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A Guide to Buying New vs Reupholstery

If your home needs an update, sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what needs tackling, what needs replacing, and what is worth keeping.  One of the greatest considerations when updating a room is the furniture, especially sofas and arm chairs. These can be expensive to replace and it can be hard to know how a new piece will fit in your living room.

For this reason people often turn to reupholstery, as it allows you to keep your current furniture but give it an updated look and feel.  This is an especially good option if your furniture is of good quality or you have an emotional attachment to the piece.

Is Reupholstery Right for me?

So, you’ve decided your furniture needs an update, but you’re unsure about whether to replace it or reupholster it.  Getting a brand new piece of furniture has obvious benefits but it can be expensive and daunting, which is why we’ve put together some reasons to choose reupholstery.

  1. It is cost effective to invest in quality and reupholster over a lifetime of the furniture.

In an article by the Telegraph it was stated that the cheap couch industry was worth £1 billion a year, with the average cost of a sofa set being £1500. The average Briton will buy 7 sofa sets over their lifetime. By comparison a quality leather sofa set will cost around £3500, take a year to wear in and be at its most comfortable after 5 years – right when the cheap sofas have worn out!

  1. Quality furniture can be given a whole new lease of life.

Whether you have inherited a treasured item, or managed to buy a second hand bargain, you can bring it back to life with reupholstery. Repairs will be made to the frame, springs checked and replaced if necessary, and new seat cushions fitted. The original features of the furniture will be maintained – wood work, studded work and button backs for example - and you can request any other changes or alterations to be made in order to turn it into your dream piece of furniture.

During Reup 

3.   Your furniture already fits into your room.

You don’t have to go to the trouble of shopping for new furniture and finding something that meets your measurement requirements; you can update what you have knowing it already works in your home

4.  You are recycling.

With a huge proportion of new furniture being imported from the Far East, reupholstery is a greener option. When the cheaper furniture wears out it goes straight to landfill which is damaging to the environment. (See our infographic: ‘Does the UK Have a Problem With Old Sofas?’)

5.   You are supporting British/local business, jobs and economy.

“UK furniture, bed and furnishings manufacturing is a substantial industry. According to 2014 Government statistics it contributes £10.1 billion to the country’s GDP, which equates to 1.9% of manufacturing output, and employs 106,000 people within 7,969 companies.”  Source:britishfurnitureconfederation.org.uk

6.   You will own an individual piece of furniture.

Because you can choose from a huge selection of fabrics you can create a truly bespoke look, which you can co-ordinate with the rest of your home.

7.   Your wait time will be shorter.

When buying new you have to measure, shop and then wait for several weeks before it arrives – the reupholstery process is often much more convenient and will be completed and returned to you in a shorter time scale. We also pick up and return your sofa right to your door.

 Venetian Stripe Before

Venetian Stripe After 

If you feel like you would like to look into recovering a piece of furniture, then one of our expert Home Consultants will be able to talk you through the process and find the best option for you.  To arrange a free home visit simply follow this link or call 0800 542 54 54.

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How Plumbs Can Save Your Sad Sofa

It’s a shame that this is an all too common sight in the UK; an abandoned sofa, thrown out onto the street to make way for a brand new suite.  But when you consider the amount of time spent finding the right size furniture for your home, or the great memories your sofa has been the foundation of, it can seem like a real shame to just discard it.

With this in mind, Plumbs would like to change the public’s perception of old and tatty sofas and help them to see the potential in the furniture they already own!

Take this sofa which could easily have seen a fate like this.  Luckily however we were able to purchase this and give it a brand new lease of life.

Abandoned Sofa  

We striped back the old worn fabric; tightened the joints and made a few repairs to the frame before replacing the seat cushions and padding.  The feet were in good condition so we decided to keep these as they are, along with the scroll detail on the arm.

Cth Weg P1 

The ‘Chatsworth Rose’ fabric we choose is much fresher than the brown fabric that previously covered it.  This fabric has a delicate floral design in a subtle Duck Egg tone, a colour that works really well against the dark feet.

In the image above we co-ordinated this look with a mini dot fabric called ‘Chatsworth Trellis’ and pale Pink and Gold scatter cushions. Fresh flowers also give the room a more vibrant feel.

This amazing transformation is just one of hundreds we carry out each week which is why we feel it’s such a shame to see a perfectly good sofa (just in need of a little TLC) thrown out! What do you think – are you a fan of our transformation?

This could be your old and tatty sofa too – no need to put it into landfill just yet. If you’d like to speak to one of our expert Home Consultants about transforming the furniture in your home, why not contact us today.

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Does The UK Have a Problem With Old Sofas? [Infographic]

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Each year in the UK, we throw away thousands of tonnes of sofas into landfill, and the majority of the sofas thrown away are in perfectly good condition. We’re all entitled to buy what we want, but the impact we are having on the environment may make us think twice about our sofa decisions.

The amount of CO2 used to make a new piece of furniture is over 1000x more than refinishing it. So recycling one tonne of sofas would save a massive 1.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions according the anti-waste task force, Wrap UK. Imagine the benefit on the atmosphere for every 100 sofas saved from a landfill site.

So what can you do to save your sofa? Firstly, buy higher quality! If you initially invest, you will see a long term gain in terms of the lifetime of your sofa. Secondly try to upcycle your furniture - reupholstering your sofa will make you feel as if you have brand new sofa, but really your old faithful sofa has just avoided the skip. Finally, you can always donate your sofa. As long as it has the relevant fire safety labels, charity shops will happily accept it. Here’s an infographic that details exactly the problem of throwing away sofas in the UK…

Sofa Waste Infographic

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