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To Reupholster or Not To Reupholster

So, you have a piece of furniture that has been with you through thick and thin. It’s comfortable, it’s sturdy and it’s beautiful. Well, it was beautiful. Before the kids spilled juice on it, your husband spilled wine on it, and the cat scratched the surface of that once gorgeous, now soiled fabric, it was a beautiful, beautiful piece.

When it comes to furniture, the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” can sometimes be pertinent. Although what’s covering your furniture might be the thing you see the most when considering the piece, it may not be all there is to the story. There are a few good reasons to hang onto a piece even if its upholstery needs to hit the road. In these instances, reupholstery may be the best way to go.

So, when should you ditch the old chair, and when should you decide to reupholster? Here are a few things to consider while making your decision.

Is it an antique?
Antique furniture is, generally speaking, well constructed. Further, antique pieces tend to be somewhat one of a kind. Sure, there may be more than one out there in the world, but it’s going to be hard for you to find another one just like it with any level of ease. If you’re thinking about ditching an antique piece because of surface issues, you may want to reconsider and reupholster instead.

What’s the quality like?
Even if a piece isn’t antique, if it was made with high-end materials and has a particularly sturdy construction, you’ll want to consider ditching the fabric but keeping the overall piece. A well made piece of furniture can cost a pretty penny. It may be well worth your while to replace the fabric only rather than try to replace the whole couch or chair.

Is it timeless?
Styles act on somewhat of a pendulum — they swing in and out of popularity. Currently, mid-century pieces are all the rage. Do you have a couch that’s seen half a century of wear and tear, but at its heart it’s straight out of Don Draper’s office? You might want to hang onto something that’s old if it’s popularity is new.

On a budget? Care about recycling?
For the bargain-hunter or environmentalist with a creative eye, there’s a lot of possibility in other people’s junk. Seeing a chair that would look perfect in your living room if it just weren’t for the hideous hot pink fabric is just the kind of thing that calls for a little consideration of reupholstering.

Want to get creative?
In the same vain, changing the fabric on any shape, size, or type of piece can breathe an incredible amount of creative life into it. A victorian era chair with ultra-modern fabric, for example, would create a one-of-a-kind statement piece that you and only you would have. If you’re a creative type, the possibilities for reupholstering are nearly endless.
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