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Popular Questions about Reupholstery

Reupholstery is not a subject everyone knows a great deal about, which is why we are often asked questions about the processes behind it.

We've put together this list below of some of the most popular questions our customers ask us to hopefully help you learn more about reupholstery.

What is reupholstery?

Reupholstery is the process of removing existing upholstery fabrics (often due to wear or damage) and replacing them with a brand new fabric.  Plumbs reupholstery service also includes complete new padding and seat foams, as well as any damaged springs and webbing; however this might not be the case with other services.

Stripping Reup 

How long does reupholstery take?

Reupholstery is quite a complex and detailed process, and this is reflected in the time it takes to finish a piece of furniture.  Furniture is stripped back to the frame and rebuilt using new fabrics and padding, and the process becomes more intricate when the furniture has deep buttons and scroll arms. As a guide we quote our reupholstery service time scale as 8-10 weeks; however your furniture is actually only away for around 3 weeks.

Can you reupholster leather furniture?

Leather furniture can indeed be reupholstered in a brand new fabric. The leather is stripped back in the same way we would a fabric sofa, and then re-covered in a new design. 

Before Chelsea Velvet Sky After Chelsea Velvet Sky

What kind of fabrics will be used?

Upholstery weight fabrics should be used to reupholster any piece of furniture.  It is also important to make sure the company you use uses fabrics that comply with fire retardant regulations.

Fabric Rolls 

What tools are used in reupholstery?

There are a number of tools needed to reupholster a piece of furniture and every upholsterer will have their own variations on the specific tools they like to use. The basic upholstery kit will include items such as: ripping chisel, upholstery pliers, staple gun, tack hammer, fabric scissors, curved needles....

Tools

Can you attempt it yourself?

You can find how-to videos online which will help you attempt beginner upholstery jobs, however reupholstery is a highly skilled craft and isn't something we'd suggest attempting on a piece of furniture that's expensive or you really like.  Instead it's best to contact a professional reupholstery service who will be able to help you choose fabrics and do all the hard work for you.  If you would like learn the basics you could try practising on easier projects like headboards or dining chair inserts.

Can reupholstery be done in my home?

Unfortunately reupholstery is a long and often quite messy job.  It's because of this we wouldn't suggest letting anyone reupholster in your living room. Instead it's best to for furniture to go to workshops where it can be completely transformed and returned back to you with a new lease of life. 

 Factory

How much does it cost?

As reupholstery is a bespoke service, every piece of furniture will have its own cost.  This cost will usually be dependent on the size of the furniture, type of fabric and whether the piece is an antique etc. When shopping around for costs, it's important to take into account the level of service different companies provide, such as some may only replace the top layer of fabric, or use lower quality fabrics. Plumbs for example, provide a full reupholstery service, which includes, stripping the furniture back to the frame, tightening any loose joints, replacing broken springs/webbing, new padding and seat cushions, as well as delivery and expert advice.

 Why would I reupholster over buying new?

Many people choose to use a reupholstery company simply because they like the furniture the own and don't feel the need to buy new. Another benefit of reupholstery is you can create a truly bespoke item as you can often choose from hundreds of designs and colours.  One of the other biggest factors is reupholstery is often much more environmentally friendly than buying new as you are saving an old sofa from the landfill.

These are just a few of the questions we get asked all the time here at Plumbs, and the list is always growing with more people wanting to reduce their carbon footprint and reupholster instead. Do you have any questions we haven't answered here? Comment below or call us on 0800 542 54 54.

Joanna Whitworth

Home Decor enthusiast and employee of Plumbs Loose Covers and Reupholstery.

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