Monday, March 19, 2012

When to re-upholster and when not to

When working on design projects, I always try and find ways to re-use items that have really great lines but just need updating or repairs. Often clients think that this will be a less expensive option over buying new. Often this is not the case, but that doesn't mean it should not be done! There are a few things to consider when deciding whether to start over or re-upholster:
1. Is the piece made well? Is it still in solid condition, structurally?
2. Do you love the lines, the shape, the memories that come with it?
3. Is the piece timeless?
4. Does it still fit in the layout of your home?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then consider keeping that piece of furniture and giving it a new life. It really is amazing what an updated fabric, some tufting or removal of tufting, contrast piping etc. can do for your favorite piece of furniture. If the piece is of good quality, then the upholstery should last for quite some time and then it REALLY is a worthwhile investment.
Here is an example of a before and after:

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