4 Inexpensive Ways to Reupholster Your Furniture
Sooner or later you may want to reupholster your good old couch because just like anything in this world the age factor had taken its toll on your piece. Its upholstery had already seen better days; the fabric is already worn out with faded colors and the cushion is now sagging due to frequent use. But the furniture’s wood frame is just fine with only minor scratches; the finish is a bit dull but the padding and springs are intact All these, plus the fact that your couch had a sentimental value made you to decide to reupholster your couch instead of throwing or giving it away.
During good economic times most people would just buy a new one instead of doing a reupholster on their old furniture. Today, the situation is different. People are now being responsible with their expenses and would rather choose the option to spend on something that would not cost them much. But you may be surprised to know that reupholstering does not necessarily save you money.
Hiring a professional to recover your furniture would cost you a good sum of money. For a sofa the estimate would be from $700 to $1200 not including the replacement fabric. In most cases, your total expenses for reupholstering furniture could run up to about 80% of the amount if you will buy a new one.
If you cannot afford the services of an expert and you have a meager budget, there are some ways which you can reupholster your furniture without necessarily spending too much.
Enroll In a Vocational Class
By taking up upholstery classes you will not only be able to learn reupholstering your furniture yourself but also gain a new skill that will be of use to you in the future. This type of vocational course does not cost much and you can attend classes even in your spare time. Check out the nearest school in your area.
Upholstery Books and Online Videos
There are many reading materials out there about upholstering and reupholstering furniture. Some can be bought while others are free to download on the Internet. The books teach you the step by step on how to recover a worn-out piece of furniture. They also inform you where to get the tools you will need for the job.
Tom Silver is an expert upholsterer. He has compiled an eBook that can teach you how to reupholster your sofa or chair in 7 days.To know more about it
You can find a lot of tutorials about furniture upholstery in online video services like You Tube or Vimeo which are easy to follow.
Hire a Newcomer
Being new on the job does not necessarily mean the work will be compromised. On the contrary, because he is just starting up, the newcomer will try to make his work exceptionally good in order to gain customers. He might also hope that you will recommend him to others if he did a good job. You can offer him that you buy the materials and you pay him for his labor which should not be to the level of an expert.
If you are not really too meticulous about your furniture upholstery why not try to use slipcovers? I think you will like it. In fact most slipcovers today are customized to any type of furniture whether it is a sofa, a love seat, a chair or recliners. The good thing is that they can literally be slipped over your piece and remove them easily when you need to wash them. You can find several stocks and ready for shipping at slipcovershop.com.
Customized slipcovers can resemble true upholstery; fabricated to the exact shape of the furniture they are fitted. These are only some benefits of slipcovers you can derive when reupholstering furniture.
Here is a video about reupholstering a French style Sofa by a true professional: