““Even after 35 years of bespoke craftsmanship, I’ve found the key to beautiful upholstery and the reason I still love it after all these years is that I’m always learning something new” ”

Steve, Master Upholsterer

About Us

Tan and Steve initially met whilst working at different furniture companies several years ago. Having discovered they both shared the same passion for furniture that is “a little bit different” they stayed in contact. A change in circumstances led them to wonder if they could set up their own company creating interesting upholstered furniture. 

“We wanted to do our own thing” explains Steve. “There were other sofa companies out there but we wanted to offer customers sofas and chairs that weren’t run-of-the-mill”.

“I was sure there was a market for handcrafted, quality designer furniture” concurs Tan. “As well as making bespoke new pieces, the idea was to offer clients original vintage and antique furniture which we lovingly restored”.

Designer Workshop opened it’s doors in January 2014 and has since built up an enviable reputation for the high quality of furniture it crafts, as well as the superlative reupholstery service it offers. Having started with a small number of high end retailers, Designer Workshop has expanded and now works with antique dealers, carrying out extensive furniture restoration – particularly to french button back chairs and sofas. More recently, the company has evolved into the Contract Market and offers a range of commercial upholstery for bars, hotels and restaurants.

The majority of clients come to Designer Workshop as they want their own sofa or chair reupholstering and the business has grown by word of mouth recommendations. If you have any upholstery query, call us on 0115 942 3803 for a chat. We would love to hear from you!