5 Steps to Reupholster The Well-Worn Furniture

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You may already know that furniture is one of the biggest investments you make. However, mostly you’re surprisingly quick to throw it away. Almost 20 percent of our garbage consists of durable goods, such as furnishings and appliances. Instead, reupholstering the old bed frame than tossing it.

Here are five steps to reupholster your well-worn furniture. Do certain simple jobs yourself, yet, anything will be more complicated than a dining chair, footstool, and even headboard is best left to a pro.

1. Start From the Solid Items

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The first step is to ensure it’s well-constructed and worth the investment, check for these four criteria: For a hardwood frame that feels heavy and is put together with mortise-and-tenon, dowel, or tongue-in-groove joinery (no staples). spring coils; natural filling, such as down or horsehair and fully removable cushions, or a padded seat and back with no cushions. Sofas with floppy, partially attached ones need not apply.

2. Find the Experts

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You can also ask local interior designers whom you trust for consistent quality. Plus gauge a company by inquiring about filling. Moreover, any foam should be eco-friendly, for instance, soy-and-petroleum based, and give when you sit down. Finally, stop by and see the workmanship firsthand.

3. Get Some Quotes

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As always, upholsterers will ask for detailed measurements and photos. The total cost breaks down into labor, pickup/delivery, and fabric. Labor is about a third of what your piece is. Then, if the padding or frame needs work, that number will go up. Pickup and delivery rates vary by area.

4. Select a Textile

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The next step is to settle on a pretty print or perfect shade. You should consider the best kind of fabric in your life. Sturdy linen is a reliable all-around option. Performance textiles or leather should be wise if you have kids or pets. Save wool and silk for less-trafficked living- or dining room seating. There is a couple of ways to economize: choose a solid or buck the tradition of precisely matching up a pattern. And, search for 20,000 minimum, performance fabrics can be 100,000 or higher.

5. Time It Right

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You can give time about six to 16 weeks for the job, depending on your item’s size and condition, and how busy your upholsterer is.

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