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Office Furniture: Why Renovate?

Swivel task chair before and after reupholstering

For every company, there comes a point when things need a refresh. When that dreaded day arrives, it can feel like an overwhelming obstacle. You may not have enough money left in the budget to buy brand new, or enough time to dispose of all your old furniture. On the other hand, it’s not going to help your company’s image or sales if your clients have to sit on ripped, shabby chairs during pitches and meetings. The fact is, office updates are an essential part of good business. It keeps things modern, fresh and clean, and makes a good first impression on potential customers. With us, refreshing your office furniture doesn’t have to be a huge project to tackle. Choose to renovate your office furniture and you’ll save time, money, and the environment too.

Style Savvy

Almost any item can be reupholstered and given a new life. Office chairs, reception sofas and general seating are all perfect candidates. The beauty of our service is in its versatility. We provide a large selection of high quality fabrics – including leather – with different colours and patterns to choose from. You can also provide your own fabric. Existing furniture can be further refreshed with replacement arms, new seats and backs, and antistatic castors. Have a look at our before and after photos to see what we can do.

Cost Effective

Office furniture renovation can cut your expenses by up to 50%! As well as the obvious saving (no need to buy new furniture) you’ll also be eliminating costly disposal fees for your old furniture. We offer free advice and quotes to get you started, as well as free delivery within a 50 mile radius of Reading (T&Cs apply). Standard turnaround time is 7-10 business days, but our experienced professionals may be able to complete in a quicker timeframe if required. When it comes to French polishing, the job can be done on site in your office! Thorough cleaning is also covered in the cost so that your furniture is totally transformed. And the best news? All of these services are covered by a 12-month warranty, so you can rest easy knowing your pieces will stay intact.

Eco Friendly

As if you needed another reason to reupholster, here’s a great one: you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint and your company’s impact on the environment. In the UK alone, more than 22 million items of furniture are thrown out each year, creating a huge amount of carbon dioxide emissions that could be avoided if we simply upcycled old or tired items. What’s more, keeping these items out of landfill prevents additional waste from being created during the manufacture of replacement items. When you renovate your furniture, you’re not only driving business and saving money, you’re also having a positive impact on our planet.

Ready to give your furniture a new lease of life?

Click here or call us on 0118 9883009 to talk to us about office furniture renovation and reupholstering.

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Reupholstery for corporate sustainability

The component parts of good quality office chairs will out live fabrics and foams. We can help increase the life of your office furniture in the following ways:

  • Replace worn seat foams
  • Repair/replace faulty components such as castors
  • Full clean & service of component parts
  • Reupholster using sustainable office seating fabrics

The majority of our office seating is reupholstered in Camira fabrics. In 2015 Camira were recognised for outstanding achievements in continuous environmental improvement and best in class performance with their second successive Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development. Camira are pioneering a sustainable textile industry through environmental product design, supply chain integrity, resource efficiency, people development and CSR.

EU EcoLabel Textiles

EU Ecolabel textiles meet criteria that guarantee:

  • Limited use of substances harmful to health and environment
  • Reduction in water and air pollution
  • Colour resistance to perspiration, washing, wet and dry rubbing and light exposure

Here are some examples of EU Ecolabel fabrics we can use for reupholstery:

Camira Xtreme – made from 100% recycled polyester

Camira Hemp – 60% Virgin Wool, 40% True Hemp

Camira Blazer – rapidly renewable & compostable, made from 100% wool

Camira Patina – 69% Wool, 22% Flax, 8% Polyamide


Contact us to discuss any seating renovation requirements and request fabric samples.

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All office chair types & styles transformed with reupholstery

Our team can renovate any office seating whether its regular operator style chairs, soft seating or even tiered theatre style seating.  Although we most regularly reupholster and/or recover chairs from the following manufacturers, we can renovate the vast majority of seating:

  • Pledge
  • Steelcase
  • Verco
  • Summit
  • Humanscale
  • Boss
  • Kinnarps

Reupholstery provides an excellent opportunity to modernise the office interior, in addition to seating we can also reupholster your office floor and desk screens.  The fabric choices are fabulous with a vast array of colour and textures to choose from.  We are happy to make fabric reccomendations or suggest a match for existing seating.  All our fabric samples are FREE.

