About The Emperors Footstool

The Emperor’s Footstool is run by Adele Hill, a trade certified upholsterer with over fifteen years in the upholstery trade.

We offer a complete service from consultancy with a free measure and quote, to choosing fabrics from her wide range of fabric houses, including Warwick, James Dunlop, Villa Textiles, Textilia, Unique Fabrics, Hemptech, to the recovery of your furniture and the finishing touches of scatter cushions, table runners and the like.

Aside from the usual furniture upholstery services, The Emperor’s Footstool also offer custom made headboards and ottomans which are designed inhouse in consultation with the customer, as well as fitted loose covers for furniture.

The Emperor’s Footstool also offers a service of interior décor consultancy, so not only do we re-upholster your chair or lounge suite, we offers tips on other areas of the home that may need attention or how to accentuate what you already have.


Adele Hill

Starting with running her own business in Papamoa , Adele spent over 6 years working for two prominent Bay of Plenty upholstery businesses, doing her ‘time on the tools’. While at one of the businesses, Adele saw the opportunity to become trade certified, as one of her workmates was doing their training.

Adele received an RCC (recognition of current competency) and passed her ‘Level 4 trade cert in Furniture Restoration and Recovery.’ After having done some years behind the benches, Adele’s real passion for textiles and customer service saw her leave to pursue being self-employed and started Emperors Footstool.

Adele has an art/design flair and back round. Having done such things as making wedding dresses to floristry and signwriting and even graphic design, Adele feels that this has all contributed to the ‘beyond just upholstery’ approach. Adele has a real design flair and an absolute passion for fabrics, colours and décor.

Dean Hill

Dean, (Adele’s husband) join the business in 2013. With his backround in light engineering, sales and business accountancy, and Dean quickly picking up the tools, his skills compliment the business greatly.

Dean has been a real asset to the business and a genuine support to Adele in the progress of Emperors Footstool.

Adele is one of the few female fully certified upholsterers in this trade in New Zealand.
This gives Adele a huge point of difference from other Upholstery businesses.