Upholstery Calculators and Tips

Upholstery Calculators and Tips

Lily Gahagan
Sep 11, 2008

It seems there has been no shortage of "before and after" shots of reupholstered furniture on the design blogs lately, and we are all for it. There's nothing more satisfying than turning someone's castoffs into the perfect pieces to compliment your home - it's not only a green option, but a relatively inexpensive one, too. Here are some tips to keep in mind...

Smaller projects (such as dining room chair, or simple headboard) can often be completed on your own, but we recommend taking any piece that needs internal work, has tricky areas (such as pleats around the arms), or is of great value to you, to an upholsterer.

As with any skilled trade, getting a piece professional upholstered can get expensive quickly. One way to cut down on the price is to buy your own fabric separately, from a discount supplier or other such vendor. We recommend using a heavier-duty fabric, such as canvas, to prevent early signs of wear. There are lots of sites available for calculating the amount of fabric needed - we like Domino's, as well as this site which offers a little bit more technical information for more complicated projects.

If you've inherited a cheap piece or thrifted something inexpensive and don't want to put a lot of money into it, you might consider trying to reupholster it on your own. Make sure to check out some guides or books to help walk you through the process.

Best of luck, and we'd love to see any finished products out there!

Images: Tigerlillyshop

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