Is it Worth Reupholstering Old Furniture?


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Reupholstering a couch rather than replacing it may save you money, but price isn’t always the most essential factor to consider. Because hiring a professional upholsterer may cost almost as much as purchasing a new piece, the factors that make the work worthwhile are more personal, such as the sofa’s emotional value, appropriateness for your room, and antique quality.


Reupholstering furniture also keeps the frame out of landfills, making it the environmentally friendly option. However, if the couch was inexpensive and low-quality to begin with, reupholstering it would be a waste of money.


Examine the Piece’s Age

Check to see whether the couch is older than ten years. If you’re thinking about purchasing it at a yard sale or from a secondhand furniture shop, inquire about the piece’s history. According to Peroni’s Upholstery, furniture constructed within the past ten years is generally not strong enough to warrant reupholstering, while older items are frequently of higher quality. It’s also a positive indication if it’s been in use for 10 to 15 years and isn’t breaking apart structurally yet.


Determine the Sofa’s Sturdiness

Shake each arm and the back of the couch. Look to see whether it wobbles, rocks, or feels shaky. If that’s the case, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to reupholster it. It may be an excellent option if it seems robust and well-made.


Examine the Structure

The frame should be constructed of hardwood with minimal knots, and the joints should be fastened with dowels and glue rather than staples if the couch is worth reupholstering. Remove all the cushions and attempt to raise the couch if you’re not sure whether the frame is hardwood. It’s more likely to be good quality if it feels heavy for its size; if it feels light, the wood is generally not strong enough to preserve.


Check the Springs on the Frame

Take a look at the frame’s springs. Coiled springs are connected in an asterisk pattern over the platform of high-end couches. The couch is probably not worth reupholstering if it contains rubber panels instead of springs or springs that are in a “s” form rather than coiled. Pat the bottom of the couch and feel if the dust cover is stretched tight if you’re not sure whether the springs are coiled or can’t see them. Good workmanship is indicated by a tight dust cover.


Squeeze the Padding of the Sofa

Squeeze the padded arms and back of the couch while pressing on the cushions. They’re undoubtedly constructed of low-quality foam if they’re mushy or compress quickly, making reupholstering the couch a bad investment. Your upholsterer can work with the material to keep the couch pleasant and usable if it seems stiff or lumpy.


Examine the Design

“Do I appreciate the design and quality of my sofa?” is the first inquiry The Master’s Touch suggests you ask yourself. If it’s of excellent quality but you’re on the fence about reupholstering it, consider if you’ll be able to locate another item that you enjoy as much. It may be difficult to find the right shape and size of couch for your house, so if you already have one and it only needs minor repairs and new fabric, reupholstering it is definitely a decent option.



Before you choose a furniture reupholstery expert, look around. Choose a contractor with an excellent reputation, a big portfolio, and reasonable prices.


This article is accurate and true to the best of SmartLiving’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


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