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Stevens Furniture Restoration


Stevens Furniture Restoration is a well established, well known furniture restoration company in London. At Stevens Furniture Restoration our aim is to provide quality furniture restoration in London as well as furniture repair, french polishing and reupholstering across London. We are situated in London. We can provide quality furniture restoration across London and many of the surrounding areas.

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We provide a highly professional and friendly service, from pickup to final delivery. Each piece is fully restored using traditional methods and materials, at our London studios, to the highest standard – from repairing a broken chair, french polishing a table, re-upholstering a dining chair to the sympathetic restoration of a valuable period piece.

We work for a wide range of clients from private customers and antique dealers, to leading west end interior designers.

Stevens Furniture Restoration specialise in the following areas:

  • Furniture Restoration In London
  • Furniture Repair London
  • French Polishing London
  • Reupholstering London
  • Traditional Upholstery London

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French polishing is a wood finishing technique that results in a very high gloss surface, with a deep colour and chatoyancy. French polishing consists of applying many thin coats of shellac dissolved in alcohol using a rubbing pad lubricated with oil. The rubbing pad is made of absorbent cotton or wool cloth wadding inside a square piece of fabric (usually soft cotton cloth) and is commonly referred to as a far, also called a rubber, tampon, or muñeca, Spanish for “rag doll”. It dates back to the early 19th century, commonly used on most items of antique furniture.

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Upholstery is the work of providing furniture, especially seats, with padding, springs, webbing, and fabric or leather covers. The word upholstery comes from the Middle English word upholder, which referred to a tradesman who held up his goods. The term is equally applicable to domestic, automobile, airplane and boat furniture, and can be applied to mattresses, particularly the upper layers, though these often differ significantly in design. There are many different approaches and techniques involved in upholstery. Traditional upholstery is a lot labour intensive and ultimately more expensive.

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Both oil and water gilding are undertaken, specifically on frames and furniture. The term gilding covers a number of decorative techniques for applying fine gold leaf or powder to solid surfaces such as wood, stone, or metal to give a thin coating of gold. A gilded object is described as “gilt”. Where metal is gilded, it was traditionally silver in the West, to make silver-gilt (or vermeil) objects, but gilt-bronze is commonly used in China, and also called ormolu if it is Western.

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Stevens Furniture Restoration did a great job on re-finishing our dining table. We had a conversation about what was required and they delivered- very happy, a good service

Pierfrancesco Rossillo
Islington N1 - London

Matthew restored and re-upholstered all our chairs they are now pride of place in our dining room, many thanks to him and his team

Frederic Hall
South Kensington W3 - London


There are are many different types of oils all of which have varying properties, some are more durable, others can be applied with ease where as some brands provide a rich radiance. Oiling can produce a more natural finish highlighting the natural character of the timber and leaving a more open grain.


Spray finishing is the most durable of finishes often required for items of furniture which are used on a daily bases and the customer requires something that can withstand most domestic accidents (to a point). The process is preferable on modern pieces and recommended not to be undertaken on antique pieces.


This is perhaps the most common type of varnish and can provide a “in between option” (french polish and a spray finish) taking into account durability and aesthetics. It is generally applied with a brush and cut back between coats. It provides good durability for most frequently used items of furniture.


Waxing is perhaps the most commonly used product in our workshop. It is the least intrusive of all the finishes but provides sympathetic results on most items of furniture.
It can be used freely as a cleaning aswell as a reviving product. Also with the added bonus ease of application.