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Material Things

Portsmouth, Hampshire
+Approved member since 2013

Services and skills

  • Curtains / Blinds / Shutters

    13 skills

    Awnings / Canopies

    Blind Supplier

    Blind Supply & Fit

    Conservatory Blinds

    Curtain Poles / Tracks

    Electric / Remote Blinds

    Made to Measure Blinds

    Made to Measure Curtain

    Made to Measure Curtain / Blinds

    Made to Measure Shutters

    Plantation Shutters

    Roof Blinds

    Wooden Shutters

  • Furniture Repair / Restoration

    1 skill


  • Services

    5 services

    • Domestic Work
    • Commercial Work
    • Free Estimates
    • Cards Accepted
    • Insurance Work Undertaken


Customer reviews

Overall ratingin last 12 months

9.94Write a review
  • Workmanship9.91 out of 10
  • Tidiness9.96 out of 10
  • Reliability9.92 out of 10
  • Courtesy9.96 out of 10
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466 Total Reviews

The reviews below represent customers' views and not the views of Checkatrade

  • Vertical blinds fited

    10Verified Review

    So very professional in everyway. So pleased I had this company to measure and fit my blinds. Thankyou Dan and Simon

    Location: PO20
  • Chair Upholstery

    10Verified Review

    Excellent, friendly service from start to finish. My tatty old armchair has been transformed. Bob & Keith who delivered it back took time to tell me the history of what turned out to be a special piece of furniture. Great upholstery - We highly recommend Material Things.

    Location: PO17
  • Manufacture and installation of awning.

    10Verified Review

    Everything about our experience with Material Things was excellent. Dan visited us at home to show us what was available - we had a good discussion and there was no hard sell. The day of installation was excellent. Dan and Simon fitted the awning beautifully and we are so pleased with the outcome. They were also a real pleasure to have around. I would highly recommend this company.

    Location: PO9
  • Reupholstered furniture and repair to sofa

    10Verified Review

    Excellent service. Completed on time with an excellent product finish. Very professional courteous delivery staff a pleasure to deal with.

    Location: PO16
  • New sofas

    10Verified Review

    When choosing the new sofas we found Stuart to be very helpful, knowledgeable and extremely amenable. The two delivery drivers Bob and Keith were efficient and courteous despite having to carry in the new heavy sofas as well as removing our equally heavy old ones. The quality of our new sofas - Himolla - is excellent and they are extremely comfortable. We would certainly recommend the company and use again in the future.

    Location: SO32
  • Reupholstered sofa including collect and delivery.


    Have used Material Things before and the service and quality of work is always excellent. We had a sofa reupholstered which included collect and delivery. Throughout, the advice when choosing the fabric and quality of workmanship has been first class. All the staff involved were very punctual, polite, friendly and helpful. We will certainly use them again and recommend them to our friends.

    Location: PO16

Company profile

  • OwnerMr Malcolm Gingell
  • Member Since2013
  • Public Liability InsuranceSelf-Certified
  • AccreditationsChecked
  • AddressChecked
  • IdentityChecked
  • Checkatrade T&C'sSigned
  • VATYes: 339049346
  • Company typeLtd Company

Company info

Material Things is a family run business with over 40 years of experience in the design and manufacture of beautiful hand-made suites and occasional furniture. Offering a range of services designed to provide you and your home with an expert touch and stunning look, they are the best in the business when it comes to everything from gorgeous handmade curtains and crafted blinds through to entire interior design consultation. The Fellowship of The Association of Master Upholsterers awarded to Malcolm Gingell who has been acknowledged of his outstanding services to the Ancient Craft of Upholstery and to the Association.

Their large showroom in Farlington, Portsmouth contains the highest quality major brands of sofas, chairs, carpets, curtains, blinds, and soft furnishings which will brighten any room in your home. They stock a wide variety of high-quality furniture brands including Parker Knoll, G Plan, & Stressless, in addition to their own Bowes & Hill brand.

They also have carpets available from Westex, Victoria and Ulster. In fact, everything you need to make a perfect home is all under one roof. Also accommodating the biggest selection of fabrics and leathers in the south, they ensure you are spoilt for choice.

Material Things are renowned for their quality, style, and attention to detail, which is why their customers love them. They ‘go beyond what is expected’, offer ‘excellent advice’ and are always ‘highly recommended’. They pride us on being ‘The Finest Furniture Showroom in the South’ and always aim to exceed customer expectations and provide beautiful furniture and a friendly service that customers won’t forget.

Services they offer are:

  • Re-Upholstery
  • Blinds
  • Awnings
  • Shutters
  • Handmade Sofas
  • Parker Knoll
  • G Plan
  • Stressless
  • Re-upholstery
  • Curtains
  • Carpets

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