So, you have a sofa and you’ve
had it for years. It fits perfectly in the nook in your
New York City or Brooklyn apartment – which is rare!
It’s given you many years of great comfort, and it’s
a quality piece. However, the fabric that covers the sofa
is stained, or is perhaps wearing. What to do?
When you find yourself in a situation like this, your immediate
reaction might be that you must run out and buy a new furniture
piece. However, new furniture pieces are often of less quality
than our older, better made ones. Beyond which, once a piece
has established its place in your apartment or brownstone,
it’s hard to part ways so quickly. Will a new set
fit? Do you want an entire new set right now? In such situations,
or in situations, reupholstery is a wonderful option.
When evaluating whether to reupholster your piece, as with
many things, cost and value must come into consideration.
However, when evaluating the value of a furniture piece,
the number on the page of a reupholster versus a brand new
piece is not the only thing to consider. When determining
the true value of a piece – and therefore determining
whether or not to reupholster – you should consider
the structure of the original piece and its overall quality
and long-term sustainability.
Many brand names are automatic keepers, because of their
reputation for excellence of quality. In excellence of quality
is a frame that will last many, many years. Some such brands
include Duresta, Ercol, Derwent, Collins and Hayes, Bridgecraft,
Minty, Marks and Spencer, Peter Kroll, and Multiyork. If
you spent the money to purchase one of these fine pieces
of furniture, it is worth the money to keep it to reupholster.
These pieces are ultimately of wonderful quality and will
last you for years to come, even if the fabric that was
originally on them does not.
When you reupholster a piece, you have many options as far
as refurbishing, changing, and updating the piece. Your
upholster is a great resource when deciding whether to update
the padding, which could make the cushioning on your furniture
piece softer, firmer, thicker, or thinner.
Your upholsterer will also have a wide variety of fabrics
to offer for your reupholstered piece. As the fabric is
the main element of change here, it’s important to
be judicious. Beyond color, be sure to really understand
the texture, weight, and feeling of each fabric. It often
helps to bring a sample of the fabric to your home, to see
how it blends with the other pieces in your house as well
as the overall atmosphere of the home.
As important as the fabric and padding you choose for your
new furniture is the person you choose to do the reupholstering.
A skilled upholsterer is of utmost importance. You want
a professional at a company with a wonderful reputation,
whose work speaks for itself. When it comes to reupholstering,
value truly does mean quality, both in the materials and
the person working with them.