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Re-Upholstery: Reasons to choose re-upholstery over buying new
As a furniture upholsterer, I am always asked by potential clients if their furniture is worth re-upholstering. If you are asking yourself this same question, here are some things to consider when making the decision.
1. It's antique. Making the choice to re-upholster is easy if your piece is antique or vintage. I always recommend to keep old straw and horsehair paddings, rather than to replace it with foam. Original spring-filled cushions are far superior in comfort and durability than today's foam cushions.
1960s Tuxedo Sofa
2. The design has come back into style. This sofa is from the 1960's, but the tuxedo style has certainly come back into vogue.
Jan's Sleek Sofa
3. Quality. If your current piece has a hardwood frame, coil springs, down or spring cushions, it most certainly is a high quality piece and a good candidate for re-upholstery. Outdated details can easily be changed or eliminated by a skilled upholsterer. This sofa originally had a skirt. It's removal has made this piece much more contemporary.
4. Go Green! Can you believe that this sofa was picked off the street prior to the garbage truck's arrival? Obviously, not everyone would choose to throw an antique into the landfill, but we have become a "throw-away culture". Buy a cheap sofa, and dump it when (after a few years) it's frame breaks. If you must purchase new, buy a quality piece that you will be able to have re-upholstered in the future.
5. Cost. Re-upholstery is less expensive than purchasing a new high-quality piece. Sure, for the cost of re-upholstery, you can probably purchase a brand new, cheap, poorly made piece of furniture. But, really, why would you?
6. Statement pieces. A re-upholstered retro piece is a one-of-kind showpiece that can't be purchased by anyone else. If unique style is important to you, then find a treasure and make it "yours"!
Jan's Blue Sofa
7. Treasure hunting. Nothing beats a treasure hunting mission at the Salvation Army Thrift Store! If you love the thrill of the hunt, and you have a good eye for "that special piece", then you are probably familiar with the benefits of re-upholstery.