Case Study: New upholstery for Aspers Casino in Stratford

Leather and fabric sofas within the foyer of a casino


Working in conjunction with a local joinery company, Furniture Clinic North East provided the upholstery element to a complete makeover of Aspers Casino in Stratford.

Project objective

Aspers Casino contracted Dakota House of Design to transform an area of their existing casino floor into a new bar/lounge. The space needed to be screened off to feel more private when you were in there but still allowing views into the space with Sport displayed from every angle. The brief was to design a Soho house feel with warm plush velvets and rustic worn leathers. The subsequent contract with Furniture Clinic North East was to provide new furniture and banquette seating throughout.

Project activities

Eight staff from Furniture Clinic North East worked on the project including joiners, upholsterers and machinists. Several different fabrics were used to upholster four different types of seating: straight seating, curved booths, dining chairs and high stools.

Straight seating  Curved booth  Dining chairs  High stools

All fabrics were chosen by Dakota House of Design including:

  • ILP Antique Tudor Mustard – a unique leather with a special top finish, designed to crack when stressed, to reveal an authentic antique look
  • Villa Nova Mira Russett – a crushed velvet with a luxurious pile that is soft to the touch
  • Arley House of Maroc Col 21 Amber – a velvet chenilled design inspired from the rich colours and textures of Morocco

ILP Antique Tudor Mustard  Villa Nova Mira Russett  Arley House of Maroc Col 21 Amber

Working alongside these two companies, the role of Furniture Clinic was to provide the upholstery services which they successfully completed over eight weeks.

Project outcome

About 40 items were upholstered in total and this project has resulted in a further contract to upholster all the seating for Aspers Casino in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Leather and fabric sofas  Restaurant area  Re-upholstered bar stools

Who was involved?

Overall interior design was project managed by Dakota House of Design Newcastle and the joinery was done by PCN Construction Blaydon who then contracted Furniture Clinic North East to undertake the upholstery work.

Furniture Clinic North East is one of our UK Franchises based in County Durham. They were established in 2008 and now employ 22 people in a range of different roles.


On completion of the project, Paul Cavanagh, Director of Furniture Clinic North East, said:

“This was a very well organised build, we were given plenty of time to upholster the furniture with all of the materials arriving with no delays.

When you see the after photos and how all the colours and design pull together it really does give you job satisfaction.”

In summarising the project, Michaela Jerwood, Interior Designer at Dakota House of Design, said:

“Bespoke furniture pieces were used to give an eclectic feel with subtle worn patterns. The bar creates a statement feature, oversized reclaimed lights at either side and aged brass finishes give an antique feel with warm timbers. Central to the space an oversized rug framed the central lounge area, the ceiling being a mix of tin tiles and timber planks, rafts dropped into the central space with oversized feature pendant lights.”