Horse hair vs. foam? The question bothers some who choose to restore their heirloom furniture in a traditional fashion rather than adopting the disposable culture.

Here are our Upholstery Tips of the Trade and insider information:

At Provincial Upholstery (sister business to Provincial Fabric House) the decision is based on the quality of the piece, the desire to retain authenticity and value and, of course, the client’s budget.

It’s a bit like the difference of working on a Toyota Corolla or a Bentley. The horse hair takes three times as long to work with than foam, but enables the upholsterer to achieve more curves, edges and right angles.

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If you have a lovely old piece with a beautiful frame, when it comes time to re-upholster, we recommend using horse hair for durability and to be faithful to the piece. Your chair will never lose its value if upholstered this way.

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For more inspiration on how to bring your projects to life, check out our socials! our Instagram and Pinterest are filled with great inspirational posts. Both pages showcase some elegant, sophisticated and different rooms and spaces. Additionally, they show a number of ways to incorporate different styles and colour patterns into a space. In addition to this, Our friendly staff are more than qualified to answer any questions you might have on the positive and negatives on using each type of material. If you find yourself stuck or wanting to know more, Contact Us