All of our footstools are made entirely by hand by skilled British craftsmen in England.

About Patricia Alban

I set up The Bespoke Footstool Company out of demand for bespoke footstools through my bespoke chair business. I began to receive a steady stream of commissions, and so it was an obvious decision for me - I am passionate about them. All of our footstools are designed by me, and created by hand and made entirely by British craftsmen.

"... functional, adaptable, cohesive as well as holding their own as little "works of art", they are my passion." Patricia Alban

I have been in the upholstery business for over 18 years. I trained at an advanced level at the London Guildhall University (previously the London College of Furniture) under master Upholsterers Alan Kirk (formerly upholsterer at the Oad Street Craft Centre, Kent), Malcolm Hopkins (author of Upholstery: the Complete Guide) and Alex Law (author of Quick and Easy Upholstery: 15 projects). I have won national upholstery awards including President's Award for best piece overall in al craft categories presented by The Workshipful Company of Upholders and The Association of Master Upholsterers in 2005.

I have had a diverse career, including a spell at Bruce Upholstery of SW London, whose clients include Knoll, Liberty and Chelsea Harbour. In 2006, I set up Alban Upholstery; the business enjoyed bespoke upholstery commissions along with varied re-upholstery projects from Victorian iron-back Crinoline chairs to iconic modernist pieces such as Ernest Race Heron Chairs.
As well as undertaking commissions for private clients, The Bespoke Footstool Comapany also works with interior designers and retailers. The Bespoke Footstool Company is a full member of the Association of Master Upholsterers.

Customer Reviews

Client: Jane W
Project Date: June 2020
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Patricia uses the highest standards of traditional craftsmanship and artistry in her work and we are absolutely delighted with our beautiful new stool. It is exactly what we had hoped for and better! Patricia was a pleasure to work with, she helped guide us through the entire process of designing the stool, ensuring we clearly understood everything from start to finish. She was great at communicating, sending updates and photos and keeping us posted on delivery times (even during lockdown!). I would not hesitate to recommend Patricia and The Bespoke Footstool Company.

Client: Kate Ide
Project Date: April 2019
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I have worked with The Bespoke Footstool Company for many years. They have upholstered antique pieces and made new chairs and stools for me and for my clients. Once again they have excelled in producing a footstool which far exceeded my expectations. The project was completed within budget and deadline and when it arrived it was superbly wrapped so that everything was in perfect order. I had asked Patricia to use an antique paisley shawl to create a large footstool on bobble legs. The shawl had a delicate fringe which I did not want to lose and Patricia carefully and cleverly hand sewed it into the border which she had also manipulated to fit all around the stool. Patricia has a real feel for the fabrics and design and understands intuitively what I am trying to achieve. She 'gets it' and always comes up with a creative solution to achieve the right result. For that reason, she is a delight to work with. Her skill and workmanship is second to none and her enthusiasm and reliability give full confidence that the finished product will almost certainly be better than the original idea.

Client: rollolizrawlings
Project Date: June 2017
Project Price: less than £1,000
I am so thrilled with my beautiful bespoke footstool/ottoman. The quality of Patricia's work is superb, she is a true craftswomen and takes such pride and care in her work, which is reflected in the end result. The beech frame and beautiful turned legs which were stained and waxed to the colour of my choice, are so superior to anything else I have seen on the market. Having done a lot of research into footstools, i discovered the Bespoke Chair Company were very competitvely priced and i cannot recommend Patricia highly enough.

Client: Paul Foulkes
Project Date: April 2017
Project Price: £1,000 – £9,999
The Bespoke Chair Company provided excellent service in designing and supplying a unique piece of furniture - tailored for our requirements. Patricia listens to her Clients and delivers excellent quality products.

Client: Kaye S Osborne
Project Date: December 2017
Project Price: less than £1,000
Thank you Patricia for a great service. I have been thrilled with my foot stall. Both the frame and the upholstery have been to the highest standards. Thank you for your advice and time at every step of the way.

Client: Redotomman
Project Date: December 2016
Project Price: less than £1,000
Very professional service from start to finish of project. Involved us at all stages of the design process so we ended up with a furnished ottoman built perfectly that exactly matched our initial vision. Great attention to detail too. We would not hesitate to use this company again.

Client: Simon Field
Project Date: July 2017
Project Price: £1,000-£3,000
Patricia's work is maticulious and she is very helpful. A joy to work with.


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