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  • How easy it is to get to the workshop by public transport?

    Very easy! You can travel via train to Salford Central, or via local busses. If you need any help in planning your journey don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Can I park?

    Yes, there are free parking spaces directly outside our workshop in the bays marked 1.

Upholstery Tips

  • What do I need in my toolkit to get started?

    Check out our Starter Kit. This contains everything we have in our toolboxes at the Ministry and all the essential tools you’ll need for any upholstery project. This kit contains a magnetic upholstery hammer, a regulator, a tack lifter, a pair of shears and a pair of pincers.

  • What do I need to upholster a drop in dining seat?

    If you are tackling your own dining chairs and the seat is the kind that ‘pops’ out, then this is what is known as a drop in seat. We sell Drop in Seat Kits that contain everything you need in one handy, pre-cut package! Our kits contain jute web, hessian, foam, felt, Dacron and dipryl all cut to approximate size.

  • Which staple gun should I buy?

    Used throughout the upholstery industry since the 1960s, the pneumatic air staple gun is the upholsterers gun of choice. With no electrical components and very little in the way of moving parts, the staple gun is a tried and tested reliable piece of equipment and a must for anyone considering this as a serious hobby or career.

    Pneumatic air staple guns require air compressors to power them, so if you don’t already have one of these, then you may wish to consider choosing one of our complete Compressor Kits.

    If you are only completing one small project or have a smaller budget, then you might want to consider using a manual staple gun.

  • Do I need an air compressor?

    We believe that if you want to tackle any sizeable project, multiple projects or are thinking about upholstery as a career, then a pneumatic staple gun and an air compressor will be worth its weight in gold. An air compressor is the machine that is used to power a pneumatic air staple gun. When it comes to choosing a compressor it can be very baffling. They come in various different sizes, non-silent and silent, oil-filled and oil-less. We have done all the work for you and have selected our favourite compressor for use in your home or home workshop. Not only that but we’ve teamed it with our recommended air staple gun and, because we want to make life as simple as possible for you, we also supply the airline needed to connect the gun to the compressor. The airline comes complete with fittings too so when you buy a kit from us, you can literally plug it all in and you’re ready to go! On top of all this, we also throw in a box of staples.

    If you are only completing one small project or have a smaller budget then you might want to consider using a manual staple gun.

  • Which size compressor should I buy?

    We offer two different sizes of compressor, a 25 Litre and a 50 Litre. The 25 Litre will happily power one staple gun all day long, it will happily fit into most homes and home workshops and is perfect for most hobbyists and amateur upholstery enthusiasts. If you wish to run more than one staple gun from a compressor at any one time, or if you wish to use the compressor with other air tools, such as an air spray gun, then you may want to think about upgrading to the 50 Litre version. The 50 Litre compressor will happily power up to 4 or 5 guns at once.

    The staple gun we provide with the kits is known as a 71 Series staple gun and is the industry recognised standard staple gun. It is the gun that we use at the Ministry in all our classes and is used by all upholstery experts.

  • Which webbing should I use?

    Before there were pre-fabricated spring units, webbing would be applied as the first layer, providing suspension. We offer three different kinds and your choice will be dictated by where on the furniture you are building the padding.

    Jute webbing is the most common webbing, it is cheap and can be stitched through. It offers no elasticity or give. It is used traditionally under springs. It can also be used on backs and arms.

    Poly (or polypropylene to give it its full title) is made from woven plastic. It is cheaper than jute and can be used for masking edges in place of jute.

    Elasticated webbing is designed to stretch and should only be used under foam. It is ideal for under seat pads.

  • Which fabric should I use for upholstery?

    The truth is that you can use any fabric for upholstery. At the Ministry we’ve upholstered with basketball shirts, rugby tops, jeans and many more! You can of course buy specific upholstery grade fabric and this normally comes with a rub test or Martindale test, which will give you a good indication of how hard-wearing the fabric is. In the end your choice of fabric will be dictated by how much wear the chair is going to get.

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