The Brass Button

Located in Plymouth, MI, the name The Brass Button is a literary nod to Bilbo Baggins’ lost button (The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein, 1937). Sometimes things that are lost can be found (in Grandma’s attic, in the basement, along the side of the road), polished up, and made new; hence, The Brass Button.

Perhaps you have a piece that is the perfect size and shape for your space, but it’s saggy, shabby, or out of style? Maybe your cat loves your chair as much as you do? Maybe you’ve redesigned your room with a new color scheme, and the old patchwork country chair doesn’t work anymore, but you wish it did. We can update it. This is The Brass Button.


When we re-upholster we strip your piece down to the frame. New upholstery gives you a brand new piece built on your existing furniture frame. Upholstery includes inspection and replacement of springs, inspection of frame, minor frame repair, interior padding, cushions, and pillows. We do not recover existing foam or padding. When we reupholster, we use all new components.

Some of our projects are pictured below.


Are your cushions flat while your fabric is in great shape? It may be time to refill or replace your cushions. We also offer custom pillows.

Custom Home Decorating Sewing

We do draperies, slipcovers, outdoor cushions, and patio umbrellas. If you have a project in mind, please contact us.

A word about upholstery

I’m often asked if a piece is “worth” upholstering. Let’s be honest, not every piece is. Often vintage pieces are built on hardwood frames with dovetailed joints. These frames tend to hold up for many decades, even hundreds of years. High quality or fine furniture is usually built on hardwood frames. Hardwood frames can be reupholstered multiple times. Inexpensive pieces purchased in the last 30 years, typically from big box stores, or purchased from mass retailers, may be built on softwood or particle board frames. These are less likely to hold up over time.

When we reupholster, we’re not just recovering a piece. We’re rebuilding it from the frame up. If it’s a heritage piece, a family heirloom, an unusual piece, or you just want to keep that old heavy sofa out of the landfill, it’s worth a conversation.

Denise Bryan, Proprietor

Plymouth, Michigan