Tips & Advice
How long does it take to repair furniture professionally?
The time it takes to repair furniture professionally depends on the nature of the repairs and whether the piece needs to be transported to a professional facility or can be done on site. To fix minor dents and scratches may take just a few hours. To refinish cabinets or wood furniture pieces usually takes 1-2 days. Reupholstering furniture may take 1 week, but that’s because it’s a multi-step process that might require ordering new fabric from a manufacturer.
What types of furniture damage can be repaired?
The types of furniture damage that can be repaired by a non-professional include re-stuffing sagging couches and chairs, restoring and fixing small holes in worn leather, removing surface water marks, filling holes and repairing scratches in wood. People with a knack for DIY can often figure out how to refinish wood and re-upholster furniture.
How to repair split wood?
The process to repair splits or cracks in wood usually involves either wood glue fill, or sometimes filler wood pieces. A common technique is to place clamps strategically along the glue-filled crack to squeeze the two pieces back together again, until the glue dries.
How to fill a hole in wood?
To fill a hole in wood, use either wood putty or wood filler that is made of wood fibers mixed into a binding agent. Another common technique is to sharpen a skinny piece of wood to a point on one end, put putty or filler on the end, and push the putty or filler as deep in the hole as possible. Whether you use just putty or filler, or a combination of wood and filler, it is key to wipe off the excess from the surrounding area. Once the filler has dried, make sure it’s sawn and/or sanded down so it is even with the surrounding wood.
How to fix a sagging couch?
To fix a sagging couch, there are a few things you could try: You may simply need to add more stuffing (in some combination of foam and down) to the back cushions and throw pillows. In many cases, the seat cushions also may need more filler--specifically foam padding cut to size. Another quick fix for saggy seat cushions involves cutting a piece of plywood or particle board to fit invisibly on top of the couch frame and under the cushions, providing additional support.
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.