Need some furniture upholstering
ideas now that you've decided to reupholster that old but
comfortable couch or chair rather than exchange it for a
new piece of furniture? The basics of reupholstering essentially
concern fabric choice--what kind of fabric you want, whether
you want a pattern or solid color and methods of upholstering
furniture. Fortunately, since many different ideas exist
in the world of upholstering, you don't have to worry about
discovering that piece of fabric or pattern which matches
your existing apartment decor.
Just because the piece of furniture you want upholstered
is covered in a cloth fabric doesn't mean you have to keep
with that tradition. Consider an alternative type of fabric
such as vinyl, leather, faux silk or suede to make it seem
like it is actually a new couch or chair. However, remember
that vinyl and leather are easily cleaned with a damp cloth
if food or liquid is spilled on it, whereas suede or other
porous fiber may require special furniture fabric cleaners
to remove the stain. Also, fabrics containing a high thread
count and denser weave will last longer than those fabrics
possessing low numbers of threads per square inch.
Colors--Blend Well or Stir Gently?
Consider upholstering your sofa or chair using more than
one color of fabric. For example, if you have a sectional
couch, you might alternate medium to dark shades of one
color for the back and seat areas. Longer couches look interesting
when they are divided by similar shades of one color. Chairs
can be upholstered in the same manner. However, just remember
that you do not want different fabrics covering one piece
of furniture. Also, the cut of the fabric (the nap or grain)
should align with all areas of the couch or chair.
In addition, having children in your apartment may make
your color decision easy. Light or pastel colors definitely
reveal where something was spilled more readily than dark
colored fabrics. If you have chronic spillers in your family,
you might want to consider a medium to dark shade of blue,
green or brown.
Painting a Masterpiece–On Your
Upholstering furniture does not require that you possess
the sewing talents of your great-grandmother. One alternative
to reupholstering is "painting" your furniture
with fabric paint, a type of paint which is absorbed by
fabrics (but not vinyl, leather or any fabric which resists
spills or staining) and feels like cloth after it dries.
Always test a hidden area of your couch or chair before
proceeding with this type of substance Wait 72 hours and
then check the results by rubbing the spot with a white
cloth to see if the color is permanent. You don't want guests
sitting down and leaving with a piece of your furniture
stuck to their clothes!
Whether you choose to upholster your furniture with fabric
or "paint" your furniture with fabric paint, following
these aftercare guidelines may guarantee you won't be needing
to give your furniture another facelift in the near future: