The Upholstery Materials Suppliers we use are listed here.
This is not a complete list of all upholstery materials suppliers – just the ones we use. Most but not all supply tools, otherwise check sites like eBay for used tools which can be better than the modern ones.
General upholstery consumables
Zhivago, Dublin and Belfast http://www.zhivago.ie/
Supplies most modern and some traditional materials, tools and consumables including fabrics
Apin, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow http://www.apin.ie/products.htm
A wide range of tools and equipment and mostly modern consumables
J A Milton Upholstery Supplies, Ellesmere, Shropshire http://www.jamiltonupholstery.co.uk/
A Wide range of traditional upholstery supplies – delivery to Ireland can be a bit costly
It isn’t always a good idea to buy cheap fabric off the roll in a shop; to guarantee that you’re getting the right stuff choose it in a reputable manufacturer’s sample book and then order it. A designer name doesn’t necessarily mean quality and some designer fabrics are made cheaply from inferior materials. If a contracted out run of designer fabric goes wrong in the production, the roll might appear as genuine looking fabric in a shop. We’ve seen patterns made up in reverse, fire retardant on the wrong side etc.
Ross Fabrics Leeds http://www.rossfabrics.co.uk
Very good reliable quality and not expensive. Not the only supplier by a long way but our preferred, although a little conservative, fire retardant treated and specifications, rubbing numbers, etc. Excellent courier delivery service.
Cane and natural seating fibres
West Country Willowcraft http://www.westcountry-willowcraft.com/index.html
Based in Trewint, East Cornwall, supplies split cane and rush
Seat Weaving Supplies, http://www.seatweavingsupplies.co.uk/
Based in Ferndown, Dorset, UK, A wide range of natural fibre materials.