Restyling & Reupholstering for Fifteen Years


Chair purchased for $4.99 and reupholstered by Tracey in Wednesday Night Upholstery Class

It’s not novel anymore. Back when I started collecting discarded furniture to redesign, it was kind of unique. Now, it’s acceptable to pick up a stained, smelly chair from the Goodwill and have it recovered and spiffed up. I’ve done this now for about fifteen years and I never stop loving the hunt for a unique piece.

There are some important things to keep in mind when deciding what to buy and what to leave behind.

1. Is the piece wobbly? If so, is it just loose screws or are there joints that need time consuming repair?
2. Will it need new foam and padding? New foam is one of the most expensive materials in furniture rehab. How much are you willing to spend?
3. Are the springs is good condition? Another time consuming repair. Sit in a chair to see if it’s comfortable, even, and stable.
4. Fabric? How much will you need and how much do you want to spend on fabric?
The entire process may cost you more than a few dollars, but if the piece is exceptional, it will be worth it in the long run. Remember-a piece doesn’t have to be an original to be exceptional.
5. Do you love the lines, shape and size? And will you love having it in your home?

If you need some help getting started on a reupholstery project, here are many upholstery tutorials I’ve posted on Curbly, ApartmentTherapy and Instructables.

For reasonable, quality fabric check out ModernFabrics in North Carolina. They search and rescue leftover fabric bolts from furniture manufacturers and re-sell it at greatly discounted prices.
I mean GREAT fabric!!

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One Response to Restyling & Reupholstering for Fifteen Years

  1. This would be a fun sofa slip cover project for a dorm room because you have al of your friend sign the couch slip cover.
    Do I have the money to pay for reupholsters, and if so would if be cost
    effective over buying new. A table is adequate in many spaces,
    especially if you want to keep the room open and bright.