Reupholstery 101: Knowing When to Salvage the Old or Purchase the New

Reupholstery 101: Knowing When to Salvage the Old or Purchase the New


Whether you’ve had a long day in the office or the kids have kept you busy, there’s no better feeling than plopping down in your favorite spot on your most comfortable piece of furniture. It might be that communal sectional the whole family loves, or the antique armchair that adds an element of elegance to your space. However, sometimes our well-loved pieces need a little love of their own. To reupholster or replace? That is the question.

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Question 1 to Ask Yourself: “Do I Love this Piece?”

First question to ask yourself, does the piece have sentimental value that you don’t want to part with? Then reupholstery is a good option. However, keep in mind that just because your are saving your furniture, doesn’t mean you are necessarily saving money. A willingness to invest in fabric, cushions, and suspension is needed if you decide to take the reupholstery route.  Personally, I like this option because it allows you to have the best of both worlds and end up with an updated classic!

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Question 2 to Ask Yourself: “Is the Frame Still in Good Condition?”

Next question, is the frame in good condition? What’s the saying…if the bones are good, the rest don’t matter? While that may be true, if the frame is iffy, buying new is the way to go. However, if the frame is still in decent condition, it will be easy to update the fabric and suspension so it can last a while longer.


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Question 3 to Ask Yourself: “Was this Piece Once Comfortable?”

Last question, is the piece comfortable? If your sofa or chair wasn’t comfortable to begin with, reupholstering isn’t going to fix it. However, if it used to be “the spot” everyone raced to due to its coziness, then suspension and cushions can be repaired to revive that feeling.

While I do enjoy shopping for new furniture like its my job, there is just something fulfilling about taking the time to put some TLC into your most valued pieces and giving them a chance at redemption.

Have any questions about a piece of furniture that you’re just not ready to part with? We’ve got you! Leave us a comment below and let’s talk.

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