Can I have any fabric?
No problem! Everything we make is handmade to order and fully bespoke. Unlike some furniture retailers, we won’t limit your choices to a few fabric books. All our sofas and chairs are available in thousands of different fabrics: from patterns and plains to checks and prints, we’ve got every variety of fabric you could imagine. We have a huge variety of chenilles, velvets, weaves, wools, man-made fabrics and leathers from the finest upholstery grade fabric suppliers in the World, all of which are available to see in our fabulous fabric room – we can proudly boast the largest choice of fabrics on the south coast. Our experienced interior design team are on hand to help you create your vision and advise on the most suitable fabrics to fit your needs.
Can I have a sofa made to my sizes?
Yes you can. We make bespoke sofas, to any size. Provide us with the information, and we will custom make your sofa to any size.
Can you make the seats softer/firmer?
We certainly can! We have a large choice of foams, fibre and feather fillings to choose from on all our suites. From the standard soft, medium and firm foam to the traditional feather filled seat, feather-wrapped foam will give you a firmer option and there’s the super-soft fibre option, perfect for that shabby-chic chaise. We have samples of all our many seating options available for a ‘test drive’ in our showroom and we will always advise on which filling to choose for your requirements.
Can you re-upholster any suite?
We certainly can! Regardless of the design, whether it has buttons, studs or braid, we are specialists in all aspects of re-upholstery.
I have a leather suite. Can you re-upholster it in fabric?
Absolutely. We can re-upholster a leather suite in fabric, or a fabric suite in leather, and in any combination! The tolerances between both material types are different, but we will explain this difference in our free, no obligation, home visit.
How long does re-upholstery take?
The lead time for re-upholstery varies throughout the year. Generally, we collect your items 6 weeks after you place your order and place a deposit. Once we’ve collected your items, they are returned 10 working days later (2 weeks).
I find my suite too soft. Can I choose a different feel?
We offer 5 different types of filling, each with its own individual characteristics, and each offering soft, medium or firm feels.
Each suite will differ on the types of fillings available, but we will explain which are available in our free, no obligation, home visit.
My suite looks old fashioned, but it’s so comfortable! Can you help?
Certainly! We can remodel your suite to look like a new one. Remodelling is limited to cosmetic changes, not changes to the size or shape of the suite.
I.e. you can change a suite from having a skirted finish, to one with a plain finish and wooden feet. Or a pleated arm, or a plain and piped arm. It varies on each suite what changes can be made, but we will explain which are available in our free, no obligation, home visit.
I’d like to supply my own material. Can you accommodate?
Definitely! We supply over 10,000 fabrics from all the major fabric design houses, but we sometimes ask for a fabric we can’t source. In that case, you can certainly provide your own material. However, to comply with fire retardancy laws, we must use a schedule 3 interliner material underneath your material to ensure it is fire retardant. This does mean, in essence, we have to upholster your suite twice. Therefore this will be calculated in to the cost of your re-upholstery estimate.
My suite is over 30 years old and isn’t fire proof. What happens then?
With all re-upholstery work we undertake, we strip the furniture down to the bare frame and springs, and rebuilt it completely. All fillings we replace will all be fire retardant, and so are all the fabrics we use. Therefore your newly re-upholstered suite will be fully compliant to UK fire retardancy laws.
For the money, why not just buy a new suite? The old saying ‘Things aren’t what they used to be’ is especially evident in some modern day upholstery; mass produced with little care and attention. When re-upholstering a suite using traditional techniques, the older the furniture the better. With a solid foundation, our master upholsterers will restore your furniture to its original appearance and feel. We can tailor to your individual needs, making it a little softer or firmer or a different type of filling, just let us know and we can accommodate. So why bother with all the hassle of trying to buy a new suite that’s the right quality, size, shape & comfort when it’s even easier to just re-upholster your old suite.
How much does re-upholstery cost?
The cost of re-upholstery varies dramatically depending on the style of the suite, and the fabric you choose. There are over 10,000 fabrics available, which can vary from £15 per metre to £115 per metre.
