5 Excellent Reasons to Reupholster your Furniture

If you are considering getting your furniture reupholstered but aren’t sure if it is a good idea, you are in the right place! When should you reupholster your furniture and when should you buy new? Here are 5 excellent reasons to reupholster your furniture that explain when it makes sense.


Reason 1: If the furniture piece can’t be replicated, choose to reupholster it.

Before and After of Antique Chair that was reupholstered in Blue Toile Fabric.
Antique chair reupholstered in a Kravet’s Toile Fabric

When a furniture piece can’t be replicated, reupholstering is an excellent choice. For example, it has sentimental value or is unique in some way. Furniture with sentimental value may have belonged to a loved one or was a gift from someone special. It may be unique because it is exceptionally comfortable, and nothing else can measure up. In other instances, it may be unique because it has unusual dimensions, that work in the space particularly well.

The toile chair shown in the picture above is a chair I had reupholstered. When renovating a bathroom, my client and I searched for a chair that would fit in the small space between the tub and vanity. It is difficult to find a petite chair in modern furniture. We opted to reupholster an antique chair because of its small size. The fabric was shirred around the wood frame giving it a new fresh look. The toile is a Kravet’s Fabric.


Reason 2: Reupholster if you wish to create a custom look in your home.

Before and After of a love seat that was reupholstered.

Reupholstering allows you more fabric options. You can easily coordinate the upholstered piece’s fabric with the colors and patterns already in the room. It also gives you the flexibility to repeat the fabric you are using on the furniture in other ways. An example of this would be to use it for window treatments, resulting in a high-end look.


Reason 3: Reupholster your furniture to add special details

Chair with damask fabric on back and velvet on the seat. Cording is added illustrating 1 of the 5 Excellent Reasons to Reupholster your Furniture, which is to add details.

When you reupholster a piece of furniture, you can customize its design. The chair featured above is an excellent example of that. Notice the back of the chair is a beautiful damask, while the seat, is a more durable velvet. The cording adds interest while finishing the piece nicely.


Reason 4: Reupholster to be able to control the quality of the fabric

Before picture of a leather sofa and after photo of it reupholstered in cream fabric.
Leather sofa reupholstered in high-performance fabric. Tufting was eliminated from cushion for an updated look

There are numerous ways to determine if a fabric you are considering is of good quality. Fabric manufacturers rate their fabrics’ durability in terms of “rubs.” When a fabric is rated over 30,000 rubs, it is considered to be heavy-duty. That means the fabric did not show signs of wear until it was “rubbed” 30,000 times. Some commercial fabrics have ratings of 100,000 rubs. Fabrics with this rating would be a great choice for a piece of furniture that receives a lot of use.

You also want to consider the fabric’s stain-resistance features. Some fabrics are treated by the manufacturer and will resist stains. If the fabric is labeled as a “performance fabric,” it is most likely treated. One way to tell for sure is to drop some water on it. If the water beads up, the fabric has been coated for stain resistance.

Working for a commercial establishment, I choose a “hospitality” grade, high-performance fabric for their sofa because it is in a high-traffic area near their bar. I wanted to make sure the upholstery was durable. For peace of mind, I tested the durability by spilling red wine on my fabric swatch to see if it stained. The red wine beaded up and was quickly blotted clean and therefore passed my test. The fabric used in the above photo was a Duralee Fabric.


Reason #5: Reupholster to own a piece that no one else has.

Fabric showrooms have endless choices of fabric types, patterns, and colors. Also, they have many different types of trims that can be used in your design. You are only limited by your imagination! To see some delicious trims that are available browse Duralee’s collection.


To save money is not 1 of the 5 Excellent Reasons to Reupholster Your Furniture

Many clients have asked about reupholstering their existing sofa because they think it will be less expensive than buying a new one. However, this is seldom the case. It may cost more. Are you surprised? When you break down the costs, it is easy to see how the price of reupholstering can add up.

First, consider the pick-up and delivery charge for the piece to be transported to and from the upholstery shop. Next, there is the labor to have the upholstery done. If the chair or sofa is old, it may need new foam cushions, which is a substantial cost. Last, there is the price of the fabric. Fabric prices can vary. If you are making an effort to reupholster a piece, you want to make sure that you have a high-quality upholstery fabric that will hold up. In general, fabrics of higher quality cost more, sometimes substantially more.

I hope you found 5 Amazing Reasons to Reupholster Your Furniture helpful and are now able to make a decision whether you should reupholster or buy new. For inspiration for a color scheme checkout Room Color Inspiration and Decorating. Also, don’t forget to Incorporate Good Mood Influencers into your Decor because it is all about designing to be happy.

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