So You’re Ready to Re-Upholster?
December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Having a piece of furniture re-upholstered can be a rewarding and worthwhile investment. At the same time, re-upholstering can be far more trouble than it’s worth. Before beginning a re-upholstering project, there are some important things to consider that can eliminate some of the potential problems.
A professional re-upholstering job can easily cost thousands of dollars. Here are a few questions to answer before embarking on a re-upholstering project:
Is that particular piece of furniture worth the time and money required?
How durable is the furniture?
Does the furniture hold sentimental value?
Some modern furniture is not worth re-upholstering because many newer pieces are not sturdy enough to justify a makeover. Older furniture and solid wood pieces that you can find at Cardi’s furniture stores in MA and RI are usually more durable, so in this case, a re-upholstering job is worth the considerable time and money because it will survive the makeover and provide many years of enjoyment.
Once the decision to re-upholster has been made, it is important to select all of the materials and tools before the project starts. Discovering a missing part or tool is frustrating, and many re-upholstering projects end up gathering dust in a spare room or garage. When it comes to fabrics and cushions, it is important to consider the purpose of the furniture. Sitting on a piece of furniture can lead to a great deal of wear and tear, so selecting durable fabric and filler is key. Here are some key points about fabric and filler:
- Some expensive fillers such as down are extremely comfortable but can lose shape quickly. For that reason, less expensive fillers such as foam may be more appropriate.
- When it comes to fabric, stripes and patterns might be tempting, but these patterns can become warped or worn on rounded pieces of furniture.
- Select a fabric with a texture that will not collect dirt, animal hair and other debris.
Fabrics that are stretchy may be comfortable, but many of the stretchy fabrics will begin to pucker.
Additionally, some re-upholstering projects can be accomplished with very basic tools that are already found in most households, but some projects require specialized tools. In many cases, appropriate tools will result in more professional results. Either way, tool selection is important.
Choosing to re-upholster a piece of furniture is a big undertaking, but the results can be beautiful and very rewarding. Whether the project is a do-it-yourself adventure or a professional job, the above considerations are necessary before making the decision to re-upholster a piece of furniture.