indecisive_silhouetteIn today’s throw-away society, people often take the quickest route, even if it is not always the best way to go. When it comes to furniture, most individuals are often eager to buy new pieces and discard the old, even if they could save time and money by reupholstering that old piece and give it a completely new life and look. Couch reupholstering is a viable option that is not always considered, despite its many benefits.

There are many more pros than cons to reupholstering over purchasing new furniture. Most people have misconceptions about the price of reupholstering, and would rather just purchase a brand new piece. However, antique furniture was created to last by craftsmen, unlike today’s mass-produced pieces, which are often made of poor quality material. In the current market, it is more difficult to buy good-quality, comfortable furniture new at a realistic price than it was years ago. New furniture does not usually have a quality, solid frame. Often, it is made out of material such as cheap pinewood, as opposed to the oak, maple, cherry, and mahogany used in the past. This means that it might not cost much more to reupholster an old piece than it would to buy a new piece of equal quality.

There are additional factors to consider as well. When choosing to reupholster a couch or refinish a leather couch, it is possible to choose specific fabric and finishing touches, adding individual style, character, and personality to piece. Also, decorating around new furniture is an unforeseen added expense and restriction that can be avoided. By reupholstering to fit your design needs, you don’t have to purchase new carpets, drapes, and other décor. There are also new fabric advancements, such as flame retardant and stain resistant materials that comply with up-to-date safety regulations. Lastly, the disposal of old furniture that ends up in landfills leads to an increased carbon footprint that could have been avoided.

These are not the only positive aspects of the furniture reupholstery process to keep in mind. It is not just the fabric that gets replaced; a reputable upholster will also complete all the necessary couch repairs, such as fixing the springs and cushions, as well as the fabric. Every measure should be taken to ensure that the materials used in the project are suited to the period from which the piece originated. It is best not to try to re-upholster bigger projects alone; professional re-upholsterers are experts in this field, and can help you easily and painlessly recreate old pieces to make them as beautiful as when they were originally purchased. Only an experienced professional can help to achieve this.

As with most decisions, there are pros and cons to both sides. While circumstances differ in every situation, it is almost always the better choice to update furniture rather than buy, and it is often easier than most people thing. This allows for the satisfaction of creating something that is personal, and reflects individual tastes and personalities. Considering this process is less wasteful and a better value than buying new, making it is the clear choice.