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Hull independent furniture store celebrates 45 years in business



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Local independent furniture store, Upholstery Designs, are celebrating 45 years in business with a special anniversary sale.

Tony Blowman and his wife Tricia established the store in 1977 under the name Tony Blowman Upholstery. With Tony being an already established Upholsterer and Trica had a background in admin & finance, the pair started making and recovering sofas in a small workshop on Empingham Street.

Quickly they found success and outgrew the small workshop, and as Tony’s love for design and manufacturing grew, they set out to find larger premises; which they found on Boothferry Road and then Brighton Street.

Tony and Tricia finally settled on Spring Bank West in 1984, adopting the new name Upholstery Designs. Over the next 30 years the showroom grew and gradually become the business we know today, which currently spreads over what was once 4 shops.

Ian, Tony and Tricia’s son, joined the company in 1995 making deliveries. Over the years Ian has worked his way through the business and now manages the store alongside his wife Donna, who takes care of customer service and admin. The pair are also joined by delivery drivers Brett and George.

Today, Upholstery Designs is the largest independent furniture store in Hull, spanning two floors. The store can be located just next to the overhead railway bridge on Spring Bank and accompanies a large car park around the back.

Upholstery Designs no longer manufacturer and reupholster they instead work closely with mostly small UK-based companies which keeps the quality high whilst the prices stay low. 

The expansions in store made it possible for them to set up a rise and recliner department and they now also stock a large range of dining, cabinet and occasional furniture alongside their British Sofas and chairs along with an impressive plethora of art and lighting.

Ian and Donna remain passionate about furniture and are committed to upholding the best possible service that customers have come to expect from the business.

Upholstery Designs also offers interest-free credit over 12 months on most orders and a 7-day price promise*.

UD’s Grand 45 year Anniversary Sale is now available on instore and online here >>

*interest free credit and 7 day policy terms and conditions available on their website.

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