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Choosing the Right Upholsterer

Reupholstering a piece of furniture is a great way to breathe new life into an old or worn piece. However, reupholstering requires a vast skill se. It requires the upholsterer to completely strip the furniture piece down to the frame, to web it, to spring it, and to install a new top covering. Therefore, it’s very important to know that you’re working with the right upholsterer before you begin.

Recommendations are always one of the best ways to find a quality professional to work with. If you are looking to find an upholsterer, ask around in your neighborhood or community. Trusted friends and colleagues are a great resource when it comes to not only gathering the names of potential upholsters, but also when learning about his or her reputation. A first-hand negative or positive experience is a very telling sign about an upholsterer’s professionalism, cost, and skills.

When you have a list of upholsters that you want to work with, get at least two written quotations for the work you want done. Make sure that the quotes provided are detailed and list all of the work to be done on the furniture piece. With at least two detailed quotes, you should be able to compare and contrast the work to be done, the cost, and the materials to be used.

It’s important to know a bit about upholstery so that when you go to speak with your potential upholsterers, you know which questions to ask. For example, there are two different procedures that result in a “new look” for a chair. The first, referred to as re-covering, replaces only the fabric that covers the furniture piece. In contrast, reupholstery requires an entire gutting of the piece from frame to springs to cover. It’s important to know which of these two processes your upholster intends to utilize when you’re considering quotes.

It’s also important to note the durability of the fabric being chosen to cover your furniture piece. Durability does not always mean picking the most expensive fabric, and picking the most expensive does not necessarily get you the best product. Thick fabric isn’t necessarily tough, either. For this reason, all fabric should carry results for the Martindale test. This test was created to test the durability of fabric and is carried out by a machine rubbing the fabric in a circular motion for a distinct period of time. The number result from the test indicates the number of cycles completed before the fabric showed any signs of wear.

Finally, it’s important to have knowledge of the difference between traditional upholstery and modern upholstery. A traditional upholsterer will reupholster a piece in its orginal style and materials, whereas a modern upholsterer will utilize more recent materials, such as artificial foams and fabrics. In this day an age, not all upholsterers have the skills to complete “traditional” upholstery – many are only learning modern techniques. It’s important to discern which technique you prefer for your piece, and to verify that the upholster you are working with has that skill set.
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