If you are like a lot of people, you might find yourself looking for new furniture when your old stuff begins to wear out. If your couch or other furniture is dirty or stained, if the upholstery has a bad odor that you can't get rid of, or if there are tears or holes, you might be thinking that now is a good time to look for new furniture. However, in some cases, it is better to reupholster your existing furniture rather than buying all new stuff. These are a few signs that this is something that you should look into.
1. Your Furniture Is Still in Good Structural Shape
Even though your furniture's upholstery probably isn't in good shape if you are thinking about reupholstering it, there's a chance that the furniture itself is still in good shape. If you have a couch that is worn out and lumpy, for example, you might not want to opt for reupholstering. The same is true for chairs or other furniture that are unstable or otherwise overly worn. If your furniture is still in good structural shape but if you just don't like the upholstery or if the upholstery is the only part that is worn out, however, it might be worth it to look into reupholstering.
2. The Furniture Is Very Valuable
For cheaper furniture, it is often best to toss it out and start over with fresh pieces. However, for furniture that is very valuable, it can be more affordable to reupholster the pieces. Just make sure that you have the job done by someone who really knows what he or she is doing, however; otherwise, it could cause the value of your furniture to go down.
3. It Has Sentimental Value
In some cases, furniture might not be worth much money-wise, but it might have a lot of sentimental value. For example, if you have a piece of furniture that was passed on to you by a family member or if you want to keep the first couch that you ever purchased on your own, looking into reupholstering the piece could be a good way to keep it in the family.
As you can see, there are a few situations in which reupholstering your furniture is a better option than replacing it. If any of these three things apply to your furniture, or if you are just curious about this option, consider contacting a furniture repair professional.