Helping You Workout Reupholstery Costs

Are you considering whether to have a piece of furniture reupholstered? Are you unsure of the cost involved and wondering whether to simply replace it with something new instead?

As an upholsterer by trade myself, I would like to share my experience in calculating reupholstery cost to help you decide whether this is something you would like to do with your own furniture.

Firstly, you need to decide whether you'd like to have your furniture reupholstered, rather than simply replacing it. Here are three questions you can ask yourself when considering this:

1.    Do you like the style of the piece in question?
2.    Does it already fit your living space or the area you would like it to occupy?
3.    Is the construction of good quality?

If the answer to these questions is yes, I would generally say it would be a good idea to go ahead and get an idea of the cost to have your furniture reupholstered in the fabric of

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So, what's involved in projecting the reupholstery cost for your chosen piece of furniture?

Essentially, the main things to keep in mind when calculating how much your reupholstery will cost is how long the project will take to complete and the quantity of material / sundries needed to complete your  project. "Time" and "sundries" are the two main components an upholsterer has to take into consideration when estimating the total cost to reupholster any given piece of furniture. (This is excluding overheads, which will generally be considered in their hourly rate.)

Determining up front how much it would cost to have your furniture reupholstered is usually something a good upholsterer should be able to do for you when they are supplied with a photo of the piece you would like upholstered and a description of any parts of the construction or padding/ cushions you would like changed. To be fair to the tradesman, although you should be able to obtain a quote with a good picture and description of the furniture, it would be a risky business for the upholsterer to give a firm price. The main variable with reupholstery costing is that once the upholsterer has the sofa or chair in front of them and starts to strip off the old fabric, they may then encounter an array of unforeseen extra problems. It may be that the foam under the fabric has degraded, which can't always be seen until the fabric is removed. Or, when the cushion covers are taken off, sometimes the previous upholsterer has stuffed the corners with loose wadding and the cushion cover would need new interiors.

There may be other elements, unique to your furniture, which will also need to be taken into consideration.

 Additional factors to look out for when working out your reupholstery cost may include:

•    Does the piece need new cushion interiors and, if so, what type of filling would you like?

•    Does the frame need repairing? (Do the arms move or does the frame creak?)

•    Is the springing system intact? (It may be that your furniture is a traditional piece, or it may be a modern piece.)

•    Would you like extra padding in the seat or backs?

•    Maybe your sofa has a valence? Would you like to keep the valence or have this removed? (This can give your sofa or suite a modern transformation and more modern look.)

•    Would you like to have the polish work looked at?

•    Would you like scatter cushions? Although these always seem to be the last things to consider, it is surprising how much thought needs to go in to them. How many? How big? What type of fillings? Which fabrics and what, if any, type of piping would you like?

•    Arm caps? Do you have them? Would you like some? (You do have to keep in mind that not all fabrics lend themselves to arm caps. For example, velvets tend to "walk" themself off the arm due to their pile.)