So you just can’t seem to part with that vintage piece you’ve had stored in your attic for years. You admire its shape and still see its potential to be reupholstered. Perhaps you’ve stumbled on a sensational find at an antique shoe and dream of unlocking its potential with some quality tailoring. Many fabulous finds have been discovered in less-than-optimal conditions, and if you are not familiar with re-upholstering or even wallpaper for that matter, read on. It can be rather daunting and there is a lot of effort at stake. We offer helpful hints for anyone who has considered it.
- Choose the right piece. As a rule of thumb, select a piece that you are sure to love for many years to come. The fabric and finish can always be changed, but the shape is the one thing you cannot change. Be sure it has a good structure and solid bones. If you happen to find a previously owned piece of furniture that you absolutely love, pick it up and work from there. If the style is in, and the comfort level is extreme, then it’s a no brainer.
- Choose the right upholsterer. You would not let just anyone pack your parachute right? Then you should not take chances when it comes to reupholstering a piece of furniture either. You and your children (and maybe even their children) may be using that favorite sofa for many years to come, so don’t take chances when it comes to reupholstering a favorite piece of furniture.
Smaller upholstery businesses that specialize in the trade are your best bet. Connecting with someone who specializes in their craft can make a world of difference when it comes to updating or refreshing your favorite furniture pieces.
- Focus on the fabric. When it comes to upholstery, it is important to have extensive knowledge about the many types of fabrics you have to select from. The re-upholstery process is a bit like surgery – furniture is stripped down to the frame, rebuilt, and the result is a relatively brand “new” piece of furniture you are free to fall in love with all over again. Keep in mind that the weight of the fabric depends on where and how the piece will be used. Bedroom furniture does not need to be as durable, stain and abrasion resistant as living room furniture. Select a fabric that will update the piece and don’t be afraid to choose a different color than the one it had before. For an everyday look go for a more solid pattern, if the couch is a centerpiece of your home, select a solid or pattern.
- Consider the Seven Year Time frame. A quality sofa will last decades with a good bone structure so the color and style of your upholstery is a very personal decision, but there are a few top trends to consider this season:
- Metallics. Simpler fabric with a little bit of shimmer and slightly metallic finish is rather chic in homes today. The contrast between jute and natural materials make these styles subtle and arrogant.
- Alchemy Linen. This warm and elegant pattern adds a touch of class to any room.
- Neutral colors. Complicated color combinations of blues and greens add a burst of color to a room.