Tips & Advice
How long does it take to reupholster furniture?
Depending on the size of the project, it usually takes from two weeks up to a month to have furniture reupholstered. The larger the item, the longer it will take. For people attempting it as a DIY project, it will probably still take a few weeks to complete a job, especially if attempting it without much prior sewing and pattern-cutting experience.
Do upholstery companies pick up furniture?
Most upholstery companies pick up furniture and deliver it back home when the project is complete. A minority do not. Ask the companies you’re considering how they handle this, and whether the pickup/delivery is included in the quoted price or whether it’s additional.
What is the best way to clean upholstery?
The best way to clean most types of upholstery fabric is by vacuuming with the upholstery tool attachment, gently applying stain remover to stained areas, and then lightly going over the entire piece of furniture with an upholstery brush. If the fabric is coded W, you will want to use a water-based detergent, like water-diluted laundry soap. If it is coded S, you should use a dry detergent.
Does it cost more to upholster than buy new furniture?
It does not cost more to upholster than to buy new furniture. It usually costs less, although sofas can wind up costing approximately the same to reupholster or replace--depending what kind of fabric you use.
How to make upholstery last longer
Make upholstery last longer by keeping it out of direct sunlight, cleaning spills right away (before they set into stubborn stains), and cleaning it regularly. An annual professional cleaning is recommended.
What are the most common furniture upholstery materials?
Among the fabrics that are most commonly used in furniture upholstery: cotton, microfiber, polyester blends, nylon and olefin. Leather is the most popular upholstery material among those who can afford it, but it’s too expensive to be in everyone’s price range.
How much does it cost to reupholster chair seats?
The cost to reupholster chair seats depends on the kind of chair. Simply reupholstering the cushions on dining room chairs might cost as little as $50-100 per chair. However, reupholstering a wing-back chair might cost $650, while an oversized club chair or an arm chair could cost $800-900 depending on the fabric.
Is it possible to reupholster a couch?
Yes, it is possible to reupholster a couch, but it’s a complicated DIY project which requires sewing skill. The cost of hiring an upholsterer is nearly as much as buying a new couch, so the decision to reupholster rather than replace is usually based on other factors--i.e. it’s an heirloom.