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:
- 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.