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Re-upholstering is great. It’s often very difficult these days to find new pieces that are as cherished and as well built as older pieces. And, there is something to be said about the overall creative process and renewal that your furniture will take on once the project is completed. If you are in the process of considering revitalizing your furniture,  below are our 4 helpful upholstering tips.
1) Before you visit an upholster have in mind your style decor and how you want your furniture to function. It’s important to know the type of material that will fit into and work well with your lifestyle. This will help you determine if you should use a fabric such as a microfiber, heavy trafficked and easy to self-clean, or something more like suede which will require professional cleaning. Certain materials generally require special cleaning products or maintenance so it’s important when considering the use of the furniture and the future costs that you may incur.
2) Type of Furniture piece: Do you want to re-upholster an antique piece or a modern piece? Knowing what type of furniture you want to re-upholster will help in choosing the right person for the job. There are many different upholsters who specialize in certain areas and it is important to find the right craftsman in order to save you time and money.
3) Price consideration: Re-Upholstering can be a great alternative to buying new and has more advantages than just monetary savings. But, it is important to discuss with your upholster the overall project and your design goals before making the commitment. Fabric can be just as expensive as the project itself so you want to communicate your budget with your upholster in advance and  take time to price compare.
4) Know your furniture’s bones: It is important to know the durability of your furniture’s frame since the life of a piece of upholstered furniture begins with its frame. Although the underlying wooden framework cannot all be seen in the finished product, the type of wood used to create it will have a bearing on the quality of the final product. Prior to the process, the upholster should be able to tell you exactly if your furniture’s frame will need a process known as dowelling. Dowelling is a process where about two dowels are drilled, hammered and glued in the wood stress points to provide extra strength and support to the frame.

Below are a few of our favorite upholster projects that were done by are in house upholster, Robby.

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