Shopping for new furniture can be a daunting task and cost a lot of money. It may not be worth the effort, especially if you have a favorite, old sofa or chair, or perhaps a family heirloom you simply do not want to part with. Have you considered reupholstering your old furniture and weren’t sure where to begin or how much it would cost?
Is Reupholstering Your Old Furniture Worth It?
First, you should determine if your piece is worth reupholstering. Does the sentimental value outweigh the cost of labor and materials? Knowing that you were able to salvage your grandmother’s Queen Anne chair might just be worth the time and expense.
Though not all furniture is built for a makeover, the good news is that chances are if your furniture is an older piece, it will be of better quality and easier to perform restoration on. Does your old sofa have a sturdy frame? That old creaky rocking chair you have probably is built with wooden dowels of yesteryear instead of the wood and glue method of today, which makes it easier for the experts to work on. Some newer furniture pieces cannot withstand the process of stripping and reclaiming.
Costs Associated with Reupholstering Your Old Furniture
Your fabric choice can be part of the driving cost of your project, but you will have the opportunity to work within a budget. There are many types of materials to choose from in a variety of price points, as well.
The complexity of the project will also influence the total cost of the job and how long the job could take. Consider your pieces and their styles; ottomans, pillows, sofas, furniture with pillow backs, arms, loose pillow back cushions, tufting, buttons, knots, zippers, or tailored skirts. Projects that involve buttons and zippers may take longer than others, but surely worth the wait. Labor prices will vary from shop to shop and project to project.
Reupholstering Can Be Cheaper than Buying New
Reupholstery is a growing trend and a hassle free alternative to purchasing new. Reupholstering can be costly, but that is because it requires a superior skill set and special expertise to masterfully perform the craft and the process is time consuming and labor intensive but you can’t put a price on quality or peace of mind. According to angieslist.com if you need something simple like a single cushion re-stuffed and re-upholstered because your dog chewed it up or urinated on it or your toddler destroyed it with markers, juice or vomit, you should consider residential upholstery services. Such a job could cost under $100 and won’t necessarily break the bank. Even if you need to fully repair springs and backboards on a sofa, the job could run over $1200, but it would still be cheaper than buying a new one.
The Opportunity to Redecorate, Makes Reupholstering a Great Option:
Sometimes the size and frame of a piece of furniture is just right for your space but you may want to change the color of the fabric or feel of the space. Fabrics come in all different colors, patterns and textures. Choose fabrics that will update your space. For sofas, chairs and couches in your living areas, you may want to choose materials that suit your lifestyle. You can use velour, suede and polyester and cotton cloths on low traffic pieces. If you have animals or young children, you might select leathers and leather blends because they are easier to clean. The weight of fabric to be used depends on intended use; a fabric chosen for bedroom furniture doesn’t have to be as durable as fabrics intended for living room furniture, for example.
With Brass Tacks Upholstery, your professional Long Island reupholster, you know you get a job well done. The certified, knowledgeable and friendly upholsterers at Brass Tacks will provide you with swatches of your patterns, and ensure that broken frames and damaged springs are repaired or replaced. When you make this investment, they will ensure you are happy with their service. They are a family owed business that specializes in the craft of furniture reupholstering by certified upholsterers.
They can tackle a wide variety of projects from residential to industrial. As the industry evolves they take the time to educate and advance themselves on the most modern techniques. They are customer friendly, and will consider all of your design needs. For quality service and reasonable pricing, contact Brass Tacks Upholstery to begin your project at 631-940-7581, or fill out this form.
Sources: cnn.com, bhg.com