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What are the benefits of recovering furniture?

Do you want to give your furniture a new lease of life? Whether you’ve inherited a cherished armchair or your comfortable old couch is looking a little shabby, recovering your furniture is a great option. There are several advantages to recovering furniture, from creating a unique look to being sustainable. After all, if you like nothing better than relaxing on your sofa at the end of a long day, you don’t want to have to buy a new piece of furniture! 

Whether it’s a set of outdoor/patio furniture that has seen one too many winters outdoors, a 19th century antique wingback chair, or a worn out bar stool, recovering furniture is a perfect option to recover the furniture’s original charm. 

Make It Bespoke, Make It Your Own!

When furnishing your home, you don’t need to compromise on style or comfort. Recovering the furniture you love in a modern fabric means you can create precisely the aesthetic you want. So let your imagination run riot with colour to make a real showstopper, or bring an old couch bang up to date with a sleek and chic makeover. Furthermore, restoring antique furniture can bring a classic piece back to life with a unique, contemporary touch.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to pattern and style, allowing you to create the bespoke look that’s right for your home.

You can reuse fabric

Recovering furniture can also be thrifty if you’re prepared to get a little crafty. Providing you like the old fabric, you can repurpose it as lampshades, tote bags, cushion covers, a table runner or whatever you fancy. Your imagination plus the amount of leftover fabric is the only limit. Still, it’s a fun way to remind yourself of how your old couch used to look in your living room and create some unique accessories for free.

It can be cheaper than buying a replacement

If you have well-made, sturdy furniture, how much would it cost you to replace it? Of course, you could buy some cheap, mass-produced armchairs. But will they last? Chances are, after a few years, they would start looking shabby and need reupholstering anyway. 

Recovering furniture can save you money in the long run. It’s more cost-effective to invest in some contemporary fabric than cheap modern furniture with no staying power. And if you have antique pieces, reupholstering them can increase their value, making them much more desirable if you decide to sell.

You won’t need to compromise on comfort

Is your idea of relaxation bingeing a box set on Netflix from the comfort of your couch? Why compromise your comfort by buying a new one when you could reupholster? You could risk replacing that cosy couch with a less comfortable mass-produced one (and spend lots of money), when re-upholstery would do the trick.

It’s better for the environment 

Everyone’s trying to do their bit for the environment these days. And recovering your old furniture is a great way to upcycle it into something new and exciting. Unfortunately, 670,000 tonnes of perfectly functional furniture is sent to landfill sites every year, resulting in a waste of precious natural resources like wood and leather. Recovering furniture is an excellent alternative. Rather than adding to that waste mountain, you can effectively recycle your old armchair or couch and contribute to a circular economy.

It can be a fun process to try and do yourself 

If you want to have a go at reupholstering your old furniture, you’ll learn new skills and start a fulfilling hobby. This can be great fun, however, if your time is limited or the idea of reupholstering a four-seater couch seems daunting, why not get in touch with a skilled expert?

At South West Upholstery, we’re a family run business with plenty of experience in recovering furniture, including classic mid-century modern pieces from Ercol and Parker Knoll. So if you’re interested in creating a bespoke look for your home, then get in touch with us today, and we’ll be happy to help.

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