If your old sofa looks as though it's on its last legs, don't be too
quick to discard it. Resourceful homeowners are discovering that
many old pieces have a value that you just can't buy today, and
they are restoring their quality items through re-upholstery. The
economics of upholstery works, and for a few well spent dollars it
can be one of todays best buys.
The Fabric Advantage
A significant advantage in re-upholstering is being able to
choose fabric of colors and textures. So you can find just about
any fabric, and any price to fit any decor.
The Art of Re-Upholstery
Building on your old frame (where you can save big dollars) the
upholsterer re-ties the springs, puts in new webbing, all new
padding and fills and totally re-creates the sofa. This is all hand
work involving a high order of skills. What you get back is a piece
of furniture in the class of custom made.
The frame is the essential element in the structure and if it's
solid, there is no point going out and buying a new one. So, what
is in a good frame? One that is made of hardwood, such as Oak,
Alder or Maple. Hardwood is strong and has longevity. The biggest
clue is its weight. Hardwood is heavy. That is why furniture
salespeople will often lift up one end of a sofa when showing it to
a customer, they are demonstrating the weight of the frame.
Your upholsterer can check this out for you!
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