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Furniture Reupholstery


Most of us already own several upholstered furniture pieces. From sofas and loveseats to armchairs and dining chair slip seats, upholstered furniture is a staple in the overall look and design of a home’s interior decorating.

Unlike tables and shelves, the woodwork and craftsmanship of a couch or chair is within the piece, not on the outside of it. Many people associate the fabric of such pieces as the “life” of the piece. Excitingly for those who wish to change up the look of a piece, the fabric of an upholstered chair or sofa can be removed and replaced with new fabric of a totally different style, color, or design. This is called reupholstery.

Reupholstering a sofa or chair can give the piece an entirely new look. And, presuming the interior structure is in tact, reupholstering can literally revive an old, worn furniture piece and make it look and feel brand new. The quality of the interior structure of a furniture piece is incredibly important when buying a new furniture piece as well as when deciding whether to reupholster an old one.

When looking at furniture pieces – old or new – the weight of the piece will help indicate what kind of structure is within it and perhaps whether or not it is worth reupholstering. A quality sofa will be made of kiln-dried hardwoods, which are heavy and much more durable than lighter, less expensive options. The entire piece should have cotton beneath the upholstery. Any hard spots might indicate that cotton is not present and those areas will be more susceptible to wearing and tearing because the fabric is directly on the hard wood.

Reupholstering can be pricey, and some people are turned off by the fact that you could buy an entire set of furniture from a low-end furniture store for the cost it might cost to reupholster one couch. However, it’s important to consider the quality of the structure and design of the piece you’re considering reupholstering. In general, older pieces are better made than newer, cheaper pieces. So while that entire living room set at the cheaper store may have cost you less, it will also not last nearly as long as an older piece.

Once you have decided to invest in the future of a piece by reupholstering it, it’s a good idea to seek professional help in the actual reupholstering process. A professional will be able to use exact measurements to determine how much fabric the furniture piece needs. Misestimating fabric measurements can mean spending more than you need to on fabric and having a ton left over, or worse, not buying enough and then finding out the store is out of the fabric you chose. A professional will also have the skills to make sure that the pattern repeat of the piece is proper.

Reupholstering is much more than a simple re-application of fabric. Done well, reupholstering will completely renovate your entire piece of furniture from the structure to the filling to the fabric on the exterior!

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