Jody Gray Upholstery is a family run business located in Hovingham, York. As trained upholsterers we pride ourselves on the care and craftmanship that we bestow on every piece of furniture placed in our care.
We offer a tailored upholstery service suited to your individual requirements and use the highest quality tools and materials to ensure that each piece is completed to the very highest standard. Our free collection and delivery service makes reviving your furniture as hassle free as possible.
If you are looking for a new item of furniture for your home we can commission this simply from your ideas or images. All our frames are handmade using European hardwood. Please see our bespoke furniture page for more details.
We are partnered with Wath Court Fabrics allowing us to source the best fabrics at the best prices.
For commercial customers we offer a range of services, from individual items to full scale recovers. We have access to a wide range of crib5 contract fabrics at highly competitive rates.
If you try your hand at upholstery yourself and require tools or resources we sell these from our workshop. Check out our shop page for details on prices.
Jody Gray offers the following services:
Bench/window seat cushions
Foam cut to size
Welcome to Jody Gray upholstery school.....
Whether you are new to the upholstery craft looking to learn new skills and get creative or someone with previous experience looking for a greater challenge, we have the course or workshop to suit you.
Whichever course you choose, you will be provided with expert tuition from your tutor who has over 20 years teaching experience. Class sizes are kept small (maximum 6 people per session) allowing for plenty of one-to-one support to guide you through your project.
Rather than using the past ‘traditional’ upholstery methods, all of our courses and workshops use modern tools, materials and techniques; guns instead of hammers, staples instead of tacks, foam instead of horsehair. No previous experience is necessary as you will be fully introduced to these tools and techniques as part of the course.
You will be amazed at what you can create in a relatively short amount of time using these methods and the professional finish that can be achieved.
Welcome to Jody Gray upholstery school.....
Whether you are new to the upholstery craft or someone with previous experience looking for a greater challenge, our weekly workshops are suitable for all. We provide expert tuition in a relaxed and spacious environment. Class sizes are kept small (maximum 6 people per session) allowing for plenty of one-to-one support to guide you through your project.
You will be guided through the design process and supported in stripping down and preparing your piece, including any repairs to the frame should they be required, as well as waxing or painting woodwork. You will be introduced to the various tools and advised on measuring and cutting your fabric and any pattern matching required. You will be tutored through the various techniques, from applying webbing, hessian and wadding, cuts and corners, to finishing techniques such as shallow or deep buttoning, stud work or piping.
With a measured approach and an eye for detail you will be amazed at what you can create in a relatively short amount of time and the professional finish that can be achieved.
Basic materials, such as staples, glue etc.. are included in the session cost. Any additional upholstery materials that you require to complete your project such as hessian, foam, webbing etc.. are available to buy at reduced prices.
All our workshops are flexible, simply book a session that is convenient to you on a pay as you go basis. Our workshops are all 3 hours long and cost £10 per hour.
Refreshments are provided during our sessions and we have ample parking onsite. Should you also need fabric for your project this can be purchased next door at Wath Court Fabrics and if you don't have a project piece we can provide footstool frames to order.
10.00AM - 1.00PM
1.00PM - 4.00PM
Booking Your session
To book a workshop session either:
Call us on 01653 628224 and leave a message and we will call you back to secure your booking.
Email us at
Or to book online please click here and you will be directed to our craft rooms site.
We offer gift vouchers for all our upholstery workshops. If you would like to purchase a voucher please click here and you will be redirected to our purchase page
Jody Gray offers a range of services to commercial clients from basic repairs, recovers and re-upholstery to fully bespoke commissioned pieces, as well as banquette and booth seating.
You may have furniture of good quality that has become a little tired and worn but by giving this some TLC we can give this a new lease of life.
We are happy to quote for any size job, be it a single chair or one hundred, and can work to a lead time to accommodate for your cash flow. We are able to source fabric from a range of suppliers to meet your requirements and budget.
If you would like any further information on the services we can offer then please get in touch and we will be more than happy to visit you to provide advice and a no obligation quote.
All supplies can be purchased from our workshop unit.
Choosing Your Fabric
Having made the decision to have your item of furniture re-upholstered, the next, and most important decision is your choice of fabric. There are thousands of fabrics available on the market, however, it is important that before making your choice you consider certain factors, detailed below. We would recommend you seek our advice prior to purchasing any fabric.
The first thing to consider is how your item of furniture will be used in your home. If the item will receive light or moderate use, then general domestic fabrics will be suitable. If on the other hand the piece will be subjected to daily heavy usage, then this will need to be covered in a tough, more durable, tightly woven fabric.
Fabric suppliers usually classify their products into 3 categories; Light Domestic for low/occasional usage, General Domestic for daily usage and Severe Domestic for continual use through the day and in environments with children and pets.
The easiest way to decide if a fabric will be suitable is to look at its thread count. The higher the thread count, the more tightly woven the fabric is, and the better the wear will be. A well known test is the Martindale Test, which scores the wear of a fabric. We would recommend a minimum rub count of over 30,000 for any upholstery work.
All fabrics used for domestic upholstery must legally comply with The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. If you wish to use a fabric that is not fire retardant and does not comply then you can either pay to have the fabric treated or alternatively we can supply a FR interliner underneath your fabric. This will be at an additional cost.
We are able to source fabric from all the main suppliers via our sister company Wath Court Fabrics, where you will also find a wide range of upholstery weight fabric on the roll. Please note that a 10% surcharge is applicable to upholstery work where fabric is supplied from elsewhere.
Below gives a general idea on the amount of fabric required to cover a particular item of furniture.
Please note these are estimates only. If you are using a patterned fabric you will need extra depending on the pattern repeat.
Drop in Seat
3 - 4m
1.5 - 2m
1 - 2m
4 - 5m
Sofa 2 seater 14-15m
Sofa 3 seater 15-16m
7 - 8m
6.5 - 7m
To see examples of some of our previous work please click on each of the categories.