We’ve all asked this question when we’re looking at tired, well used and/or outdated pieces of furniture? My customers actually ask me this every week. In my own home I have recovered two of our sofas twice over the last 25 years. Every now and then I like to change the color of my formal living room so the sofa got an update too! My family room sofa took a beating through the years with 3 kids, 2 dogs and husband but I love the shape and size so it has also been reupholstered a couple times. (On a side note if you want to read about the best fabric to use for reupholstering click here.)
Each time I consider reupholstering I ask myself three basic questions.
Is this the perfect piece for the room? Do I really love this sofa or chair, and is it ideal for the room and for our lifestyle? Do I like the style and lines of the furniture and is it functional?
Is this a quality piece?
What is my budget?
Some things just can’t be replaced after all you bought them for a reason. It doesn’t always have to make sense. In my home, some of our furniture came from family, flea market finds and some pieces were high end purchases for which I saved for months. I find the sentimental pieces impossible to let go. The higher end purchases are better redone than replaced as the quality was meant to last for lifetime and I intend them to last for mine.
That “B” word is important. Everyone has a budget but I have found that in most cases a good quality new piece is going to cost more than reupholstering an existing piece.
So before you go and reupholster that chair or sofa, make sure you ask yourself these questions and if you need any help with fabric choices or new furniture selection – you can always come and visit me !