Reupholstery: What To Consider

Furniture reupholstery has always been a service that we’ve offered at Eklektik Interiors. Whether you have a chair, bar stools, valance, or sofa we have one of the largest resource rooms in the area full of fabrics for you to choose from. We also have a designer or our design assistants on hand if you need assistance picking your new upholstery fabric.

If reupholstering a piece is something you’ve been thinking about, here are a few things to take into consideration before you commit:

DON’T reupholster furniture yourself! The folks on the “do-it-yourself programs” may make it seem easy, but remember, they’re professionals! If you want your furniture to look good, you’re better off trusting someone who knows exactly what they’re doing.

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Take cost into consideration. The price depends on what piece you choose to reupholster, what fabric you choose, and the price of labor. If you have a chair with classic lines that’s been passed down to you, it’s probably worth keeping and worth reupholstering rather than purchasing a new one. Most of the time, many older pieces were handcrafted and built to last versus being factory manufactured. Or you may have stumbled upon a great find at a garage sale, resale shop, or antique store. For the great price of the chair’s frame, it’s worth repurposing it to make it yours. Pieces with a main frame, like a chair (especially one that’s wood-exposed) or a bar stool will last throughout the years and reupholstery is worth looking into.

Now, unless you’re absolutely IN LOVE with your sofa, it’s typically better to custom order a new one. This is because you’ll probably need at LEAST 15-20 yards of fabric for an average-sized sofa, and on top of the price of the upholstery fabric, which can range anywhere from $50 to $150 a yard, you’ll probably need new cushions and pillows, plus the cost of labor. The total bill for your new reupholstered sofa could be $1,500-$3,500 and up. Considering the cost, you might be better off purchasing a fresh new sofa.

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Make sure the fabric you choose is upholstery weight. There are thousands of beautiful fabrics out there to pick from, but only certain fabrics are made specifically for upholstery items. So, be sure to check with someone who is familiar with fabric weights and grades before you go covering your furniture in something made for windows and bedding instead.

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Choose a fun fabric! Don’t be afraid to go bold with your upholstery. Since you will likely be recovering a chair, barstool, or valance, they are small enough pieces that it won’t overwhelm the space if you pick something a little on the funkier side. Choose a bright complementary color to the colors you’re already working with in the room or a bold print – have it make a statement!

These tips are food for thought. If you have more specific questions, feel free to come in and speak to one of our designers at Eklektik Interiors. We’d be happy to help point you in the right directions!

Enjoy your week!

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