Today’s online interior design help question is “Hi Lisa, I really like my current sofa but it is in sad shape. My wife thinks I should we should get something new but I really love this sofa. How do we decide if we should upholster it or get a new sofa? –Nolan.”
My tips for making the reupholster or replace decision are below.
Reupholster your current sofa if you can answer yes to all of the following:
Your existing sofa fits your space
You and your family find the sofa comfortable
The sofa has the correct style for the look of your room
If you answered yes, then let’s take about the next steps:
- Select a new fabric (the cost of the new fabric is often a surprise)
- Find a good upholsterer (ask for a referral from a friend or neighbor)
- Ask your upholsterer to quote you the amount of yardage needed
- Carefully rethink the design details of the sofa
- For example, do you want a skirt?
- Add a nail head trim?
- Arrange for the delivery of the sofa
- Be without a sofa for 2-4 weeks while it’s getting worked on
- Bring your newly upholstered sofa home!
When the process is complete you can be confident that you sofa will look new yet will still have that great comfort you have come to love.
Buy a new sofa if the following are true:
Your sofa is uncomfortable
The size and scale of the sofa looks wrong in your room
The sofa style no longer works with your style
Or, you simply do not want to undertake the reupholstery steps mentioned above!
How does the cost compare?
Surprising to many, re-upholstering a sofa ends up costing close to what it would cost to purchase something new. Therefore the cost should really not be the determining factor in your decision. I suggest that you go through the pro and con list outlined above. After you this, I am confident that you and your wife will land on the same page (sitting side by side on your new or old sofa).