Shopping FAQs


Can I visit the studio to see the vintage chair selection?

Yes, I have Friday and Saturday hours, or you may call and make an appointment for a time that’s convenient for us to meet one-on-one to discuss your vintage project.


I don’t see the fabric I want in the shop. Can you get any others?

Yes! We can check out the websites of the best fabric companies together to find samples and have them sent to you for approval. Or if you find one online, I will happily order it for you. If you’d like to visit a fabric showroom to view thousands of samples, a two-hour guided visit can be arranged for a fee.


I’m out of state. Will you work with me on a vintage piece?

Yes! I can send you photos of chair frames and have fabric samples sent to you. When the piece is done, we ship it out using top-rated carriers.


How long will my project take?

A project can take 4-8 weeks or more, depending on how quickly fabric is chosen, what repairs or paint treatments need to be made to a frame, shop workload, and fabric availability. Because every project is different, City Girl Arts can’t guarantee a particular time frame, but we do our best to deliver in a satisfactory manner.


Do you sell fabric?

Yes! If you are looking for top-quality upholstery and drapery fabrics, I can order whatever you want for home delivery. Come in and peruse samples, hire me for a trade showroom visit, or call me for an order. It’s easy.


Do you sell other furniture?

Yes! I frequently find fabulous antiques or vintage pieces and display them in the shop for you to purchase. Some of them may need a little TLC, which I can arrange, and some of them can go home with you immediately! Check out the As Found section of my online shop for a few examples of pieces that can be yours.


Do you have ready-made upholstered seating?

Yes! I love to design and make chairs that are ready to be placed in your home. Come in and take a look, or check out the shop!


Can I bring my own fabric for you to use to upholster a chair?

We don’t accept a customer’s own fabric. We need to be sure that a fabric’s pattern, composition, and yardage is compatible with the making and function of the piece so we prefer to consult with you and order it for you.


Will you upholster my own antique or vintage chair?

Yes, we will. We would need to look at detailed photos and assess the condition in order to best decide how to proceed. Some pieces, like more modern chairs, are not made to be reupholstered. We prefer to work with pre-1970’s pieces because the quality is set apart from more modern chairs and sofas.


Do you use foam?

Most antique and vintage seating pieces, even if they had been reupholstered with foam, adapt well to traditional upholstery methods, and deserve to be returned to their original composition. We frequently use foam in seat cushions, which are much easier to change when the foam sags or hardens. We rarely use foam in the body of the piece because of durability and chemical issues. Exceptions are mid-century modern pieces, which were designed to be made with foam.


What is traditional upholstery?

Traditional upholstery is the term for the use of old-world methods of rebuilding and stuffing a chair or sofa. These methods use hand-tied coil springs, coir fiber, horsehair, burlap, twine, and cotton, stitched to form the seat, inside back, arms, or deck under the final cover. Sometimes a loose cushion is appropriate, sometimes we form a tight seat, with a second layer of stuffing and no loose cushion, depending on the style of the chair. These methods have stood the test of time and extend the life of the piece.


Shipping FAQs:

We charge a flat rate of $350 to ship your piece to you, unless it is a small piece such as a footstool, for which we charge $150 to ship via UPS.

We carefully wrap your chair and place it with a trusted carrier.

Once shipping is scheduled, the piece can take 1 to 4 weeks to arrive at its destination, depending on route and distance.

Pickup at the studio is always free, but must be scheduled in advance.


Don't hesitate to contact us for more information or with further questions.