When To Reupholster a Sofa

Retro Velvet Sofa.

Knowing when to reupholster an old sofa isn’t always easy, and there is definitely no exact time that this should be done. The answer will depend on a few things, and this should be assessed and considered properly before making plans to reupholster.
Reupholstering is a fantastic way of breathing new life into your furniture and getting the most from its unique beauty. It will also save it from going to a landfill. However, reupholstering can be a costly commitment. So, read on for tips on how to know when it is time to reupholster your sofa.

Is the item a family treasure?
Has your sofa been in the family for years? If so, it may have a history and value worth maintaining for as long as possible. An irreplaceable item is worth holding onto if it still has life in it.

Is it an antique?
If your sofa is more than a century old, it makes sense to invest in its reupholstering. This then becomes the restoration of an antique. A brand new sofa cannot replace an authentic antique. Contact an antique specialist, such as Abbey Antiques, for advice on the process. You may be surprised at how well a worn antique will fare when restored.

Does it have a good quality frame?
If the frame of your sofa is well made and of good quality, you may just need to reupholster the fabric. This is a much better option than buying a new sofa if you want to retain the unique shape or quality of your piece that maybe has just become worn on the surface.

Will reupholstering cost less than a new sofa?
If the sofa is of good quality, the reupholstering cost should be less than buying a new sofa. The fabric and parts that need attention will vary depending on the style and condition of your sofa, so be sure to get some quotes before you make a decision. If the price to reupholster is less, then this is a great option. A new sofa will never be as unique as a one-off piece. Reupholstering is also a great and cheaper option for those who have a good item but are tired of the fabric. This can be replaced, and slipcovers are an option.

Contact Abbey Antiques for advice on antique and reupholstering, on 01708 741135

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