a piece of furniture is a great way to breathe new life into
an old or worn piece. However, reupholstering requires a vast
skill se. It requires the upholsterer
to completely strip the furniture piece down to the frame,
to web it, to spring it, and to install a new top covering.
Therefore, it’s very important to know that you’re
working with the right upholsterer before you begin.
Recommendations are always one of the best ways to find a
quality professional to work with. If you are looking to find
an upholsterer, ask around in your neighborhood or community.
Trusted friends and colleagues are a great resource when it
comes to not only gathering the names of potential upholsters,
but also when learning about his or her reputation. A first-hand
negative or positive experience is a very telling sign about
an upholsterer’s professionalism, cost, and skills.
When you have a list of upholsters that you want to work with,
get at least two written quotations for the work you want
done. Make sure that the quotes provided are detailed and
list all of the work to be done on the furniture piece. With
at least two detailed quotes, you should be able to compare
and contrast the work to be done, the cost, and the materials
to be used.
It’s important to know a bit about upholstery so that
when you go to speak with your potential upholsterers, you
know which questions to ask. For example, there are two different
procedures that result in a “new look” for a chair.
The first, referred to as re-covering, replaces only the fabric
that covers the furniture piece. In contrast, reupholstery
requires an entire gutting of the piece from frame to springs
to cover. It’s important to know which of these two
processes your upholster intends to utilize when you’re
It’s also important to note the durability of the fabric
being chosen to cover your furniture piece. Durability does
not always mean picking the most expensive fabric, and picking
the most expensive does not necessarily get you the best product.
Thick fabric isn’t necessarily tough, either. For this
reason, all fabric should carry results for the Martindale
test. This test was created to test the durability of fabric
and is carried out by a machine rubbing the fabric in a circular
motion for a distinct period of time. The number result from
the test indicates the number of cycles completed before the
fabric showed any signs of wear.
Finally, it’s important to have knowledge of the difference
between traditional upholstery and modern upholstery. A traditional
upholsterer will reupholster a piece in its orginal style
and materials, whereas a modern upholsterer will utilize more
recent materials, such as artificial foams and fabrics. In
this day an age, not all upholsterers have the skills to complete
“traditional” upholstery – many are only
learning modern techniques. It’s important to discern
which technique you prefer for your piece, and to verify that
the upholster you are working with has that skill set.
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