Eventually, even your favorite piece of furniture will start to show its age. When this time comes you generally have 3 options: repair, replace or live with the imperfections. There are many factors that contribute to this decision and it can be very difficult to weigh the pros and cons. Here are some things to consider when deciding if it’s time to let beloved furniture go or to bring it back to life with reupholstery.
Damage & Age
If the damage is extensive it can be more costly to reupholster than to replace it altogether. It will be a more affordable upholstery project if some parts of the item are still structurally sound. The frame, springs and padding of a piece of furniture can really affect the end product depending on what shape they are in. Another major factor is the age of the furniture. A sturdy item that has lasted for years is a great candidate for an upholstery face-lift because you know it is well made and worth the investment.
Good reupholstering takes a skilled professional and a lot of time. If you are curious about getting a piece repaired, it is a good idea to do your research. Many variables go into the pricing of an upholstery repair job. Before getting an estimate, know roughly how much you would be spending on a replacement item. Having that to compare will help you determine how much you are comfortable with spending to fix something you already have.
Antique or unique furniture that you have fallen in love with is very difficult to find exact replacements for. Often these types of pieces have interesting shapes and styles that you do not come across in newer furniture. Reupholstering makes sense if your item fits your space perfectly or means something to you.
Reupholstery prices range widely, but it can be a great, eco-friendly and inexpensive way to keep some of your favorite furniture in the family.