Bates French Polishing & Upholsterers

Bates French Polishing & Upholsterers

We are a family business established since 1963 and are still operating from the same premises in East Brisbane.

We specialise in restoring antique to modern furniture using top trades people with traditional skills. We can bring your treasured pieces back to life for you and future generations to enjoy and cherish.

We always work sympathetically with your furniture using aged, recycled wood and matching original hardware – such as handles and locks, re-silvering or new bevelled mirrors and leadlight repairs. We have extensive experience repairing furniture, for example, damaged chairs, drawer runners – most times replaced in hardwood for extended durability and table bases.

Bates French Polishing East Brisbane

Furniture Repairs

We can repair all kinds of furniture – chairs, wardrobes, chests of drawers, tables, sideboards, side tables – but we specialise in antiques. We can repair small chips and dents as well as larger repairs such as broken legs or smashed glass.

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Furniture Restoration

To us restoration means completely rebuilding and refinishing a piece of furniture. This includes restoring both the finish and the functionality of the piece, which means the finished work will look as it should and work as the original maker intended.

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Bates French Polishers Furniture Restoration

French Polishing

Here at Bates we are keeping alive the traditional method of french polishing furniture. We believe that this technique which ha been perfected over hundreds of years us still the best way to provide a deep, authentic lustre that is appropriate for antique furniture – in fact it is the only way.

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Bates Antique Furniture Upholstery


We specialise in providing an upholstery service for customers who appreciate high quality. Our skilled upholsters can tackle chairs, sofas and lounges and can use fabrics from a wide range of quality fabric houses such as Warwick, Wortley Group, Redelman & Harris & Nugent.

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Get in touch to see if we can help with your furniture polishing, restoration or upholstery project (07) 3391 2553