If you have that perfect old couch that you do not want to get rid of, then before buying new furniture – consider re-upholstering your old furniture. Although the allure of getting something brand new may make you think that your favourite old couch is outdated, you should definitely take a look at what the new styles are and see if you can buy some material and give that old couch of yours a face lift. Not only will you then be able to keep that old couch of yours, but it will no longer be an eye sore in your home. There are several places in South Africa that reupholster furniture for reasonable rates – most definitely for less than what you would pay for a new piece of furniture.
But you may still find yourself wondering why before buying furniture – consider reupholstering your old? Well some design experts have the following reasons:
- Reupholstering an old piece can add character to a room. This can be especially necessary in a room that has become too modern and needs that little touch to make it seem all the more homely.
- Reupholstering is better for the environment then purchasing new products. You will find that upholstered furniture is cropping up more and more in green minded interior designers repertoire. The same principle is being used not only in furniture but in tiling and other areas of the home.
However, before you begin the reupholstering, you need to determine if the piece of furniture is worth it or not. Another important thing to establish is if the piece of furniture is an antique or not as reupholstering an antique could lead to it decreasing in value if the way in which it is constructed is altered. Many designers say that the best place to look when you want to reupholster is family heirlooms as these pieces will have some sort of sentimental value to the owner and therefore the benefit of reupholstering will most likely outweigh any cost involved.
Another important factor to consider when determining if the piece of furniture is worth being restored to its former glory, is the work that will be involved. For example if the damage to the furniture, let’s use a couch as an example, is extensive such as the springs are in a bad condition, it may just not be worth it. If this is the case, then unless the couch has sentimental value, it does not seem worth the cost.
So if you are in the market for a new couch, think about reupholstering it. Determine how much it’ll cost you to do this buy sourcing the type of material that you want. From here you can either provide a re-upholsterer to do the job for you, or you can do it yourself. This however requires specific tools which may end up being more expensive if you do not already have them on hand.
All in all, if you want to freshen up a room and are looking to buy a new item of furniture, you are going to end up spending some money. The difference between how much you spend depends on whether or not you believe that the piece of furniture you are looking to replace is worth replacing or if you should re-upholster it instead. If you are concerned with the environment and are looking for another way in which to do your part, you can recycle your furniture by reupholstering it as you will not be helping the mass manufacturers sell more and more furniture by buying from them.