Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale - Re-Upholstery vs. Buying New

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Re-Upholstery vs. Buying New
Something people forget when updating the look of a home is buying new furniture is not the only option. Think about reupholstery. If the fabric pattern is a bit outdated or well-loved and well-used for many years, it may look a bit worse for wear.
Buying new may seem more cost-effective than reupholstering because having every furniture piece reupholstered can be expensive. Most furniture on the market today is mass-produced. The construction and materials leave something to be desired regarding the quality.
You can spend less on a piece of furniture from a mass-produced, large furniture store. In a few years, it will begin to fall apart and wither. You will need to replace it. Reupholstering sturdy, older furniture can save money in the long run.
After reupholstering, there is no need for furniture replacement until you want a fabric change later down the road. Think about what you paid for the furniture when you bought it and compare the price to the mass-produced furniture of today. Spending a little more now to have it repaired and reupholstered is more cost-effective than tossing it and buying a new piece that likely will not last as long as this piece has.
Ability to Choose the Fabric, Pattern, and Style You Like
Those with craftsman, antique, or unique furniture that they like will probably find it challenging to buy a similar style without a ridiculous price tag. You can keep the pieces by reupholstering them without foregoing the preferred style or sacrificing sentimental pieces.
The is no limit to what the finished furniture will look like when you reupholster. Shopping for new furniture has limits on options fitting the vision you have in mind. When you reupholster, you can choose nearly any style, pattern, and fabric that complements the room’s design.
Upholstering Does Not Compromise on Comfort
If you look forward to relaxing on your furniture at the end of the day, it is probably exceptionally comfortable. You risk replacing furniture with a less comfortable version. Reupholstering keeps the furniture’s integrity and comfort.
Many products today are constructed with cheap material. It can be difficult to find something well-built, affordable, and comfortable. If what you have is paid for, well-made, and comfortable, refresh the look with new fabric.
Upholstering Adds Extra Value to an Antique Piece of Furniture
Some antiques are worth a lot of money. You should not part with them. If you do not like the loud, Victorian pattern, the solution is to have it reupholstered. You restore it and add value to an item that is already valuable.
Reupholstery Helps the Environment
If you are someone who keeps trash to a minimum and likes to recycle, reupholstering is an excellent alternative to tossing pieces that will end up in landfills. Reupholstery takes care of the Earth and recycles the furniture right before your eyes. Unless you know precisely how to reupholster, it is best to hire a company that knows how to breathe life back into the furniture.
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*article by Dan Johns

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Comments (3)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Norma... this year I bought two brand new sofas on sale... the cost was half that of reupholstering 23 year-old sofas, which had already been reupholstered once before. But I am in the midst of reupholstering a 23 year-old easy chair... a new one would have cost me more than twice what the reupholstery is costing. 

Aug 31, 2021 10:40 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Nina Hollander, Broker sometimes it pays you to do your research for sure on cost of both.  Would love to see pics of the chair once it is done.  

Sep 01, 2021 07:20 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think reupholstery is a great thing to do and I remember my Mom having it done from time to time and it was like having brand new furniture.

Sep 01, 2021 06:49 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Brian England the new generation doesn't seem to like it much for sure, but like you we always reupholstered our "good" furniture growing up.  

Sep 01, 2021 07:21 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

Sep 08, 2021 06:53 AM