Time to Refresh and Renew – Restoration and reupholstery of Heirloom Furniture – with Wills Furniture.

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With lockdown causing all of us to spend much more time at home and indoors than normal, it may become obvious that the family Lounge Suite, the dining chairs or the occasional furniture is in dire need of some love and attention. Whether it’s recovering, new cushioning, re-springing or attention to the framing, Wills Furniture is the right choice in terms of restoration and reupholstery.

Heirloom Antiques and well preserved upholstered furniture can provide a difficult dilemma. Do you repair, restore and reupholster? Or do you simply replace it with new furniture, fashioned traditionally by skilled craftsmen and artisans, using the tried and true methods and materials of the trade?

Often it comes down to the real condition of the piece being considered. Is it merely cosmetic – fabric, springs, webbing or cushioning? Or is it substantial – the frame, the actual integrity of the piece? For instance, if the frame is insect ridden (wood borers or termites) there is really no purpose in restoring it. In this case the Wills team can advise you of a suitable replacement piece.

Wills Furniture, with over 80 years experience in furniture construction and restoration can provide you with a thorough, honest and knowledgeable assessment. If you decide to proceed with restoration, the Wills team of craftsmen and women will restore your furniture piece to its former glory.

Our artisans – upholsterers, machinists and seamstresses will repair and restore the entire piece of furniture, not just its coverings. The Wills team take prided in faithful restorations of exquisite heirloom pieces, recreating the luxury and comfort of the past for your enjoyment. At Wills, we reupholster and repair lounge suites, sofas, dining chairs, bedheads and ottomans, returning them to you in better condition probably than when first built. It becomes that feature piece of furniture you are simply proud to own and display, but more importantly to sit on and enjoy.

Wills Furniture maintains a strong connection with the craftsmanship and artisanship of the trade in earlier times through the stewardship and direction of Paul Newham, the son of the original upholsterers from the Newham family – the creators of the Wills Furniture range. The same rigid quality standards of the original factory are maintained today ensuring the same gold stamp of excellence identifies a Wills Furniture creation or restoration.

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You can arrange a visit to the Wills Factory and Showrooms at 6 Guest St, Hawthorn by calling 03 9815 0111 or by leaving your details here. During the current lockdown period we require visits to be by appointment only. However you can send photographs of your treasured furniture to us via email after contact and we can proceed from there.

At Wills Furniture, we offer excellence in Design, Luxury and Comfort.

Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.

In Adversity, at Wills Furniture there is Opportunity – The Seattle Sofa – Make A Bid!

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With everyone either at home or severely restricted in their movements during the Covid-19 Lockdown, now is the time to consider your living spaces and furniture in your home. To make for a more interesting time we are introducing the Wills Furniture weekly Auction. Each week an exciting opportunity will occur when a beautiful piece of Wills Furniture from the fabulous Wills Collection will be offered for sale.

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The Seattle Sofa – 2000mm – in Emerald Green Velvet PLACE A BID

The reserve price is greatly reduced on normal pricing. To enter your bid at the reserve or higher, place your bid in the comments section under the ‘Auction post’ on our FB page here. The auction will end on Thursday the 23rd of April.

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The Seattle Sofa – 2000mm – in Emerald Green Velvet PLACE A BID


The Wills Furniture story is no recent event. The team at Wills continue to produce premium upholstered furniture using the tried and true methodologies handed down through generations of the family business. Real quality, finesse and attention to detail, yet a recognition of modern trends in fabrics, colours and designs.

Pictured here is a beautiful Columbia Wing Chair created for Newham Interiors. The client resides at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. The fabric selected is from Mokum in a vintage velvet, colour ‘Lapis’.



Following traditional upholstery methods, Wills chair and sofa frames are made from Australian hardwood timbers, blocked and dowelled for strength and rigidity. Sink into the luxuriant feel of the unique cushion inserts, which are a blend of feather fibre casing covering a combination of memory foam core. Any fabric or leather of your choosing will be used to cover your selected style. For your viewing pleasure please view a few more examples from the Wills Collection…

The Suffolk


Classic club arm designed sofa with T shaped front cushion. Traditional hand sprung seating, and Australian hardwood timber framing. For a contemporary look choose polished timber block feet or for a more classic design choose the fully lined tailored valance.

The Wesley


Scoop scroll arm with large hand studding detail, polished, tapered timber legs with bronze castors. Upholstered in leather, this style is the ideal sofa for a cigar room (whilst enjoying cognac or playing billiards).



Traditional diamond buttoning creates comfort in this chesterfield styled sofa. The merry widow design large, splayed out scroll arms with inset piping detail creates a classic, handsome look. This sofa can be finished with chunky timber legs and piano sized castors or tailored skirts.

The Wimmera


A perfect family room sofa with its chunky scroll arms and full roll back. Solid, highly polished hardwood timber feet complete this low maintenance sofa. Comfort is assured with the sumptuous feather fibre back cushions.  It can be covered in chenille for warmth or a light linen finish for the beach house.

Any of these sofas can be customised to the sizing required, Wills Furniture are only too happy to make modifications to suit your seating requirements. All sofas in their range are available as two seaters with two legs or three seaters with three legs, and one also available as a chair.

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Please call 03 9815 0111 and book an appointment now for a thorough consultation on all your upholstered furniture requirements. Or leave your details here and one of our staff members will get back to you ASAP.

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Our showrooms are located at 6 Guest St Hawthorn. You are welcome to visit and inspect but please call first and make an appointment. Wills Furniture acknowledges the recommendations and requirements of the Federal and State Health Departments on Social Distancing and ongoing hygiene during the Covid-19 Lockdown. Hand Sanitisers and wipes available at all times for visitors.

