Good Bones Upholstery

Good Bones Upholstery

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Good Bones specializes in custom upholstery for household furniture. Reclaiming quality pieces and giving them new life is our passion.

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10/11/2021

A newly upholstered chair is always striking, but something about this style of wing chair with the bright red fabric and fresh nailhead trim is particularly dazzling. If I had a palatial mansion to furnish, this would obviously go in the library next to the fireplace.

A newly upholstered chair is always striking, but something about this style of wing chair with the bright red fabric and fresh nailhead trim is particularly dazzling. If I had a palatial mansion to furnish, this would obviously go in the library next to the fireplace.

Photos from Good Bones Upholstery's post 09/16/2021

Views of an heirloom wingback

Photos from Good Bones Upholstery's post 09/03/2021

This vintage sectional got a major makeover from tattered orange fabric to soft and chic (and pet-friendly!) vinyl.

Photos from Good Bones Upholstery's post 08/04/2021

This old fella was quite the challenge, but I’m so pleased with how it turned out! It’s a great example of a classic piece being made to feel new and modern with a fresh fabric choice.

Photos from Good Bones Upholstery's post 07/15/2021

These club chairs got a sleek new look when we swapped out the impressionistic floral print for a vibrant orange solid and simplified the design by removing the skirts.

06/30/2021

I had to snap a picture as I followed this truck into work today. Unfortunately, not every piece of furniture is worth recovering and this is where those pieces end up. If you can make the investment to reuse a solid piece of furniture (like an heirloom or a thrifting score) not only can it be recovered and customized just for you, but it can also last a lifetime (and keep a lifetime's worth of cheap furniture out of the landfill).

I had to snap a picture as I followed this truck into work today. Unfortunately, not every piece of furniture is worth recovering and this is where those pieces end up. If you can make the investment to reuse a solid piece of furniture (like an heirloom or a thrifting score) not only can it be recovered and customized just for you, but it can also last a lifetime (and keep a lifetime's worth of cheap furniture out of the landfill).

Photos from Good Bones Upholstery's post 06/18/2021

Another sweet little chair in a fun and colorful fabric.

05/21/2021

Love this happy little antique chair in a modern floral fabric!

Love this happy little antique chair in a modern floral fabric!

Photos from Good Bones Upholstery's post 05/05/2021

I love these chairs! First of all, its a striking before and after, but its also the lovely plum-colored fabric (a closeout from Charlotte Fabrics!) coupled with the simple yet elegant angled lines of the chair design itself. I also found a stamp indicating what I'm guessing is the original manufacture date -- March 1966! I'm glad my clients decided that these chairs were keepers.

Photos from Good Bones Upholstery's post 04/28/2021

Here is some of the work I've been doing this past month. After a stint of wrangling sofas and oversized chairs, these smaller pieces have been a nice change of pace.

04/14/2021

A recently completed modern living room set in velvet.

A recently completed modern living room set in velvet.

Photos from Good Bones Upholstery's post 04/07/2021

A recently recovered vintage La-Z-Boy recliner. Its always a groaning moment when you realize that the previous upholsterer just covered over the old fabric, but in this case it was fun to be able to share a piece of the old upholstery with the client as this piece had been in their family for decades. They even remembered the old material from when they were a kid!

04/01/2021

March was a weird month. I had a wrist injury that slowed down work for about two weeks, had issues with delayed fabric shipments and had a couple projects, including this one, where I just miscalculated my fabric needs and had to order more (also causing more delays). April is feeling like the month to get things moving again.

These club chairs are the first of a few projects I'll be happy to see go out the door. My client provided a mohair and unfortunately it lived up to its reputation of being difficult to work with. As my husband so eloquently put it: mohair, mo' problems!

March was a weird month. I had a wrist injury that slowed down work for about two weeks, had issues with delayed fabric shipments and had a couple projects, including this one, where I just miscalculated my fabric needs and had to order more (also causing more delays). April is feeling like the month to get things moving again.

These club chairs are the first of a few projects I'll be happy to see go out the door. My client provided a mohair and unfortunately it lived up to its reputation of being difficult to work with. As my husband so eloquently put it: mohair, mo' problems!

Good Bones Upholstery: 2022 Scheduling Waitlist 03/31/2021

Good Bones Upholstery: 2022 Scheduling Waitlist

Good Bones is good and busy! We are currently booked through the end of 2021 and are not accepting new clients at this time. We’ll start booking for 2022 at the end of the summer. Follow the link below to receive a notification when our 2022 schedule opens.
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Good Bones Upholstery: 2022 Scheduling Waitlist

02/09/2021

This newly recovered tuxedo sectional looks like the ideal place for a family nap. With heavy-duty, stain-proof fabric, you can worry more about cuddling and less about grubby hands and paws.

