(These were reupholstered for one of my clients. The red zebra is also on the back of the chairs and it's fun to be able to see it from the window outside. Wish I had a before of these...but no dice.)
One question I get quite a bit is, "Is it worth it to reupholster a piece of furniture, or should I just buy new?". My answer is always the same..."Yes, it's worth it." Did you know that the biggest landfill problem we have is old and discarded furniture? Typically, we just decide at some point we don't like the fabric on a sofa anymore or maybe the stained wood. Maybe, it's just a cheapy Ikea piece that we don't think is worth investing in to recover. So many of us will cut back on our paper towel usage, we'll recycle cans and glass and newspaper, but when it comes to furniture we just set it out on the curb for the garbage man. So, I thought I'd show you some befores and afters of some old furniture and let you see what an amazing transformation you can get with just a bit of elbow grease or by investing some money back into them. Following, you'll find a detailed article on what the process entails and how much yardage you can expect to need for different sized pieces. We offer reupholstery services at our shop and we have a bazillion fabrics that you can choose from in all price ranges. Our labor for reupholstery is about $45/yd, but keep in mind if new foam, stuffing or other unexpected needs pop up...those are a bit extra as you'd imagine.
(inoui design collective)
(hannah stanton via designsponge)
Important Tips for Upholstery
FROM COMMERCIAL INTERIORS OUTLET)
First add the fabric's vertical and horizontal repeats together (for example, a 7" vertical repeat plus its 10" horizontal repeat gives a 17" total). Then find the appropriate column on the chart, and increase the yardage estimate by the percentage indicated.
For example: The yardage estimate is 5 yards of 54" wide fabric to cover a chair and the pattern on the fabric repeats horizontally every 10" and vertically every 7". Add up the repeats (10" + 7" = 17") and find the appropriate column (15% for this example). 15 percent more fabric is needed to cover the chair while matching the pattern at the seams. 5 yards plus an extra 15 % is 5.75 yards.