Welcome to the Guild of Traditional Upholsterers

For people who work in, or have a particular interest in the traditional upholsterer's work.


In the year 2017, The Guild of Traditional Upholsterers celebrated their 30th anniversary. The year culminated with a seminar held in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where the Guild was first founded in 1987. A group of professional and student upholsterers were inspired to form a guild which would represent the traditional aspect of the craft of upholstery. During its first 30 years the Guild has grown and now has members spread across the country and further afield in France and the USA.

Each year since 1987 the Guild has held its AGM and annual dinner over weekend in October. This annual weekend provides an opportunity for members from many parts of the country to meet up, to network and to enjoy together the benefits of their membership.

Historically, Guild membership provides each member with support and help whenever needed and also encourages younger members as they progress in their chosen craft.

Conserving, restoring or simply refurbishing 18th, 19th and 20th century upholstery is all part of the work of the traditional upholsterer. Since its beginning the aim of the GTU continues to present a reliable high quality service which combines the best techniques with the use of the highest quality materials for upholstered seating and related furnishings.    


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Examples of our members' skill