Like a favourite shirt or staple bag you reach for again and again, you might own a piece of furniture that feels like it was made for you, but after years of use, it looks tattered and worn. Instead of tossing it, consider restoring it to its former glory – but better! Reupholstering is a great option for refreshing old furniture that you are still in love with. But before you jump in head first, be aware that in some cases, you may be better off investing in something new. It’s unfortunate, but some pieces are just not well-made enough to reupholster. Here’s how to tell.
The age of the piece
It may be surprising to learn that older pieces tend to be good candidates for reupholstery. Vintage and mid-century furniture is often made using quality materials that stand the test of time. Families would save up to purchase a sofa, for example, that would serve as the cornerstone of their living room decor for decades. They might even pass the piece down to their children. Older furniture can be cumbersome and heavy because it is made of solid wood. You can be assured that the piece will hold up for many more years after reupholstering. In contrast, what you’ll find in today’s big-name furniture stores are often not made with longevity in mind – mostly pieces with particleboard foundation and low-quality springs. If you’re considering reupholstering a piece you purchased a few short years ago, it may already be nearing the end of its usable lifespan.
The condition of the furniture
Take a good look at the piece from top to bottom to give it a thorough assessment. Are there cracks in the frame, or areas that are worn out and wobbly? Is the support foam still firm, or dented from use? Are the cushions still holding their shape? Listen for the sound of loose or damaged springs – do they sag when you sit on it? Is it still comfortable? Your answers to these questions will help you determine whether you want to invest in reupholstering your piece. In some cases, you may be able to repair the piece before reupholstering. If you’re unsure, contact the professionals on our staff to ask for their insight and recommendations.
How you feel about the piece
Finally, it’s essential to consider what your feelings are around the piece. Does it hold a lot of sentimental value for you? Does it fit well in your home? Is it difficult to replace (with a unique shape or design)? If you truly love the furnishing in question, but its condition is too poor to make it a candidate for reupholstery, consider having a new one made through a custom luxury furniture shop. Our studio specializes in handmade furniture and we can incorporate subtle updates into the custom design to make the second version more modern without compromising its overall feel and function.
There are many variables involved in whether a piece may be worth reupholstering. If you are curious about whether the furniture you have in mind is worth the restoration process, book a call with us. Our expert craftspeople take a closer look to help you weigh the pros and cons and assist you in making an informed decision.