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Frequently Asked Questions About Reupholstering

Reupholstering a furniture piece can be a great way to breathe new life into an old chair or couch. However, many people have a questions about this art form, what it entails, and whether it’s even worth it. Below, we’ll work through some of the biggest questions many individuals have about reupholstering.

Is it worth it to reupholster an old chair?
The answer is: maybe! You may want to consult a professional to have them evaluate the structure of the chair and whether or not it seems well made enough to warrant a reupholstery investment. The truth is that furniture made recently probably wasn’t made to last the way something older from the 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s might have been. The older it is, the better the chance that the piece was really well made and might be worth the investment.

What contributes to the cost of reupholstery?
A few things. When you repulser a piece, the most basic thing that we all know that happens is that the exterior fabric of the piece of furniture is replaced. However, there’s actually often more to a reupholstery job than just replacing the fabric. Depending on how old the piece is and how much action it’s seen over the years, the cushions, springs, frame, and joints may need some work, too. If it’s not just the outside - but the inside as well - that’s going to be getting a facelift, you’ll be looking at more time from your upholsterer and a greater level of expertise to get the job done.

What type of filling should be used in a chair or couch?
It depends on your price range and preference. There are a lot of different types of filings available out there, from foam, which is on the lower end of the price spectrum, to down and feather, which is on the higher end of the spectrum. You can also do a foam core with a feather cushion atop it or wrapped around it, giving you the softness of down and feather while retaining the firmness (and price point) of foam for the majority of the piece.

Is there anything one should avoid when picking new fabric for an old piece?
A lot of people want to use stringent patterns like stripes for a round piece like a chair due to the bold effect it’ll have on a room. Depending on the chair, though, the way the fabric will actually be laid over the piece might result in some warping of the design, which won’t give you the effect you want. When in doubt, it’s always best to speak to a professional upholsterer before making any firm decisions. He or she should be able to walk you thought what fabrics will work best both for you furniture piece and for achieving the effect you’re intending.

How should I find an upholster?
Ask around for referrals, and do research. Consult with several upholsterers about your project so you can get a sense of what it should cost. Don’t ever go with someone who has a dramatically lower bid than the average of what you’re hearing. You don’t necessarily have to go with the highest bidder, but make sure whomever you work with is offering his or her services within the average range.
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