This newly recovered tuxedo sectional looks like the ideal place for a family nap. With heavy-duty, stain-proof fabric, you can worry more about cuddling and less about grubby hands and paws.

Photos from Good Bones Upholstery's post 02/01/2021

This wicker recliner and the pillow-top Parsons ottomans were both styles of furniture that I hadn't yet had the chance to work on in the 6+ years I've been upholstering. Its always fun to do something new but it certainly doesn't come without its challenges!

Photos from Good Bones Upholstery's post 01/15/2021

Quarter sawn oak rocker with leather upholstery and nailhead trim

01/12/2021

This vintage side chair simply sings in turquoise vinyl.

01/08/2021

I sent this skirted sofa back home yesterday. I'm not sure if it was the cool color tones or just the lovely flowers, but this floral print made me feel a little more serene as I pondered warmer and better days to come.

12/28/2020

Finished this sofa last week, just in time for Christmas. We transformed this from a skirted sofa with a floral print to a sleek and modern beauty. The client didn't mention the color choice specifically, but I'm going to go ahead and call it a very tasteful take on Hawkeye colors ;)

11/18/2020

I'm loving these vintage barrel chairs! I don't get this style of chair often, so there was definitely some thinking and re-working involved to get the seats and backs right. Now that they're done, I kinda wish I could keep them for myself!

10/27/2020

I recently finished these vintage bedroom chairs in a cozy coral chenille.

10/11/2020

Calling all crafters! Help us with our housecleaning by helping yourself! We’ve got rolls of fabric and vinyl, lots of scraps, a leather hide and sundry leather pieces. We’ve also got a few supplies like Velcro, heavy thread and strap material. It’s all yours for the taking! Come and help yourself outside of 328 E 2nd St in Iowa City. We’ll be loading it up to donate at sundown, so make sure you get here today!

10/07/2020

A few recently completed projects.

09/03/2020

Last upholstery post before vacation! My client was pleased as punch with these two occasional chairs. She found a cotton print that she loved but was discontinued; we got the last of the yardage but couldn't quite make it stretch, so we used a complimentary solid for the outside backs.

09/01/2020

We made a big change to this sofa! Out with the heavy leather and large nails; in with a light, whimsical print and streamlined look.

08/17/2020

I finished up this lovely sofa last week. The large floral pattern from Charlotte Fabrics beautifully compliments the lines of the sofa and the warmth of its show wood. Bonus: I got to use a nail gun for the first time to put in the decorative nailheads and it was a dream to use!

07/08/2020

Now THIS is a before and after! New padding and a soft dark blue microfiber paired with silver nailheads got this Mission rocker all ready to lull another generation to sleep in their "outer space"-themed nursery.

07/06/2020

This much-loved antique settee was a project I thought would go relatively quickly until I started taking it apart and realized that the padding and supports were disintegrating. I ended up taking it down to the frame and giving it the full traditional reupholstery treatment with horsehair and cotton batting for padding.

06/18/2020

I'm always a sucker for upholstering pieces in coordinating fabrics. For this club chair, my client wanted to reuse some of the original upholstery if possible. As is often the case, the outside arms and back were in good condition even while the inside pieces were in dire need of a change. She found a great coordinating green velvet and it was fun to be able to preserve some of the original chair for her.

06/05/2020

I recovered this rocker for a client who suspected it had been in his family for at least 100+ years. The first picture is it newly recovered, the second is the fabric that he (a senior citizen) grew up with and the third was an even older fabric underneath.

05/22/2020

Fully reupholstered Mission-style rockers in beautiful blues from Greenhouse Fabrics

05/22/2020

I took this Mission-style rocker from just the frame to fully-upholstered. I meant to document the process, but it turns out that once you get going, you forget to stop and take pictures. The client wasn't particular, but given the way the
frame was built, using the traditional (i.e. harder and more time-consuming) upholstery method of 8-way tied coil springs, synthetic horsehair and cotton padding for the seat was the only way to go. The finished piece does not have quite as clean of lines as I might get when using foam padding, but I'm still happy with how it looks, plus its quite comfortable!

05/07/2020

Sent these two beauties out the door yesterday.

04/02/2020

Just finished this sweet little rocker recliner in white chevron upholstery from Greenhouse Fabrics. Its a great example of why many of my clients choose to reupholster their older pieces rather than buy new -- when the current style is extra-large and over-stuffed, it just doesn't fit a room or a body in the same way that these smaller, sleeker (and older) pieces do.

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We are not taking walk-in appointments at this time. Please email us at [email protected] to schedule a time to look at fabric or talk about your pieces.

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328 E 2nd St
Iowa City, IA
52240
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