The Benefits of Reupholstering Furniture Against Buying New
Does your old furniture look worn out and you think it’s time to replace it? Wait, you should think about it first. Evaluate the exact condition of your piece before deciding to buy a new one. If the frame is still strong and only some parts need replacement you can salvage it by reupholstering.
Reupholstering is a great way to breathe new life to your old, worn out favorite furniture. When you hire an upholsterer he will replace and repair coverings of your furniture. But upholstering is more than that. An expert upholsterer will also tighten loose joints, make new cushions or change defective parts if needed.
Buying New Furniture
Some people would rather buy new from sears.com or any other retailer instead of having their piece refurbished. There could be several reasons for this.
● They have the money to buy.
● The old one had already lost its appeal.
● They think it’s cheaper to buy new.
● It’s hopeless to reupholster the old piece.
Whether those reasons are valid or not, reupholstering your furniture do have some benefits and reasons too.
Reupholstery Cost is Minimal
Although it is not cheaper than buying a new piece of low quality, reupholstering furniture will not be as expensive as buying the same piece of the same quality. It is also not worth the cost if you will replace an inexpensive sofa for a piece of furniture made of solid wood. However, reupholstering an old solid wood furniture will save you money in the long run.
There is a misconception that buying new instead of reupholstering furniture is cheaper. If the only problem is to change the fabric cover, definitely reupholstering is cheaper. But most often than not, people would be ready to reupholster their furniture when it already is beaten up on the inside. This means that you will have to strip the piece to the frame, reinforce the joints and replace the springs. It will cost you about 75% (including the materials) of the amount if you will buy a new one, but it would still be less expensive.
A lot of companies today offer reupholstery services. They know there are people who are so attached to their furniture and will not easily let go even when their favorite sofa or chair is no longer comfortable as it was before. These companies set their prices at affordable rates so their customers would not have to spend much.
Customize It Your Way
A great thing you can do with your old and dingy sofa or chair is to replace the cover with the kind of fabric that suits your taste. An invincible fabric has not yet been invented. The fabric of today will fade and get damaged over time, especially when you have kids and pets around.
Besides fabrics, you can also customize
pillows and cushions. Proper upholstery foam provides good support to your body. Recliners tend to be the most reupholstered piece. To be comfortable, the chair’s cushioning needs to be reinforced, which is cheaper than replacing it outright.
If you’re planning to replace your chair upholstery fabric and you have young kids around, it would be better to avoid choosing the color with shades of white. It’s also good to have zippers and removable covers for pillows and cushions. They would be easy to clean when they get dirty.
Antique Furniture Is Irreplaceable
We all know that antiques command a high price in the market. Having an antique in your possession is a status symbol. A well kept antique piece increases in value as it ages.
As mentioned above, reupholstering is not only removing and changing faded and worn out fabric. Webbings and springs also must be checked to know if they need to be replaced.
Upholstered antique sofas or chairs are not common but I have known some antique owners who’ve had their pieces upholstered to enhance its beauty. Other antique furniture already comes with an upholstery. It would be insane to buy a new one when only their cover has to be changed.
Here is a video showing how to upholster a tufted leather sofa: