Upholstery: 3 Important Things to Know

Here are some things to take into consideration with regards to upholstery and reupholstery:

Does the interior of the piece to be upholstered need work first?

Squeaky springs are a sure sign that it does. It means that replacement clips need to be replaced, usually. If coil springs are popping up to the surface, the piece will have to be stripped to the frame to make the fixes. Lastly, if foam cushions feel grainy and don’t bounce back after pressure, they will need to be replaced. This all might seem overwhelming, but it’s certainly better to take care of structural problems before making the surface look pretty. And this brings us to the next point:

There’s a difference between reupholstering and recovering. 

Recovering involves simply removing the outermost layer and replacing it with a new fabric, new leather, etc. Reupholstering, on the other hand, takes into account the structural makeup of the seat below the outermost covering. So, when you approach a business that specializes reupholstering and recovering, make sure you ask for quotes pertaining to the right service. You might only need a piece recovered. No need to spend the money having cushions or springs replaced if they’re in good shape!

Find an expert to upholster or reupholster your pieces.

When done at a high level of expertise, upholstering done properly can result in years and years of excellent service and resilience. But it’s complicated, skilled work. Much of today’s modern upholstery is engineered with large, stitched-on piece covers capped onto padded frames, and only experienced, highly skilled labor gets the job done right.