Soft Furnishings


Is there something your room is missing? Can’t put your finger on it? We can help.

A very popular facet of our business is the creation of made-to-measure bespoke soft furnishings to add that extra finishing touch to a room. The addition of soft furnishings can make a world of difference in terms of the feel of a room and this is a very popular service of ours. We are able to make a variety of furnishings from our fabric range which include traditional designs from the likes of Colefax & Fowler, Sanderson and G.P.J. Baker to modern, contemporary design houses like Designers Guild, Romo and Harlequin. We are also able to offer this as part of a wider service – each fabric collection has complementary wallpapers available so can be matched with complementary designs if desired.

Our interiors experts are available in our showroom to offer free advice to help you make the right choices for your home. We offer the same level of service for both large and small projects. We understand that it’s the little things that count, so we offer a free measuring and fitting service to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Our fabric sample books can be lent out for 48hrs to help make the decision making process easier – in fact, we recommend it. We understand that it can be difficult to chose a fabric but it often helps to see the fabrics in your own home and get a feel for them. You can visit our showroom on the Essex/Suffolk border anytime during opening hours to look through our fabrics and talk to one of our experts.

All of our curtains and soft furnishings can be embellished with any of our trimming ranges. Popular design house Sanderson have just released their own new trimming range which comes in 12 different colourways which features a range of cords, tassells and braids. They look wonderful down the leading edge of curtains, around cushions and even pelmets. Trimmings are really versatile and we have been using a lot of beading and crystals to embellish curtains and cushions this year.

Tassells look great on cushions and along the bottom of Roman blinds. Beading is very popular in children’s bedrooms as they can look really pretty against a plain furnishing.


One of the most popular forms of soft furnishings, are our cushions. Most of our handmade cushions are filled with feather pads which are preferable to foam as they sit better on furniture (especially leather sofas). Cushion sizes range from a standard 18” square (45cm) to a 20” (50cm) and even 30” (76cm) floor cushion. We also create rectangular cushions which look particularly effective on a bed. We can add cord, bobbles, beads or contrast piping around the edge and can be designed to have the main fabric on the front and a contrast fabric on the back. We are very creative and can be quite inspiring when it comes to using different sizes and shapes. To view our full range of fabrics please visit the showroom in Hatfields of Colchester.


Dean & Co. are specialists in traditional hard pelmets. We do not use glue – instead they are mounted onto pelmet board which is then screwed onto the wall. They are very strong, durable, look really effective and can be tailored to any size window. We are able to advise on shapes and designs which include straight, drop ended and cut out pelmets. With these we can trim them with piping, cording or beading, too. Each individual pelmet is handmade and bespoke to your window. These are very popular window stylings for traditional homes. To discuss the different options available please call us on 01206 571000 and speak to one of our interiors experts.


We create our own traditional crescent tiebacks shapes in colours to match or complement your curtains. They can be made with fabric piping around in the same or contrast colour or we can use cord from the trimmings range. We offer a wide selection of tassell and rope tiebacks to complement any home from from designers like Wemyss Houles, British Trimming and Rolls. Visit the showroom in Hatfields of Colchester to view the full range available.


A padded headboard, made to any shape and size you require, will enhance the interior styling of your bedroom. Our most popular style is high backed with small contemporary buttons. We are often asked to add crystal buttons for a hint of glamour and luxury. The headboard covering can be panelled from more than one fabric if desired. Our experienced upholster can make any shape or size and can also recover existing headboards.

Divan Valances

If you’re the owner of a divan bed we can make your very own bespoke valance to cover the base of your bed. We can make flat versions with kick pleats (which can look very sweet and cottagey) or gathers. It is very popular to have these in plain or striped fabric. Each made-to-measure valance is lined as standard. Visit our showroom in Colchester to view the full range of fabrics available.

Throws & Bed Scarves

Our luxurious quilted throws are very popular. They are a lovely accessory to have in a bedroom to tie a theme together. They can be quilted in a variety of styles and finishes and are made to your requirements. Alternatively, we can make a shaped bed scarf with pointed or flat ends to use as a bed runner. These are great for enhancing plain bed linen and can often be enough to dress a bed.

To discuss your soft furnishing requirments please visit our showroom in Hatfields of Colchester, Essex or call 01206 571000 to speak to one of our experts.

Mr and Mrs T in Holland-on-Sea, Essex

Dear Christopher & Staff – Just want to say thank you for all your help. Our new curtains look lovely. It was worth the long wait. So professionally made and put up so skilfully. Our grateful thanks.

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Looking for Advice or Guidance on Soft Furnishings?

Whether you’re not sure where to start or you’ve got too many ideas, We can help you. Dean & Co can offer advice on the latest trends and guide you to the ideal styles for your home, even working with your existing belongings. We will help you find the best fabrics and accessories for your home.

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Good News.  Our Showroom is re-opening on Saturday 6th June

We have a social distancing policy in place to keep our staff and customers safe.  We have hand hygeine stations and floor markings to keep you safe.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Dean & Co.

If you have any questions regarding visiting the showroom please email me on or call me on 01206 571000.


Joannah Dean