Welcome to Barrdale Furniture Restorations 


Where the love of wood never fades




Rush Seats


The rushes used for seating are harvested in July and August, dried and packed in bundles or 'bolts' between 7-8 feet long. Most of the rush we use is harvested from the fen country and the River Thames.  The raw material is the English green rush or Scirpus Cacustris Unlike caning, rush is worked with slightly damp and is continually twisted to a uniform using one, two or three strands together all knots (tying one rush to the next) are made underneath the seat.


When first completed a rushed chair has a beautiful appearance with the rush showing many shades of colour ranging from the predominant green to yellow and brown.

With time these colours fade to the fawn shade we usually associate with rush.


Rush chairs can appear deceptively simple to restore, however each rush varies in thickness and the rushes have to be woven together expertly to maintain a uniform, neatly woven appearance. There is an enormous difference between the finished product of an expert and even a craftsperson of moderate skill. The woven rush should be of uniform and also the pattern should be uniform with no gap in the centre of the seat and no sagging.














For your free quotation


T: 0113 8160230 ( Daytime )


T: 01924 356074 (Evening)


M: 07483 415299


E: info@frenchpolisherleeds.co.uk


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Why Choose Us?

We are a family run busIness based in Leeds with over 30 years experience offering:

A Professional service

Free Estimates

Insurance work

Affordable pricing

Associate members of the BDMA

Free collection & re-delivery


Contact us today!

If you have any queries or wish to make an appointment, please contact us:


Leeds 0113 8160230

Wakefield 01924 356074

Out of hours:

Mobile 07483 415299

Monday - Friday

7.30am - 7.30pm


7.00am - 5.00pm 


10.00am - 4.00pm

Or use our contact form.

Our Restoration Services Include:

Traditional French & Spray Polishing

  • Cane & Rush Seating
  • Cleaning & Reviving of Existing Finishes
  • Clock Cases & Horology
  • Colour Matching to Existing Furniture
  • Desktop Re-leathering
  • Furniture Lacquering
  • Furniture Repairs
  • Glass Replacement - Curved , Leaded & Engraved
  • Heat and Water Resistant Finishes
  • Inlays & Re-veneering
  • Leather Restoration & Re-coloring
  • Specialist Wax & Oil Finishes
  • Traditional Limed Finishes

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Barrdale Restorations 

Great George Street,


West Yorkshire,

LS1 3AJ 

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