want a new look, so the decision is yours: Reupholster? or
buy new? Here are some points to make that choice the best
one for you...
made versus Hand-crafted: Buying new furniture
can be risky business. That sofa you re yearning for may look
terrific in the showroom but as the saying goes, beauty is
only skin deep. Do you know what's on the inside? Is it likely
to be the best quality if it comes at bargain prices? Some
questions to ask are: Is the frame sturdy? Will the springs
hold up under the wear and tear of everyday living? Are you
buying a piece that will serve your needs and fit your lifestyle
for years to come? A true professional will answer these questions
honestly and thoroughly, believing that you deserve to know
enough to make an educated choice.
differences between hardwood and cheaper materials are what
cause a frame to last for generations, or degrade in just
a few years. The quality of the fill products (foam, cotton,
down and feathers, batting, cluster fiber, etc.) that go into
a piece of furniture determine how comfortable it will be
and for how long. What you save in the short run could cost
you more than the price of the piece in adjustments down the
line. It all comes down to this simple truth: factory-made
furniture put together cheaply on an assembly line is less
durable than a fine quality piece reupholstered by a trained
craftsman. In the end what you want is a quality product that
will suit your taste, match your decor, fit into a particular
space, and support your unique lifestyle for a good long time.
What better way to achieve that than by reupholstering your
Selection: So often in a furniture store you
have to settle for what you can get. Choices are limited in
regards to color, pattern, and style. The word custom may
be used but it only goes as far as the particular selection
the manufacturer decides to offer. Why settle for one of fifteen
or twenty options when your neighborhood upholsterer can offer
you tens of thousands of textiles (available through a vast
chain of sources) in colors, textures, styles and price ranges
to suit your specific needs? And you can make your selection
with confidence because you know the fabric is guaranteed.
Another bonus that comes with choosing to reupholster is being
able to redesign your old furniture for an absolutely new
look. Add an arm, eliminate a skirt, straighten out a camel
back, add one hump or two... Possibilities abound when you
re dealing with a professional upholsterer whose specialized
skills enable you to achieve a truly CUSTOM outcome with your
finished piece. If it s already in good condition, you won
t have to pay for unnecessary work. And if your furniture
needs repairs your upholsterer can easily replace springs,
rebuild the frame, or add new padding along with that updated
style. Not only will you love your new look, you ll also have
an heirloom-quality piece your family can enjoy for many years
Value for your Money: Price tags have changed
many a mind, and granted, the cost of reupholstering may equal
the cost of buying new, but what you get back in freedom of
choice and the reliability of a long-lasting product can really
tip the balance in the end.
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