We all know when it is time for a new look. Maybe you still have that floral pattern hanging around from the 90′s, or that lovely plaid that went so well with those curtains. But now, let’s admit it, it’s time for new upholstery. Which brings us to the question: Should I reupholster my old sofa or buy a new one?
This is a question we get quite frequently. Usually the cost of reupholstering a sofa will save you about $200 – $300, depending on the fabric you select. If considering reupholstering, you should inspect the integrity of the frame and condition of the cushions, and consider the age of the furniture.
Most customers are looking for a whole new look when shopping for upholstery. So, by simply recovering you are not changing the style of the frame, only the fabric on the sofa.
The prices of new sofas have not increased significantly within the past few years. New sofas range in price from $999 to $1699, if you purchase from a quality manufacturer. A typical life expectancy is probably 10 to 20 years, depending on the size of your family and area of the home use. If you purchase a mid-to-upper quality sofa, you will get many years of comfort, and not have to repurchase in a short period of time.
Remember, the comfort of a well-made sofa makes coming home from a day at work to sit, relax, and watch a movie or sports event with your family well worth the investment.
So, my recommendation is buy new, unless you still love the style of the existing sofa you have or it is an heirloom piece that has sentimental value.
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~ Erik Skarbovig, Owner, Furniture Traditions