Operator chair reupholstery

All task chairs we reupholster receive a thorough clean & service, returning to you looking like new.

Being based near junction 11 of the M4 in Reading we are ideally placed to provide reupholstery services to customers throughout Berkshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and London with delivery and collection free of charge in most cases*.  If you’re outside these areas do drop us a line as we can usually help.


Get in touch to request a quotation or a free site visit to assess your seating.


*Free collection & delivery is subject to a minimum order value and applies to commercial customers.

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Recover office chairs & save

Recovering office chairs is a cost effective method of revitalising tired and worn office seating.  With component parts on office computer style seating generally out living the fabric – it makes good business sense to renovate.

We’ve been recovering office chairs for 26 years and with our own in-house team of highly skilled upholsterers & machinists we can provide a quick turnaround and superb quality workmanship.

If you’d just like a quick quotation to gauge the cost – drop us an email with a photograph of one of your chairs and we’ll send you a quote based on one of our most popular hard wearing fabrics such as Camira Xtreme which is available in 60 fabulous colours. In addition to recovering chairs we clean and service the mechanism, if any new foam is required for the seats or backs we will advise you.  We can even repair broken or damaged chairs.

All types of office chairs may be re-covered:

  • Reception seating
  • Meeting chairs
  • Computer/task chairs
  • Sofas
  • Banquette and booth seats

To minimise disruption, we offer a free* collection and delivery service within 30 miles of our workshops in Reading, Bershire.  Get in touch to discuss any recovering requirements.

Reupholstered operator chair


*Free collection & delivery is subject to a minimum order value and applies to commercial customers.


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Reupholstery transformation for university bar

We were delighted to transform this curved banquette seat for New Bucks University’s Student Union Bar.  After taking measurements onsite our skilled upholsterers set to work creating new padded foam seats and fluted backs.  We upholstered the banquette in Camira Vita faux leather, a practical and hygenic choice for bar use.  Vita is a leather-look vinyl, with a subtle surface grain effect and full matt appearance, it provides maximum protection for heavy duty end-use areas.

University banquette seating

Vita does not contain phthalate plasticisers or heavy metals, yet remains soft, stretchy and pliable. It benefits from a modified durable top coat, which offers improved resistance to alcohol cleaners and excellent wearability.

Camira Vita Properties

At HSI Furniture we renovate and reupholster all types of seating including computer chairs, bench seating, lecture and theatre seating, sofas and stools.  All renovation work is undertaken in-house in our Reading workshops, find out more about our furniture renovation service for education.


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Office Chair reupholstery cost saving illustration

Quality office furniture is a long term investment and reupholstery provides an opportunity to extend the life of seating which over time becomes tired, damaged and dirty.

Our skilled upholsterers replace all seat and back foam with CHMR (Combustion Modified High Resilience) foam and you can choose from thousands of fabric types and colours whether you need to modernise, match other furniture or reflect new branding. In addition to new fabric and foam we also clean and service the frames, we check for frame damage and replace feet as required. We return your furniture transformed, looking like new and ready to serve you for many more years.

In this example, we have used the ever popular Edge Design Key meeting chair with chrome frame as pictured.

Cost of Key chair new:  £178

Cost of reupholstery – including new foam and fabric: £65


Even on a single chair this represents a vast saving and we provide a free collection and delivery service within 50 miles of Reading, Berkshire.

Key chair upholstery

We based this illustration on using high quality, heavy duty  ‘contract’ reupholstery fabrics such as Camira Advantage Xtreme or faux leather Camira Vita, both market leading fabrics suitable for office seating and available in a wide range of colours whether you are looking for a vibrant new look or a more muted traditional tone.

Chair shown: KEY21B*/P with Chrome frame. Prices are a guideline and exclude VAT.

