Charlotte-area upholsterer has members' needs covered
Family and fabric go hand in hand for the Byrums. Before Harold Byrum started his upholstering company with his wife, Barbara, he served in the Army and worked at a furniture store. The two launched Byrum’s Upholstering in 1968. Barbara did office work and helped out by learning to sew in the basement of their home.
In 1971, they moved to Belmont, N.C. and bought the building out of which they still work. Eventually, their company became a family business. Their daughters, Rhonda Harmon and Tina Leong, joined the company in 1985 and 2001, respectively. Their grandson, Devin Byrum, started working there part-time while in high school and now plans to continue in his grandfather’s footsteps.
Owners Harold and Barbara Byrum of Belmont, N.C. founded the company in 1968. They earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2012.
Leong says the upholstery business has its ups and downs depending on the economy. “We have been very fortunate to keep steady during the slow times and covered up when everything is good,” she says. In the last two years, the company has grown to include five full-time and two part-time employees.
In addition to upholstery, Byrum’s makes slipcoverings, headboards, ottomans and pillows.
Byrum’s recently crafted a happy customer out of Clover, S.C., member Vicki Powell. “I had a love seat, sofa, chair and ottoman to be slipcovered,” she says. “I’m so glad I found them. Their pricing is per piece and I think very reasonable. They make slipcovers like they were made years ago, correctly with piping and made to fit. My almost-40-year-old sofa and love seats look new — as do the chair and ottoman, which are probably 60 years old.”
Robert Goldman called Byrum’s to reupholster his three-cushion couch and six dining room chair seats. “Byrum’s was as good as it gets,” the Waxhaw member says. “They picked up the couch on time, completed the work in one week and did an excellent job of delivering the finished couch and putting the chair seats back on their frames. I couldn’t be more pleased and would recommend them to anyone who wants an exceptional job at a very fair price.”
Byrum’s supports organizations such as high school football teams, Holy Angels, Latta House and Christian Record Services.
Leong says Byrum’s philosophy has always been “take pride in your work and give your customers a fair price.” Her favorite part of the job is seeing satisfied customers. “When we have a project that a customer brings in either drawn or from a magazine, if we can construct it and make them happy, that makes us proud of what we do,” she says. “To have an antique piece that was a family heirloom that we restore, that is rewarding.”
The Super Service Award recognizes contractors and health care providers that have main- tained a stellar service rating on Angie’s List throughout the past year. Be sure to always check the List before hiring, however, as ratings can and do change.