What is a Repair Cafe?

A repair cafe is a place where skilled repairers meet non-repairers to teach them skills to fix things. Repair Cafes originated in Europe, and the Bower was the first organisation to bring this concept to Australia. In the past we have encouraged our patrons to bring broken items into our workshops; after assessing the item our experts would offer advice on the best next steps.

RepairWorks open sessions

Have a look at our archive of live RepairWorks Open Sessions and find out some great tips to fix stuff. If you need some help, book an online session at our Repair Cafe.

Booking Information

In 2020 The Bower has moved its Repair Cafe program to the online space. We now offer online repair consultations via Zoom. Besides the forum, little else has changed; we offer sound and impartial advice. Click on a link below to book a consultation:

Electrical Repairs

Clothing Repairs

Bike Repairs

Furniture Refurbishment & Repairs

Paid Repair Services

Furniture Restoration

Bower Reuse & Repair Centres also provides paid repair services. This service allows you to drop your item off and have it repaired by Bower staff for a fee. If you have wood furniture you’d like us to fix, please contact our woodwork team on or click through to our Furniture Restoration page.

Electronic Repairs

If you have electrical items you’d like us to fix, please contact our electrical team on Electrical repairs are done at our Green Square location, the Banga Community Shed. If you have electronic repairs you’d like us to fix, click through to our Electronic Repairs page

Giving Feedback

Once you have attended one of our wonderful Repair Cafes, please submit your feedback to

We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation who are the traditional custodians of this land and pay respect to Elders past, present and future and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people.