You still remember the first time you laid eyes on your sofa. Your eyes glided over its form, admiring its beautiful shape. You whipped out your measuring tape and found that it was the perfect size for your living room. Your fingers lovingly felt the upholstery, which was, back then, the perfect texture and pattern for your design style.
It’s been XX number of years since then, and now, that sofa/chair/lounger/etc. you first fell in love with is now just some ratty piece of furniture, dying for a reinvention. Or perhaps just needs to be thrown out. You’ve researched on the cost of having it reupholstered professionally, and more often than not, it would be almost as expensive as having bought the item brand new.
Now in this day and age of DIYers, the thought of reupholstering yourself has crossed your mind. Is it worth taking on the task yourself? Remember, reupholstering is not just a case of replacing the fabric covering of your couch. It may also entail replacing batting or padding, sagging springs, or mending, re-staining, or replacing some parts of the frame. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you start.
Take a closer look at the piece of furniture you want to reupholster. Is the shape still sturdy? Is the upholstery worn and threadbare? Will the piece need new batting and cushions? Asking these questions will help you determine the scale of reupholstering you will need to undertake. If some parts of the couch are already sagging, you might need to replace the batting. If the frame itself is weak (wood is sagging, splintered, or broken), then you may need to replace these as well…or let go of the entire piece completely.
Also, how old is the furniture piece? If it is an antique or an heirloom item of great value, you might really need professional help so that you can replace and reinforce the couch without damaging the piece entirely. The value of the couch may diminish if you try to reupholster on your own without respecting its original look.
Lastly, ask yourself: How much time do I have? Depending on the extent of wear and tear or damage, as well as the size of your couch or chair, reupholstering may take you at least an entire day or weekend. If you plan on doing so, make sure you have all the materials you’ll need. There are many step-by-step tutorials online on how to do this, so pick the one you can follow best.
All that said, if you are able to reupholster successfully and without any problems, this task will breathe fresh life into the piece of furniture you’ve so loved through the years. Seeing it in its new clothing will also help ensure its place in your home for the years to come.
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