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Tips for Updating Old Furniture Upholstery

You know your furniture is ready for reupholstering when you dread seeing the obvious wear and tear signs marring its exterior and often avoid even entering the same room where the worn furniture sits. Although the frame of the couch and/or chair may be solid as ever, the fabric covering the cushions and back of the furniture reminds you of something the neighbor's puppy happily chewed on and shredded for hours.

Reupholstering furniture is an affordable and convenient way to update your dependable, comfortable old furniture and give it a whole new look and feel. Maybe you want to redecorate your home and have a specific fabric color and design in mind but do not want to spend possibly thousands of dollars on brand new furniture. Fortunately, a professional reupholstery technician can solve your problems by creating unique furniture with fabrics especially created for furniture.

Choosing the Right Upholsterer
Avoid using the yellow pages when choosing an upholsterer to upgrade your furniture. You won't know anything about a business advertising in the yellow pages unless someone has given you recommendations about that business. This is why relying on friends and family for information about a good, reputable upholsterer is important to receiving satisfaction from the end result. Anyone can advertise in the yellow pages and hiring an upholsterer you found in the telephone book may lead to inferior or unfinished work by someone who is not a trained and experienced upholsterer.

Be Specific About What You Want
Don't be afraid to be as specific as possible regarding your expectations. Find pictures of furniture fabrics you like and either print them off the internet or cut them out of furniture catalogs. Would you like the couch to have special trimming such as skirts, ruffles or cording? Do you want your updated furniture to match existing carpet or draperies? Maybe the upholsterer can add more cushion to the back of the chair or couch for a different appearance? Does the couch have elegantly curved, antique wooden legs that you want exposed rather than hidden by a skirt?

Good upholsterers are aware of how important it is to customers who want antique or heirloom furniture updated to have their instructions followed closely. Premier Decorators listens and discusses each request made by customers regarding a piece of furniture in order to ensure the job is done right the first time.

Fabric Selection
Fabric choice should correspond with how the furniture is going to be used. For example, a couch and chair placed in a family room will undoubtedly experience a lot of use. Resilient, durable and easy to clean fabrics are the best choices for these types of furniture pieces. Synthetic or genuine leathers, canvas, synthetic fabric blends or tapestry-style materials make good coverings for high-traffic furniture.

“Accent” furniture used mainly in guest rooms or for appearance can be upholstered in pastel-colored, more delicate fabrics such as cotton velvets, silks or lightweight suede. Throw pillows can also be upholstered with material matching a couch or chair. If you are still not sure about fabric type, Premier technicians are well-informed regarding the best fabric to use on furniture and will be glad to discuss any issues concerning this matter.
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