Wilson-Babb Upholstery is a family business operating in Memphis, Tennessee for over 65 years. The company was founded by Ernest Wilson on April 1st, of 1935. In the days before mass produced furniture, Mr. Wilson crafted by hand. He counted among his clients the famous Memphis landmark Peabody Hotel.

Through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Wilson’s company developed a reputation as one of the highest quality shops in Memphis. It was during this period that Wilson’s grandson J. Eric Babb joined the company. Eric was schooled in traditional upholstery techniques, as Wilson refused to accept such modern conveniences as staple guns. Eric confesses that he spent a lot of his youth “spitting tacks.”

As Eric took the reigns of his grandfather’s company, he witnessed the growing influence of mass production.  “Basically, furniture became too cheap. Manufacturers are building for price points instead of quality, and much of what was being produced simply is not worth reupholstering.”

Eric is committed to continuing the company’s legacy of  high-quality, detail-oriented upholstery.  In the 1990’s Babb began to focus his attention on producing high-quality custom furniture. Marrying the upholstery skills he learned from his grandfather with his own woodworking ability, Babb and his staff continue to create truly unique furniture for customers throughout the mid-south.

  1. The best place to have any furniture built or recovered. Highly recommend them.


    1. Thank you Linda! We appreciate your kind words and are so happy that you are pleased with our work.


  2. Do you give quotes via email? I have a club chair that needs to be upholstered.


    1. Hi Benita, thank you for your interest! We are happy to furnish a quote via email. If possible, please send pictures. The email address is johnebabb@gmail.com. We will respond as quickly as possible.


  3. Kathy Spencer😍 March 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Please contact me in reference to upholstery of two love seats and an ottoman.

    VERY INTERESTED or calll (901) 378-0017


    1. We would be glad to furnish an estimate for upholstery of your love seats and ottoman. If you could send pictures of the 3 items to our email (johnebabb@gmail.com), we can use the pictures to furnish an estimate. Thank you!


  4. Do you recover boat seats?


  5. How do I get an estimate?


    1. Please send photos of the furniture for a labor estimate to our email – johnebabb@gmail.com. Thank you:)


  6. In an effort to keep my furniture looking decent during my 5 kids teenage years, I reupholstered in fabric meant for outdoor use. Nice looking enough-but not comfortable at all. This time I want to cover my club chair and 2 matching ottoman in fabric I love!

    We also have 2 antique drop leaf tables. The legs look as good as the day we bought them. However years of meals, drinks, arts and crafts, etc.~ we want to have just the tops refinished. Do you do that? If so ~do I send photos along with my other furniture to be upholstered, or just send you the dimensions?

    Thanks, Katharine Spann


    1. We do not do refinishing, but would love to help with your upholstery. Will you send photos of the furniture along with any requirements or questions that you have to our work email please? It is johnebabb@gmail.com


  7. Catherine S. Hamilton August 27, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Do you refinish leather? I have two club chairs, both need some work on the leather and one needs both arm rests reupholstered.


    1. We do not refinish leather. We are not able to upholster only the arm rests. Sorry we cannot help! Thank you for checking with us.


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