Plumbs is still owned and run by the same family that established the company over 50 years ago.
The commitment of the Plumb family is very much reflected in the friendly service and high levels of personal commitment exhibited by all our staff.
Today there are three generations of the Plumbs family working within the business across all areas of Marketing, Sales and Production.
Where did it all start for Plumbs – 1953
Plumbs really did start on a market stall in Blackburn selling a wide selection of decorative cushions and ‘settee sets’ – antimacassars and arm covers.
These were created by Tom and Bernice Plumb and provided a quick and cheerful pick me up for tired and worn furniture.
Huge Growth in Mail Order Covers – 1960’s
Plumbs launched a range of ‘Stretch’ fabrics and sold ready-made covers. This saw the Company expand rapidly through the 60’s.
The image to the right is an example of one of the adverts we used at this time.
High-street Adventure – 1970’s
Plumbs next move was into retail with the first Shop opening in
Bolton in 1972. Furniture with removable covers was another first for Plumbs and very quickly we had 91 shops operating throughout the country selling Furniture, Furniture Covers, Continental Bedding and a whole raft of co-ordination in Curtains and accessories all of superb quality at value for money prices.
Home Consultancy Service – 1980’s
In the 1980’s more complex furniture styles came on the market making Made to Measure furniture covers a necessity for Plumbs. A Home Consultancy Division was set up whereby a local Consultant would call to show the range and give a free quotation and product advice. If the customer wished to order, measurements and photographs would be taken and the Consultant would return to fit the covers completely free of charge.
National Re-Upholstery Service – 2003
Plumbs nationwide re-upholstery service was introduced with traditional craftsmen carrying out thorough inspections and repairs to furniture before re-upholstering with a beautiful Plumbs fabric.
Celebrating 50 years in the industry – 2010
Plumbs celebrated their 50th anniversary as an established brand in the soft furnishings industry. The company were now offering loose covers, curtains and re-upholstery across the UK.
Business Development – 2014
As the market leader for furniture covers and reupholstery the business is expanding into niche markets with a full service for made-to-measure foam and the launch of our new Total Comfort Furniture Range.