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School holiday reupholstery service

With schools out for summer in just 12 weeks time – now is the time to book your free site survey for any ‘holiday’ seating repairs, reupholstery and renovation. We reupholster all types of school seating including sofas, computer chairs and benches and our customers often save up to 80% against buying new seating.  In most cases reupholstery is a very attractive option but if a chair is beyond cost effective repair we provide a no obligation quotation for its replacement. We provide a free collection and delivery service* within 50 miles of Reading in Berkshire and can carry out reupholstery in the school holidays for minimum disruption. We also offer an onsite french polishing service for tables, banisters, wood panelling etc.

We offer a free site survey for schools, colleges and universities to assess your seating and advise on fabric selection, we only use high performing fabrics that stand up to the demands of education settings. We serve education customers throughout Berkshire, London, North Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Buckinghamshire. Find out more about our education reupholstery service.

We are proud to have provided reupholstery services to Reading School, Salesian College, Addington School, St Albans School, Highcrest School, Millbank Community School, New Bucks University, Luton College, Burham Upper School, Abbottsford School and many more.

Reupholstery for Education

*Free delivery and collection is subject to minimum order value and for commercial customers only.












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What choices are there for reupholstering office chairs?

Colour scheme

Reupholstering office chairs provides an excellent opportunity to modernise the look and feel of your office. We can of course reupholster to match existing furniture but often customers would prefer a visual transformation.  Operator and task seating may be reupholstered in one fabric or in a contrasting fabric for the seat and back, for example a black seat and red back looks very effective.

Office reupholstery - swivel chair

For reception and breakout sofas, armchairs and booth seating you may prefer a contrasting combination of faux leathers or natural fabrics such as wool or hemp. A two-tone colour scheme creates interest and opportunities to coordinate with other office furniture and decor.

Two tone reupholstery

By selecting different coloured faux leathers from the same collection, you can create a striking effect as shown at a sports club we recently renovated – shown below.

Sports club chair reupholstery

Fabric type & characteristics

Your choice of fabric will depend on your work environment and usage as well as the impression you’d like to make.  We provide free guidance on fabric selection and have many years experience working with fabrics from leading manufactuers. For operator and task chairs the Camira Pheonix fabric range is very popular, this crepe weave fabric is available in 30 colours and is guaranteed for 10 years.  Another market leading fabric for office seating is Camira Advantage – a plain weave fabric, again guaranteed for 10 years and available in 4o colours.

Faux leathers are an excellent choice due to their wearability, stain resistance and easy cleaning. A popular choice for reupholstery is Camira Vita which is a leather-look vinyl, with a subtle surface grain effect and full matt appearance.

View the fabric galleries:

Camira Pheonix (crepe weave)

Camira Advantage (plain weave)

Camira Vita (faux leather)

These are just 3 popular fabric ranges from hundreds that we can offer.  Get in touch for a free site survey or to request a no obligation quotation for any office seating, the results are transformational.


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Re-cover office seating for a fresh new look

Re-covering office seating is a quick and very cost effective method of giving any seating a new lease of life.  With hundreds of fabrics types and colours to choose from, the options are limitless.

Camira Advantage is a popular fabric choice for office task/operator seating due to its combination of enduring aesthetic appeal and high performance durability which means it will look good and last for years. Advantage is a plain weave fabric in a rich assortment of colourways in both plains and mixes. See the full Camira Advantage range.

Recover office chairs - Camira Advantage

When we visit customers to assess the condition of seating we can advise on whether replacement seat foam is required.  We can also replace mechanical parts as needed and include a comprehensive clean and service of all component parts. We provide a no obligation quotation and can collect your chairs free of charge when its convenient to you. To discuss any requirement or to arrange a site visit – get in touch here.


office chair reupholstery

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The business case for reupholstery

The structural components of good quality furniture will almost always outlive even the hardest wearing fabrics and foams.  Renovation can save up to 80% cost compared with buying new.  In the case where a chair is beyond economical repair we can suggest a replacement to match existing furniture, we work with leading office chair manufactuers such as Pledge, Summit Chairs and Verco in order to supply seating for every office space and budget. Request a free site survey.


In addition to standard operator chairs we also reupholster soft seating, booth seating, meeting chairs and theatre seating. More info.

Office chair reupholstery & renovation

Wooden Furniture

We renovate boardroom tables, wood panelling and desks. More info.

View our Furniture renovation and reupholstery brochure (pdf)