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Custom Upholstery


How many layers have been removed from this upholstered bench?* (copyright ThrowMeAPillow 2012)


  • Your custom upholsterer knows YOU;
  • They know where your furniture sits in your room. 
  • They know how you USE your furniture.
  • They have years or decades of experience

David Ira Youngdahl earned the much coveted bid for Apprenticeship at the prestigious Fred Sisto Associates in 1977.  Sisto's was the premier decorator's workroom for the Capitol District of New York.  Located behind the old Mayfair Design Studios at 1 Washington Avenue, Albany NY, Sisto's was frequented by the finest ASID designers in the region.

     Among the highlights of his apprenticeship was learning from Harold Rasmussen, to "spit tacks". This not to be confused with chewing your nails (which is NOT recommended!) Born in the 1890's, Mr. Rasmussen was pleased to share the secrets of the trade with willing learners.

     When teaching some techinique on an antique frame, Mr. Rasmussen would ask, "D'ya know what they used to call an antique like this when I was learning to upholster?"

     He couldn't resist answering himeself, "New Furniture!"

     The sum of this is that Mr Youngdahl draws upon over 100 years of experience when he restores your quality upholstered furniture.

     In 1978, the Youngdahl's established Renaissance Custom Upholstery. The following product pages will break down the upholstery process into it's elemental compoments. This is intended to demystify the process for designers trying to understand prices as well as to educate upholsterers as to how they ought to value their craft and trade.

* the answer is 8; after the twines came burlap, hair, more burlap, curley hair, cotton, musiln,
more cotton,
and two finish layers of fabric, because the last upholsterewr had not stripped the piece.

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