Tears in fabric or one deflated seat cushion might be an easy fix, costing less than a complete furniture rejuvenation. However, if the damage is located in the frame of the piece, or multiple cushions need replacing, upholstery can become expensive and it might be more cost-effective to buy new furniture.
Locate the problem area of your furniture and decide whether it’s worth fixing based on your attachment to the piece. If you’re willing to restore it, go for it! But if the damages are too extensive, consider buying a replacement.
As previously stated, if the skeleton of your old furniture is in good shape, consider reupholstering or refinishing it instead of shopping for a new piece. Chances are, if your furniture has been around for a decade or more, it’s in good condition and can be brought back to life with a few finishing touches.
It’s becoming more common to use lower-quality wood and joinery techniques to construct sofa and chair frames. So why not just revamp the high-quality piece you have in your possession already?
However, if the frame is broken, regardless of whether it’s high-quality, it might be in your best interest to replace it. Furniture frames can be expensive to fix and can cost just as much as a new sofa or chair.
How can you tell whether a frame is broken? You can feel it! Have a seat, and you’ll feel wood snapping or springs popping if the frame is coming apart.
Many who choose to reupholster their furniture expect the piece to be refinished in the same way as when they bought it, but this isn’t always the case. The new stuffing in your seating cushions may be stiffer or the wood finish may be a darker color than before.
If you decide that reupholstery is a good option, be sure to research a reputable company and communicate your expectations clearly. If your needs cannot be met, the company you hire should make you aware of their concerns so that you can then make the best decision for your furniture.