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Finding an Upholsterer

Whether you have an old piece that’s been in your family for years or you’ve recently discovered a piece that could use a new look, upholstery provides an opportunity to give a facelift to worn or ripped furniture pieces. Upholsterers are professionals who install and sell fabrics and leathers. Upholsterers will commonly replace fabric on furniture, in car seats, and in antiques. Working with a professional upholsterer to lend a new look to your old piece will ensure quality of craftsmanship.

Because upholstery requires such a specific set of skills, if you have a furniture piece that you would like reupholstered, it’s important to find a professional that will do an excellent job with your piece. If you’ve made the decision to get a piece reupholstered, the first place you might start your search for an upholsterer is the local phone book or the Internet. Research upholsterers in your area and check local reviews or testimonials for their services.

Once you have a list of prospective upholsterers, you’ll want to get quotes from each person you’re thinking about working with so that you can have a good idea of how much the project is going to cost you. You’ll also want to have an idea of what kind of fabric or leather you want to install on your furniture piece so that when you are making calls to potential upholsterers, you can give them an idea of what you want done. The price of your project may vary depending on what kind of fabric you want to use.

It’s always a good idea to talk to more than one potential candidate so that you may compare techniques, opinions, and prices. Because upholstering a piece is an involved process, you don’t want to have to do it more than once. You’ll want to have an in-depth conversation with each candidate as to his or her skills and background, their estimate as to the cost of your project, and their estimate as far as a turnaround for the work. You may also consider checking references on the upholsterer, either through Internet reviews or by word of mouth. A good friend or neighbor can be a very trusted resource when it comes to recommendations about who to work with and who to avoid working with.

When an upholster does a complete reupholserty on a piece, he or she needs to strip the piece down to its frame. Ordinarily, the original frame is retained. Therefore, when transporting a piece to the upholsterer, you must take utmost care with it. One common technique for protecting furniture pieces is to wrap the pieces with blankets to protect them from damage in the commute. This way, the edges and surfaces are protected from any damage incurred during the drive.

Upholstery does not tend to be “cheap,” but considering the value that may be present in a piece of solid antique construction, familial or sentimental value, or overall style, upholstery can be a very valuable endeavor.
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