About our factory
With a history dating back almost a century, our factory is renowned within the upholstery industry for its excellence. We also hold our carpentry in very high regard – we still use the traditional glued, screwed and dowelled method that we’ve been using for decades. It’s the combination of craftsmanship and thoughtful materials that results in timeless furniture that you will want to keep for life.
Nottingham has been the home of British upholstery for decades, and our connection with Long Eaton starts in 1921, when upholsterer apprentice F.C Wade struck out on his own and opened a factory on Wellington Street. This historical location is where all of our beautiful furniture is still made to this day. Comfortable sofas and statement chairs weren’t the first soft furnishings to land in Long Eaton. The cotton-spinning industry was where the majority of the people in Long Eaton found employment, followed by the boom of lace manufacturing. At the start of 1830, Long Eaton was renowned across the world for its high-quality production of lace. Fast-forward to the present day and the reputation and respect of Long Eaton within the upholstery and interior design industries still holds strong.
We are immensely proud that our sofas are all entirely manufactured in the UK. As well as being locally made, our hardwood frames are also ethically sourced from managed forests to help preserve the environment. The steel that makes our coiled springs is sprung by hand at the factory, giving our seating the cloud-like bounce that the Bardolph sofa has become famous for. Attention to detail is paramount at our factory, with every task undertaken by skilled experts – even down to the painting of the legs. Each piece of wood is individually painted by our exceptional craftsmen and women to make sure they’re the perfect colour, whether it’s the rich chestnut on a Cartwright armchair, or the light natural glaze on an Aragon sofa.
From Our Family to Yours
The old adage ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ doesn’t apply at our factory – we have whole generations of families working side by side. Mark is Head of Product Development, and making quality sofas is all he knows – he’s been part of our family for 40 years. He began as an apprentice at the factory and to this day is a vital starting point for many of our beautiful sofas.
What makes your sofa unique to you and your home is the fabric you choose to upholster it in. Whether you choose a vibrant Raspberry or a more muted Marmotte, know that our fabric designers Sarah and Alex have scoured Europe to make sure that each of our fabrics are the very best. Sarah has worked in the furniture industry for almost 15 years, making her the perfect person to head up the Arlo & Jacob fabric team. Up-and-coming fabric designer Alex gives Arlo & Jacob an insider edge – she helps to make sure that we offer timeless fabrics that are popular now and will continue to be in years to come.
We’ve introduced you to people who make sure things are in place before you even buy your sofa, but what happens once you place your order? It’s likely that it goes through the capable hands of Diane. As sewing room manager, she leads the team of skilled tradeswomen who sew together the pieces of fabric using techniques they mastered as young girls.
Trevor is our buttoning expert. If you’ve ever wondered how we get the buttoning on the Grantley armchair just-so, it’s all down to the expert fingers of Trevor. He expertly places each button on the back-piece (starting from the second row, believe it or not) and creates the beautiful deep buttoning that you see on our finished products.