And remember to always choose Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.

Easter – A time for reflection this year.

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With the current situation influencing many people to ‘stay home’ this Easter, for those people with holiday homes this time usually was the last opportunity to ‘get away’ before the winter sets in.

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It’s a good time to contemplate your furnishings – lounge suites, dining suites, and occasional chairs. It may well be a great time or opportunity to repair, refresh or renew. Wills Furniture can help. Whether it’s full restoration to exacting standards or the selection of a brand new Sofa, Armchairs, and Ottoman from the Wills Collection, let’s make sure self isolation is both comfortable and enjoyable.

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For over 80 years Wills Furniture has been creating the most comfortable of chairs – Armchairs, Dining Chairs, Tub Chairs and Bar Stools. It’s a case of take a seat – a supremely comfortable seat, manufactured and finished in traditional fashion by genuine craftsmen and artisans – at Wills Furniture the way it’s always been done. Patiently, with precision, using time honoured methods.

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A classic chair made by craftsmen using traditional techniques and upholstered for comfort and style is a thing of beauty. It becomes the focus within a room or matches perfectly the sumptuous sofa and ottoman in fabric and shape. The chairs in the Classic Collection at Wills Furniture lift the design elements of a room to new heights. Constructed from eucalypt hardwood, F7 Victorian Ash which is hand-picked and kiln dried, the frames are dowelled, glued and cramp joined, with sturdy corner blocks. Hand sprung hourglass steel coils, sprung edge seats, jute webbing, hand laced and finished with a stitched edge, our seating is supremely comfortable and made to last!

The Adelaide Chair


This classic English design has a claw style arm and is available with a tight fitted back, coil sprung or a loose back cushion. It is elegant with polished legs with brass castors or choose a more ladylike option with a pleated skirt (fully lined) or even a combination of both, if desired.

The Alexandra Chair


This occasional chair has a sprung fitted seat with quaint scroll arms, and a curved, filled back for sumptuous comfort. Once again you have a choice of polished legs or a skirted finish.

The Annabel Chair


This lovely bedroom chair is a compact size to fit the boudoir. Its armless design features a traditional deep diamond buttoned back. It has a coil sprung seat and tailored skirt.

The Auburn Chair


This wing chair is an optimal size with square, compact arms in a sleek, flowing design with twin piping on the arms. The chair is complemented by fine, elegant legs and brass castors. Sumptuous feather cushions and a uniquely designed coil sprung lumbar support back ensure comfort plus seating.

Simply select the design of your choice from our Wills Furniture Collection and the fabric of your choice from any fabric supplier to create a designer seat for your interior space.

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Wills Furniture acknowledges and follows the guidance and recommendations of both Federal and State Government Health Departments. Social distancing in the Wills Showrooms is strictly administered with visits being by appointment only. Hand Sanitiser and wipes are available at all times.

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Call now on 9815 0111 and book an appointment to view our showroom at 6 Guest St Hawthorn or leave your contact details here and we’ll contact you to make a time that suits you. Virtual conferencing is also available with details to be supplied in the coming week.

Wills Furniture – Design, Luxury, Comfort – Simply the best.

Wills Furniture – An Australian Icon


With the Australian economy now in lockdown it’s worth considering the value of local industry and manufacturing. The Wills Furniture Company has been established and operating for well over 80 years. It is entirely an Australian operation locally based in Hawthorn, Melbourne. It employs skilled artisans – upholsterers, framers, seamstresses. It trains apprentices in these skills for the future.


The COVID-19 virus puts restrictions on our lives. Wills Furniture recognise the current Government Health Department regulations and ensure that social distancing and hygiene are maintained to the standards required. Our showroom remains open but by prearranged appointment only. Hand sanitiser and wipes are provided.

For many this is a time for contemplation. Spending time at home may spark your desire to refresh and renew your current lounge suite, sofa and accessories.


Take the time to browse our Wills Collection and its superb selection of both Classic and Contemporary Furniture – sofas, armchairs, occasional chairs, ottomans, dining chairs and more. In selecting the Wills Collection, you are supporting local industry here in Australia and saving jobs.

This week we review the Wills Collection’s selection of Classic Design Sofas and Armchairs. For heritage and period architecture the Wills Classic Collection provides the authenticity and timeless beauty that completes the interior fit out, look and feel of such a home.


The Wills Collection represents a refined selection of stylish designs that offer genuine luxury and supreme comfort. From the classic Clivedon and Adelaide Sofas through to the more informal St Pierre, the Amelia and the Sheffield – Wills offers an exquisite range of individual styles, fabrics and finishing from which to choose.

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Naturally with our Classic Sofas we offer a full range of Classic Chairs – Armchairs, Occasional Chairs and bedroom classics.

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All Wills Furniture is handcrafted using the finest of fabric, leathers and solid framing with sumptuous cushioning. Minor modifications to suit floor plans and necessary alterations are possible – simply notify us prior to your final order.

Wills Furniture maintains a strong connection with the craftsmanship and artisanship of the trade in earlier times through the stewardship and direction of Paul Newham, the son of the original upholsterers from the Newham family – the creators of the Wills Furniture range. The same rigid quality standards of the original factory are maintained today.


You can arrange a visit to the Wills Factory and Showrooms at 6 Guest St, Hawthorn by calling 03 9815 0111 or by leaving your details here.

At Wills Furniture, we offer excellence in Design, Luxury and Comfort. And to all our clients, friends and suppliers, take care and stay well.

Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.