The top 10 furniture upholstery shops in Toronto
The top furniture upholstery shops in Toronto can completely transform a piece of furniture, offering a great way to inject some personality into your space. When a piece of furniture is built well, re-upholstering might even save money than if you were to buy new. That's not always the case though, so be sure to compare an upholsterer's quote to the cost of buying new.
Here are my picks for the top furniture upholstery options in Toronto.
Angel Interior and Custom Upholstery
Run by John Angel, Angel Interior and Custom Upholstery has a solid reputation among the interior designers of Toronto. Located in the St. Clair area, they're more than just an upholstery shop - they sell a number of home decor items and offer drapery services too.
The Big Stuff
A well-known upholsterer within the city's design community, Charlene Gilmour has worked with a number of designers. Her studio, which recently relocated from Kensington Market to Shaw St., has collaborated with a number of design studios, rebuilt furniture pieces for the Drake Hotel, and earned mentions in the likes of House & Home magazine.
This spot doubles as a DIY space, offering workshops that will let you finish all kinds of home decor projects yourself. But if you're short on time (or skills), RE:Style offers a full range of upholstery services, as well as interior consultations and custom fabric design.
Steve's Custom Upholstery
Steve, who runs the eponymous Leslieville upholstery studio, has been in the business for over 35 years. He's done commercial and private jobs as well as upholstery work for sets and movies. With his health not as great as it used to be, he's slowed down on his orders but, he says, "I'm still working." An experienced craftsman, Steve doesn't cut any corners in his work.
New Hope Upholstering
Operated by Garnett Graham, New Hope Upholstering has been serving Toronto for 16 years. They offer reupholstering and antique restoration - or if you're looking to get a custom piece of furniture built from scratch, they can help you with that too. They're known for their quality, and have been featured on TV shows like Colin + Justin and Cityline.
This full-service upholstery shop is located on Dawes Road in East York. David was trained in furniture upholstery in France and has experience working in several antique and upholstery shops in Paris. He later moved to Canada, opening up his own shop in 2010. With 20 years of experience under his belt, David can do anything from swapping out fabric to completely reassembling a piece of furniture.
Soft Option Upholstery
Patrick Kennedy, who runs Soft Option near Gerrard and Woodbine, is a graduate of George Brown College's Furniture Woodworking and Refinishing program (a program no longer offered by the college). Patrick provides re-upholstery services, as well as new manufacture of furniture. He also owns a fabric store, macFAB in Riverside, which means a wide selection of fabric to choose from for your next project.
A former apprentice of Charlene and Grant Gilmore (owners of The Big Stuff), Lisa Jo Moore opened her own business at Pape and Mortimer in 2001. Since then, she's built herself a strong clientele and solid reputation, setting herself apart from her competition around Toronto by also specializing in fabric slipcovers.
Burkcraft Furniture Restoration
Located in Scarborough, Burkcraft does it all: re-upholstering, wood finishing, antique refinishing (they've worked with 200-year-old pieces), repair and custom made furniture. They're particularly noted for specializing in leather upholstery, and carry a number of leather colours and finishes.
Re-Wrap Custom Upholstery
Located near Dundas and Parliament, Re-Wrap prides themselves in providing cost-effective and timely service. In addition to re-covering a piece, they can also fix damage to the wood structure of a piece itself - their gallery of before-and-afters shows some pretty dramatic results. As a bonus, they also offer free pick-up and delivery.
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Writing by Manal Aman.