|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
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
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
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.
Customize your furniture to match your interior design needs.
Turn your office into a stylish and confortable working
Express yourself with an array of paterns and textures.