The Cooper family history in the upholstery business began before the war with Gerry Cooper starting as an apprentice with Mann Egerton, fitting and repairing all makes of car, from Austin to Rolls Royce. During the war he fitted canopies onto military vehicles.
After the war he decided to specialise in domestic upholstery working from a small shop in St Georges Street, Norwich. He started what became Anglian Furnishing in small wood yard off Aylsham Road in the early 1960s with just two members of staff. As demand increased he decided to expand, initially in 1966 into premises at Woodside Road and then about six years later bigger premises at Diamond Road were taken.
His range of handmade, stitched and finished suites and sofas using traditional beechwood frames from Heacham in west Norfolk were sold around the country in the late 1960s and early 1970s. At the height of demand for quality furniture Anglian Furnishing employed about fifty staff and made up to 350 suites a week until a disastrous fire put paid to the business.
Gerry started Norfolk Upholstery, specialising in traditional upholstery with his son Michael Cooper in 1974 from a small unit in Hevingham. It quickly became successful and only a year later moved to a new factory in Javelin Road on the Norwich Airport Industrial Estate.
In 2013 Michael’s son Karl joined Norfolk Upholstery and started to modernise the business, moving it to Europa Way, bringing in new ideas and installing new equipment, while still maintaining the traditional skills and values that have always been the backbone of Norfolk Upholstery.
Since 1974 we have had the good fortune to have worked on thousands of amazing projects, to have upholstered furniture for all over the UK, Europe and America, from large prestigious hotels to a small nursing chair, from large antique Chesterfield sofas to modern events display pieces and each one has been given the same exact care and detailed attention.