Upholstery presents you with a nice and easy way to re-do your furniture, and give it a new and fresh look. Whether you're thinking of doing it yourself or hiring a professional check out our top tips below to make sure you go in fully equipped with what you need to know!
1) Check out local businesses
Search locally for companies and makers who can reupholster furniture, while be sure to compile a list detailing the estimated cost, location in relation to you, whether or not they offer collection and delivery services, and costings!
2) Considered using students..?
A cheaper alternative is to consider local universities and colleges, where you should be able to get upholstery students. This should enable you to get a good price in exchange for offering them valuable work experience.
3) Know what you want
Get an idea of the fabric you want to use before taking the plunge and booking your piece in! Make sure you browse online stores and fabric shops as a means to compare prices, and check to see if the opholster might just be able to nab you a bargain. Upholsters can access special discounts that will not only save you huge amounts of money but also significantly speed up the process.
4) Simple and plain = nice and cheap!
Try and avoid the trap of picking fabrics that have a large repeated pattern, as it could result in you spending way more than you need to. Instead opt for a simple and plain design or else a very small pattern, which will make life for your upholsterer simpler and therefore cheaper for you, as there will be no need to line-up bold patterns.
5) Consider ways to cut your costs
There could be options to lower your costs even more, depending where you get the upholstery done. Not having piped edging or removable covers will add to a lower cost, for instance.
6) Go on a professional course
If you feel bold you could even give the reupholstering a go yourself. While a shoer course could cost a bit, it will leave you with many techniques that you can put to use in the future.
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