pieces, so that they can keep on looking as inviting as they feel. Which, let’s face it, does matter when you need the impetus to finally sit down and read that critically acclaimed book with the dreary cover…

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SAVE YOUR SEAT

From colour to print to texture, the possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing fabric. How to dwindle it down? As we always say, go with what you love. The most delightful rooms are diverse, with everything working together in a wonderfully eclectic way – so, don’t be cautious about pattern clashing. If you want to pick out certain colours or details in a fabric to complement a room’s décor, feel free; if not, the rules are there to be broken. The same applies to matching the motif to your style of furniture: just because a chair is classic, doesn’t mean the print needs to be.

At House of Hackney, each one of our velvets, cotton-linens and jacquards is suitable for upholstery. While cotton-linen is known for being hard-wearing and family-friendly, so too is our velvet: with a rub count of over 40,000, it’s every bit as durable as it is luxurious and alluringly tactile. Though not quite as soft, jacquard boasts a statement-making appeal and celebrates a traditional method of manufacturing. In fact, all our fabrics are made in England by family-run companies located in areas where the textile trade goes back generations. So, whether you’re looking to recover an antique chair or a 20th century sofa, our fabrics will instil any design with a little history.

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From the dreamlike blooms of ARTEMIS to the seductive serpents of ANACONDA, Our prtins are irresistibly tactile when swathed across velvet, cotton-linen and jacquard, luring you into bed or the arms of a beloved chair.

But the possibilites don't end there: the appeal of reupholstery is that you can get creative and ocver just about any surface in the home with statement-making motifs...

SAVE THE PLANET

When we say recover, what we really mean is rECOver, as it’s far kinder to the environment to reupholster than to buy new. In the UK, a monumental 672,000 tonnes of furniture winds up in landfill each year (the equivalent to 4.2 million discarded two-seater sofas). Unwanted pieces left abandoned on the street is an equally terrible fate that causes havoc to local wildlife. As well as protecting plants and animals, rescuing the pieces you already own saves 1000 times the amount of CO2 it would take to create something from scratch. The fabric you choose also plays a part: ours are not only produced using eco-friendly methods, but are free from harmful chemicals that damage the environment. That’s why we call them feel-good fabrics in more ways than one.

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Once you’ve found the right fabric and calculated how much you’ll need, simply grab a staple gun and get going – that is, if you’re a DIY pro with more experience under your tool belt than just having watched a few online tutorials. Alternatively, we are always here to help with recommendations for upholsterers you can trust. Whether made by your own hands or that of a master craftsman, the result will be something truly bespoke to you. Lovingly restored to its former glory, your refurbished piece will be all the proof you need that, sometimes, what’s on the outside really is as important as what’s on the inside.

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook. A snug away from the main action where you can curl up in a comfy chair and hit pause, if only for a moment. In a room where absolutely everything and anything goes, this is truly where the magic happens.

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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We unwind here on evenings and weekends. We entertain here, whether it’s our guests or ourselves – breathing in all the films, music and books that inspire us. We may even work from home or play with the kids here. It’s a lot to ask, and yet the lounge plays these parts seamlessly, shapeshifting to fit our varying moods and needs throughout the day. And that’s without mentioning that as the most social, visible space in our home, we also want our living rooms to look jaw-droppingly cool to anyone who might pop round unannounced.

The trick? To not pitch that seemingly obvious focal point, the television, as the centre of attention. Instead, draw the eye towards something infinitely more beautiful, whether that’s a feature fireplace, a magnificent mirror or an enlivening view out the window. This is one room where exquisite wallpaper can actually play second fiddle for a change, serving as the perfect backdrop to an astonishing piece of art or a gallery of framed photographs.

When it comes to furniture (which can also be a scene stealer in its own right), your choice will likely be dictated by the number of family members and friends who will regularly be hanging out here: will a cosy two-seater sofa be enough, or will you also need a chaise longue and a few ‘bottomans’ for your visitors to park their, um, bottoms on? If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, recovering them in a new fabric – be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras, hand-painted porcelain candle pots and treasured keepsakes you’ll have picked up on your travels.

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If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

When it comes to furniture (which can also be a scene stealer in its own right), your choice will likely be dictated by the number of family members and friends who will regularly be hanging out here: will a cosy two-seater sofa be enough, or will you also need a chaise longue and a few ‘bottomans’ for your visitors to park their, um, bottoms on? If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, recovering them in a new fabric – be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras, hand-painted porcelain candle pots and treasured keepsakes you’ll have picked up on your travels.

If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

When it comes to furniture (which can also be a scene stealer in its own right), your choice will likely be dictated by the number of family members and friends who will regularly be hanging out here: will a cosy two-seater sofa be enough, or will you also need a chaise longue and a few ‘bottomans’ for your visitors to park their, um, bottoms on? If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, recovering them in a new fabric – be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

  • When it comes to furniture, your choice will likely be dictated

  • When it comes to furniture, your choice will likely be dictated by the number of family members and friends who will regularly be hanging out here

  • When it comes to furniture, your choice will likely be dictated by the number of family members and friends who will regularly be hanging out here

A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras, hand-painted porcelain candle pots and treasured keepsakes you’ll have picked up on your travels.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras.

A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras.

Is living in a white-painted box driving you up the wall?

Made from wood pulp sourced from FSC-certified trees, complete with added textile fabrics for strength and stability, our wallpaper is PVC-free and produced using the eco-friendliest methods available.

 

“We will never stop fighting for this planet, for ourselves, our future and for the future of our children and grandchildren.”

- Greta Thunberg, Environmental Activist

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If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

When it comes to furniture (which can also be a scene stealer in its own right), your choice will likely be dictated by the number of family members and friends who will regularly be hanging out here: will a cosy two-seater sofa be enough, or will you also need a chaise longue and a few ‘bottomans’ for your visitors to park their, um, bottoms on? If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, recovering them in a new fabric – be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

When it comes to furniture (which can also be a scene stealer in its own right), your choice will likely be dictated by the number of family members and friends who will regularly be hanging out here: will a cosy two-seater sofa be enough, or will you also need a chaise longue and a few ‘bottomans’ for your visitors to park their, um, bottoms on? If your existing seats are well-loved, but perhaps a little too well-worn, recovering them in a new fabric – be it a sumptuous printed velvet or a smooth cotton-linen – can be enough to make you want to snuggle up on them all over again.

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