Is It Worth The Cost To Have Furniture Reupholstered?
What do you do when the perfect piece of furniture for your home becomes stained, torn or damaged - is it worth the cost to have it reupholstered?
When you find the perfect piece of furniture for your home or have a lounge suite that is so comfortable you just can't bear to lose it, what do you do when it becomes stained, torn or damaged? In this article, we look at the pros and cons of having furniture reupholstered and whether or not it is worth the cost.
WHAT IS REUPHOLSTERY?
When you purchase a lounge suite, couch, chair or even a fabric headboard, these pieces have been upholstered. Upholstery is the process of adding layers of foam, batting and fabric to cover a piece of furniture. To reupholster, on the other hand, means to remove everything from an upholstered piece and reapply to make it almost new again.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FURNITURE IS REUPHOLSTERED?
When you have a piece of furniture that has lost its bounce or where the fabric covering is damaged, having it reupholstered means having the foam, batting and fabric replaced to restore the piece to good condition.
IS REUPHOLSTERY WORTH THE COST?
Having furniture reupholstered can be an expensive process depending on the amount of work involved and other factors such as the choice of fabric for finishing the piece. The process of reupholstering is a major task and you have to keep in mind that a company specialising in reupholstery is going to strip the furniture down to the frame and layer on the necessary components to make the furniture as close to new as possible, and in some cases even better.
Anyone considering having furniture reupholstered will do so for a good reason:
- • The furniture is comfortable
- • The design of the furniture complements the
decor of a home
- • You have discovered a one-of-a-kind piece or
hard to replace
- • You would like to update or modernise your
- • It would be more expensive to replace than reupholster
The actual cost to reupholster a piece of furniture is dependent upon several factors such as the size of the furniture, the design of the furniture, the amount of work involved and the fabric selected to finish off the upholstery process. Prices can range from supplier to supplier and it is in your bests interests to obtain 2 to 3 quotations before settling on a particular reupholstery supplier. Do, also, keep in mind that having furniture reupholstered is not cheap and can sometimes cost almost as much as buying new.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO REUPHOLSTERY YOURSELF?
There are informal and formal training venues around the country that offer DIY workshops on upholstery. These organisations should be able to train you in the steps involved in upholstering a basic project or a specific piece of furniture. The only problem with undertaking one of these courses is that many people go home and look at the furniture they want to reupholster only to be faced with a different piece of furniture than they trained on and not sure where to start.
My experience with upholstery and reupholstery is gained by the process of 'practice makes perfect' and by starting with small reupholstery projects before moving on to larger and larger pieces. In this way, I have worked on different styles and shapes of furniture to gain an understanding of the best way to go about reupholstering each piece. I am an upholsterer or could I do reupholstery professionally - no way! I wouldn't even try and for this reason, if I had a piece of furniture that had sentimental value to me, I would hire a reupholsterer to perform the work on my behalf. That way, not only would the piece look good but it would also look professionally finished.
THE BOTTOM LINE
If you have a special piece of furniture or have perhaps discovered a one-of-a-kind piece that you simply must have then reupholstery is most definitely something to consider. Even that sentimental piece that is handed down can be revived and modernised to fit into your home. Reupholstery is not something for everyone to consider due to the cost, but there's no denying that you can transform antique or vintage furniture to fit your decor, renovate a treasured old piece into something almost new or add personality to a piece you own.