While some might view an old, weathered piece of furniture as a throw away item, Dean Ruddock visualises a new project just waiting to be brought to life.
The Bundaberg Region man has just started up Superior Upholstery Wide Bay after recently moving back to the area, transforming worn furniture into unique pieces at his workshop in Booyal.
“I have worked on probably tens of thousands of pieces of furniture in my time doing upholstery, from very small jobs to large commercial jobs involving thousands of seats for complexes,” he said.
“The part I enjoy most about what I do is taking an old piece of furniture and making it look amazing, as good as new and where possible, better.”
Dean said he began in the industry as an apprentice in 1979 before becoming trade qualified and self-employed.
“Previously I traded in Noosa for about eight years and the business had been established for 17 years prior to my purchasing it,” he said.
“I now trade from my property in Booyal.
“I offer a free pick up and delivery service in the Bundaberg Region.”
Dean said his business centred around providing a high quality and skilled furniture upholstery service for not only items like chairs and tables, but also ottomans, bed heads and more.
“While trading in Noosa I gained a reputation for being the best available and my clientele included many interior designers, architects and general people most of whom came to me due to hearing of the high standard of craftsmanship,” he said.
“I am passionate about what I do and a perfectionist with my work, I treat every job as a project to achieve the highest possible quality finish.
“I am also my greatest critic which pushes me to achieve an as close to perfect finish as possible.”
The local man said he loved creating a unique look for each piece of furniture and followed the mantra of recycle, recover, revived, reloved.
“I feel the benefits of reupholstering furniture include reducing landfill, recycling, the enjoyment of seeing a family heirloom restored – the list could go on,” he said.
“Reducing people’s dependence on a throwaway society is high on that list.”
Superior Upholstery Wide Bay is based in Booyal.
To find out more visit the business Facebook page here.
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