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Upholstery & Window Treatments

Beatrice Upholstery

121 Dikeman St., nr. Van Brunt St., Red Hook; 646-258-1372;

Beatrice Giovanniello’s reupholstering service lets customers choose from a book of fabrics or bring their own to update (or restore) ravaged chairs and couches. $$-$$$ (by appointment only) (made in N.Y.)

Cameron Prather

10 Carter Rd., nr. Canoe Place Rd., Hampton Bays, N.Y. 917-834-8711

Known as “the fabric genie” among his friends, Prather makes house calls and upholsters anything from walls and ceilings to headboards. $$

Capri Upholstery

396 Tompkins Ave., nr. Lynhurst Ave., Rosebank, Staten Island; 718-556-7775;

Stella Schnabel has used Capri for custom curtain design, but the store is primarily an upholstery shop. A family-run business, Capri’s employees are skilled craftsmen in the European tradition but are contemporary enough to offer a green program using organic and chemical-free fabrics. $$$ (ecofriendly)

Chelsea Workroom

133 W. 25th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 2W; 212-243-0023;

This team of project managers and artisans works with interior designers and supplies goods and services that include window treatments, custom upholstery, and soft goods. $$$ (by appointment only)

Custom Interiors

7 Gleason Ave., nr. Halloween Blvd., Stamford, Conn. 203-975-9927;

This shop makes furniture by hand from the ground up: Think hand-built frames, hand-stitched cushions filled with horsehair, and hand-upholstering services. They will also do reupholstery and custom slipcovers. $$$

David Stern Window Treatments

79 S. Third Ave., nr. E. Second St., Mt. Vernon, N.Y. 914-668-8860;

One of a dying breed, Stern will clean, retape, re-cord, or replace slats and pulls on almost any blinds, even vintage ones—anything for which he can get parts. He works two ways: You either ship him your blinds or arrange a house call. The latter carries a $200 minimum charge, so he suggests “saving up” small repairs until your blinds need cleaning, then doing everything in one go. $$-$$$

Geneva Decorators

101-01 67th Dr., nr. Austin St., Forest Hills; 212-697-1930;

Twenty-five-year vets, this firm provides one-stop shopping for window treatments, upholstery, framing, quilting, sofa and seat re-webbing. $$-$$$

George Smith Sofas and Chairs

315 Hudson St., nr. Vandam St.; 212-226-4747;

This store makes traditional English-style upholstered furniture the old-fashioned way: You choose the shape, arm style, cushion size, and fabric, and these guys will build it in eight to ten weeks. $$$

Gina Bianco Services

526 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; Ste. 823; 212-924-1685

A textile conservator nonpareil, Bianco will expertly and lovingly tackle textile conservation and cleaning, fabric conservation, textile mounting, and specialty design and construction of one-of-a-kind textiles, whether it’s Duncan Phyfe bed dressing or a contemporary Duane Hanson. $$$


94-23 Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven; 718-441-9350;

A third-generation family-owned business, Jo-Vin creates window treatments (draperies, shades, valances) along with bedspreads, duvet covers, pillows, and headboards. The website includes helpful tips on measuring and fabric requirements. $$ (by appointment) (made in N.Y.)

La Régence

34 W. 27th St., nr. Sixth Ave. second fl.; 212-736-2548;

Well known among designers, La Régence specializes in couture shades, drapery, bedding, upholstery, and pillows and does it all, from design to installation. $$$ (made in N.Y.)

Lore Decorators

2201 Third Ave., at 120th St.; 212-534-1025

These expert East Harlem upholsterers can reinvent furniture at half the price it would cost to buy replacements. The 50-year-old family-run firm offers free pickup and delivery in Manhattan. $$

Martin Albert Interiors

257 W. 39th St., nr. Eighth Ave., twelfth fl.; 212-673-8000;

The place to go for custom-made upholstered headboards, window treatments, and slipcovers, plus guidance from a skilled staff. $$

Ranken Leaves

44 E. 1st St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-533-8189;

Raken Zielinski is a third-generation upholsterer of Polish descent. Using her relatives’ century-old tools and trusty 50-odd-year-old industrial sewing machines, Zielinski is one of the few people left who know how to tie springs, sculpt horsehair, weave jute webbing, mold foam, and underupholster in muslin. $$$


Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Ave., nr. Cumberland St., Bldg. 3, Ste. 1003, Fort Greene; 718-875-6763

For custom drapery, upholstery, bedding, and slipcovers, an attentive staff of ten will hand-stitch anything to meet your needs. They’ll visit your home for a free estimate and work willingly with your interior designer. $$$ (by appointment only) (made in N.Y.)


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