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.