How Much Does Furniture Upholstery Cost?

Over time, your furniture can become damaged, stained or worn down meaning you may eventually look to replace it. Instead of throwing your sofa or chairs away to replace it with something new, reupholstery can give you the option of keeping your existing furniture. 

But how much does furniture upholstery cost?

Many people assume that the cost of a new furniture piece is a more economically viable option in comparison to upholstery, but that may not be the case. 

How expensive is upholstery?

The cost of upholstery can vary greatly which can mean that buying a new piece of furniture might actually be a more affordable option for you. If your furniture is of a cheaper quality, it is more likely to be more economical for you to simply replace the entire piece together. 

But if you’re looking to reupholster a bespoke piece or antique furniture, upholstery will certainly be a much better option. 

What can affect the upholstery cost?

When you’re looking to price up your furniture upholstery, you will find that there are a variety of factors that will influence your final price.

Type of Furniture – The type of furniture being upholstered can influence the ultimate cost of upholstery. For instance, reupholstering a sofa may cost more than reupholstering a dining chair due to the size and materials needed to complete the piece.

Fabric Choice – The price of upholstery fabric can range from budget-friendly to high value matier, with prices varying based on the material, brand, and design. Remember, higher quality fabrics can often improve the longevity of the upholstery, saving you more money in the long run.

Labour Costs – Upholsterers typically charge for labour based on factors such as the complexity of the job, the condition of the furniture, and their level of expertise. Make sure to let your upholstery know exactly what you’re looking for to ensure you get the right quote.

Additional Materials – In addition to fabric and labour, other materials such as padding, springs, and trim may be required for the upholstery project, adding to the overall cost.

Depending on the factors mentioned above you can expect to pay anywhere in the region of a few hundred pounds to a couple of thousand pounds. 

If you want to know how much it might cost to reupholster your furniture, you can contact us for an honest and upfront quote. 

Why you should consider upholstery and reupholstery

As already mentioned, upholstery might not be the best solution for every problem, but for some it can be the only option. 

Branded Furniture

If you have an expensive piece of furniture that has been designed by a famous brand or designer, you have a couple of options available to you. 

Replace and Sell/Throw Away – You can look to sell your furniture as it is, knowing someone may want to pick up your used piece as a value buy. This will allow you to buy a brand new furniture piece. 

This is a fairly costly option but it will ensure that you have a brand new furniture piece. 

Reupholster – If you can’t find the exact model you’re looking for, upholstery is a great option and more than likely more cost effective. Your upholstery expert will work with you to find the best material match for your piece to ensure that it looks as good as new. 

Antique Furniture 

When it comes to antique furniture, you’re going to be limited to fewer options. 

Sell – Unlike branded furniture, you’re going to find it incredibly difficult to replace your antique furniture for a like-for-like piece. You can still look at selling your piece for a value price or to a collector who might be willing to pay a good price. 

Reupholster – By far one of the biggest client types for reupholstery is for those looking to upholster their antique furniture. Some materials may not be available in the modern world of upholstery, but alternatives are often available. 

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