About Us

A small furniture repair business, built on customer satisfaction.

The Best Furniture Repair and Reupholstery Service

We claim to be the best at what we do, not to impress you, but because of who we are. Our complete teardown service is one factor, but knowing our customers determine our success is our differentiator.

Complete Teardown

We completely tear down our furniture. We never upholster over the top of what’s currently there. This is the right way to reupholster furniture.

Pickup & Delivery

Pickup & Delivery to Minnesota & Western Wisconsin residents is available. We understand you are busy. Let us do the heavy lifting.

The Best Fabrics

Creating a great solution, requires using the best fabrics, and we are determined to create outstanding solutions. We carry over 15,000 fabrics to choose from.

Only The Best Fabrics

We pride ourselves for carrying the absolute best fabrics in the industry, which will hold the test of time for your project. Not the cheaply made fabrics found at large stores for relatively high pricing, rather great fabrics, at affordable pricing.

Fabrics Available

Pretty Cool People

Years In Business

Services Offered

Fabric Inspiration Gallery

Do you need some inspiration regarding different types of fabrics for your project? We’ve put together a gallery of the top 1,000+ fabrics customers have chosen for their projects. A picture is worth 1,000 words, right?

Our Story

Our business is inspired by our sister & daughter, Jodi Elmquist.

Jodi Elmquist (5/16/1969 – 1/28/2002) is the inspiration of the business. The Furniture Specialist enjoyed Jodi’s presence up until her passing due to ALS.

Jodi was a graduate of South St. Paul High School. Jodi worked at Children’s hospital.

Jodi’s personality was very caring and giving.  She was happy go lucky and forward thinking.  Jodi enjoyed the company of all children.  Lost at the early age of 32, Jodi continues to be the drive behind our family and the business.

Jodi loved the zoo and amusement parks, nature and overall enjoyment of people being her drive.  Jodi had a boat at one point in her life and loved to water ski.

Our Team

We are a team of 3. A mother and two sons. Chris Elmquist started The Furniture Specialist in 1999, and has been successful due to the help & support of his mother Barbara “Bubba”, and brother Keith.
Barbara "Bubba" Hamer

Barbara "Bubba" Hamer


Chris Elmquist

Chris Elmquist


Keith Elmquist

Keith Elmquist



Come on In!

Monday – Friday

9:00 AM -5:00 PM


By appointment



1987 Stillwater Ave. East
St. Paul, MN 55119

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