About Us

Cape Cod Upholstery Shop

Furniture Upholsterer | Cushion Fabricator


 

Joe Gramm, owner and upholsterer at Cape Cod Upholstery Shop.

I moved to Cape Cod with my wife Marge in 1984, after selling my upholstery business in Sarasota Florida which I owned from 1979-1984.

Marge and I are both native to New England, but met in Florida. Marge is from Rhode Island and I’m from Massachusetts. 

We moved to YarmouthPort, MA, and opened an upholstery shop in 1984. The business name, back then, was simply  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 twenty-two albums of upholstery photos from 2002 to 2022, plus an album of scanned 35mm photos.

I want to give credit to a couple of people for giving me my start on Cape Cod: To Lee & Dory Marchildon for renting us their cottage on Cape Cod Bay, with a workspace for the upholstery shop; and to Bob Quasha, for giving me my first pieces of work, with many more to come over the years.

 

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Photo showing entrance to Cape Cod Upholstery Shop located in South Dennis, Ma | Joe Gramm Upholsterer
Cape Cod Upholstery Shop Entrance

 

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.

Happy Customer

Professional Upholsterer

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.

 

My Resume

 

Cape Cod Upholstery Shop is Solar Powered

A Green Enegy Upholstery Shop in South Dennis, MA

Grid System for Solar panels at Cape Cod Upholstery Shop located in South Dennis, Ma
Grid System for Solar panels

 

Cape Cod upholstery Shop gets its electricity from a 10.38 kW roof top solar panel array. The solar panels are 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. E2 Solar is located in Dennis, MA. 

Photo of Roof top solar panels that provide all of the electricity to Cape Cod Upholstery Shop located in South Dennis, Ma
10.38 kW Roof Top Solar Array

 

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, well 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.

Leading Edge Model D computer was the first computer owned by Cape Cod Upholstery Shop located in South Dennis, MA
Leading Edge                  Model D
Photo of Apple iMac Bondi Blue owned by Cape Cod Upholstery Shop in South Dennis, MA | Joe Gramm Upholsterer
iMac Bondi Blue
Apple iMac Is the newest computer owned by Cape Cod Upholstery Shop located in South Dennis, MA
Apple iMac
1988 Magazine Cover for The Professional upholsterer saying personal computers are the newest upholstery tool | Cape Cod Upholstery Shop located in South Dennis, MA
1988 | The Professional Upholsterer