I have a few rules when it comes to reupholstering a piece of furniture. The first one is “does it have good bones?” By that I mean is it a good quality piece of furniture? If it is from a reputable brand of furniture and hand crafted and made to withstand the test of time I do recommend reupholstering it. If it is a piece made of MDF board and stapled together I am NOT inclined to recommend reupholstering the piece.
Some things to note when reupholstering a piece of furniture. While the labor is pricey you can sometimes save money by choosing a less expensive fabric. The labor is well worth every penny put into the piece of furniture. The workroom has skilled tradespeople cutting out your fabric, stretching it to fit, stapling it to the furniture, creating a bias trim for it and lovingly paying attention to every detail. A good craftsman/woman is well worth the money spent.
Workrooms take time to remove each layer of fabric and inspect the foam, batting, and filling prior to applying the new fabric. If need be they can remove stuffing and replace it with new or bolster up your current padding. Skilled tradespeople will pay attention to the nap (direction) of the pile of the fabric. That being said they will be certain that the fabric on your sofa moves in the correct direction with your body while seated. Think about when you are vacuuming a carpet and you can see the vacuum marks. You definitely want to minimize those marks on a piece of furniture.
Pattern- here is where a skilled tradesperson will be able to lay out the fabric pieces in order to maintain the overall pattern. For example in this piece I had done the ogee pattern lines up perfectly along the curve of the chair, the cushion and all.
Fabrics come in different categories. Some are meant for bedding, and drapery while others are meant for upholstery only. An interior designer can help you choose a fabric that will wear correctly for your project. For example, if a client wishes to have to cover a chair in linen I make certain they know that linen is chosen only for a chair that isn’t used often. Linen does not have a long lifetime. It can show wear and tear faster than a more appropriate fabric. Fabrics are rated for their longevity of wear. An interior designer can help you choose the right fabric for the function of your furniture piece. I like to find the fabric that will be a “workhorse” for your project.
I am an avid Do It Yourselfer yet I refuse to tackle upholstery. I respect the tradespeople involved and want the job done correctly. Put your reupholstery project in my hands and you will not be disappointed.