Our Story


"We can only do what we do because everyone goes the extra mile to deliver the quality and care that we are known for."


 Who is John Sankey?


In the 1950’s John Sankey founded an upholstery business, famous for its quality and comfort, based here in the heartland of British upholstery; Long Eaton in Derbyshire. Today we are John Sankey - a family owned business since 1992. Some of us worked for the original company, and so did our dads, and the next generation are beginning to come on board now with our apprenticeship scheme. 


Original John Sankey factoryUpholstery tools in the John Sankey workshop

The original John Sankey workshop in the 1950's and some of the original tools, still in use today.


We have a sense of pride in every skill in the workshop and in each other. We are perfectionists - some of the most important time spent on your sofa will be thinking and discussing time.


 Ian one of John Sankey's upholsterers at workUpholstery at John Sankey


The design process is what makes our products stand out from the crowd. Every design we offer is the result of painstaking research; drawing on historical shapes but designed for contemporary living. Many prototypes will be created before they pass the test as we are devoted to achieving the best possible comfort.


"Our design process is to look into history, to look at styles and designs from around the world and then bring these influences together; creating new shapes to suit real people who will enjoy them every day."


Our fabric collection is off-the-scale – we have scoured the world for leathers, velvets, flat weaves and romantic florals – so that you can create a unique piece of furniture that expresses the real you.


 The John Sankey fabric collection of velvets plain weaves floral prints wool checks


Why choose John Sankey?


 A John Sankey piece is unique - Beautifully designed and covered with your choice of fabric, hand-made by some of the sharpest minds in upholstery.


Spaced studding detail on the Tuxedo SofaJohn Sankey upholstery


A John Sankey piece is for life - We are so confident in the quality of our furniture and the strength of our frames we offer a lifetime guarantee for frames and springs.


A Matilda Sofa hard wooden frame being builtLeg finish being applied in the spray shop


The John Sankey way is slow manufacturing - Putting the time, skill and passion into making every detail of your piece successful.


How can I own a John Sankey piece?



Planning your own sofa is quite a voyage of discovery so we partner with expert furniture retailers and interior designers who advise and support you, and handle the sale. However you can visit us at our showrooms to view the full range of pieces, above the workshop where we make them.


You choose the piece you love, select one of our fabrics (or specify your own fabric) and place the order with your retailer. We then work to make your vision the best it could possibly be.


We deliver to the retailer so that they can manage the specialist job of delivering your unique piece into your home.

And then?

Fall in love with your sofa - we want you to feel about your furniture the way we feel when we make it.


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