We offer a free, in-home, no obligation quotation where we show you a selection of our finest quality materials, then give you an accurate quotation.
Do you sell ready-made curtains?
Everything we make is handmade to order and fully bespoke. Unlike ready-made curtains, Material Things curtains are available in thousands of different fabrics, patterns, plains, florals and geometric prints from the finest fabric suppliers in the World, all of which are available to see in our fabulous fabric room – the largest choice of fabrics on the south coast. Our curtains are available with lining, interlining and many types of heading, from traditional pencil pleats and pinch pleats to more modern eyelets. Whatever the size of your window, we have a wide variety of options on tracks, poles and luxury fitted pelmets to suit, including everything from power assisted options to bespoke curved tracks. Our interior design team are on hand to help you create your vision, with a free home visit and design service adding that personal touch.
How long does it take from ordering to fitting?
Every single aspect of your curtains are handmade, meaning we have a lot to do before we can fit your curtains! Firstly our experienced curtain fitter will visit your home for a second measure, to check the precise sizing on your windows. From there, once the designs have been checked and signed off, we will order all the components of your curtains from the various suppliers and ensure everything we need is available. Your materials and designs are then sent to our seamstresses, who will lovingly create your curtains with a combination of unrivalled skill and experience. Once the curtains are completed and passed by quality control, we will call you to arrange fitting at your next convenience. This process can take 4-6 weeks to be completed, but you will undoubtedly agree it is worth the wait!
How much deposit do you need?
Once you have chosen your fabrics, fittings, style and the design of your curtains the hard work is over and you are ready to place your order! When placing your order with one of our designers, we will politely request a 25% deposit. The designer will give you a copy of your order, an estimated fitting date (subject to fabric availability) and they will send you fabric samples at your request. The balance of your order will be due on the day of delivery once your curtains are fitted, providing you are completely satisfied.
How much are your fabrics?
Material Things has the proud distinction of having the largest display of fabrics in the south. With thousands of beautiful fabrics from the finest suppliers throughout the World to choose from, it’s the perfect place to visit when choosing materials for your home. With fabrics starting from as little as £15 per meter, we have huge collections from World famous brands including Sanderson, Harlequin, Villa Nova, Romo, Kirkby, Weymms, Wind, Casamance, Blendworth, iLiv, Presticious, JAB, Jim Dickens, Porter & Stone, GP & J Baker, Adwin, Ena Shaw, Scion and many many more…!
Do you charge for consultations?
There is no charge to have one of our experienced curtain consultants will happily visit you at your home to discuss your requirements, and if you would like more help ask for our full interior design service. An invaluable knowledge of style, appropriate colour schemes and appropriate use of space are the foundations of designing a successful interior, the ability to convey a certain mood within a home is a skill our team know well and we are more than happy to share our knowledge and experience with you.
Is it ok to mix and match fabrics?
Yes definitely especially with curtains and roman blinds – flowers and stripes or checks can look great so long as the colours complement each other.
Do headings and linings make a difference to the final appearance of the curtains?
If you are having a hand made product It is always a good idea to use the best you can afford i.e interlined and hand pleated headings on floor length curtains definitely helps them to hang beautifully.
Can you make this sofa a bit higher in the back?
We can make it higher, lower, wider, thinner, and even a different shape! Our Bowes & Hill range is made on site by our own team of highly skilled upholsterers here at Material Things, therefore it can be tailor made to suit your needs. If you’d like your sofa a little longer, a bit shorter, the backs higher, additional lumbar supports, different arms, fixed backs, two seats instead of three, loose covers, skirts, different feet, castors… we can do it! If you’d like your armchair to swivel, or as a recliner, it’s no problem. Seen a sofa in another retailer and they can’t make it in the right fabric? We can do it! We can duplicate any design to your needs, even adapting it to your specifications.
Can I have matching curtains?
Matching curtains, carpet, blinds, wallpaper even beautiful art and framed prints. Our interior designers will help you to create your perfect room, with our full interior design service and utilising the hundreds of products and brands available. Our experience consultants can visit you in your home or you are welcome to visit our showroom and we’ll help you to put that perfect colour scheme together.