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5 Things to Consider When Having Your Dental Chair Upholstered

Dental chairs are specialist pieces of equipment that can be extremely costly to replace. If yours has seen better days then an alternative may be to have it revitalised with a specialist in healthcare upholstery. We can help you with this and advise on the entire process, as well as carry out the job at our workshop and ship back to you anywhere in the UK. There are, however, lots of things to consider when having your dental chair reupholstered. We’ve put together 5 key things to be mindful of so you can make an informed decision. For more information, get in touch with us today and we’ll be glad to help!

1 - Comfort

Even a routine checkup can be a stressful or anxiety ridden experience for some patients. Ensuring they are as comfortable as possible is key to keeping this stress to a minimum. If your dentist’s chair is well upholstered in a premium fabric, with high a quality foam inner, your patients will be much more relaxed and their experience will be much better.

When you choose to have your chair upholstered by us, you also get to choose from massive stock of over 4000 different fabrics and a variety of foams, giving you complete control over the look and feel of your equipment. We’ll be able to advise you on the best choices, as well as those that are suitable for a dental environment, and provide a competitive quote for the work to be done.

2 - Hygiene and Cleaning

Hygiene is a primary concern in any healthcare environment, so it’s crucial to ensure the furniture in your office, and especially your dental chair, is upholstered in a material that’s easy to clean. The most commonly used materials are vinyl or leather. They’re easy to spray down with antibacterial agents and won’t absorb them or any other liquids (such as moisture from a patient’s skin or clothes). Both vinyl and leather are resistant to creasing, so potential contaminants won’t become stuck in the folds of the material. They also happen to be soft and comfortable to sit or lie on, so they fit well with the first point about ensuring a patient’s comfort and ease of mind.


At South West Upholstery, we stock a huge range of suitable fabrics from reputable suppliers like Agua Fabrics. We can provide fabrics with built in anti-microbial properties to offer you additional peace of mind. These will prevent the transmission of harmful bacteria and viruses from surfaces to people and are a vital addition to any healthcare environment. We can upholster any of your furniture with these fabrics, not just your dental chair. They look great too! If you need more advice on this then please do give us a call.

3 - Durability

During the course of its life, a dental chair is likely to be used by thousands of patients. Since it will be in constant use throughout the day, making sure the chair is durable is key and its upholstery plays a key role in this. Choose a material that is resistant to wear and staining. Dyes can easily transfer from clothes and can be very difficult to remove. A dull, stained or worn out chair immediately creates a bad aesthetic in your office and may cause a patient to feel uneasy.



Aside from a durable material, make sure the chair is upholstered to a high standard. When you work with us, you can be assured that you’re choosing a company with a wealth of experience and a team of specialists. We’ve been upholstering furniture for over 24 years now and the quality of our work speaks for itself. Why not give us a call to find out more? We’ll be happy to provide you with advice and a quote. There are no obligations so you have nothing to lose!

4 - Style

Your office or clinic needs to be a welcoming place for your patients. As arguably the centrepiece, your dental chair itself is crucial to this. It needs to be upholstered with high quality workmanship, in a premium material that’s in keeping with the rest of your facility. First impressions count for a lot, so if your patient steps into a stylish, welcoming environment, their mind will already be at ease and they’ll have much more confidence in the standard of your treatment.


If you’re stuck for ideas or are unsure on how best to integrate your dental chair into your office, then please do get in touch. Not only do we offer a complete upholstery service, we can also provide interior design guidance so that you get everything you need in one place. We can take all the stress away from the process and completely transform your space. Find out more about our interior design services here.

5 - Price

Price will always be one of the most important considerations when choosing to replace or refresh a piece of furniture. In an ideal world price would be no object, however that just isn’t feasible for most people. The good news is that having a piece reupholstered is almost always cheaper than replacing it, and we can offer you a range of options to suit almost any budget. When you get in touch and ask us for a quote, we’ll work with you to understand what you need, what you’d like and what the best option is for your budget. All our pricing is bespoke to the job and we do our best to be as flexible as possible. Why not call our team and see what we can do for you?

We hope you’ve found this guide helpful. Dental chairs play such an important role in the overall patient experience, so making sure yours is well maintained is key! For more information, or to enquire about working with us on your next project, get in touch at one of the links below. If you’d like to send us pictures of your current chair, you can click the link or scan the QR code to start a chat with us on WhatsApp. We’re looking forward to working with you!