How to Determine if a Sofa Is Worth The Trouble To Reupholster

Reupholstering a lounge suite instead of replacing it can potentially save you money, but the cost isn't usually the most important element of the decision. Hiring a good reupholster can be almost as expensive as buying a new couch, so the things that make the job worth it are more personal -- like the couches sentimental value, suitability for your space and antique quality. Reupholstery also keeps the frame out of the landfill, making it the eco-conscious thing to do. If the sofa was cheap and low-quality to begin with, though, reupholstering it is probably a poor use of money.
  1. Determine whether the couch is more than 10 years old. If you're considering buying it at second hand or from a used sofa dealer, ask the seller about the history of the couch. Lounge suites built in the last 10 years is usually not sturdy enough to bother reupholstering, but older pieces are often better quality. If it's been in use for 10 to 15 years and isn't falling apart yet structurally, that's also a good sign.
  2. Shake the couch by each arm and the back. Check whether it wobbles, rocks or feels unsteady. If so, it's probably not a good enough sofa to reupholster. If it feels sturdy and well made, it might be a good candidate.
  3. Examine the frame. For the Lounge suite to be worth reupholstering, the frame should be made of hardwood, possibly saligna, with relatively few knots, and the joints should be secured with dowels and glue rather than staples. If you're not sure whether the frame is hardwood, remove all the cushions and try to lift the sofa. If it feels heavy for its size, it's more likely to be high quality; if it feels light, the wood is probably not sturdy enough to keep.
  4. Look at the springs in the frame. High-quality sofas have coiled springs interweaved with elastic webbing. If the sofa only has elastic webbing instead of spring, the piece probably isn't worth reupholstering. If you're not sure whether the springs are coiled or you can't see them, pat the underside of the sofa and feel whether the dust cover is stretched taut. A tight dust cover indicates good construction.
  5. Press on the cushions and squeeze the padded arms and back of the couch. If they feel squishy or compress easily, they're probably made of low-quality foam, which makes reupholstering the sofa a poor investment. If they feel firm or lumpy, your upholsterer can work with the material to keep the couch comfortable and useable.
  6. Consider how much you like the couch set. If it's good quality but you're on the fence about spending the money on reupholstering, ask yourself whether you're likely to find another piece you like as much. Finding the perfect shape and sized lounge suite for your home can be challenging, so if you have it in front of you and it just needs some repairs and new fabric, reupholstering it is probably a good choice.
 
Tip
  • Shop around for upholsterers before you select one. Choose a workman with good reviews, a large portfolio who has been in business for a while and rates you can afford.
  • Custom Couches offers a quality re-upholstery service at affordable prices, you can contact them at www.customcouches.co.za alternatively they are available on whatsapp at 011 462 1328 or 074 196 4542