Pump House

Hello there.

Upholsterers Mary Holland and John Moulton welcome you to their upholstery workshop in Black Torrington, in easy reach of Okehampton, Hatherleigh, Holsworthy and Torrington.

Our unsurpassed upholstery and business skills ensure a comprehensive and professional service which includes traditional and modern reupholstery, frame restoration, retail fabric supply, collection and delivery.

Our confidence is based on an unbroken chain of trading in the upholstery business in this area of North Devon for 30 years. The quality of our work and the efficient service we offer ensure a constant and growing customer base.  We work in tandem with The Curtain Company so our service is wide enough to include curtains, blinds, valances, pelmets and headboards.

We are proud to boast that some of our first clients still use the Pump House, which gives us the chance to see how furniture we upholstered over 25 years ago are standing the test of time.

“Working up to a standard not down to a price.”


Need new cushion fillings? We supply feathers, foam or fibre.

Loose covers

Loose covers and cushions made for all shapes and sizes.


Headboards made to your specification.

Stool frames

Stool frames can also be made for your specification.

The process of traditional upholstery

People are amazed at how labour intensive the complex upholstery process is.  A coil sprung seat consists of up to nine different layers.  The webbing supports the coiled springs.  These are sewn in place then laced into the right position, and covered with heavy hessian.  More stitching ensures the next layer of horsehair or coir can be built and shaped into the right profile.  This is topped with a second layer of hessian, and stitched to give the seat edge strength and structure.  This is topped with more hair, then a layer of cotton felt all held down by calico.  Now the seat is ready for the most important layer, your chosen fabric.

We supply fabrics from the following companies. Click the links for inspiration.

Jim Dickens . Kobe . Linwood . Northcroft . Romo . Ross . Sanderson

“If it’s a Chesterfield sofa for recovering and a pair of curtains made, we can help.”

“If it’s a suite needing loose covers, six dining chairs for reupholstery and Roman blinds for the kitchen and dining room, we can help.”

What our fantastic clients say

“During my years as a regular customer of Pump House Upholstery I have found the quality of their work to be second to none. This is a business which combines first class craftsmanship with charming efficiency, making it a pure pleasure to deal with them.”
"Just wanted to say that the blinds, curtains and bench seat are FANTASTIC. I am so pleased with them, they have finished the room perfectly."
"Hi Mary, thought you'd like to see how nicely the chair fits into our bedroom, thank you both so much for a super job."
"Thanks for the chairs yesterday, they look really super, I am so pleased with them, your standard of work is excellent." 
"Dear Mary, Loving the suite and feel very proud of it. See you soon and again, thank you both for such a grand job."
"Mary and John recently made a set of curtains and seat covers for our Camper Van what a fantastic job they did for us, it has made a huge difference. The quality of their workmanship is second to none and nothing was too much trouble for them. We would recommend them highly. Thank you." 
“Pump House Upholstery undertook the recovering of a sofa and two pairs of curtains and executed this project with a level of skill only describable as excellence. Friendly helpful easy going people to deal with. Pump House Upholstery really do take pride in their work and it shows in the high quality work they do. Very happy customer.
“I always say - I will ask Mary! My sofa and chairs loose covers, perfect. My barn doors, huge curtains, perfect. My old tired Knoll sofa,  recovered to perfection. Their customer service and support cannot be bettered. Thank you."
“If I want some beautiful 'show stopping' curtains, blinds (roman or roller) or cushions I always contact Mary at Pump House Upholstery. The quality of output and attention to detail is second to none and if you are stuck for ideas Mary is your girl!”
“I have recently had two large chairs re-upholstered by The Pump House in Black Torrington. I can't tell you how wonderful they look! Mary has done a complete overhaul on a barn find wing back chair and again on a chair (or throne as I like to call it!) stuffing the back with horse hair and making it look fit for a queen! The woodwork has also been cleaned and polished and delivered back to me looking amazing. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”
“Over the years we have used the services of Mary & John for making curtains, blinds and re-upholstery. The quality of their work is superb. They offer advice on fabric types, styles and colours in a friendly and professional manner. I would not hesitate in recommending Pump House Upholstery to family and friends.”
“John and Mary at Pump House are the most brilliant upholsterers, chair cover and curtain makers. They have done many jobs for us at Hartland Abbey, all to the highest standard and beautifully finished. We could not recommend them more highly.”

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