One question my customers always ask is...should I
reupholster or should I buy new? There is no simple answer to this
question. Finances, sentimental value, fabric choices, condition of
the piece; there are so many things that you should consider when making
this decision that it's impossible for me to give you a simple answer.
I am very knowledgeable about furniture reupholstery and restoration, and
having done this for many years, I can tell you without reservation that the
construction of older furniture is much more substantial than what you will
find from today's high volume furniture manufacturers. When I
reupholster your piece, I will make it better than it was when it was new.
I not only remove all the old fabric and staples, but when necessary repair,
replace or restore the interior structural components to ensure the highest
Did you ever
wonder why it costs so much to reupholster your piece in leather?
Well, here's the beginning of a leather project...this is a cowhide that's
marked to cut for barstools...although you can't see them, there are always
imperfections in natural hides that must be cut away in order to make the
project perfect. Thus, you can't use the whole piece, but you still
need to purchase it.
This is a pair of chairs I'm
working on now. You never know what you'll find when you start a
project; here when I began the teardown process I found that the piece had
been reupholstered once before...unfortunately the previous upholsterer had
not removed the old fabric or the old staples, but just recovered the
piece. I believe if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.
This step is especially important because if you don't remove the old fabric
and staples, it will impact how your piece feels, how it looks and how it
wears. This is the way it's supposed to be done.