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When you salvage furniture you are also helping the environment.

Going to a thrift shop to find a piece of furniture with “great bones” and scoring it for less than $100 can be a rush. A few coats of paint or a quick reupholster later, and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind piece to anchor your living or dining room. It’s understandably fun to turn someone else’s trash into treasure, but have you ever considered transforming the “trash” that you’re desperate to dump in your own home?

There are plenty of ways to redesign or reimagine your ugly, older furniture that you might not have considered. Even the homeliest couch has hidden potential if you know when to DIY and when to call in the experts. Rather than hitting up the thrift shop week after week and searching for the perfect piece of furniture, and dropping cash on repairing it, consider investing that money into restoration for your existing furniture with a team of professionals.

You may think you can do chair reupholstery yourself, but there are tricks of the trade for making reupholstery projects look perfect that you may not be aware of. If you really want to turn that ugly furniture into a usable, versatile piece that you’re proud to show off in your home, you need to set up a consultation with the professionals.

When you set up your consultation, ask the following questions:

What will this cost?

Obviously, the best thing about a consultation is the opportunity to get an idea of the cost of your furniture redesign. It helps you to decide if the project is worth your time and effort, and gives you an idea of how efficient and fair the company will be. Definitely don’t be afraid to ask about cost and request a price breakdown.

 

What is the timeline?

Another hugely important question to ask during your consultation is this: how long will this take? You’ll want to know for several reasons. It will give you a much better idea of when to be ready to welcome your new and improved furniture back into your home, and it will help you to understand how big this project will be for the pros.

 

Do you have any design suggestions?

Remember, the professionals do reupholstery, redesign and leather restoration projects on a daily basis. They’re a great resource for design questions. If you have a specific vision, talk to them about it. You may not have even considered the design they suggest, and you may fall in love with it!

What can I do to maintain the aesthetic of my new sofa?

Probably the most important question you should ask the professionals is this: how can I ensure that my newly designed piece of furniture will stand the test of time? After all, you don’t want to drop cash on redesigning a sofa that will fall victim to the dog in a matter of weeks. Whether they suggest leather cleaner or UV protection, you should consider investing in protection for your redesigned furniture.