Cape Cod Upholstery Shop
Furniture Upholsterer | Cushion Fabricator
Cape Cod Upholstery Shop was established on Cape Cod in 1984 by Joe Gramm, owner and upholsterer.
The business was first established when my wife Marge and I moved to YarmouthPort, MA. With the help of Lee & Dory Marchildon, for renting us the space, and Bob Quasha from Gotcha Covered Fabrics, for giving me my first pieces of work, the business was established simply as Joe Gramm.
In 1990, we moved to our current location in South Dennis, MA. The name of the business was changed to Gramm’s Workshop. Over the years, people would say they thought grandma was the upholsterer, because of the name ‘Gramm’s Workshop’.
In 2010, I acquired the Internet domain name capecodupholstery.com and changed the name of the business to Cape Cod Upholstery Shop.
I have 50 plus years of experience in furniture upholstery and cushion fabrication.
My Photo Gallery currently has 23 albums of upholstery photos from 2002 to 2023, plus an album of scanned 35mm photos.
For more information on my work history, visit my Resume Page.
To see photos of my work, visit my Photo Gallery
For more information or to send photos of your work, Email Me
My Goal is to meet or exceed your expectations. Not only in creating a product that looks great, but a product that is built to last, with high quality labor and materials.
Every job I do needs to pass the “Eye Test”. I look to see if the pattern is straight both horizontally and vertically. Making sure patterns match. Does the fabric conform to the natural shape of the frame. Making sure welting cords are straight and not squiggly. Is the fabric nice and taut so it won’t wrinkle over time. These are all the things that go into the eye test.
The client may not know every detail that goes into a good upholstery job, but when they look at their newly upholstered furniture or cushions, I want their eye’s to see a beautiful product.
I use the highest quality upholstery supplies and fabrics in the upholstery trade, for example, Greenhouse Fabrics, Sunbrella, JF Fabrics, United Fabrics, Kravet, Albany Foam & Supply, B & M Upholstery Supply.
Cape Cod Upholstery Shop is Solar Powered
A solar powered upholstery shop in South Dennis, MA
Since 2017, Cape Cod upholstery Shop gets its electricity from a 10.38 kW roof top solar panel array that is installed on the roof of my home, adjacent to the upholstery shop.
Powered by 31 SunPower SPR-X21-335-BLK panels.
In the Summer, the solar panels can generate up to 9kW of electricity. In the Winter, the solar panels will produce less electricity, but they can still produce over 6 kW of electricity.
The SunPower panels were installed by E2 Solar.
The Professional Upholsterer
Upholstery Magazine from 1988
I have always been impressed by my copy of The Professional Upholsterer magazine dated February March 1988. The cover has a picture of a computer describing personal computers as the newest upholstery tool. Cape Cod Upholstery Shop, Joe Gramm back in 1988, bought the first computer for the business in 1986 to run my accounting and invoicing program. It was a Leading Edge Model D running Microsoft DOS. Very similar looking to the personal computer on the magazine cover. So I was two years ahead of the magazine article for my upholstery business. Then and now the computer has always been an invaluable part of my business.
After the Leading Edge I bought an Apple Macintosh Centris 610 and then the iMac Bondi Blue and Apple iMacs ever since.