When it comes to upholstery I believe in preserving a vintage piece and putting a modern spin on it. Is the chair or sofa a good quality piece of furniture or is it made of MDF board? Is it comfortable? Does it need new foam and dacron? Do you want a solid or bold fabric, or texture? Do you need it to have ironclad performance or just to look pretty? These are some things to take into consideration when you decide to reupholster a chair or sofa.
An interior designer can help you choose a fabric that is appropriate for your needs. They will know how a fabric is rated for wear, if it can withstand stains, if it is pet friendly, and more. I have known people that choose any fabric to upholster with. What they haven’t considered is that most fabrics are not meant for upholstery use. Do you know the use of the fabric? Is it durable? Is it a performance fabric? Does it have a stain guard? Does it meet fire codes? Is it suitable for upholstery?
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 want to minimize those seat marks on a piece of furniture.
They will carefully cut out the pieces that go to that chair, being certain to make allowances to line up the pattern match. The skilled hands of the upholsterer will stretch the fabric and staple it in place, apply nailhead trim in a straight line and sew the welt into place. All of this is done within the workroom. Think of it like a small factory where the worker loveingly pays attention to every detail on your heirloom chair.
Labor for upholstery is expensive. These people are skilled tradespeople. This is their job and their livelihood. Not many people have the skills to do this and you want it done correctly. The money that you spend on upholstering your chair is well worth it. I have a great deal of respect for tradespeople.
So when you are ready to upholster a chair or sofa give me a call. I would be happy to make recommendations for the fabric and guide you through the process.