Here at R&B we are big fans of recycling, reupholstering an old chair or sofa holds firm position under the title of up market recycling. Naturally we were very excited when the book Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery Book by Amanda Brown arrived in the studio for us to review. Having a chair reupholstered can be eye wateringly expensive, so it’s great to have an attractive book with plenty of expert detail to get even a novice off to a flying start with the art of upholstery.
Packed with beautiful pictures the hardback book is serious eye candy. Flicking through the pages the chic interiors and styling lift the centuries old craft to a new level to sit happily in our contemporary world. Bulging with information, each chapter tackles a different renovation project detailing all the techniques needed in easy to follow steps.
To get your creative juices flowing there is a wealth of design ideas from selecting the right fabric to how to cut out the fabric and create the look you are after. I was really taken by a Dalmatian spot slipper chair project and with writer Amanda Brown at my side, I felt confident that reupholstering a chair to a high standard was an achievable goal.
Re upholstering and recovering a chair is a costly investment making upholstery a skill well worth getting to grips with. This book is brimming with inspiring projects with enough information to get you up off the sofa reupholstering it. I’d be happy to recommend it to both a first time upholsterer as well as someone with experience wanting to up their skills.
SPUCE: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO UPHOLSTERY published by Story
By Amanda Brown
Photographs by Ryann Ford