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Working with an Upholsterer

Do you have a need for an upholsterer? If so, you’re going to want to know what it’s like to work with an upholsterer before you get into the game of working with one. Knowing what to expect will arm you with the knowledge you need to have a successful project with an upholsterer.

Before you go to an upholstery shop, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself with a list of questions and talking points that you would like to go over with the upholsterer. Know the piece of furniture that you’re asking the upholsterer to tackle as well as possible. Jiggle the arms of a chair. Check out the frame and know how solid the piece is. Don’t go in blindly expecting the upholsterer to walk you through every step of the process. Sure, he or she probably will, but you also won’t be as commanding a presence in the project as you should be.

When you’re at an upholstery shop, you should ask to see examples of the upholsterer’s finished work. They should have pictures and, depending on how busy they are, they should also be able to show you pieces that they’ve finished recently.

Be open about what you’d like to see happen in your upholstery project. If you have particular fabrics or materials that you’d like the upholsterer to use, let them know that. Their default will be to do things how they usually do it, but the upholsterer you work with should be willing to discuss any option you bring to the table, and they should be able to work with the specific materials you request.

You should be aware of the upholsterer’s process, since every upholsterer is different in the level of service they offer via their process. Some upholsterers will completely restore the piece, fixing any issues in the frame once the exterior fabric is removed and before reupholstering. Others will not address any structural issues and will instead be solely focused on replacing the fabric on the piece. It might surprise you to learn that other upholsterers don’t even remove the old fabric — they just put the new fabric over the old and call it a day. You should be aware of what your upholsterer’s intentions are and you should evaluate whether or not his or her process lines up with your expectations.

It’s really important that you are aware of and are clear about the expectations that you have for a project before you engage in the actual reupholstery process. You should have a very clear indication from the upholsterer of exactly what will be included in the project you’re engaging and for the rate you’re agreeing to pay. You should be aware of whether or not, for example, the cushions and padding in the piece are being replaced. Be sure to be really aware of what the upholsterer is addressing and what he or she is not willing to take on. This should be a deciding factor in who you pursue work with.
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