What You Need to Know Before You Reupholster

Thinking about reupholstering a worn-out piece of furniture? Take a look at these tips to make the process simple and easy.
Choosing a Piece to Reupholster
reupholstered wing chair Image courtesy of Calico Corners

Reupholstery is major surgery -- the furniture is stripped down to the frame, then rebuilt, which explains the project's cost. However, you get a "new" piece of furniture as a result. We checked in with the upholstering experts at Calico Corners for more information.

What to Look For

Look beyond ugly fabric to the furniture's bones. Check the following:

8-way  hand-tied springs

  • Look at the bottom frame and make sure it's hardwood and kiln-dried. Check for strong, intact corner braces and stable construction.
  • Ask if the furniture was made with 8-way hand-tied springs. They are tailored to each piece for prime comfort and support.
  • Test the furniture to make sure it doesn't rock during use.
  • Look for a recognizable brand name. Henredon, Vanguard, Michael Thomas, and others produce furniture worthy of reupholstering and using again.

Continued on page 2:  Choosing Fabric