Mike’s out on his own after 35 years


Mike Oaten has been an upholsterer for 35 years, having started as an apprentice with Relyon the bed manufacturers in Somerset in 1987. He has spent the last 18 years repairing furniture for a national insurance furniture repair company. During that time he diagnosed, repaired and reupholstered many items: “I dealt with sofas, chairs, beds, mattresses, tables, wooden flooring, benches, ottomans and footstools!”
Late last year Mike finally set up his own business, Beaminster Upholstery, and this May has finally opened the doors of his new workshop and premises at Broadwindsor Redlands Yard.
“I’m a traditional upholsterer – I’m the person to call if you have chairs to recover, foams to replace, springs to fix, legs to mend, recliner chairs to problem-solve … I also make bespoke footstools, ottomans, headboards, bedroom stools, cushions and can upcycle most items!”

Mike’s website is BeaminsterUpholstery.co.uk, and do visit his Facebook page to view recent photographs of his work.


  1. I worked alongside Mike for a couple of years then became his manager and finally the company trainer. He was without doubt the best technician we had and often would help me with wicked problems difficult customers and training. He is a huge asset to the business and will make his customers very happy.

  2. We have used Mike for a couple of items to be covered , they were done beautifully.Mike is very easy to talk to and he does a very good job.We will certainly use him again.


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