The craft of upholstery has long been a reason for comfort when it comes to pieces of furniture such as sofas and chairs. In the past, it was very common for upholsterers to make use of fabrics in their work, but nowadays the use of both real leather and faux leather has quickly caught on as a trendy and modernistic alternative. Despite that, fabric continues to remain a very popular choice for upholstery even today, and the emphasis placed on re-upholstery of antique pieces of furniture is often enough to prove that fabrics still are in high demand. That said, re-upholstery is often not as simple as most homeowners might think at first; if you are also planning to have an upholsterer take a look at your specific antique sofa or chair, here are some tips to consider:
- Is it worth it? – If you have a special attachment to a specific piece of furniture, thinking whether upholstery repairs Brisbane are a worthwhile investment might not even cross your mind at first. However, you should know that the process is somewhat pricey, and generally, there are a number of old (not necessarily antique, but articles of furniture from second-hand shops as well) pieces of furniture that just won’t benefit from a re-upholstery. The reason is usually because the frame is not sound enough to withstand another few years of use even. That being said, keep in mind that the older furniture pieces – over half a century old, at the very least – tend to age better and are generally built better than those built in the recent past (yes, you have to thank mass production lines for this).
- What about the prices? – as was briefly mentioned in the former point, re-upholstery procedures are expensive. Generally, any kind of antique furniture restoration or anywhere else in the world is expensive. The reason is simple: it is difficult to do and it involves a lot of meticulous work. Depending on the state of the furniture in question – for example, whether the frame is in good condition, springs need to be replaced, etc. – the work that needs to be done can increase or decrease, and so does the price. The least expensive procedure would be to renew just the fabric – but this requires every other part of the furniture to be in a good state.
- What about the upholsterers? – and of course, do not forget to consider the upholsterers themselves. It is generally advised to ask around a few shops to get a good idea of the average price for your project – if anyone suggests too high a price, or even too low a price, you know you should be avoiding them.