Design Industry since 2009

The UpcycleD Trading COmpany

The Upcycled Trading Company specialises in providing upcycled products, upcycled commissions and workshops, and interior design services to clients looking for local, responsible repurposing design solutions.


The business is currently operating under new processes which follow official guidelines to keep myself and customers safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The shop which was due to open at 48 The Old High Street, Folkestone on 25th March will not open until it is safe and appropriate to do so. Online sales continue until advised otherwise and all business related trips are limited to a maximum of three journeys per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. Please bear this in mind if orders are time sensitive and order before 6pm on these days if that is the case. This will ensure trips out to pick up stock and drop off deliveries are limited.

Furniture orders and commissions are possible where customers are happy to arrange for curb side pick-ups and drop offs instead of entering homes. Alternatively furniture ordered and paid for via the website can be stored for the customer until such time as home deliveries can safely return to the normal procedure.

I wish you all good health and happiness during this difficult time and thank you for your continued support, Claire x

Dedicated To Your Satisfaction

In addition to tailor-made upcycling commission services we offer materials and accessories for your own projects.

Whether you are a professional furniture artist, upcycling as a side-line or giving unloved items a second chance for your own satisfaction our aim is to supply the materials you need in one place. Visit in store or buy online.

Upcycling Commissions

Bespoke to your personal style

Not everyone has the time or inclination to do their own upcycling. If you’d like to commission an upcycle tell us about your project and ideas. We will assess the scope of work and provide a quote to carry out the job to your exact brief. The beauty of commissioning an upcycle is that you can choose a finish tailor made to suit your existing décor when just can’t find the right piece or simply to keep a dated but quality piece of furniture in play. 

If you don’t already have a suitable piece of your own to upcycle we can also source quality second hand items that would be ideal to upcycle to your requirements.

Get in touch today on 07554 432792 or via the contact form to see how I can help you.


Workshops are held regularly, for availability select “Workshops” from the drop down menu on the shop page.

Support small businesses

The Upcycled Trading Company is the go-to shop for thoughtful consumerism in Kent. As well as having a passion for sustainable interiors supporting small business is also important to us – not least because we are one! We recognise and respect the work of other makers and are proud to stock their quality products. Whether for your own home or as a gift to show your care we can provide unique, hand-made gifts from local makers and artisans. Every time our customers make one of these thoughtful purchases, they are helping the local economy.

Get In Touch Today!

on 07554 432792 or complete contact us form

to see how I can help you meet your needs.


"The chest of drawers is amazing. You have breathed new life into it and the colours are a perfect match for the room, the chest of drawers has been in the family for close on 30 years and the work you have done gives it a fresh new look. Thanks a million."

Simon (Commission customer)

“I have been friends with Claire for about 8 years, I first met Claire at a private college in Clapham where I was currently teaching. Right from the start Claire, showed not only talent, but a flair for design, and that coupled with her determination and enthusiasm has led her onto many wonderful and life changing design led experiences today. I am so pleased that you have opened your shop Claire and I hope you have lots of fun as I know that you have wanted to do this for a long time."

Sara Corker (Interior Designer)

"Claire produced a design scheme for our guest annex which was fantastic. She carefully researched all of our likes and needs and was able to deliver a space that we all enjoy."

P CHRISTENSEN and J ToRvill OBE (interior design clients)

"The workshop was great fun and I will recommend to others"

K CAREY (workshop participant)

"The workshop was fun and just the right length of time. Everything I learnt was new, it was an easy going and informative afternoon"

C. PETERSON (workshop participant)

"Claire’s love of upcycling is infectious. She has done a lot of research on the subject and has refined it in her handouts. The class was very informative and working with such beautiful paints was very enjoyable."

T HAZELBY (workshop participant)

The Studio

The Studio, Yard Farm, Lyminge CT18 8EL

The Shop

48 The Old High Street, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1RN
07554 432 792