Making your furniture unique for you

Why Upholstery

You may have a well-loved family heirloom that needs updating, a favourite armchair that has seen better days, or you may have spotted a bargain that doesn’t quite fit your style. 

I can help you to create a beautiful bespoke piece of furniture which uniquely reflects you and your home and will last comfortably for many more years to come.

Upholstery is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to bring any piece of furniture back to life.  

Chair Upholstery

The Process

Every piece is different, every home is unique.  We’ll start with a consultation to discuss the piece of furniture, the work required and the kind of look you are trying to create.  

Chair Springs

I will guide you through the choice of fabric and make a recommendation.  Together we will consider the style of your home, where the piece will sit, colour, texture and durability to determine the perfect fabric, whatever your taste in design.

Upholstery Fabrics
Upholstery Tools

Before undertaking any work, I will recommend the most appropriate restoration technique, whether traditional or modern, determine the amount of fabric required and provide a clear estimate of the cost. 

Upholstery Repair
Upholstery Pins

I work with a wide range of suppliers and independent designers, offering a selection of beautiful textiles and a range of prices. 

My Story

I originally trained in Graphics, Arts and Textiles and have always had a drive to create and to keep learning. 

For as long as I can remember, I have adored furniture design and everything interiors and this lead me to re-train as an upholsterer with the AMUSF (Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers) at London Metropolitan University and the Margaret Loughran School of Soft Furnishing.

Self-confessed chair addict... I love them.

I always have my eyes peeled for them.  Be it a charity store, an antiques market, auction or occasionally a chair abandoned on a street.

The collection continues to grow!

Sonia Ratnan

Upholstery allows me to use my technical skills but also to indulge my creative side.  I am meticulous when it comes to detail, have a good understanding of colour, and as a tailor’s daughter, the technical knowledge of fabrics and sewing is hereditary!

I enjoy every process and the challenge each project brings.  It’s incredibly rewarding to help my customers create something so unique and so loved.



I am so happy with the complete upholstery of my mid Century furniture.

Sonia has transformed the suite into a statement piece with her upholstery skills and fabric recommendation, Sonia has design expertise to help you make the right choices.

I highly recommend her work


I’ve been working with Sonia for nearly two years; she works with extreme care and precision and is very talented and creative. Sonia is always coming up with new ideas to introduce to my range and is an invaluable part of my business and I highly recommend her.

Contact us

My workshop is based in Twickenham, Richmond upon Thames.  I accept commissions from London and nationwide. For any queries, please get in contact.