In the realm of furniture, few pieces evoke a sense of elegance, comfort, and timeless beauty quite like the chaise lounge. With its elongated form and inviting design, the chaise lounge has graced homes, palaces, and gardens for centuries, captivating the hearts of both the aristocracy and the common folk. Join us as we embark on a captivating journey through the rich history of this iconic piece of furniture and the story of how a client came to us to restore his very funky, very quirky couch.

History of the Chaise Lounge 

The origins of the chaise lounge can be traced back to ancient civilizations. The Egyptians, renowned for their sophistication and love of relaxation, were among the first to develop a precursor to the modern chaise lounge. Known as “kline,” these elevated daybeds were adorned with lavish materials and intricate carvings, reflecting the opulence of the Egyptian elite. As civilizations flourished and transformed, so did the design of the chaise lounge. The ancient Greeks and Romans, known for their passion for leisure and indulgence, further developed the concept. Further down the line as the 20th century dawned, the chaise lounge continued to evolve. Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements introduced new design elements, incorporating clean lines, geometric shapes, and innovative materials.

Today, the chaise lounge remains a beloved and versatile piece of furniture. It has found its way into living rooms, bedrooms, and outdoor spaces, adapting to various styles and preferences. From minimalist leather designs to plush upholstered versions, contemporary chaise lounges continue to captivate with their comfort and aesthetic appeal.

Upholstery Restoration for our client

Restoring a chaise lounge is an art that breathes new life into a piece of furniture, reviving its former glory and preserving its historical significance. Our client came to us with a 150 year-old chaise lounge. This chaise longe was upholstered in funky hot pink velvet. Our client decided to stick with a hot pink velvet however they wanted to up the quality. The Lux Velvet By Zepel Fabrics in colour Carmine was the final fabric choice. Made from 100% cotton, The Lux Velvet range features a martindale rub count of 40,000 – a commercial fabric suited for economical luxury. The upholstery of a chaise lounge often requires significant attention. The old fabric is carefully removed, unveiling the underlying padding and springs. The condition of the support system is evaluated and the pattern making begins. Fabric pieces are cut and the buttons are made.

The Finer Details


Deep buttoning is a classic upholstery technique used to create a distinctive and elegant buttoned effect on furniture. It involves attaching buttons at regular intervals to a padded surface, creating deep indentations and a visually appealing textured appearance. A total of 90 buttons were made for our client and their chaise. Buttons are made using a button machine. The buttons are attached using a long needle and button twine. Deep buttoning can add a touch of sophistication and elegance to your upholstered furniture, creating a timeless and classic look. With patience and attention to detail, you can achieve a beautifully buttoned surface that enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of your piece.


The braid used to edge furniture is a decorative element that enhances the overall design and adds a finishing touch to the edges of various furniture pieces. It is a carefully crafted trim that not only provides aesthetic appeal but also serves to protect the edges from wear and tear. Once the appropriate braid material is chosen, it is carefully measured and cut to the desired length. Sticking with the hot pink theme, we landed on the Decorative Gimp – Pink, Gold & Green Braid from Castle Trimmings. Decorative Gimp is an essential trimming for both period and new furniture. Also an ideal trim for cushions, lampshades and blinds. The main colour is rose pink with the scroll in bright gold & lime green. The braid is applied to the edges of the chaise using a hot glue gun. The addition of braid to furniture edges not only adds a touch of elegance and sophistication but also serves a functional purpose. It helps protect the edges from fraying, chipping, or other forms of damage, increasing the longevity of the furniture piece. It is a meticulous process that elevates the furniture’s visual appeal while providing a durable and protective edge treatment.

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00:45 17 Nov 23
I had a few questions regarding the care required for the Sunbrella Burgundy fabric I have and the 10 year warranty on the fabric. I wasn't sure how to best care for my Bimini that uses the same Fabric. We spoke for a few seconds with that online chat app. I really don’t like those. However, Lee immediately called me to have a chat. I can’t even begin to explain what that means vs. typing War and Peace vs. a much more professional and personalised call. Lee was very friendly, professional, articulate and very honest and upfront. Providing me with relevant logical advice. No catches. That works for me every time. Why wouldn’t it? Bottom line. I have zero hesitation dealing with these guys going forward. Trust is earn’t, not freely given. I have no doubt Lee (and his team) will offer the same level of professional personal care that he offered me.
Rick ScaveraRick Scavera
01:34 08 Nov 23
Andrew CampbellAndrew Campbell
03:39 31 Oct 23
I found them online and am so happy that I did. I bought some canvas to rebuild my awning. Friendly staff and great service. I can't recommend them highly enough.Andrew C.
J NoaJ Noa
00:28 31 Oct 23
I couldn’t recommend Lee and the guys at Roseberry fabrics enough. A wide range of material for all your upholstery needs and the know how to get even the biggest novices such as myself on track.Will be returning for all my fabric needs
A wonderful supplier of ours! Very helpful and always quality products!
Peter WilsonPeter Wilson
08:42 12 Oct 23
These guys were recommended to me, OMG I can see why! Amazing service and speed of delivery. I was also looking for some eyelets and following a quick phone call they were added to my canvas. Many thanks!
jeff harrisjeff harris
07:28 20 Sep 23
Thomas BarlowThomas Barlow
06:51 29 Aug 23
After seeing the positive reviews, I emailed through an enquiry for some fabric I was looking for, and the response I got back was “try Etsy”
Thomas AtkinsonThomas Atkinson
04:18 11 Aug 23
Roslyn HartensteinRoslyn Hartenstein
08:31 27 Jul 23
Great range of upholstery fabrics and wonderful service. Can highly recommend.Very happy with our purchase.
Natalie LabNatalie Lab
04:54 15 Jul 23
Thank you Lee for your time over the phone today. I was enquiring about a fabric and Lee was able to provide me with excellent advice and care instructions. Very knowledgeable!
Taylah HasaballahTaylah Hasaballah
07:06 07 Jul 23
Great selection of fabrics and very knowledgeable
jeanette van den Hurkjeanette van den Hurk
10:37 30 Jun 23
Thanks for having the fabric I needed. Service with a smile, competitive pricing. Very happy customer.
Bec “Bec”Bec “Bec”
06:24 22 Jun 23
I called into Rosebery Fabrics yesterday on a whim, looking for a particular Warwick fabric to recover some chairs. The item wasn't in stock but the friendly people at Rosebery Fabrics placed an order for me and arranged to have it delivered straight to my home - super helpful. I also found a gorgeous fabric in stock and can't wait to make some fabulous cushions. Next time I'm in the neighbourhood, I'll be calling in to getsome more fabric. Highly recommend a visit if you're looking for high quality fabrics and great customer service!
David CooperDavid Cooper
03:09 21 Jun 23
Great selection of materials and very helpful advice.Replaced the boom cover and very happy with the result.
Kikelomo AbegundeKikelomo Abegunde
09:10 01 Jun 20
Short review: Lee is competitively priced, a consummate professional, excellent in communicating, and offers an incredible turnaround time.Long review: I initially came across Rosebery Fabrics when I was looking to have a vintage chaise lounge recovered, and I could not possibly be more pleased nor any happier with the product Lee produced.I turned up to Lee's shop in Surry Hills, showed him a photo of my lounge and a general idea of what I wanted. He met every level of criteria that I needed when looking for an upholsterer, someone who is diligent about their craft, knowledgeable about fabrics and suppliers, and who can consult based on the client's preferences and personality.With his guidance, I had an abundance of fabric samples to choose from, he communicated with me throughout the process, and turned around a pretty complex piece in record time. I'm really happy and I love my lounge to bits
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